Dragon*Con is a convention for sci-fi and fantasy multimedia held every year over labor day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a four day event attended by thousands of fans (over 46,000 in 2011) and over a hundred guests. It features fan panels, celebrity panels, work shops and much more.
There are over 3500 hours of programmingcovering subjects like television shows, film, literature, writers, table top gaming, podcasting, and skepticism. There is so much that it can be intimidating for someone new to conventions this size. So here are a few terms that I hope will help you be a little less overwhelmed.
A few terms you should know:
Membership – Dragon*Con is a club, only members can attend. A membership gets you a badge for access to the panels, vendor room and some special events.
Cosplay – Costume Play. Dressing up as a character that you love, admire or want to look like. Usually implies some level of pretending to be the character (i.e. play) as apposed to just dressing like them, although this is often limited to posing for pictures.
Panel – A presentation or discussion about a specific subject. Typically several people sitting at a table on a stage talking and answering questions.
Fan Panel – A panel without celebrities. Some of the best panels are fan panels. For example The Buffy Horror Picture Show.
Track – A group of panels, with a common theme or subject, held in the same room or area over the course of the convention. It makes it easier to find the panels you are interested in.