April 5, 2016 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Comic Books, Convention News, Cosplay, Georgia, Horror, Manga, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
Dragon Con, Inc., parent company of the internationally known Dragon Con pop culture convention, and MomoCon LLC, parent of the fastest growing all ages fan convention in the country, have formed an unprecedented strategic partnership to share resources, knowledge and experience to ensure that Atlanta continues to have the strongest fan conventions in the country.
Importantly, Dragon Con, Inc. will provide MomoCon with back office and administrative support while the current MomoCon leadership, including founders Chris Stuckey and Jessica Merriman, will continue to organize the convention and serve as its co-chairs. Stuckey and Merriman will also take expanded roles with Dragon Con, Inc. and the Dragon Con convention.
Founded in 2005, MomoCon began as an outgrowth of Georgia Tech’s anime club. Its first convention attracted about 700 people to a free event on the school’s campus. Ten years later, MomoCon attracted some 22,000 total attendees (more than 60,000 at the turnstile) to a four-day convention held in the Georgia World Congress Center.
“In today’s competitive convention landscape, having Dragon Con and its founder Pat Henry on our side is an incredible advantage,” Stuckey said. “This partnership gives Jess and I the ability to pursue our vision for MomoCon while continuing to provide our fans with the high quality event they expect from us year after year.”
“We believe deeply in home-grown, well-run fan conventions that bring real value to the community,” said Henry, who was one of several Dragon Con founders in 1986 and serves as the company’s president today. “I am excited to be working with these two enormously creative entrepreneurs. I believe that their leadership will also help keep Dragon Con on the cutting edge of the convention scene.”
MomoCon 2016, which brings together fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics and gaming, will be held May 26 through May 29 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Dragon Con will celebrate its 30th year as the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy and gaming convention on Labor Day, September 2 through September 5 at five host hotels and the AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta. More than 70,000 people from every state in the union plus a few foreign countries attended Dragon Con in 2015.
About Dragon Con
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans by fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Founded in 2004 by Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey, then students at Georgia Tech, MomoCon has grown from a 700 person on campus event to one of the largest conventions in the southeast United States for fans of video games, animation, cosplay, comics and tabletop games. More information about MomoCon is available at www.momocon.com.
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DRAGON CON, INC. REPLACES DRAGON CON / ACE, INC.
Dragon Con will Continue the Agreements With Hotels, Guests and Performers.
ATLANTA – July 8, 2013 – The Board of Directors and Shareholders of Dragon Con / ACE, Inc., producer of Dragon*Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, have agreed to merge the company into Dragon Con, Inc. (Dragon Con) in a cash-out merger.
Led by Pat Henry, David Cody and Robert Dennis, ownership of Dragon Con includes five of the six founding owners of Dragon Con / ACE (the old Dragon Con). The effective date of the merger is July 8, 2013.
Edward Kramer, who has not had any role in managing or organizing the convention since 2000, was offered cash for his shares in the old company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“This decision only affects the ownership of the old Dragon Con,” said Pat Henry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Con. “Our members and others who attend Dragon*Con 2013 will experience the same fantastic convention they have come to expect from us.”
Dragon Con will continue the agreements with each of the host and overflow hotels associated with the convention as well as all of the guests and performers scheduled to appear at this year’s event, either “as is” or with amendments recognizing Dragon Con as owner.
Dragon*Con is the largest pop culture convention featuring comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming. Held each Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Dragon*Con attracted more than 52,000 attendees in 2012. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org.
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The Atlanta area art collectors are once again thrilled to bring a stellar display of comic and fantasy art your way at Dragon*Con 2012. This year our theme is the art of science fiction in books, magazines, comic strips, and comic books and we have a vast array of work from across all four mediums from the likes of Jeffrey Jones, Roy Krenkel, John Berkey, Gil Kane, Kelly Freas, Tim Truman, Frank Frazetta, Al McWilliams, Al Williamson, and many many more. The gallery will be set up in artists alley all day in Grand Hall East of the Hyatt Regency on Saturday September 1, 2012 and it’s a great opportunity for original art collectors to meet, greet, and see some great art!
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HER UNIVERSE FOUNDER ASHLEY ECKSTEIN BRINGS GEEK CHIC TO DRAGON*CON
ATLANTA, GA, August 23, 2011 — Almost half of all sci fi fans (and Dragon*Con attendees) are women, and they’re just as eager as the guys to show their devotion to their favorites. Actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, who provides the voice of Ahsoka Tano in the hit animated series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” has met the challenge with her new “geek chic” clothing line, Her Universe (www.heruniverse.com). Ashley will be offering her new line of female-focused apparel and accessories (including “Star Wars” and “Battlestar Galactica” convention exclusives), and meet the fans, at this year’s Dragon*Con.
Married to former Major League Baseball player, two-time World Series Champion and World Series MVP, David Eckstein, Ashley grew frustrated with the lack of merchandise made for the growing number of female Sci-Fi fans. When she couldn’t find Star Wars clothing for herself, as a fan, she made the decision to create her own line called Her Universe. As someone who always expressed herself through her sense of style, she now shares her love of all things sci fi with other geek girls. Ashley has made it her mission in fighting for the underdog, of spearheading the call to create a place for female fans in a pop culture community typically dominated by men.
Her stylish line of “geek chic” apparel and accessories features fashionable, female–focused products from such powerhouses as the Star Wars brand, and Syfy properties Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13 and “Syfy’s Original Movies,” among others. It may be a “man’s world,” but Ashley is quickly proving that there’s more than enough room in Her Universe for everyone.
Dragon*Con is the largest fan-driven science fiction, fantasy and pop culture convention in North America. Celebrating its 25th year, Dragon*Con brings over 40,000 fans to downtown Atlanta each Labor Day weekend to enjoy appearances by celebrity guests, musical performances, panel discussions, costume contests, and more.
Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic creators in need, is proud to announce its attendance at Dragon*Con over labor day weekend, September 2nd through 5th in Atlanta, Georgia. Hero will be located at Booth #BT23.
Hero’s special guests include world-renown artists Steve Dillon and George Pérez. Dillon is the artist of the critically acclaimed Preacher and Wolverine: Origin. Pérez, the longtime artist of New Teen Titans and Avengers, is also writing the relaunched Superman for DC Comics, which starts in September. Both have generously committed their time to raise money for Hero Initiative at Dragon*Con, so stop by booth BT23 and be the lucky recipient of a sketch or signature while contributing to a wonderful cause.
Captain America writer/artist Karl Kesel will also be at the Hero booth on Sunday. While you are getting a coveted sketch ask our helpful volunteers about becoming a Hero Initiative member! Do It!
Schedule is as follows:
FRIDAY, SEP. 2 (con hours 1-8)
130-330: Steve Dillon
330-530: George Pérez
530-730: Steve Dillon
SATURDAY, SEP. 3 (con hours 10-8)
1030-1230: George Pérez and Roz Friday
1230-230: Steve Dillon
430-630: Steve Dillon
SUNDAY, SEP. 4 (con hours 10-8)
1030-1230: Steve Dillon
1230-230: Karl Kesel
230-430: George Pérez
430-630: Steve Dillon
630-800: George Pérez
MONDAY, SEP. 5 (con hours 10-4)
1030-1230: Steve Dillon
1230-230: George Pérez
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
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Via Vanguard Productions:
STAN LEE and J. DAVID SPURLOCK
ENCORE for Atlanta DRAGON*CON SEPT 2-5, 2011
Stan and Dave to reunite for an encore of last year’s hit Dragon Con panel
Title: Stan ‘The Man’ Lee
Description: Interview and Q&A with a living legend.
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Atrium Ballroom – Marriott
Moderator / MC for panel : J. David Spurlock
Title: Stan Lee – Man of Marvel
Description: What was it like creating the world’s most iconic superheroes? Get answers when Stan Lee takes the stage.
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Atrium Ballroom – Marriott
Moderator / MC for panel : J. David Spurlock
UPDATE: George has announced that the $20 price for head sketches was incorrect and will instead be $25; these are to benefit the Hero Initiative.
Via Facebook, George Perez, writer and cover artist for Superman in the New DC 52, has announced his schedule for Dragon*Con:
My Dragon*Con schedule is now set. I will be doing sketches and autographing books to raise money for the Hero Initiative at the following times: Friday: 3:30-5:30 (with Rosalind Friday); Saturday: 10:30-12:30; Sunday 12:30-2:30 & 6:30-8 and Monday from 12:30-2:30.
Due to limited booth time, I will only be drawing quickie head sketches at $25 apiece instead of my usual lottery method for more finished sketches. This will be on a first come, first served basis, so get to me as soon as possible. I will be limiting my sketches to one per customer in line. You can, however get back on the line if you want to try to get another. (Autographs are free, although I will request a donation if you have more than five books to sign. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of my fans there.