DragonCon Celebrates 40 Years

DragonCon Celebrates 40 Years

DragonCon is the annual science fiction and fantasy convention held in Matboard and More’s hometown of Atlanta, GA. Started in 1987, Dragon Con celebrated its 40th year this past Labor Day. Coming from humble beginnings, the convention kicks off Thursday night and lasts till Monday afternoon. It spans across several of Atlanta’s most iconic hotels, including the Hilton, the Marriott, and the Hyatt. Covering everything from Star Wars to the War of the Five Kings, along with everything in between, sideways, and all the other directions as well, there is more to DragonCon than meets the eye.

Like its West Coast cousin ComicCon, DragonCon always has a large number of celebrity guests. Guests have included contemporary stars from DC TV Universe, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones, along with classic stars from older series like Star Trek and Star Wars. Previous years have seen William Shatner and Patrick Stewart on stage at the same time. The guests typically share a few stories, then answer questions either from the audience. Fans will line up for hours to make it to the first row, or for a chance at an autograph. DragonCon also always boasts a large number of authors as gusts, both to discuss their own work, and to discuss other works.

Discussion panels are a big part of the convention, and where the truth depth of the convention shows. I’ve mentioned the bigger shows and moves, but you will see discussion panels for less popular things like Fringe, Wheel of Time, Stargate, Army of Darkness, Primer, and more. Professionals and knowledgeable fans will lead hour long discussions about these things. Fans will discuss things liked and didn’t like, speculate about ongoing shows and series, and lament the ones that end too soon.

It’s not all sci-fi and fantasy. DragonCon has a number of more “real world” tracks for discussions of science, space, and skepticism. I’ve been to panels on hacking, political activism, cracking secret codes, and more. There are writers’ panels where professional authors share their techniques, and even weekend long writing workshops for professionals and aspiring professionals.

Writing isn’t the only artistic endeavor at DragonCon. Perhaps the most visible example would be the costuming, or “cosplaying,” to give the official title. You can see costuming of all levels during the course of DragonCon, from those assembled from thrift store finds to officially licensed costumes, along with plenty of unofficial cosplayers with professional quality costumes. Some cosplayers will dye and style their hair, or add makeup to create scars. Others even create prosthetics to get closer to the character they emulate. And, just as with writing, there are panels and workshops for cosplaying as well.

Nowhere is the cosplaying more prevalent than during the DragonCon parade. Held on Saturday and lasting well over an hour, thousands of people crowd into the heart of downtown Atlanta to view it every year. Elves will follow Stormtroopers, who follows Deadpool, who follows Anna and Elsa from Frozen and so on. You can also see vehicle costumes- the DeLorean from Back to the Future and the Ghostmobile being only two examples.

Yet all this is only scratching the surface of what DragonCon can offer.

Recommended Reading

Matboards Award Winners – 2023

The hard work of all our artists and/or framing novices does not go unnoticed so we’re honored to present to you the winners in our 6 coveted categories. Their choice of color, quality, size and even core allowed them to stand out amongst the 200+ submissions. You have all done so well to make this [

read more »
Valentines Matboards and Frames

Valentines Day Matboard and Frame Ideas Custom Heart Shaped Matboards A Valentine Day matboard and frame is a great gift to show someone how much you care. A heart shaped matboard and frame is a simple yet thoughtful way to show your appreciation. See our custom designs for loving gift ideas this Valentines Day. Contact us with [

read more »
2019 Photo Contest

2019 Photo Contest We are launching our biggest contest ever! E-mail or Instagram a picture of our mattes or frames with your artwork for a chance to win up to $200. This is a fun way to share your artwork with our audience and show case how you use our custom matting and framing products! [

read more »
Matboard Awards 2023

We are launching the first and biggest ever award show dedicated to your matted art! E-mail or Instagram a picture of your artwork with one of our products, for a chance to win up to $200 or our brand new Matboard and More merchandise. This is a fun way to share your artwork with our [

read more »
2022 Christmas Submissions

2022 Christmas Submissions 2022 was an incredible year all around for Matboard and More. We are excited to share with you some of the customer submissions from the holiday season. It’s always an honor for us when our custom mats and picture frames are utilized to showcase your gifts and treasured art pieces. To be [

read more »
Beautify Your Mats with Unique Openings. 7 Custom Corners Now Available!

Custom Opening Shapes Available In addition to oval opening matboards, we’ve added unique corners including Diamond, Rounded, Angled, Step and Circle corners. Explore all our new custom mat board openings now.

read more »
Behind the Scenes at Matboard and More

Come take a look behind the curtain to see the magic of making custom matboards and frames! Our facility in Marietta, GA is where we create all of our products. We are proud to source from US suppliers and make everything in house. This ensure we have the highest quality and standards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGZ288Jf6ds Matboard Storage [

read more »
2020 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Jen A is this years winner of the photo contest! This picture is so perfectly framed, pardon the pun. This year was definitely the best in terms of quality of photos. We had so many creative submissions and it was very challenging for our team to choose, but Jen A stood out with her gorgeous [

read more »
V-Grooves Now Available

V-Grooves Available for Custom Matting V-Grooves are a shallow cut across the mat which exposes the core color of the top mat. V-Grooves can be cream, white or black depending on the mat core color. Your matboards will have extra flair and style that will make uniquely display your art. Add a V-Groove with just 1 click on [

read more »
Items per page:
9
1 – 9 of 141
Matboard and More Logo

We sell pre cut mats and custom picture frames in any size, color and quantity. Our products also include custom matting, backing boards, clear bags, show kits, matboard value packs, custom plexiglass.

© 2012 - 2024 Matboard and More LLC, All Rights Reserved