Dragon Con 2019 – It’s Never Over

Thus begins the first in what will be a long series of Dragon Con wrap-ups. But I just got home Monday afternoon, and went straight back to work Tuesday morning. I was on six panels, went to a movie premiere, dressed up twice (I can’t call an old Halloween costume and a Harry Potter robe cosplay), played wacky Japanese video games, saw two bands, spent a small fortune on a hotel room, saw a lot of great people that I don’t see nearly often enough, made some new friends, and partied like it was 1999. I’m beat, and there’s a lot to process over the next several days as I get my recaps underway. So let’s get official stuff and press releases out of the way this week. There’s lots more to come…

Over 10,000 people voted in this year’s Dragon Awards. Much better numbers than previous years, but it still seems low to me. If you don’t remember all of the nominees you can go here.  And the winners are:

Dragon_Award-221x300 (1)Best Science Fiction Novel
A Star-Wheeled Sky by Brad R. Torgersen

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
House of Assassins by Larry Correia

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Uncompromising Honor by David Weber

Best Alternate History Novel
Black Chamber by S.M. Stirling

Best Media Tie-In Novel
Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn

Best Horror Novel
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Best Comic Book
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Best Graphic Novel
X-Men: Grand Design – Second Genesis by Ed Piskor

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Good Omens, Amazon Prime

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
Avengers: Endgame by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Red Dead Redemption 2 by Rockstar Games

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite by Niantic, WB Games San Francisco

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Betrayal Legacy by Avalon Hill Games

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
Call of Cthulhu: Masks of Nyarlathotep Slipcase Set by Chaosium Inc.


The biggest surprise for me was Thrawn: Alliances winning for tie-in novel. Not that it wasn’t good, but it wasn’t as good as the first one or the third one (which I’m trying to finish in between sleep, work, and the new Dark Crystal series). It was also up against Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray, and that was fantastic. So yeah; just one  shocker. The rest of them were pretty obvious. After the backlash of season 8 you knew Game of Thrones wouldn’t beat out Good Omens.

There’s also this:

Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention, attracted a record 85,000 people for the five-day celebration and raised more than $110,000 for its official 2019 charity, American Heart Association’s Georgia affiliate. 

In the months leading up to the 2019 convention, Dragon Con Superheroes community service program, volunteers and fans worked with Piedmont Park Conservancy to mulch the dog park and handle other maintenance tasks, packed some 1500 meals for Open Hand Atlanta, and sorted and packed medical supplies for MedShare. Since 2014, Dragon Con Superheroes have contributed more than 3,500 hours to Atlanta-area non-profits. 

LifeSouth, which has organized the convention’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive since 2002, held another successful drive. This year, some 3,600 donors contributed more than 10,000 units of blood and blood products.  The annual drive – consistently ranked as the largest convention-based blood drive – benefits LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospitals in the Atlanta area and 110 hospitals in the Southeast. 

The best thing about that $110,000 is that Dragon Con itself was willing to match $100,000 of donations made to the American Heart Association. You guys did good last weekend. I don’t remember hearing about any craziness like thrown chairs or anything this year either. Well done indeed. Even when it got so crowded Saturday that they closed the sky bridges everyone kept their shit together. Now I’m not going to say that it didn’t feel like over 85,000 people were there because it did. But it also felt like people were generally pretty chill. I saw a lot more kids there than ever before too so extra thanks for keeping things nice for the kiddos. I don’t have any of those, but I’d hate to hear about one being traumatized by Dragon Con.

Check back every week from now until whenever I run out of things to say about Dragon Con. Then stick around in October for Halloween madness. And at some point I’ll get caught up to Schweck and Chad on Star Wars books, and we’re going to podcast about it. Until then though be prepared for a whole lot of Dragon Con talk. You’ve got to do something until next August.

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