My First DragonCon

As part of my work with NRAO, I was at DragonCon this weekend to be on several science panels. For those who aren’t familiar, DragonCon is a science-fiction and fantasy convention where about 70,000 people gather in downtown Atlanta to celebrate the geeky stuff they love. I’ve never been to such a large convention, so it was an experience to say the least.

My visit to DragonCon was rather last minute, since I filled in for a colleage who couldn’t attend. So I didn’t have the time to prepare that I might otherwise have. It was a fun and interesting time, and I’d be happy to go again.

All packed and ready to go.Brian Koberlein
All packed and ready to go.
The crowds can be a bit overwhelming.Brian Koberlein
The crowds can be a bit overwhelming.
Even the science talks are well attented.Brian Koberlein
Even the science talks are well attented.
Old classics are popular costumes.Brian Koberlein
Old classics are popular costumes.
As are modern favorites.Brian Koberlein
As are modern favorites.
Some go for more obscure characters.Brian Koberlein
Some go for more obscure characters.
While others go for video game characters.Brian Koberlein
While others go for video game characters.
Gender bent cosplay is quite popular.Brian Koberlein
Gender bent cosplay is quite popular.
Some costumes never go out of style.Brian Koberlein
Some costumes never go out of style.
Atlanta's subway system is quite good.Brian Koberlein
Atlanta’s subway system is quite good.