Dragon*Con 2012

By Phil Plait | August 28, 2012 2:22 pm

Now that I’ve properly recovered from Comic Con in July, it’s time for Dragon*Con! Woohoo!

D*C is another huge fan convention, held in Atlanta, and this year it’s Friday August 31 to Monday, September 3. As usual, I’ll be running around doing a million things and wondering if a human can survive on Tootsie Rolls and 4 hours of sleep every night (answer: yes). If you’re attending, here’s my official schedule for this year:

Title: Quiz-o-Tron 2000
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: International South – Hyatt
Description: Rebecca Watson’s science-themed quiz show!

Title: Gonzoroo II
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Atrium Ballroom – Marriott (Length: 2.5)
Description: An evening of music, comedic delights, and surprises galore!

Title: The Kevin & Phil Show
Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Crystal Ballroom – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: Space Track’s comedy duo! Topical, engaging, informative & always funny! Whatever the subject, you don’t want to miss it!

Title: 2012 – Don’t Panic!
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Crystal Ballroom – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: Panicking about 2012? Nope, not panicking until Phil Plait gets a role on the next Twilight film or Scott Sigler teaches classes on home economics.

Title: Gonzo Quiz Show IV: The Quest For Quiz
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Atlanta Ballroom – Westin (Length: 2.5)
Description: Teams of celebrity guests are led through a series of panel show games that you entertained.

Title: Space Geeks
Time: Sun 10:00 pm Location: 203 – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: Time was when scientists traced early interest to reading SF classics; is this still true? How common is it for scientists to remain readers/viewers?

Not only that, but I’ll be dropping in on some other events – I love disrupting other people’s panels – and Thursday night before it all starts, on August 30, is our annual Star Party to raise money for cancer research. A few tickets are still available, but today (Tuesday August 28) is the last day they are on sale! So if you wanna come, buy those tickets right away.

I’ll also be doing something right after as well on Monday, but that will be its own post. Stay Tuned!

And in the meantime, check out my pictures from Dragon*Con 2011. It’ll be great to see everyone again!

Related Posts:

Dragon*Con 2011
Tales of DragonCon: Scalzification
Tales of DragonCon: Overview
DragonCon: Made of awesome

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Comments (18)

  1. Cathy

    Noooooo we can’t go this year :(

  2. *begin plug*

    AND if you are going to Dragon*Con and like space, you should come by and see the CosmoQuest booth with REAL SCIENCE and astronomy swag and astronomy people like Phil, Pamela Gay, and me! We’ll be on the second floor of the Hilton, not far from the Space, Science, and Skeptics Tracks.

    *end plug*

  3. I’m going by Greyhound bus this year, my first long bus ride ever, so I have last minute travel jitters trying to remember what all to do before leaving.

  4. RAF

    Rebecca Watson?…yikes….thanks, but no thanks. I’d be afraid to say “hi”.

  5. Grand Lunar

    Wish I could attend. :(

    Isn’t there a concern, though, that Hurricane Issac might interfer with the event?


    So long as you act like a decent human being, you should have nothing to fear.
    It’s easier than most people might think.

  6. RAF

    It would almost be worth the “giggles” to ask her if she’d like a cup of coffee…and watch her freak out.

    Call it the devil in me. 😀

  7. Paul

    Darn, I’ll be at the ChiCon in Chicago for the World Science Fiction conference. I notice that there are some joint panels with DragonCon, but not the ones you will be involved with. And it looks like Issac will play a role in Chicago, probably just lots of rain come Saturday or Sunday.

  8. Muz

    RAF @6
    Of course, seeing as how she didn’t freak out the last time, adding whatever extras you might need to get that effect probably would get you in proper trouble, so…

  9. Hugo

    “Rebecca Watson’s science-themed quiz show!”

    Oh be still my beating heart. I can just imagine the prizes “First Prise: A lifetime supply of hot air and lukewarm drizzle. Second prize: A ‘build-your-own-self-pity’ kit”

  10. Muz

    This is going to be quite the thread by the looks. RW: lighting rod for internet whiners.
    (Incidentally, why does my no-links comment get moderated while Hugo’s impotent rage goes straight through?)

  11. I love how Rebecca Watson highlights the hate so entrenched in organized skepticism. Not so much the misogyny since I think you find the same percentage of guys that are jerks to women anywhere, what I mean is the hate brought to bear on anyone who doesn’t toe the line, on anyone who says anything negative about anything in the movement. If I could I’d go just to see all the apopleptic skeptics.

    It’s unfair to characterize the whole movement that way of course, since there are also many reasonable and non-hateful folks like our host and most of the folks he seems to run with. Still, it is significant enough in the movement that I’ve never had much use for organized skepticism despite being very much a skeptic.

  12. Hugo

    Yes, anyone who dislikes Watson and her sub-Palin vulgarity is anti-woman. Anyone who objects to the mean and petty bullying she and her twit-club go in for is anti-woman. Never mind the fact that, by last count, more skeptic women are fed up with being lumped in with her.

  13. Muz

    Is that Sarah or Michael Palin? I’d be interested in this mean petty bullying you’re talking about.
    The last sentence is a mouthful; when was the first count? How many is more? One, two? What’s this ‘lumping in’ that’s going on in the first place?

  14. Muzz

    Ok, I’m trying a slightly different ident to see if I still get moderated. (there is no reason why I would be, unless it’s blanket now. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.)

  15. Muzz

    Nope. Guess that name is banned. Well, whatever it was it wasn’t me using it at the time. (couldn’t the ban list check these things against the email address? That’d sort out who’s who. Sorry to spam things up with testing like this.)


    Please read my commenting rule.

    Specifically, RAF (6) and Hugo (9 & 13). Think this through: I am going on Rebecca’s panel. Why? Because it will be fun, I want to, and Rebecca is my friend. I don’t care what you think about her, but when you spew hate this way ON MY BLOG, which is against the rules no matter what, it also insults me when it’s directed toward someone it’s clear I like.

    If you have issues with her, fine. If you want to talk about it, FINE. But do it as decent human adults.

    Take your hate elsewhere.

  17. Hugo

    Four quick points.

    1) The link to the commenting rule is broken

    2) I respect you considerably, you are a man of integrity, but I would direct you to my comments @85 in the previous thread (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/08/20/the-silencing-of-hate/).

    3) Loyalty is a very fine thing; I can appreciate sticking by your friends sink or swim. I just think that it might be slightly misdirected in this case (again, see previous comments).

    4) You are, of course, quite right that I should keep my anger under control on your blog. I am sorry about that.


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