Labor Day weekend means it’s time to gear up for Dragon Con here in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, organizers expected a record-breaking 75,000 people in downtown to view the parade, attend the panels, and go to fan meet-ups planned among the five hotels that host the event. It seems like every city has their own comic convention now, but Dragon Con has been around for 30 years and provides a unique take by really focusing in on the fans. Most of the celebrities in attendance (including Charlie Cox, Gillian Anderson, Karen Gillen, Alan Tudyk, and cast members from The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and more) typically don’t do press rooms, and there’s no red carpet. Instead, it’s all about speaking on panels and meeting fans, doing signings, and more.
Dragon Con is also not just about comic books — there’s a huge fantasy and sci-fi contingent, as well as enough gamers to warrant their own hotel convention space this year. The con always has a really positive vibe, too, and it’s easy to make new friends in line, just chatting about costumes, favorite TV shows, and movies. Plus, seeing friends you haven’t met up with in a long time there is always a great time.
Below I’ve posted over 180 photos of cosplayers at the convention, and some shots of the costumers and vehicles from the parade. There’s usually one costume theme you see more than any other, and this year it was a tie between Deadpool (in many forms) and Pokemon (mostly trainers, some characters, etc). One of my personal favorites from the parade is a little bit of an inside joke: there’s the “Cult of the Marriott Carpet,” where people dress up in the carpet pattern from one of the con’s hotels, and it looks like this year someone even wrapped their car in it. If you love Dragon Con, you really love it.
Check out the images below, and click on them to see the full size. There are also three Collider staff members dressed up in these photos, if you can find us: