July 3, 2024

This coming August 29th to September 2nd, Atlanta is gearing up to host the 2024 edition of Dragon Con, one of the most iconic and multifaceted events in the world of science fiction, fantasy, and entertainment. Since its inception in 1987, Dragon Con has evolved into a must-attend event for enthusiasts of various genres, offering a space where creativity and passion for pop culture coexist in harmony.

The convention is notable for its impressive array of activities, which include panels with special guests, workshops, and one of the most spectacular cosplay parades in the country. Year after year, Dragon Con attracts tens of thousands of participants eager to immerse themselves in an environment full of art, literature, film, and games. Its inclusive approach and the variety of content ensure a rich and diverse experience for all attendees.

In addition to being a meeting point for fans and creators, Dragon Con stands out for its commitment to the community. The convention not only fosters creativity among young talents and enthusiasts but also makes significant contributions to various charitable causes through its events and activities. This social commitment, combined with its rich history and ongoing growth, cements Dragon Con as an event of great cultural and social relevance both within and outside the fan community.

Why Shouldn’t You Miss Dragon Con 2024?

For the 2024 edition of Dragon Con, several special guests have been confirmed who excel in various fields of entertainment and pop culture. Below, we bring you a list of some of the confirmed guests for this year, along with a brief description of their contributions and achievements:

  • Mari Mancusi – Award-winning author of more than 30 books for children, teens, and adults, known for her novels linked to Disney Press and other major publishers.
  • Ross Marquand – American actor famous for his role as Aaron in “The Walking Dead” and for his voice work in animated series like “Robot Chicken” and “Family Guy“.
  • Gail Z. MartinWriter of urban and epic fantasy, with recognized series such as “Deadly Curiosities” and “Chronicles of the Necromancer“.
  • Terry MatalasScreenwriter, director, and executive producer, known for co-creating and directing the series “12 Monkeys” and working on “Star Trek: Picard“.
  • Elizabeth Maxwell – Prominent voice actress in “Attack on Titan“, “My Hero Academia“, and “Dragon Ball Super“, among other important titles.
  • Eddie McClintock – Known for his leading role in Syfy‘s “Warehouse 13” and appearances in series like “Bones” and “Supergirl“.
  • Gates McFadden – Famous for portraying Dr. Beverly Crusher in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Picard“.
  • John Jackson MillerNew York Times bestselling author, known for his novels and comics in universes like “Star Wars“, “Star Trek“, and “Marvel“.

Each of these guests brings a rich background in their respective fields, from acting and production to writing and game design, ensuring that Dragon Con 2024 will be an event full of talent and diversity.

Activities, Shows, and Much More!

In addition to the special guests, you might want to know what other activities you can find at Dragon Con 2024, adding even more reasons not to miss this great spectacle. The convention offers a variety of scheduled events that guarantee entertainment and learning for all attendees. From vibrant cosplay contests to exciting themed nights, each activity has been carefully selected to maximize your experience at the event:

  • Mad Makeup Mashup: This will take place on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the Hilton Grand West, where participants will compete to create the most extravagant makeups. The audience will decide the winner, and no prior registration is required for both contestants and models.
  • Masquerade Costume Contest: This iconic event will take place on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom. It is known as one of the largest costume contests in the Southeastern U.S. and the world, with a long tradition in science fiction fandom.
  • Author Signing: Throughout the convention, various authors will be available to sign autographs at the Westin Overlook. Signatures in this area are free, although some guests may have restrictions on the number and type of items to sign.
  • Dragon Con Night at the Aquarium: On Saturday night, attendees can join an exclusive experience at the Georgia Aquarium, enjoying the galleries with ambient music and food and drink options.
  • Georgia Philharmonic: On Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom, the orchestra will perform live symphonic versions of favorite film and TV show soundtracks.
  • Dragon Con Burlesque Show: A must-see event on Sunday at the Courtland Grand Hotel, Grand Ballroom. May Hemmer and other internationally recognized artists will offer a show full of glamour.
  • The Late Night Puppet Slam: On Monday at the Westin Peachtree Ballroom, a variety of adult puppet acts will offer comedy and spectacle in a unique setting.
  • Palmetto Knights Tournaments: On Saturday at the Courtland Grand Hotel, this medieval combat team will demonstrate the art of ground fighting from the medieval and Renaissance periods in the Dragon Cup Tournament.

Each of these activities is designed to provide attendees with a rich and varied experience, ensuring there is something of interest for everyone at Dragon Con 2024.

The Trajectory of Dragon Con

Over the years (since 1987), Dragon Con has been the stage for numerous memorable events and significant milestones that have left an indelible mark on the pop culture community. Here we present some highlights from previous editions:

  • Development of Cosplay: From its first edition, Dragon Con innovated the concept of costume contests, incorporating photography and fan voting, and establishing the Masquerade as a central event where cosplayers perform group performances.
  • Growth and Diversification: In the 90s, Dragon Con experienced significant growth, adding events such as Friday night fights and robot battles, which helped cement its reputation as a hybrid convention that attracted a diverse audience.
  • Illustrious Visitors: Over the years, Dragon Con has hosted guests of renown such as George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, and the legendary Ray Harryhausen, as well as rock bands like GWAR, broadening its appeal beyond the traditional boundaries of a science fiction convention.
  • Special Events: The convention has hosted events such as the North American Science Fiction Convention and the STARFLEET International Conference, which attracted a record number of participants and highlighted its capacity to host large events.
  • Municipal Recognition: In 1996, the mayor of Atlanta recognized Dragon Con with a certificate of acclaim during its 10th anniversary, highlighting its cultural and economic importance to the city.
  • Venue Changes and Expansion: In the late 90s, Dragon Con moved to the Hyatt Regency and eventually occupied the entire hotel, a long-held dream for the organizers who wanted an exclusive space for convention attendees.
  • Establishment of the Dragon Con Parade: In 2001, to promote the use of multiple hotel venues, the Dragon Con parade was introduced, quickly becoming an iconic and highly attended event, attracting thousands of spectators each year.
  • Professionalization and Ongoing Expansion: In the late 2000s, a major restructuring of Dragon Con management took place, marking the beginning of a new era of professionalization that helped consolidate its place as a must-attend event on the convention calendar.

These moments have been key in the evolution of Dragon Con and underscore its ongoing impact on the world of pop culture and science fiction.

Cosplay? Whatever You Wish!

If you happen to be one of those people who only attend these events in search of large gatherings of cosplayers, Dragon Con 2024 will not disappoint you. This event has stood out from its beginnings for its innovative approach to cosplay, elevating it to a central level in the convention. From the first year, the organizers of Dragon Con have wanted cosplay to be a prominent part of the event, encouraging attendees to participate in costume contests not only at night but throughout the day. This initiative has cultivated a vibrant community where cosplayers save up to showcase their best works, often appearing in groups to perform themed performances during the event known as Masquerade, one of the oldest and most emblematic costume contests in the fandom realm​​.

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Over the years, Dragon Con has evolved to offer a richer and more diverse cosplay experience. The event not only celebrates individual craftsmanship through contests, but also offers workshops, exhibitions, and demonstrations for cosplayers of all levels. The “Costuming Track” is a testament to this commitment, providing a dedicated space for the exchange of knowledge and techniques in sewing, makeup, and prop making. Here, participants can learn everything from improving their sewing techniques to applying special effects makeup, all under the guidance of experts in the area​.

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Dragon Con is also known for its inclusiveness and support of diversity within the cosplay community. The event actively promotes costuming as an art and recreation form that transcends specific genres, allowing for creative expression that encompasses a wide range of fandoms. This inclusive and supportive approach has helped cultivate an atmosphere where everyone, from novices to cosplay veterans, can display their passion and creativity in a welcoming and stimulating environment​​.


We have provided you with a detailed overview of Dragon Con 2024, highlighting everything from its impressive list of special guests to its enriching cosplay section, where participants can showcase their skills and learn new techniques. Since 1987, Dragon Con has been a cultural celebration that attracts fans from around the world, offering varied activities that capture the essence of the geek community. We encourage you not to miss this unique experience in Atlanta, where science fiction, fantasy, and a passion for comics and video games come together in an event that promises to be unforgettable. Dragon Con 2024 is undoubtedly the place where every fan would want to be.

And now that you’ve made it this far, we ask you to stop by the comments and leave us your kind opinion about this event, the news, or any experiences from past editions of Dragon Con, if you’ve been lucky enough to attend. And you know, dear otaku, we’ll be reading! 🙂

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