This past Labor Day weekend (the first weekend of September for those outside of the US and Canada) is usually spent at cookouts or other celebrations unless you have to work, which is kind of ironic when you consider the holiday is supposed to be about celebrating the hard working men and women of the world. Other people use this weekend to gear up for college football season. For my wife and I Labor Day weekend has meant one thing since 2001.
For those of you unfamiliar with DragonCon it’s…insane. Ostensibly it is a four (technically now five) day science fiction/fantasy/anything remotely geeky convention that exists over five host hotels in the middle of Atlanta, Georgia. Describing what DragonCon is can be a bit tricky because it means different things to different people. Officially it’s a fan driven convention, meaning that fans put the programming together and run the show. For some people it’s a chance to come and show off their cosplay skills. For others it’s a chance to hang out with friends and like minded people and celebrate whatever fandom you are into. For a lot of people it’s a place for geeks to come and get hammered.
Your mileage may vary.
For the past few cons I’ve been getting more involved on the presenting side of the con, which mainly involves being on panels either as a speaker or a moderator. This past year (2018 for the future people) was a busy one and four of the twelve panels I was a part of involved Superman. I also got to do something I have never done before.
Appear on television.
Fox 5 Atlanta sent a reporter named Paul Milliken to DragonCon on Friday morning doing several segments for the morning show Good Day Atlanta and the focus of several of these segments was Superman’s 80th birthday. Greg Euston of DragonCon’s media relations team reached out to me a few weeks before con and asked if I would like to be a part of one of those segments. And that’s how this happened.
A few things about what you just watched.
- The Superman cosplayers were great. Before this segment was shot another cosplayer dressed as Princess Leia from Return of the Jedi walked by with her service dog, who was dressed as an Ewok. Suddenly five huge men dressed as Superman melted over this dog. It was adorable. They were also great guys as well. We chatted a bit after the segment and I ran into them a few times over the weekend. Their costumes were impressive as were their physiques.
- Paul is a really nice guy. We chatted a bit before and after the segment and he’s very genuine and put me at ease. I’ve was a bit nervous but talking to him and getting a sense of what he was looking for before we went live was the best thing that could happen.
- The guy running the camera looked like Jared Leto circa My So-Called Life. This really doesn’t have anything to do with anything but it was one of the observations I had that morning.
- Alex Sinclair was another nice guy and I had the pleasure of moderating a panel he was on the next day.
- The fact that you can see me in the background looking at my phone later in the video is embarrassing.
Anyway, that’s my television appearance. It was cool. I’m glad it happened.