Look at all these nerds

Dragon Con in Atlanta

I had never attended any kind of anime, science fiction, or comic convention before, and when presented with the chance to go to Dragon Con over Labor Day weekend in 2016, I jumped. And I loved every minute of it. I met a few actors whom I loved (Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff from Mystery Science Theater 3000 (currently touring and writing as The Mads (https://www.themadsareback.com/), as well as enjoying the incredible cosplay from nearly everyone, and doing some shopping.

Dragon Con is held in Atlanta every Labor Day weekend for four days and it’s a nerd paradise. There are multiple venues from which to buy t-shirts, journals, sketch books, comics, fanzines, or accessories. There are celebrity panels and photo ops, and discussion tracks for nearly everyone. One of my favorites from 2019 was a panel which included a nuclear scientist discussing HBO’s magnificent Chernobyl miniseries.

Information regarding tickets, hotels, and guests can be found here: https://www.dragoncon.org/. I’m finishing this post with a metric ton of pics that I took in 2016 and 2019. Hope to see you there in 2022!

(I was cosplaying as Donna Noble from Doctor Who, 2019)
Awesome “Witches” cosplay, 2019
(Found K-9 among many other Doctor Who cosplayers!)
Pyramid head, 2019
Even the Batmobile gets stuck on the Downtown Connector, 2019
We all float down here, 2019
Say his name three times…
I hear he’s got a new Book out…

Java Cats Cafe

Located near Grant Park on Memorial Drive in Atlanta, you’ll find this gem of a coffee shop which features hot (or iced) coffee, pastries, and adoptable cats.  It’s called Java Cats Cafe, and it’s definitely worth a look.  Admission is $12, and that gets you a cup of coffee and a chance to play with some adorable felines.  One side of the cafe is the restaurant portion, and the other side (pictured above) is the cats’ home with shelving and lots of places to climb and explore.

On their website, you can make reservations–which are now required due to COVID-19, or sign up for their “mewsletter” for upcoming specials and discounts.