All photos are copyright 2003 by Patrick Sun. Unauthorized use without written consent is prohibited. Now we return you to your regularly scheduled convention.
Hint: When you click on your first picture link, don't close the window, I've designed it so that you can leave that window open, and you can click to your heart's content, and the images will only show up in that one other window. This should also speed up your visit here. So just open up my DC2002 web pages, and leave the picture window open, it'll seem like the photos just magically appear as you click about the photo album here.
Dragon*Con is a 4-day sci-fi/fantasy/comic/gaming/video convention held in Atlanta, GA. This year it was held on the Labor Day weekend (Aug. 29-Sept. 1) at the Hyatt/Marriott hotels, all of which are located downtown and right next to each other.
The art show was located in the Marriott Hotel. The Dealers Room and the Walk of Fame were located at the Marriott Hotel. The artists were placed on the same level as the Dealer Room and Walk of Fame, but catty-cornered and out of the way. The first day down in the bowels of the Marriott was very hot, but then they got smart and turned on the AC and placed fans in strategic locations to help with cooling off the guests and attendees. The vibe I got this year was that the guests in the Walk of Fame were a little less congenial than in the past, but the turnout for the main attraction, James Marsters, was very large in terms of the female population (of all ages). There were some unfortunate guest cancellations which would have made for a more memorable experience, but Dragon Con is what you make of it. The Masquerade was moved to the Atlanta Civic Center, and it was a fun time. The panels I attended were interesting, some more so than others. It is a treat to meet some of the guests that express their gratitude for the support of their fans over the years, and are overwhelmed by the number of attendees at Dragon Con. I wasn't all that happy about the no-photos policy on the Ballroom level in the Hyatt between 8 p.m and midnight. That made the lobby of the Hyatt all the more busy and congested as costumed attendees and photogs did their best with the limited room available there. Big thumbs down on the new no-photos policy.
As I did last year, I brought a digital camera (Olympus D460Z), a 64MB Smartmedia card, and 3 sets of 4 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries, so I was armed and ready for whatever showed up at Dragon Con this year. The idea of having unlimited film (more or less) at a convention is truly frightening, and this webpage is a direct realization of that concept. I didn't take any film photos this year, just didn't find anything film worthy this time around.
Note: Like last year, I'm going to incorporate thumbnails, so the pages will take some time to load.
I know this isn't the prettiest website out there, but I hope to make it up in content. I think there's over 1000 photos on this webpage! Enjoy!
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