Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Magnificent Men of Dragon*Con

A couple of days ago, I wrote about The Wonderful Women of Dragon*Con...allow me to now turn your attention to the Magnificent Men of Dragon*Con—and they really are magnificent, for many reasons! 

When I went to my first Dragon*Con, which was my first ever non-corporate convention, my preconceived notion of what to expect received the same fate as the Death Star in Episode IV. I was expecting a geek squad of 98-pound weaklings, with taped thick-lens glasses, doing what I'm not exactly sure.

The Men of Dragon*Con
The Men of Dragon*Con
To quite the contrary, the men of Dragon*Con are muscular, hot, handsome, intelligent, innovative, fun-loving...and I dare any one of you to call them "nerd" in an unflattering manner. You'd find it horribly embarrassing to get your butt kicked by a guy wearing tights, right?

I grew up a very shy kid, so when I see how freely expressive and how much fun these guys are having, it energizes my zest for being who I am, whether that be geek-Travis, nerd-Travis, scientist-Travis, Trekker-Travis, or Kate-Mulgrew-loving-Travis...it's all great fun with a lot of fun people.

Dragon*Con, regardless of gender, is getting to be a kid again, it's getting to express openly and freely your enthusiasm for a character, celebrity, personality, game, or television show...or all the above, for that matter—it is a four day weekend, after all.

The fun guys and their amazing costumes are certainly a draw, but I'm also there for the celebrities! Garrett Wang, the Star Trek track leader the last years, is brilliant...so funny! And when I met Ben Browder, of Farscape and Stargate, I was blown away at how incredibly nice such a successful actor can be.

There are a number of celebrities of the male persuasion that I'm looking forward to meeting this year, keeping in mind that the list will continue to grow up to the Con on Labor Day Weekend. A few of them include:

Get your tickets (membership) soon—Labor Day Weekend will be here before you know it—the earlier, the more money you save (I got mine last year!). If you can't make the Con, but you're in town, please come see the Dragon*Con Parade. The Parade is open to the public and it's free! And this parade is unlike any you've ever seen...and it's a LONG parade, so you'll definitely feel like you ventured downtown for something substantial. Just remember the camera, some water, and sunscreen!

Alright, as I said about the Women of Dragon*Con, acting respectful is not only the right thing to do, it's the gentlemanly thing to do. We're just there to have fun and hope to bring you a great deal of fun, too. And who wants to get their butt kicked by a guy wearing a Robin: Boy Wonder costume? I'd love to be a fly on the wall when you got back to the office on Tuesday to tell that story!

Of course I jest. Dragon*Con is peaceful gathering of tens of thousands of like-minded people just having a great time. I hope you'll join us for what promises to be an out-of-this-world, super powerful, warp speed trip and exercise in mind-altering fun! 

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