Dragon*Con's nerdy sibling to the east
Bookzilla, the Decatur Book Festival mascot, is looking mighty hungry...for knowledge?
September 1st, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Dragon*Con's nerdy sibling to the east

Atlanta’s Dragon*Con might be the nerdly epicenter of the weekend, but for those of you in town, there’s a rumble of something geeky six miles to the east.

The Decatur Book Festival is an annual Labor Day weekend gathering of 50,000 book lovers and literary types just outside Atlanta. It can’t compete with the fan-and-costume overload of Dragon*Con, but it has a Faulkner-quoting monster named Bookzilla for a mascot, so that counts for something. FULL POST

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Five can't-miss Dragon*Con panels
September 1st, 2011
12:51 PM ET

Five can't-miss Dragon*Con panels

You're going to Dragon*Con, right? And you've already figured out your game plan for the panels, right?

For those not-in-the-know, fan convention panels are closed-room sessions where uber-geeks and experts on a specific nerdy book, movie or genre as a whole (or, maybe even the actors, authors and creators themselves) sit down together to hash out a topic of interest for a room full of fans.

The biggest sci-fi and fantasy convention in the Southeast manages to present something for every kind of geek, bringing in franchise celebrities, zombie makeup experts, robot builders, cosplayers, even a couple Geek Out! contributors(!) for informative presentations.

Here are some of Dragon*Con's panels that will probably draw the biggest crowds: FULL POST

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Meet Martin Hsu, kind-of-president of the unofficial Miyazaki Club
"Lily's Kitty" by Martin Hsu.
September 1st, 2011
09:42 AM ET

Meet Martin Hsu, kind-of-president of the unofficial Miyazaki Club

The illustrations he creates – on t-shirts, as art prints and even gallery paintings – make it easy to tell: Martin Hsu is an Otaku. He’s a nerd who is drawn to Japanese culture and obsessed with Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and he’s inviting like-minded people to smile with him at the images that celebrate a love for things Japanese.

Hsu is surprised when acquaintances or colleagues don’t know who he’s talking about when he evangelizes Miyazaki. It’s something almost every fan of Japanese animation has had to explain to those not in the know: Miyazaki is like the Walt Disney of Japan.

“That’s always the fastest way to get the point across,” Martin Hsu, an animator, designer and gallery artist out of Los Angeles, California, said. “But the funny thing is, whenever I tell them that in the back of my mind I’m like, “No! No, no, no, he’s not!” FULL POST

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