Zombie 101
September 4th, 2011
07:29 AM ET

So you wanna be a zombie

Suzanne Johnson, an IT consultant from Atlanta, decided she wanted to be a zombie.  Not an actual zombie, of course.  She showed no signs of wanting to consume the living, or that she considered brains a delicacy.  No, the fan of AMC's "Walking Dead," simply wanted to dress up as a zombie, and she wanted her costume to look good.

The idea sprouted while talking with coworkers and fellow fans of the show about what to wear while going to Dragon*Con.  One of her coworkers then suggested going to the Zombie Prom, an undead themed party held Friday night of the convention.

She purchased a wedding gown as the base of her costume stating, "It's okay to be a zombie prom queen, but a zombie bride trumps a zombie prom queen." FULL POST

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'Doc Brown' is back!
September 2nd, 2011
03:06 PM ET

'Doc Brown' is back!

Editor's note: We're at Dragon*Con this Labor Day weekend, and there's plenty here for a nerd to get excited about. Here's just one of the really squeeful moments we've had so far.

The internet has been abuzz for the past several days about a series of ads for an Argentinian electronics store starring Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as Doc Brown, with Delorean in tow. (It seems that Doc has found his way there in the year 2011.)

"Back to the Future" fans were psyched to see Lloyd ("Dr. Emmett Brown") and James Tolkan ("Principal Strickland," who called some of the fans there "slackers!" upon request) show up to the first of two panels on the beloved film trilogy on Friday at Atlanta's Dragon*Con, but there was that one burning question about those ads.

When a fan asked the question at the panel, Lloyd explained that it was a "full week shoot in full [age-appropriate] makeup" as Doc (not to mention the wig).

"I don't know if it will show up in this country but Argentina got their money's worth," he joked.


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What's so special about Dragon*Con?
Veterans of Dragon*Con include Felicia Day, "Catwoman" writer Judd Winick, Aaron Douglas, Doug Jones and Pierre Bernard.
September 2nd, 2011
11:40 AM ET

What's so special about Dragon*Con?

Dragon*Con isn't only popular with fans of sci-fi and fantasy. Many celebrities make sure to put the Atlanta, Georgia fan convention on their calendar year after year. We asked a few veterans of the annual mega-geek-fest – taking place over this holiday weekend – what makes this particular convention so unique. FULL POST


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A field guide to the geeks of Dragon*Con
Every year, the best costumers of every genre march in Dragon*Con's legendary parade
September 2nd, 2011
09:11 AM ET

A field guide to the geeks of Dragon*Con

This Labor Day weekend marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Atlanta, Georgia's own Dragon*Con – the largest and most well-attended multi-genre convention in North America. Or, put simply, it’s the “mother of all things geek,” as Aaron Douglas (Galen Tyrol) of "Battlestar Galactica" said. For one magical weekend, geeks of every stripe imaginable come together as shiny happy people (who just might hold hands at one of the convention’s legendary after-parties.)

When venturing out into the wooly, untamed wilds of geekdom, it can be difficult to keep all of the different fan genres and sub-genres straight. Fortunately, your friends at Geek Out! are here to help with this handy, dandy field guide to the geeks of Dragon*Con. 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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