This was my fourth Dragon*Con and I think the best ever! I mean, last year was great, but I was asst. track director for Gothic Journeys, plus mod'd or was on 11 panels, and thus completely devoted to that
the whole time and couldn't enjoy the con as a whole. This year I wasn't staff or even a panelist, so I could just enjoy it in the more typical fashion.
For programming, I went to panels Gothic Journeys, Writer's Track, and Electronic Frontiers Forum. All six panels I attended were great. I was especially impressed with Gothic Journeys, which had a brand new staff and new programming versus when we did it last year, yet was really "together" with great discussions, intelligent panelists, and a good sized crowd in a larger room. Writer's Track seemed to have revitalized its programming too. This was the first year I ever went to EFF's programming but it won't be the last. The Sex & Technology panel Annalee Newitz did was just fantastic!
I also enjoyed the Art Show, bidding on and winning a couple of amazing etchings by the same artist. I also had a cool conversation with a jewelry artist there who was telling me about the making of glass beads. The Exhibition hall was impressive, but as usual I preferred the Dealer's Hall, where I got fabulous jewelry. I swear, most of my best and most distinctive jewelry comes from cons.
As far as parties, I went to several good ones. After the Sex & Technology panel on Saturday night, I got invited up to the VIP party with Annalee Newitz and some friends. There were all sorts of goodies there, including a chocolate fondue fountain. Mmmmm! Afterward we went over to the Marriot for a Klingon party. The "live" (gummy) worms really hit the spot! Sunday night I went to the Outworlders' room party, which was the best yet. I'm part of Outworlders and thus there were lots of people I know, but quite a few others turned up who'd visited the table or just found the party. Music and drinks were excellent.
There were tons of costumes I loved, but some stand-outs: 1) Marge Simpson, 2) the macho Fu Manchu fairy guys, and 3) "peacock woman."
My own "costume" was pretty much just the crazy outfits I wear regularly (click here
) but people seemed impressed anyway. A couple people took close-ups of my plastic "I (Heart) Jesus"-embossed crucifix barrettes.