DragonCon Gothic: 2021
(Sequel to this.)
-Loki is everywhere.
-You keep saying “last year” but you mean the 2019 con. Everyone understands. Everyone else is doing it too.
-Scooters clog the sidewalks. You hate them. You are tempted by them.
-A ducky squeaks nearby.
-Most people are in masks, some begrudgingly, some casually—some have incorporated masks into their cosplay so beautifully the costume is incomplete without it.
-A battalion of stormtroopers pass. You wonder if their helmets are CDC approved face coverings. You imagine wearing a mask under a helmet. You’re glad you’re not a stormtrooper.
-You ask a question at a panel. The panelist looks you in the eye and says, “No, you should just kill people.” You can’t help but agree. This is a writing panel.
-You can tell exactly who spent all quarantine working on their cosplay. You know they still finished it last night.
-You are in a panel. The person in front of you is dressed all in the Marriott Carpet, from facemask to shoes. You cannot remember how long it’s been since the Marriott had that carpet—you know many con goers now have never walked upon it. You cannot remember what the carpet looks like now. You are in the Marriott. You look down at the floor. You look up again as the panelist speaks. You have already forgotten what the carpet looks like now.
-There is a family of Marriott carpet dinosaurs. The dinosaurs are in cosplay.
-You are waiting for MARTA. You are not at Peachtree Center. You are in full cosplay. Down the platform is a girl with pink hair. And a sword. You catch her eye, she nods. You nod back.
-You are waiting for a panel. Nearby, a track leader is arguing with another member of staff. Rooms are down to 2/3 capacity. According to the hotel, the room your panel is in holds 300. It’s set up to hold 82. The track leader keeps insisting that 2/3 of 300 is not 82.
-You have seen 5 shirtless male cosplayers within 3 minutes. Only 2 are characters who don’t usually wear shirts. Maybe it’s just summer in the South and the cosplayers have gotten smarter, or maybe the men really have gotten sluttier over quarantine.
-A mother is dressed as Misty from Pokémon, her baby is togapi strapped to her chest. Ash follows behind them with a diaper bag.
-A father is Din Djarin, the Mandalorian, his baby is Grogu strapped to his chest. Cara Dune follows behind them with a diaper bag.
-Apparently, everyone dyed their hair blue over quarantine.
-You have never seen so many men in the Starfleet minidresses. They really did get sluttier over quarantine. You’re happy for them.
-A woman in an extravagant ballgown walks into the bathroom with three other people. They are there to hold her skirts.
-You are at an audience participation panel. The moderator calls on Loki. The eight Lokis in the room all look at each other before asking for clarification.
-Harley Quinn rides by on a scooter.
-Walking through the food court is Weird™️.
-There are several plague doctors on the train. Two are in bird-nosed masks and hoods. They are going to the con. The rest are in scrubs and N95s. They are going to work.
-Every panel starts with “welcome back.”
-It’s been two years. You’ve forgotten your hard learned lessons. You wear the cool looking shoes. You relearn your lesson.
-Spider-Man’s suit rips. He summons a Cosplay Medic armed with needle, thread, duct tape, and battery powered Ryobi hot glue gun. Four more people with cosplay problems descend on the Medic. He fixes everything, using materials in ways they are not intended to be used.
-A man in a brown trenchcoat and Converse approaches a man in a red cape and blue scrubs in a skybridge. “Doctor,” the man in the cape says, nodding. “Doctor,” the man in the trenchcoat says.
-The shawarma place is covered in Avengers memes, as it should be.
-Someone is dressed as the Evergiven. They are blocking the skybridge. You’re not even mad.
-At least a dozen Harley Quinns pass by in ten minutes. They’re all going the same direction. You wander what the group noun for Harleys is.
-The group noun for Lokis is a mischief.
-There is no wait to get into the dealers room. It’s Weird™️.
-A small child cries, overwhelmed in dealers. The child can’t be much more than a year old. They’ve probably never seen this many people in their life, of course they’re overwhelmed. You haven’t seen this many people in what feels like a lifetime. You are overwhelmed. You buy a plushy.
-Two Lokis pass on the street. “Hi, me!” greets one. “Variant,” the other says with disdain, then smiles.
-The Hard Rock is by reservation only.
-You see an amazing cosplay. You desperately want to compliment it. You cannot remember the name of the character. The cosplayer walks away before you can call it to mind. You walk the opposite direction. You remember the name.
-The moderator attempts to begin the panel—there is immediate squealing feedback. Everyone cringes so hard you can see it through the masks.
-There is someone in a sportsball jersey and a Joker mask.
-You do not have the Con Crud. Through learning to guard against COVID, you have learned to defeat the Crud. Your cosplays will include masks from now on.
-Monday, in some ways the con begins to die down, in other ways it goes on. Feathers, badge ribbons, and a surgical mask tumble down the street. Life goes back to….whatever passes for normal these days.
-You are so glad to have been back.
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Dragon Con 2021 Round-Up
Dragon Con is over for another year and of course, we’ve been given some great Jamie content.
After missing the first two days due to filming in LA, Jamie joined his fellow Battlestar Galactica co-stars for the remaining time in Atlanta and we’ve had some great content posted from those lucky enough to attend (*if any of the following content is yours and you wish for it to be removed, please let us know).
Also in attendence at the Con were: Edward James Olmos (Admiral Adama), James Callis (Gaius Baltar), Tahmoh Penikett (Karl “Helo” Agathon), Tricia Helfer (Six), Rekha Sharma (Tory Foster) and Michael Trucco (Samuel T. Anders). Mary McDonnell was due to attend but had to pull out due to a health issue.
Battlestar Raven on Youtube attended Saturday’s panel and uploaded their video to their youtube channel. The panel ended with Edward recording a video for Michael Hogan who is still recovering from his fall last year. They were also joined by Sam Witwer who played Crashdown.
Tahmoh posted this to his Social Media accounts featuring all of the Battlestar cast on the Saturday.
Michael then posted this of a cast photo op session. Here is a fan named Desiree, and her service dog, Sydney with the cast. Michael stated in the caption it was one of their favourite moments of the weekend.
Jamie also posted a picture on his Instagram of the dog tag necklace he has been wearing for the con honouring Michael.
We really appreciate fans showing us their moments with Jamie from Conventions so below are a few more.
lexivincent on Instagram : “battlestar galactica understands the assignment.”
arclite58 on Instagram : “Some of the Battlestar Galactica cast, 1 of my all-time favorite shows. So Say We All.”
golden.randy on Instagram : “Plexiglas Protection Prescribed for Performers in Pandemic Party Pic! Photo ops got a little weird at #dragoncon for the sake of COVID safety protocols, but seven cast members from "Battlestar Galactica" made my usual "jazz hands" request work in their tiny compartment while I had my own luxurious closet. Seated, left to right: Rekha Sharma, James Callis, and Jamie Bamber. Standing: Tricia Helfer, Tahmoh Penikett, Michael Trucco, and Edward James Olmos.”
kairosreps on Instagram : “The Cylons look like us now… sometimes, they’re even handlers!”
ubershmecky on Instagram : “Had a great weekend at DragonCon working with @kairosreps!”
andrewhill1985 on Instagram : “Apollo and Admiral Adama. Father and son and the most important two on Galactica. Edward James Olmos was the coolest and Jamie Bamber laughed at us for having the social distance pose down. 😂. So Say We All.”
brucehearsahoo on Instagram : “Great seeing the Adamas, Bill “Husker” @edwardjolmos and Lee “Apollo” @imjamiebamber at @dragoncon 2021 @atlmarriottmarq. Much love to recovering Michael “Col. Tigh,” Hogan, and hope to see him at @dragoncon 2022!”
br1ghtestd on Instagram : “Now you can be EXTRA. FRAKKING. JELLY.”
sassysweet4u on Instagram : The reason I headed to #dragoncon #bsg was so pleased to have heard the #battlestargalactica crew was making an appearance this year. It was passed down to be literally like 2 months of it and like most just couldn’t stop binging 🤩 “in the fraking walls!” #frak #goodtimes …OH! And here are a couple of the fun #cosplay pics
@Candyrose_BTV on Twitter : This human is incredibly thoughtful and intelligent. I loved listening to him speak. His answers were so interesting. I’m very much impressed.
@Action_John on Twitter : @Action_John did @ImJamieBamber this morning! Great BSG panels this weekend by a classy panel as always!
@pagemasterjim on Twitter : “One of my favorite @DragonCon years ever!” *Note: This picture is cropped from a collage on Jim’s page.*
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