Greetings Nerds! Prepare to get your collective undies in a bunch, because I am about to unleash a bit of negativity on seemingly everyone’s favorite convention, Dragon*Con!
official Dragon*Con logo
Now for starters, I used to attend Dragon*Con every single year; it was my Mecca, my annual “Utopian Trek” if you will. I was a loyalist, and never missed a year for over a decade. Coming down to Atlanta, GA and not worrying about anything except how much fun you could pack into 96 hours was what it was all about. It was still large, even back then, but you could also socialize and walk without worrying if you could breathe, were going to get run over, or get a nose full of god knows what mutation.
Slowly over the years, being a nerd developed into the new popular thing; now we have people that are only a fan of one specific piece of fandom attending and turning their noses up at the other attendees, or you have the people that come just to party with nerds and have no real reason for being there, aside from trying to pick up a date and/or someone to hook up with. I guess if that’s what you’re into, then whatever, but that’s just not the Dragon I remember.
Fairly typical Friday crowd at Dragon*Con