The Sporting Life: Dragon Con at-home access to live Convention Edition

(top row l-r) Laz Alonso, Sonequa Martin-Green, David Ramsey, (bottom row l-r) Meagan Tandy, Jessie T. Usher, and Ricky Whittle.

Dragon Con 2021 – both the live convention and the online alternative – runs from Thursday, Sept. 2 to Monday, Sept. 6. Live events will be held across five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta – and AmericasMart Buildings One and Two. Attendance at this year’s event is capped at roughly half of 2018’s attendance, with panel and conferences rooms limited to 2/3 of previous capacity

While the live Dragon Con will be a smaller convention than past years, fans who would rather not travel (or those who are blocked by international travel restrictions) can access a live-streamed version of the convention from the comfort of their own home in the company of close friends and family. Dragon Con Goes Virtual, the online-only streaming alternative to Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi, and gaming convention, puts fans in control of how they want to participate in Dragon Con, now in its 35th year.

“We’re really excited to bring Dragon Con Goes Virtual back for 2021. This year, especially, it was important that we gave fans a choice to attend the live convention or gather with friends at Dragon Con parties anywhere in the universe,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.

This year, special TV and film guests include Laz Alonso, Sonequa Martin-Green, David Ramsey, Meagan Tandy, Jessie T. Usher, and Ricky Whittle, along with William Shatner and cast members from Battlestar Galactica, Batwoman, Smallville, and Doctor Who, among others.

In 2020, pop culture fans from 49 countries on six continents tuned into Dragon Con Goes Virtual, the exclusively online version of the 2020 science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention. Over five days, content from the convention was accessed more than 600,000 times by fans from around the universe, leading convention organizers to declare the sprawling online convention a total success. Subscribers to this year’s Dragon Con Goes Virtual can see five days of start-to-finish convention coverage.

It includes exclusive fan panels and creator interviews that will only be available on the streamed convention, as well as access to a selection of Dragon Con’s library of panels recorded in past years. The membership price for Dragon Con Goes Virtual includes access through June 1, 2022 for only $10 (US).

The 2021 edition of Dragon Con Goes Virtual will be hosted on UScreen. Chat rooms and fan discussions will be held on the Dragon Con Discord server, and the virtual Vendor Hall, Art Show, and Comic & Pop Artist Alley will be held on Eventeny. This year’s Parade will be smaller and spectators will not be allowed on the route; only Dragon Con badge holders can watch the parade in person. CW69 will broadcast the parade (live at 10 a.m. EDT) with feeds available on YouTube and other social media platforms. Dragon Con Goes Virtual memberships ($10) will also have access.

So, once again, join me (online) for Dragon Con!

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