It’s Labor Day weekend and that means it’s time for Dragon Con, the biggest, nerdiest, geekiest party and Cosplay convention in the world. Dragon Con is like no other convention you’ve ever been to . . . unless you’ve been to Dragon Con before.

Dragon Con is part Comic book, part Gaming,

part Cosplay, part Anime, part Sci-Fi, and all party!

Two of your NerdBastard staff writers (Sarah Moran and I,  Mark Poynter) are going to be getting an up close, personal look at the festivities and bringing you all the details that make Dragon Con the crazy weekend it is.

The guest list includes Stan Lee, Adam West and Burt Ward, Lavar Burton, Bruce Boxleitner, Alice Cooper, Micheal Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Katee Sackhoff, Felicia Day . . . the list goes on and on, just about every fandom is represented and there are “tracks” of programming with panels and discussion groups to represent each.

Sarah and I will be posting as the weekend progresses so shoot us a comment on Facebook if there’s something you’re interested in that we could check out for you.

Here’s a couple of tips if you’re going to attend Dragon Con:

1. Relax – Don’t let the hustle and crowds get the better of you. Yes, some lines will be long, waiting for an elevator will suck, people will bump into you, people will smell, don’t let that get to you. You’re there to have fun, remember to treat others as you would want to be treated.

2. Hydrate – It is hot and muggy in Atlanta Ga. and you should make sure that with all the walking around you’ll be doing that you keep yourself hydrated.

3. Drinking – There will be lots of drinking at the convention in the after hours, so be sensible, responsible, and look out for each other. Don’t leave your wing-man or wing-girl, stay on target.

4. Money – Go to the bank before you go to the Con, ATMs will run out of cash by Saturday morning. Keep your wallet or bag close and don’t let it out of your sight. Things will walk off with so many people and there will be people there looking to take advantage of your inattention. The same goes for your Con badge, never put it down unless you’re at home or in your hotel room, lose your badge and your convention will suck.

5. Celebrity Guests – Don’t be surprised if some don’t want to shake hands. Convention crud – getting flu like symptoms after a con is legendary and many won’t shake hands because of it. Who wants to be sick for a week after Dragon Con? Be respectful; of their work, their time, and their person. If you see a convention guest going through the hall they might be on the way to a panel full of waiting fans, already spent 3 straight hours signing and taking pictures with fans, not had lunch, or simply tired and ready to go to their room. Let them do their thing, certainly say hi and ask about taking a picture, but don’t get upset if they say they can’t.

6. Last but not Least – Make sure you are not one of the smelly people. Even with everything going on there is always time for proper hygiene. Who knows, you might meet that special someone at the con. You’ll want to make a good first impression.

Some of you may remember that last year I Cosplayed M.O.D.O.K. pictured below:

This year I had a crazy idea of combining two of my nerdy loves . . . Batman and Mario, thus the birth of Bat-Mario. The only thing not handmade is the black paperboys hat.

(A special thanks to Luke for photo shopping up my Bat-Mario picture.)

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