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Dragon Con Has Impressive TrekTrak For Labor Day Weekend 2008 August 22, 2008

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The Annual fan run Dragon Con event in Atlanta, Georgia is considered on of the most fun con experiences. Each year it has a dedicated ‘Trek Trak’ full of celebrity panels, discussions, as well as some fun Trek-themed events. This year is shaping up to be a good one, with stars from every show slated to appear plus some fan film showings. See press release below for more.


 

Press Release:

TREKTRAK ANNOUNCES DRAGON*CON’S STAR TREK GUESTS AND PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Atlanta – August 22 – Dragon*Con Director of Star Trek Programming Eric L. Watts is pleased to announce this year’s star-studded line-up of nine guest celebrities from every Star Trek series for TrekTrak—“The Star Trek Convention at Dragon*Con.” The largest number of Star Trek stars ever scheduled to appear at Dragon*Con, which takes place from Friday, August 29, to Monday, September 1, in downtown Atlanta, includes George Takei (“Mr. Sulu”) and Walter Koenig (“Chekov”) from the original Star Trek series; Michael Dorn (“Worf”) from Star Trek: The Next Generation; Avery Brooks (“Captain Sisko”) and Cirroc Lofton (“Jake Sisko”) from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Robert Picardo (“The Doctor”), Tim Russ (“Tuvok”) and Ethan Phillips (“Neelix”) from Star Trek: Voyager; and Dominic Keating (“Lt. Malcolm Reed”) from Star Trek: Enterprise.

Dragon*Con once again welcomes the return of two installments of the popular “TrekTrak Show,” a Tonight Show-style event featuring one-on-one interviews with George Takei, Michael Dorn and Avery Brooks responding to probing and provocative questions from the unpredictable and outspoken host Eric L. Watts—must-sees for those “who want to know.” Celebrity commentary and insight continues with various “TrekTrak Presents” discussion panels that include your favorite Star Trek characters discussing all things Star Trek and responding to your questions.


The 2007 TrekTrak Show with Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden

Also at Dragon*Con, TrekTrak will present the world premieres of not one, but two fan films. First is the newest episode from Star Trek: Phase II (formerly Star Trek: New Voyages), “Blood and Fire,” written and directed by David Gerrold, based on a script originally submitted to Star Trek: The Next Generation, updated and adapted for Captain Kirk’s Enterprise and featuring an openly gay relationship between two main characters. Senior executive producer and star James Cawley, staff writer Carlos Pedraza, visual effects artist Joel Bellucci and second unit director Ben Alpi will take part in a panel discussion about the episode prior to the screening.

The second world premiere to be presented by TrekTrak is the independent fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, directed by and starring Star Trek: Voyager’s Tim Russ and featuring a number of Star Trek stars including Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Grace Lee Whitney and Alan Ruck, with guest stars Garrett Wang, J.G. Hertzler, Cirroc Lofton, Chase Masterson, Ethan Phillips and Gary Graham. This film is already currently available for Internet download in three installments; TrekTrak will present the film in its entirety for the first time in a public venue, with introductions and commentary by Tim Russ, Walter Koenig and Cirroc Lofton.

The excitement of TrekTrak’s programming at Dragon*Con builds to a roaring climax with the presentation of the 10th annual world-famous Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, recognized by America Online as one of “The Top 11 Offbeat Beauty Pageants Across America” for two years in a row and as seen in Discover, Spin and Shock magazines and FoxNews.com. MKE creator and producer Eric L. Watts will serve as Master of Ceremonies; celebrity judges will include Michael Dorn, Ethan Phillips, Dominic Keating and James Cawley, with multiple beauty pageant titleholder and certified Miss America Organization judge Autumn Skye-Boothe returning as head judge.


The 2007 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant

A comprehensive listing of programming events, a detailed schedule, full biographies of all our guests and programming participants and additional information about the TrekTrak can be found at www.TrekTrak.com. Detailed information about Dragon*Con, including memberships, host hotels and guests appearing on the more than 30 other concurrent programming tracks, can be found at www.dragoncon.org.

Comments

1. Darth Ballz - August 22, 2008

They should have had it at the Denver, Treks and Dems oh my!

Darth “WTF” Ballz

2. Holger - August 22, 2008

Good cons over there, beyond the Atlantic. But as a Mets fan, I can’t possibly fly to Atlanta! :-)

3. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - August 22, 2008

Gee, I wonder if I know anyone in the Atlanta area that might go to Dragon Con and share the fun to be had with all the rest of us? I wonder if the local news stations will carry anything about this? Hmmm.

And, Anthony, are you going to this or are you all conned out?

4. rehabilitated hitch1969© - August 22, 2008

Of Gods And Men® is a very kewl FanMade. And JC™ is Captain James T. Kirk in my book.

habilitated for your perusal…

THE WOMEN!!

=h=

5. Androide - August 22, 2008

I’m still waiting for the pictures of the voyager cast in Las Vegas. :-(

6. Anthony Pascale - August 22, 2008

I was going to go, but I have decided not to. I would be happy for someone to send in reports, pics, etc. Anyone interested should contact us via the tipline

7. FREAKAZOID - August 22, 2008

Man, it sucks that I can’t make it to Dragon Con this year

8. Trekkie16 - August 22, 2008

I will be going; my 4th time and it is my favorite con. If you have never attended Dragon Con, it is something you should put on your “100 things to do before I die” list. Best costuming, Best parties and Best guest list.

It usually takes me 48 hours to recover.

9. Mr. AtoZ - August 22, 2008

WoooHooo!! I’ll be there, I live 20 minutes from Atlanta! It is one of the best Con’s

10. The Underpants Monster - August 22, 2008

Wow, that’s an impressive lineup. And I love the Brady-Bunch style photo montage!

I always get a kick out of the Miss Klingon Empire pageant. They should have a Mr. Pageant, too! With, er feats of strength. Yeah, that’s it, feats of strength.

11. CmdrR - August 22, 2008

I probably won’t make it — family budget being what it is. And it is zero.

But, hopefully, my station will at least send a camera to shoot the wacko’s. Wish I were one of them.

12. World Traveller - August 22, 2008

It is by far one of the most awesome events in the convention world. The Saturday morning street parade is done no where else and the 30,000 people are all party animals. It’s sort of a downsized Comic Con but with more personality and not to mention the wrestling events. No kidding. Massive amounts of hall costumes sometimes bordering on the scantly clad and a huge amount of local police security as well as hired private security forces. It’s sometimes needed.

They get about 429 guests and bands every year from authors to actors.

Eric Watts, who runs the TREK TRAX is an incredible guy and his programming rocks!

I’ve been serving as one of their Charity and Art Show auctioneers for at least a decade now.

I agree with the “put this on your list before you die” comment. It’s the best thing in the states.

13. British Naval Dude - August 22, 2008

Alice needs ta’ shave.

14. Mark T. - August 22, 2008

I hope the Russian forces have pulled out of Georgia before this event takes place. Oh, wait…

15. Josh - August 22, 2008

They really need a con out here in Phoenix… That panel is phenomenal!

16. krikzil - August 22, 2008

This really is a fun con!

17. British Naval Dude - August 22, 2008

Cindy has no curls.

18. Decker's Stubble - August 22, 2008

It looks like Alice, er Worf, has his bling on.

19. CmdrR - August 22, 2008

That’s the way they all became the Trekkie bunch. (Always knew Marcia was gay.)

20. 1701 over Gotham City - August 22, 2008

I’ll be a guest there again this year. Dragon is monstrous in size, at it spans a few different hotels in downtown Atlanta. Some of the con needs some serious organizational help, but it does have something for everyone! However, NOT an event to bring underage kids to.

I’d compare it to SDCC, but frankly, there is more fan variation at Dragon and also (sadly to me) not as heavy a comic influence/presence. And true, you will NOT see better costuming, particularly in the halls. Definetly an experience. Be sure to have a day off AFTER the con.

21. CmdrR - August 22, 2008

Actually, Marcia was straight. But in my youth, she’d have had nothing to do with me, so I malign her now. Ah, revenge. I spit my last breath at thee.

22. Trekkie16 - August 22, 2008

#15 – There is a con in Phoenix:

http://www.phoenixcomicon.com

Marina Sirtis and Wil Wheaton will be in attendance as well as a few other sci-fi actors.

23. CmdrR - August 22, 2008

Trekkie16 — They have Erin (yum!) Gray listed as “Commander Wilma.”

Was she demoted or promoted? Wait — which universe is that?

24. The Last Maquis - August 22, 2008

I’m pro con;)

25. Greenacresusa - August 25, 2008

World premire of “Blood and Fire” ? Must be an alternative world because the world premier in my universe was at “Shore Leave” outside of Baltimore back in July.

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