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Queer sci-fi convention returns to Atlanta this weekend


Outlantacon, Atlanta's queer sci-fi and fantasy convention, returns to Atlanta's this weekend with three days of gay geeky events.

The con, held at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, officially kicks off Friday afternoon.

Edward DeGruy, an organizer with Outlantacon, said today that attendees have been waiting all week for the con to kick off.

“It kind of kicks off socially tonight,” DeGruy said. “The official kickoff will be tomorrow at 3 p.m. but we've had people here since Tuesday.”

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Outlantacon offers three days of sci-fi fun

Comic artist Joe Phillips

Five years in and Atlanta’s queer sci-fi convention continues to grow as Outlantacon welcomes the gay and geeky over the first weekend in May.

What started out as one day of gaming has grown into an intimate, three-day convention that’s similar to Atlanta’s bigger geekfest Dragon*Con, but focuses on gay stories, themes, actors and creators. This year’s convention will run May 4-6 at the Holiday Inn on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.

Headlining guests include artist Joe Phillips, author Lee Martindale and local personalities like Java from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Plaza Theater and the director and actors behind a locally produced Uncanny X-Man fan series.

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Dragon*Con rears its head again

The yearly celebration of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror that is Dragon*Con commences this weekend as 30,000 dedicated fans converge to celebrate their shared passions.

One of the largest conventions of its kind, Dragon*Con is a weekend where fans can don costumes, play complicated board games and see and hear their favorite actors and writers. The convention plays out between four Atlanta hotels — the Hyatt Regency, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, and the Sheraton Atlanta — over the Labor Day weekend.