News kind of slow on the site? Well, no, because our news staff are doing a fantastic job of manning the news side of things while the rest of the TORN Powers that Be are whooping it up at that Mecca for all things fantastic and science fictional known as DragonCon, along with chatroom queen Jincey, Corvar’s Other Brain called Andy, Asfaloth who did so much to make the TORN Oscars party a success, and Saulone from our community site There and Back Again.
The convention seems to be dominating two gigantic hotels in central Atlanta – the Hyatt and the Marriot Marquis. These places have a feverishly neo-neo architecture that suits the SF stream perfectly, though it’s less suited to fantasy. Tonight it’s just a chaos of people checking in and setting up, some of them dressed as storm troopers. We’ve already met a great Arwen look-alike in full costume, though, and we hope to see more Tolkien-inspired costumes during the course of the convention.
Tomorrow the real work starts and for most of the weekend we’ll be meeting and greeting Tolkien fans as well as making our own presentations. There’s a gigantic pile of books, toys and TORN cards and bookmarks (designed by the fans!) taking up a lot of space in our hotel rooms – by Monday it’ll be gone.
Til then we’re just getting over our long flights by hanging out at the bar, admiring the people (at conventions like this you tend to look at people’s t-shirts before their faces, to check out if they’ll have some slogan that tells you what KIND of a fan they are) and enjoying Calisuri’s karaoke.
Look for our next report as the festivities continue tomorrow!