Dragon Con is a major event that takes over downtown Atlanta, Georgia every Labor Day Weekend. Whether you’re an experienced Dragon Con attendee or a total newbie to Dragon Con, some of these podcasts are great for finding out what’s going on, what everyone expects to happen at this year’s festivities, and getting survival tips for the long con weekend. Some I’ve linked to here before, some I’ve never linked to before.
Most of these are available on iTunes, all can be streamed directly from the links provided below. Dive in, scan over what’s listed below, find something that looks interesting, and check out what’s happening this year at Dragon Con.
Plus, hey, they’re just damned fun podcasts. Some of them are that way all year round as well, so you might want to check ’em out on iTunes or at whatever streaming platform carries them for some of their material not related to the big event. The White Rocket Podcast, as one example, just did a series of podcasts looking at all the films of 007 and a two-parter on some classic sword and sorcery in the theater that were just total blasts.
Each year the ESO crew looks at the amazing four day event that takes over downtown Atlanta, Georgia every Labor Day weekend known far and wide as Dragon Con. This special series of podcasts, their Dragon Khan Reports, update you on what’s happening as the convention gets closer and talks to people with valuable information to give on what to expect, getting ready, tips and tricks that are useful for surviving you 1st Dragon Con or your 29th Dragon Con, and some of the things that you may want to take a closer look at while at the con.
The ESO 2015 Dragon Con Khan Report Episode 1
“Last year’s con ended five months ago and we sincerely hope you’ve fully recovered because it is time to prepare for Dragon Con 2015! Mike, Mike, Darren, MaryLouWho, and Nikki return with some new friends to help guide you through the months ahead. Michelle Biddix-Simmons helps us shape up in mind, body, and spirit, Zan lays out the current hotel options, and Bewitched Raven has some helpful costume tips in her Cosplay Corner. Whether you are a newbie or an Eternal Member, the road to Dragon Con starts here!”
The ESO 2015 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 2
“We’re approaching the half-way point to Dragon Con 2015 and at the rate this year seems to be passing, we’ll be drinking Buckets o’ Rum in no time! Mike, Mike, Darren Nowell, and MaryLouWho present the latest news and announcements. “Eternal” Zan provides a glimpse into the Eternal Members club. Michelle Biddix-Simmons provides some tips on avoiding fear and stress, and Bewitched Raven helps plan the remaining time for costume construction.”
The ESO 2015 Dragon Con Report Episode 03
“Spring is here and for many of us it means that Dragon Con 2015 is less than 150 days away! Don’t worry! Mike, Mike, Darren Nowell, MaryLouWho, and Nikki Rau-Baker will keep you company while you panic! Luckily, we chat with the recently defrosted Kevin Batchelder about what’s new for newbies, Michelle Biddix-Simmons has some calorie-counting tips for costumers, Eternal Zan has some hotel info and budgeting tips, and Bewitched Raven talks about how to save some cash on your costume. We can’t guarantee that this show will ease your pre-Dragon Con hysteria, but we hope it at least gives you a moment to breathe.”
The ESO 2015 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 4
“Only a little over 100 days left until Dragon Con 2015! Mike, Mike, and Darren help easy the pressure by informing you of the latest news and announcements. Michelle Biddix-Simmons warns of the dangers of stressing out too soon, Kevin Batchelder has some helpful hints on how to participate on panels, Bewitched Raven reveals where her costume ideas come from, and Eternal Zan suggests some ideas on how to keep those DC memories for eternity. Plus, party tips from Darren!”
The ESO 2015 Dragon Con Khan Report Episode 5
“Warning!!! Dragon Con 2015 is fast approaching! Collision imminent in less than 100 days! Learn how to protect yourself from con disaster from the ESO crew. Mike and Mike get the latest news from Director of Media Relations, Dan Carroll. Darren Nowell uncovers some spots of solace away from the madding crowds. Kevin Batchelder provides pointers on dealing with the mass in transit. Michelle Biddix-Simmons checks systems and equipment. Eternal Zan offers some hotel transfer training, and Bewitched Raven reports on the status of her costumes. Hold on tight as we round the corner and enter the final stretch!”
The ESO 2015 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 6
“There’s a little over two months left until Dragon Con 2015. Yes folks, the sh*t just got real! Mike, Mike, Darren, and Mary Lou Who are here to help with the latest news and announcements. Michelle Biddix-Simmons offers encouraging words for those who may have hit a wall. Eternal Zan has updates on hotel info. Bewitched Raven takes us behind the scenes of group photo shoots. And we are honored to be joined by Rain Glynn, director of the Space Track, who informs us that not all the Dragon Con stars are found in the Walk of Fame.”
The ESO 2015 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 7
“Behold, the penultimate pre-Dragon Con 2015 report! Mike, Mike, Darren, and Mary Lou Who update you on the latest news and four track directors make their ESO debut. Costuming Track Director Lee Cox, Silk Road Track Director Kira Lang, Apocalypse Rising Track Director Shannon Chestnut, and Science Fiction Literature Track Director Sue Phillips all preview the panels and events they will be hosting. Plus, Darren gives us a glimpse into his party schedule.”
The ESO 2015 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 8
“Time’s up! The big event is only a couple of weeks away! Mike, Mike, Darren, and MaryLouWho are joined by Nikki Rau-Baker, Michelle Biddix-Simmons, Eternal Zan, and Bewitched Raven to go over the latest news, some last minute tips, and what each is looking forward to this year. Let’s get ready to rumble! We look forward to seeing you at the con!”
And here are a few classic podcasts done at the con itself.
Earth Station One Special – DragonCon 2013 BritTrack Podcast Panel
Earth Station One Dragon Con Special – Downton Abbey
Dragon Con 2013: SeaQuest DSV 20th Anniversary Panel
The Needless Things Podcast has been doing its thing for a few years now, and one of the things it does every year is podcast about, and even from, Dragon Con. Fun chat with some of the track directors and about the plans for the con.
Needless Things Podcast 67 – Dragon Con 2015: Costuming & Cosplay
“2015 Dragon Con coverage starts today on the Needless Things Podcast! Sean Patton of SMP Designs and Sara Nicole Pope join Phantom Troublemaker to discuss costuming and cosplay!
“Costumes are one of the most important elements at Dragon Con or any other convention, but so much more goes into them than just wearing them. Sean and Sara have both been involved with costuming for many years and have unique perspectives on how to design and create geek-oriented gear. From interpretations of screen and comic book designs to practicality and commissions, these two have valuable insight on every aspect of the craft.”
“The gang also touches on the terms “cosplay” and “costuming” and why they are different but not mutually exclusive.”
Needless Things Podcast 68 – Dragon Con 2015: Crispy from Dragon Con TV
“2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast! In this week’s episode, Phantom and his co-host Mr. Beau Brown talk to one of the faces of Dragon Con TV, Chris “Crispy” Lloyd!
“Dragon Con TV has become an indispensable part of what makes Dragon Con so unique and fun every year. From original comedy sketches to short films to panels live from the Con, DCTV broadcasts to all five host hotels 24/7 from start to end. Crispy is one of the faces of DCTV and in this episode he talks about his start as an entertainer, the journey to the DCTV interviewer mic, and shares some of his fondest memories from Con.
“Listen in as Phantom, Beau, and Crispy discuss the excitement and magic of Dragon Con and look at just what, exactly, makes it so special!”
Needless Things Podcast 69 – Dragon Con 2015: American Sci-Fi Classics
“2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast! In this week’s episode, Phantom talks to the men behind the magic of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Gary Mitchel and Joe Crowe!
“All media must submit to the Classics Track Countdown! Once a movie has aged or a TV show has been cancelled for a magical ten years, it becomes the domain of the Classics Track. At this point, the constantly evolving, always growing group of Classics Track Irregulars will descend upon said franchise and lavish it with what is, quite frankly, an astonishing level of adoration. There is only one rule in Classics Track:
“THERE ARE NO GUILTY PLEASURES”
“Listen in as Phantom, Gary, and Joe talk about what makes Dragon Con so special, as well as why the Classics Track is the best of all of the fan tracks.”
And try these older Needless Things podcasts, some from Dragon Con convention panels.
The GI Joe: A Real American Hero Panel
Conan the Destroyer Panel with William Stout
Dragon Con Puppetry Track & National Puppet Slam
Dragon Con 2014 – Sean Patton & DJ Spider
Dragon Con 2013: Needless Things Podcast Episode 10 – The Toy Panel
Every year for the last few years now, The Unique geek counts down the days to Dragon Con starting 50 days out with The Unique Geeks 50 Days of Dragon Con. They may not get 50 podcasts in by the big day, but they cram a lot in there with fun talk, lots of info, and very informative guest that sometimes include Dragon Con Track directors.
Great way to get prepped and updated on the happenings as the big day (September 4th this year) gets closer.
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 1) Leigh and Jon
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 2) – Zan The Eternal
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 3) – Leigh’s 1-2-4 Rule (Part 1)
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 4) – Kevin and The Newbies
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 5) – Lee: Master Of Disguise
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 6) – Master Chief Kevin
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 7) – Leigh’s 1-2-4 Rule (Part 2)
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 8) – Queen Caro of the Brits
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 10) – Jill: Ruler of Munchkinville
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 11) – Leigh’s 1-2-4 Rule (Part 3)
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 12) – Sue: Master of Imagined Worlds
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 13) – Leigh vs. The Game Masters
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 15) – Kelley: Dutchess Of The CW-Verse and Outlying Territories
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 (Day 17) – Serv’s Food Guide (2015 Revision)
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 18) – Leigh’s Rules: Audio Version
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 19) – Derek: Master of Horror
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 21) – Serv: Super Friend
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 22) – JJ: Master Of Doom
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 24) – Ron: Legal Eagle
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 25) – Jamie and James: Star Lords
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 26) – Aaron and Leigh: Wonder Twins
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 29) – Joe: The Man From Manimal
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 31) – Rox: Empress of Etiquette
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 32) – Widgett: Dragon Slayer
50 Days Of Dragon Con 2015 – (Day 34) – Carol: Vampire Queen
50 Days of Dragon Con 2015 – Day 38 – Jenn: Countess of Good Deeds
While you’re at looking for some Dragon Con related podcasting goodness, check out the following podcasts as well. Some are informative, some are fun, and some are a lot of both.
White Rocket Podcast
White Rocket 072: Sci Fi Literature Jeopardy at DragonCon 2014
“This episode we present in its entirety the Sci Fi Literature Jeopardy tournament at DragonCon 2014 in Atlanta.”
White Rocket 075: DragonCon SF Classics Track with Gary Mitchel
“Gary Mitchel, Co-Director of DragonCon’s American SF Classics Panel, joins Van this week to discuss what’s coming up this year in one of the con’s most entertaining tracks as well as looking back at some highlights from previous years.”
Season 3 Episode 4: Favorite Things That Ever, Ever, Ever Happened at Conventions!
“This week Seriously Dan is joined by Dragon Con Volunteer Department Second in Command to talk about the greatest things that have ever happened to folks at Conventions. Most of these stories are from Dragon Con. These amazing tales range from personal family memories to encounters with stars and creators.”
Season 3 Episode 6: Getting Ready for Dragon Con!
“This week my good friends and adventurous geeks Bill Watters and Mary Anne Butler join me from the Bay Area where they are working on their plans for Dragon Con! The topic today? Planning for Dragon Con!”
Geek Dad – Looking Ahead at Dragon Con 2015
Drinks at The Dal
A podcast way station for Lost Girl fans
Lost Girl at Dragon Con 2015 Preview
Debriefing Dragon Con
Debriefing DragonCon #015 – 2014 Con Experiences and Podcast Plans For 2015
Debriefing DragonCon #016 – Newbie Events At Con 2015 and Last Minute Con Planning
Debriefing DragonCon #017 – Fan Tracks and Autographs and Photo Ops
Debriefing DragonCon #018 – Pocket Program and Smartphone Apps
Debriefing DragonCon #019 – Packing, Taking Care Of Yourself At Con and Food Options
Dragon Con Filk Track Podcast
And here are few that are just pure panel fun.
“Another year, another wonderful DragonCon! This time we’re joined by Jim Butcher, one of our favorite authors (and yours). We discuss his upcoming steampunk series The Cinder Spires, his tips for new authors, and who the best fantasy writer would be to have on your side in a bar fight.”
Dragon Con Time After Time Reunion Panel with Malcolm McDowell and David Warner
That’s a lot of podcasts, and that’s all for now. If you want to have some fun with Dragon Con prep, go to iTunes and put either “Dragon Con” or “DragonCon” into the iTunes Store search function. Check out the podcast episodes that pop up. Lots of fun talk about Dragon Con, and even more than a few panels from past Dragon Cons.
See you in about 10 days. By the way, if you’re going to Dragon Con, get the app.