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Stars Align For DRAGON CON’S 30th Anniversary

 Guests from Star Trek, Rogue One, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Who, Marvel’s Daredevil and other top television shows and movies shine brightly at Dragon Con.

William Shatner, Karl Urban, Alan Tudyk, Alex Kingston, Jack Gleeson, and Charlie Cox lead a long list of television and movie stars coming to Atlanta to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, science fiction, and gaming convention.   

Shatner, best known as Capt. Kirk from the original Star Trek series, and Urban, who plays Dr. McCoy in the movie franchise reboot, will help Dragon Con mark 50 years of Star Trek.

Brian Henson, puppeteer and son of the late Jim Henson, will be among the top puppetry guests.  Henson will talk about the 30th anniversary ofLabyrinth, the fantasy movie featuring David Bowie, Jennifer Connolly, and a large cast of Jim Henson’s creations.

Rogue One’s Alan Tudyk will join us as well.  Tudyk is well known for his role on Firefly, Dodgeball and other movies, and his comic web series Con Man. Gillian Anderson, half of the Mulder Scully duo from television’s X-files, returns to Dragon Con for the first time since 2012.  

Sam J. Jones and Melody Anderson from the 1980 cult classic Flash Gordon, and Gil Gerard and Erin Gray from NBC’s Buck Rogers in the 25thCentury will be on hand, representing classic science fiction from 1970s and 1980s. 

Brett Dalton, who plays HYDRA leader Grant Ward on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will also be among the fan favorites on hand to lead discussions, talk with fans and sign autographs during the four-day convention.

“We are delighted to have so many guests from so many of today’s most popular or, in the case of classic science fiction, best loved shows and movies to join us for our 30th Anniversary celebration,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.  “Overall, we will have some 400 guests – actors, authors, artists and other creators and experts – from across science, science fiction, and fantasy worlds, in whatever medium.” 

An estimated 75,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con 2016, filling downtown Atlanta over the September 2 to September 5 Labor Day weekend, with events and activities across AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta.

This year’s convention will also feature main cast members from some of the most popular televisionshows including NBC’s Gotham, CW’s “Arrow-verse” (ArrowFlash, and Legends of Tomorrow), NBC’s Grimm, BBC’s Torchwood, CW’s iZombie, Syfy’s Dark Matter, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, CW’s The 100, and Fox’s X-files.

Three of the most popular leads from BBC’s enduring Dr. Who series have a central role at Dragon Con this year.  Kingston, known to many television audiences for her role on ER, will be joined by fan favorites Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan. Gillan plays the assassin Nebula in theGuardians of the Galaxy movie franchise and Darvill can be currently seen in the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow series. 

Guests from television shows created by Joss Whedon, the American writer, director and producer, include FireflyDollhouseBuffy the Vampire Slayer and spin-off Angel, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.   Other classic science fiction and fantasy television is also well represented, including Mystery Science Theater 3000, Farscape, the Battlestar Galactica franchise, and the Stargate franchise.

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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