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For tens-of-thousands of people, Labor Day weekend in Atlanta means one thing and one thing only: Dragon Con!

It’s not your average holiday weekend consisting of backyard barbecues, but rather a four-day sci-fi, fantasy, pop culture and gaming convention hosted in a handful of downtown hotels.

Among the eager annual participants is the Craven family – parents Aaron and Stephanie and 9-year-old son, Jackson.

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The Closer Look team poses with Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, Pine Lake Mayor Melanie Hammett and Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols for a selfie at a Closer Look Dragon Con event Wednesday.
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Cosplayer with her hands in flames
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Labor Day weekend in Atlanta means that we can expect the Storm Trooper population of the downtown area to rise dramatically.

We're referring, of course, to Dragon*Con and the massive influx of costumed comic book, sci-fi, video game and pop culture fans that the event brings in.

There is much more to these costumes than the casual onlooker might expect and that phenomenon is the subject of a new documentary directed by PBA 30’s Jack Walsh.


Mar 6, 2012

Every Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta, Dragon*Con enthusiasts are easily spotted. They're usually wearing costumes from their favorite science fiction, fantasy or horror movie. People travel from all around the country to attend the festival. Estimations of the number of people who participate in the four day festival vary widely . . . anywhere from 30,000 to 80,000 people. To see an excerpt of the PBA 30 Documentary, "Four Days at Dragon*Con", click here.