No, this is not a Christmas post, this is a Dragon*Con post.
As I was sitting in my office, brooding and contemplating as evil geniuses are wont to do, it occurred to me that there are a handful of “milestones” on the road to Dragon*Con each year. Here are some of mine.
Richard has been coming to Dragon*Con for as long as I can remember, and he is usually one of the first guests announced. Rather than becoming “Old News”, this puts a smile on my face as he is one of the nicest and most positive people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at Dragon*Con. He’s one of the people who makes this convention what it is, and if you have a chance to catch him on a panel, or even speak to him in person, I highly recommend it. Even if you aren’t particularly a fan of Battlestar Galactica. (You heathen!)
The effects of this are a little more evident if you follow #dragoncon on Twitter. There is always a flurry of “I just got my badge! WOO HOO!” type tweets just befote one of these deadlines. (Today, if you’re curious)
I finally get to leave my fortress of solitude. (When I grow a cape and can fly, I’ll capitalize that term.) The staff meetings aren’t always the most productive affairs, but the first one is a clear sign that “Dragon*Con is coming.”
It always seems to pop up on the main Dragon*Con page when the inevitable “Why aren’t Volataire/The Cruxshadows coming to Dragon*Con this year?” posts on the LiveJournal community. Since Voltaire has agreed to play the MMORPG Track Party this year, I’m reasonably confident that he’s planning on coming back to Dragon*Con. I can’t speak for Rogue and crew (or Crux, if you’re Francophone), but I’d be seriously shocked if they aren’t returning as well.
The last “signpost” on the road to Dragon*Con each year is when tracks start publishing their schedules online. Truthfully, I could publish our preliminary schedule today as I don’t see it changing much between now and the convention, depending on which guests return. Of course, just as truthfully, there are always last minute surprises and changes that render any amount of planning done by me or my staff as utterly useless.
At any rate, ’tis the season to start ramping up for next year. Dragon*Con 25 Season is officially open.