Phx ComicCon / Dragon*Con 2004

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  1. kreleia Jedi Grand Master

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    Which Con will YOU choose? [face_mischief]

    As I recall, there has been discussion in the past about going to Dragon*Con this year. However, ComicCon seems to have become a bit of a tradition for the PFF (due to location and past experience). SO, I'm posting information about BOTH cons, and in the meantime, while we all save our money ($20 a week, folks - just do it), we can decide once and for all where we want to go.

    Why not do both?
    Well, as you'll see with the information below, it IS possible, but it's gonna get rather expensive that way. Especially since, for the majority of us, flying to Atlanta for Dragon*Con would be highly preferable to driving. But, hey, if you want to do both, start putting away $40 to $50 a week (it *is* possible... I haven't figured out how yet, either, but it is).

    I'm sure for most of us it'll be one or the other.
    Dragon*Con 2004
    "Dragon*Con 2004, America's largest annual convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror, comics and art, games and computers, animation, science, music, television and films..."

    Where: Atlanta, GA
    When: September 3-6, 2004
    How much: (all 4 days)
    --$50 if registered by Feb. 13th
    --$60 if registered by May 14th
    --$70 if registered by July 15th
    --$85 thereafter and at the door

    Suffice it to say, it's good to decide ASAP for cheapest registration rates.

    Hotels will add a significant chunk of change to be saved up. The fees above are only for the convention itself.

    For ALL further information, including hotels, events and contests, check out The Dragon*Con webpage.

    This is quite possibly the largest COSTUMING convention in the U.S. Costume-Con *does* exist as well, but Dragon*Con is famous for the variety and quality of costumes that show up year after year.

    Please remember, this is the only information that I know of - I've never been, I don't know anything further. blackfeather is the only PFF member I know of that's been to Dragon*Con, so ask him. :) (yeah, he loves me now :D )


    ComicCon 2004

    Where: San Diego, CA
    When: July 22-25, 2004
    How much: (all 4 days)
    --$45 postmarked by April 16th
    --$50 postmarked by June 5th
    --$60 postmarked by June 18th
    --$60 at the door

    Once again, decide ASAP so you can register early.

    Hotels will add a significant chunk of change to be saved up. The fees above are only for the convention itself.

    Hotel reservations for Comic-Con opened on January 14. You can call the Comic-Con housing desk for rates and information at this number:

    1-877-552-6642

    or you can make online reservations at the website (listed below).

    For more information (although the site is rather scarce with it right now), check out The ComicCon webpage. You can also download a registration sheet - it MUST be mailed or faxed in.


    Let the discussions - and money saving - begin!! :D/>/>/>
  2. PtrsonsZOO Force Ghost

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    Jul 30, 2001
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    D*Con 04 for MEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

    And there will be several RMFF members at D*Con.... Now ComicCon05? I think I'll be there... Just think, a years worth of SW conning.
  3. kreleia Jedi Grand Master

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    Airline information from PHX to ATL for those considering Dragon*Con (as of Jan 11 - prices go up as the flight date gets closer)

    -Southwest - unfortunately, does not fly to Atlanta. Probably because Atlanta is the home and major hub of Delta. :(

    --Prices checked for departing Sept 2 from PHX, returning Sept 7 from ATL--

    -Delta
    **currently** $396.20 per person - round trip

    -America West
    **currently** $356 per person - round trip

    I've linked these two airlines because, as far as I can tell in my searches, they're the only two that have direct flights between here and Atlanta. I prefer direct flights, but that's because I fly too much. [face_blush] Sometimes you can fly cheaper if you connect through other cities.

    Expedia.com and Travelocity *might* have some better deals. However, I just checked Expedia, and so far the direct airline fares are better. ANY further airline suggestions, package deals, group rates, and info is MUCH appreciated. PLEASE POST IT BELOW and we'll compile all the info.

    :)
  4. jada_marnew Jedi Grand Master

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    Feb 22, 2003
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    FYI, if I remember my travel manager stuff correctly (hey! I'm digging 10 years into the brain!), Atlanta is Delta's major HUB. Also, decide what it is worth to you to break up the flight. This sometimes can save money.

  5. mrbunny666 Jedi Knight

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    Jul 23, 2002
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    I will definitely be attending Comic Con.
    No problem.

    As for Dragon Con?
    It all depends on how tomorrow goes for me at work.

    No matter what tomorrow's result, I'll be making ALOT more $!
  6. EmprsHandMick Jedi Master

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    We're talking about spending the week in San D before ComicCon since we're gonna be there the weekend before anyway. So we'll only be doing the one Con this time around
  7. sideshow212 Former RSA

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    well, my wedding is on july 17th, so i can't gaurantee that i'll have the funds/time for either...

    planning on having the honeymoon in san fransisco the week after the wedding. we were discussing driving down from san fran to comic con for the last day or something, but its still up in the air...
  8. Ima_princess Jedi Knight

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    Jul 5, 2003
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    Okay, For those of you 25 and under or full time students I can get you airfare for around 300 for DragonCon and for Comic I can get anyone something for about 118.20. I don't remember if those prices are competitive but that is what I have to offer. Remember, the sooner you buy your airfare the cheaper it will be. Last minute deals are a bit iffy, in my opinion. But who am I? Im just a princess. hehehe
  9. Idiots Array Jedi Grand Master

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    sideshow: Spike can't make an appearance without Wolfwood and Julia. ;)

    I'm planning on Comic Con again this year, and hopefully I'll be dragging Rachel with me.
  10. MexChewie Jedi Master

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    Apr 19, 2002
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    Don't know if your interested in going to these anime cons,here here or here.

    For a schedule of anime cons go here.
  11. DarkSiderSteve Jedi Knight

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    Jun 11, 2003
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    I want to go to both SDCC and Anime Expo. The others are out of the question though.
  12. arizonasithlord Jedi Knight

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    COmeing up on getting my IATAN card that will allow me to get travel agent discounts and since i work at a travel company i might be able to get some deals for you all....

    IA: ive been looking for a airsoft sidearm for you but it is Cali and they dont like those kinds of things, id let you borrow the real one for some pictures but i may be selling it soon.

  13. aztrooper0013 Jedi Knight

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    Jan 27, 2002
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    Well, I'm planning on going to either ComicCon or AnimeExpo. If I have to choose, it'll be ComicCon, sans that BS Villikon stuff. All Trooper, baby! :)
  14. Jedi_Knight_Birr Retired RSA

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    i am thinking of going to D*con. it sounds fun.
  15. PtrsonsZOO Force Ghost

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    Go For it Birr! If we can get a few of us together, the room won't be so expensive :D

    I'm pretty sure JD is thinking about it too! [face_mischief] :D
  16. DarthFeldman Jedi Master

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    not sure if the casa de sistine and moe is gonna be available again this year, but most likely I and the woman will be at comic con.
  17. Jedi_Knight_Birr Retired RSA

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    its so tempting. D*con. i really want to go.plus i am easy to bunk with. give me a pillow and a blanket, i claim the floor. hotel beds and i don't get along that well.
  18. -Master- Jedi Master

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    The Master's Inn in SD will be available this year.
  19. Sistine Jedi Master

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    I would love to go to Dragon Con since Linsner will not be at 2004 San Diego. I want to enter the Dawn look a like contest...hey I have to do something cool with my newest Bridesmaid dress... Blue Dawn with White angel wings and Armor! Hoo Ha!
  20. blackfeather Jedi Knight

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    dood, sistine, i got photos from the dawn look-a-like contest from dragoncon'02. you gotta check 'em out!

    heh. it was hosted by traci lords & ted raimi that year. heheh.
  21. Sistine Jedi Master

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    I won't go as far as the woman who wore only a sheer red shirt...however I have seen some awesome shots Blackfeather!

    You are one of the only people who saw my costume from last year...
  22. blackfeather Jedi Knight

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    yeah, she was a little too... orange i guess?

    i've seen a few of the other pics. i took some of the real choice pics of the cute ladies on their runway walk. one of 'em was in the 501st from CA, and the rest of the con she wore costumes for imperial ship mechanic & dark jedi. definitely wasn't rebel scum.

    dood, if you & moe go to dragoncon, that'd be so awesome.
  23. Sistine Jedi Master

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    Hmm flights from San Diego are $314.00 That's a little steap...


    hmmm...
    ROAD TRIP!
  24. blackfeather Jedi Knight

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    $314?!? they're charging over $400 out here!!

    do you know how hard it is to find a bargain price like that to atlanta? hanging out on orbitz.com, surfing from the airport website and looking up every airline that goes to atlanta, even trying to mix and match airlines myself (cause southwest doesn't fly there), that's how hard!

    i'd kill for a $314 ticket. i think i HAVE killed... [face_blush]

    although if you can roadtrip it that far, that'd be a freakin' adventure.

    lemme tellya though, the con hotels are very schway. awesome in that plush, scenic and ritzy sort of way. and then there's the parties. some are invitation only (that's never stopped me before, though. can't explain why...), some are open, and some you have to hunt for. but all have lots of free booze, and lots of places to sneak off to for an, ahem, intimate moment with your honey. like under stairs, at the dance with the lights down real low, and for a thrill, actually in a hotel room. some of the male attendees dressed in their finest corsets and skirts, so any outfit choices are acceptable.
    oh, and the art shows are of da HOOK!

    a word of warning though? for those that do go, PRE-REG. i can't emphasize that enough. the line of people that register on-site goes all over the place, and it's inside the hotel's lower levels. it's like the small intestine, coiling everywhere. to be fair, the pre-reg line can be long too, depending on when you get there. so get there before dawn. camp out. snipe out anyone trying to make the kill and snag your ammo. watch for respawn points. you know the drill.

    did i mention that the 501st usually pulls escort duty for some of the big events, like the costume contests? imagine darth vader putting a force chokehold on tv's tom servo. hee. freakin' awesome.
  25. ZOOpremeChancellor Jedi Knight

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    If I was even the least little bit undecided about D*Con, BF, your little story would have sealed the deal for me! [face_laugh] :D I am SOOOOOOO gonna be there this year! :D [face_love] :D
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