Sci-fi fanatics invade downtown Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) - Tens of thousands of science fiction and fantasy fans descended on downtown Atlanta over the weekend for the 26th annual Dragon Con, a surreal south-east gathering for all things futuristic, fantastical and just plain odd.
The 26th annual event hosts a range of comic-themed costume contests, paranormal training seminars and hands-on sessions for the manufacture of bygone-era armor.
Late-night hotel lobby parties spilled into the wee hours on Friday, when collections of anime-themed characters caroused with zombies and herculean robots.
This year's convention had a record 30,000 pre-registered attendees, according to a spokesman for the event.