Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: The Dragon Award Winners and Other Stuff

by Beth

So another Dragon Con is in the books, and I'm frakking exhausted. I didn't plan well by having my first post-con post go up the day after the con ends, but here we are. (I know I said I'd talk about Game of Thrones, but the finale came at a bad time for that. Plus, Phantom and I are talking about doing a podcast since we both have so much to say about the most recent season). I'm sure you're all as tired as I am so hopefully you'll forgive me for getting some press release business out of the way this week before really getting fully into my coverage next week. I promise you it'll be worth the wait. I didn't see a ton of panels (the ones I did see were great though), but I did get four of the ten interviews I applied for so it really will be worth it. Check back every Tuesday in September for my continuing Dragon Con coverage. But first...

The Dragon Award Winners
(for the complete list of nominees go here)

More than 8,000 fans cast ballots for Dragon Award winners among 88 properties in 15 categories covering the full range of fiction, comics, television, movies, video gaming and tabletop gaming. Winners were announced on Sept. 3 at Dragon Con, which runs September 1 to September 4, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Final voting was held via the dedicated Dragon Awards website, and the voting period ran from August 3 to September 2. The ballot was selected in an open nomination process in which fans nominated their favorite properties. The nomination period ran from early April until July 25. The best and most popular of the nominated properties were elevated to the ballot. 

The Dragon Awards were introduced in 2016 as part of the 30th Anniversary of Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

And the winners are …

Best Science Fiction Novel
Babylon's Ashes, by James S.A. Corey

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge, by Larry Correia and John Ringo

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Iron Dragoons, by Richard Fox

Best Alternate History Novel
Fallout: The Hot War, by Harry Turtledove

Best Apocalyptic Novel
Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow

Best Horror Novel
The Changeling, by Victor LaValle

Best Comic Book
The Dresden Files: Dog Men, by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo

Best Graphic Novel
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card, by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Stranger Things, by Netflix

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
Wonder Woman directed, by Patty Jenkins

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, by Nintendo

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
Pokemon GO, by Niantic

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk, by Avalon Hill

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon, by Wizards of the Coast

Did your favorite not win? Well you should have voted. Over 80,000 people attended, and only 8,000 voted? We can do better than that. But speaking of better things...

LifeSouth, which has organized the convention’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive since 2002, recognized Dragon Con for its 25,000th donor. This year, some 3,000 donors contributed nearly 6,000 units of blood and blood products, with the milestone donor arriving on Thursday night.

Since 2014, which marked the start of the organization’s Superheroes program, Dragon Con and its fans have contributed more than 2,600 hours of community service.  During 2017, Dragon Con Superheroes manned a crafts ‘n’ cosplay booth at the Special Olympics Georgia Summer Games, maintained portions of Piedmont Park, participated in the annual Walk to End Lupus Now, and collected toys and games for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.   

Dragon Con’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive attracted a huge turnout, with about 3,000 attendees donating some 6,000 units of blood and blood products this year The annual drive – consistently ranked as the largest convention-based blood drive – benefits LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospitals in the Atlanta area and 110 hospitals in the Southeast.

Good job everyone. Let's not let a few assholes overshadow the good that comes out of Dragon Con.

That's it for today, but don't forget to check back next week for my weekend coverage, and several weeks after that for interviews/press conferences with big stars like Michael Rooker, Casper Van Dien, and more.

Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been reborn as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet. Follow beth0rama on Instagram or on Twitter @NeedlessBeth where she doesn't post often enough to be annoying, but updates way more than Google+

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