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OutlantaCon May 8-10, 2015 Atlanta GA 
OutlantaCon is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience!
You’ll find all the usual convention fare here–discussion panels, gaming, costuming,
special events, etc. The difference is that it all has a queer ‘bent’ to it. Here
you can enjoy all the convention trappings in an atmosphere where you’re free to
be yourself! We also offer some pretty unique twists as well, like our own versions
of Match Game (a staple since 2007), Project Cosplay (2010), Nea’s Drag Race (2011),
and the wildly popular Sock Puppet Theatre Presents…
Come to OutlantaCon May 8-10, 2015 at the Marriott Century Center
in Atlanta.
Venusian Airship Pirate
Trading Company 
One of the fun things about OutlantaCon is traipsing through
the Dealer’s Room and seeing all the cool goodies. This year, there is a wide range
of products available, everything from horns to steampunk to anime to games… Check
it out. Below is a taste of what’s to come.

Venusian Airship Pirate Trading Company

We take the finest available weaponry from each time and location
that our travels take us to, that are available. We then modify it to fit our peculiar
steampunk technology. We enjoy spreading happiness one gun at a time. To this date
we have never duplicated an item, making each one a individual work of art. Hence
our motto, “Distinctive Weaponry for the Discriminating Buyer.”

MisakiYuki Craft

Arts and Crafts supply store and costume shop in Gainesville,
GA. Owned by Kirstyn Lindsey and Keri Johnson. Art Freak and Costume Designers,
Craft Freaks

The Art of Benstigation

Ben Butler: I am a Texas raised, Atlanta based artist/graphic
designer. I am one of many and am looking to entertain with light shock and crazy
thoughts.

Seafaring Steampunk

A lot of my pieces are simply just found items that I’ve put
to a better use – steampunkery! I dismantle clocks and watches, and buy other parts
from flea markets and thrift stores and the like. Because of this, very few of my
pieces can be reproduced. So hurry up and get your one-of-a-kind stuff!

Empire Valley Series

A book series by author Ellie Collins.
After the government is forced to accept the existence of supernatural
creatures, they are rounded up, imprisoned and shipped off to an island to live
out the rest of their days, forbidden to leave or to ever have contact with humanity
again. As seemingly random acts of violence break out across the island, the seeds
of rebellion begin to take root.
Sophia Desai, a Shapeshifter, is an officer on the island, processing
new arrivals and pushing papers. When she begins the investigation of a strange
murder, she begins to see the true dark side of their home, and of the people who
put them there.

Huntress Light Designs

Designs of the fantastical and spiritual.
The artist known as HuntressLight is also called “Kemi”
on forum sites. She makes her living as an Administrative Professional, but art
and tinkering are in her DNA. She keeps her soul fulfilled with crafting costume
props and creating digital artwork. She’s also a writer but that’s a whole ‘nother
story. Prosthetic Horns, original jewelry, belts and bracers, collars and cuffs,
puches and purses, plus much more.
Titan Games and Comics 

Titan Games and Comics

Titan Games and Comics is the Atlanta area’s premier collectibles
chain selling comics, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, collectable figures, RPG’s
and board games. Two great locations and friendly, helpful staff make your experience
an enjoyable one.
Duluth location
Smyrna location

Games Well Played

Well Played is in the business of connecting people through the
fun of games. We help you find new favorites and teach you to play in the comfort
of your home.
Well Played Games will provide demo games all weekend at OutlantaCon
of new and classic games for you as well as have them available to buy if you love
them.
Last year’s gaming table 
OutlantaCon’s game room is open 24 hours a day. In it are a huge
selection of board and card games for you fun needs including tabletop, RPG, and
board games.

Social Media for the Convention

Location 2015 Marriott Century Center Atlanta http://www.outlantacon.org/#!location/cp0k
OutlantaCon May 8-10, 2015 

A post by Edward deGruy, OutlantaCon’s PR Chair for 2015.

Ignore that queen behind the curtain.
Ready for a panel  
What day is it? Is the convention coming
or going? Hard to tell anymore. Still so much to be done to get this OutlantaCon
thing going.
So why do we do it?
Easy. Because once you have put on
your own convention you never want to do anything else. Real life just becomes the down time to another convention.
We know the thrills of people crowding
in a room to get their geek on. We know the cheers when the big guest comes on stage.
The smiles of kids and kids at heart meeting their TV/movie hero. The nods as people
find out the reasons behind their favourite stories and novels. Finding that perfect
gift or compliment to a costume in the dealers room or art show. Aspiring writers
getting that final push they needed to finish that story they have been working
on for years.
We know the pains of making sure the
contracts for the space are right. Learning all the social media programs and apps
to make sure everyone knows about your convention and the pain of hearing after
the weekend “You had who? Your convention is about what? I have never heard
of you and I am a huge fan of .” The infinite problems that happen the weekend of. You know
“Ummmm….that room for that panel is 70 feet from the other panel room. That
is TOO far to walk.”
The Match Game in process
There is a process to it. One most
never think about. The bulk of people just assume hotels come to you. “Please
come use our space. For free. No. Better yet we will pay YOU to have your con here.”
Ummmm…not so much. Hotel contacts with stuff like room rates and blocks. Food and
beverage minimums. Tech orders for projectors, pipe and drape and dongles for computers.
Yes. We said dongle. We had to learn what that is.
So you get everything right with the
hotel. Yay!!!! How the hell do we get people to want to come now? Anybody know anything
about PR? Oh you? What? Wait….you want to get paid to do our PR? You think we have
money? No one has even bought a ticket yet. Well how about we do it ourselves? What
is Twitter anyway?
Wait. Who is our guest going to be?
What? We have to pay them? Half now? No one has bought a ticket yet! Frell. Ok.
I will write the check. ::grumble::
Hotel. Check.
PR. Check.
Guest. Check.
Cool. People are excited and buying
tickets. But no rooms. How are we supposed to make our room commitment? Nervous
now. I might throw up.
Luckily Lauren and her crew is handling
our con suite so our convention goers can save some money and eat a bit for free.
Whew. What do you mean she is having a baby then and cannot do it anymore? What!!??
Ok. That real life thing has struck again.
We will figure it out. No worries.
Say What…?!
Well at least the t-shirts are on the
way and that will be awesome. What is this email? They will not arrive now till
AFTER THE CONVENTION!!!!  Definitely throwing
up now.
Programming. Anybody got any ideas for panels? Should we
have them on the hour? Hour and a half? Our main guest will only do one panel?
Between 10am and 2pm. Right. Ok. No problem. Oh cool we have 5 guests that want
in on the “One-Eyed Trouser Trouts and Pink Tacos: Euphemisms Gone
Wild.” You can only use two? So who are we going to make mad then?
Ok. The weekend is here. Be calm. Stay
cool.
Our game room area is under emergency
renovation and now we only have a closet to game in?  Excuse us…
No. No. We’re fine. Not a problem.
Maybe we will go with all card games to save space.
We will just go sit down in the lobby
for a minute while the main guest Q and A lets out.
“Wow! That was great. I never
knew that about that show. That is so cool. I wonder if they are doing any other
cons soon so I can ask them some questions once I re-watch it.”
“Did you get any of the hot dogs
in the consuite? They are so good. Let’s go get a drink in the bar and talk about
the latest episode.”
“I just played that new game my
friend told me about. I have to go to the dealer’s room and get a copy. So fun!”
Even registration is fun 
“I am getting a nap before the
parties tonight. I am SO glad I got a room. And it really was cheaper than the regular
rate here. It is going to be a monster night tonight!!”
“OMG. There is a panel tonight
called One-Eyed Trouser Trouts and Pink Tacos: Euphemisms Gone Wild. I have to go
to that. Can you imagine?”
“I wish I had planned to come
for more than one day. I am so coming back next year!!”
 Oh right. That is why we do this.
This is good.
Wait. Why is that person trying to
fit that costume through that small space and scratching up the walls?
Sigh. Be right back.

OutlantaCon is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience!
You’ll find all the usual convention fare here–discussion panels, gaming, costuming,
special events, etc. The difference is that it all has a queer ‘bent’ to it. Here
you can enjoy all the convention trappings in an atmosphere where you’re free to
be yourself! We also offer some pretty unique twists as well, like our own versions
of Match Game (a staple since 2007), Project Cosplay (2010), Nea’s Drag Race (2011), and the wildly popular Sock Puppet Theatre Presents…
May 8-10, 2015 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta.

Social Media for Convention

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