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 Adrienne Brynteson, left, and Nicole Willerson, both of Rome, Ga., dress as vampires,  at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual...
 A Dragon Con attendee dressed as a character from the movie "Predator" at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction...
 A Dragon Con attendee, who gave his name as Navi, smokes from a hookah  at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fictio...
 Attendees sit outside a hotel at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fantasy convention drew big crowds a...
 Christina Barton, of Douglasville, Ga., watches fellow attendees walk along the sidewalk at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annu...
 A unidentified woman dressed in character pauses for onlookers at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fan...
 An unidentified man dressed as Batman talks on his mobile phone during a break from the festivities at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 201...
 A pack of attendees dressed as zombies walk the streets at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fantasy co...
 People dress as different characters at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fantasy convention drew big c...
 Mason Sokol, of Atlanta, dressed as a Pokemon character, watches fellow  attendees walk along the sidewalk  at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug....
 An unidentified attendee concentrates on his next move in the gaming hall at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fict...
 Chalk artist Lexi Fulmer, of Lake Mary, Fla., and her sister work of a comic book themed piece  at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. T...
 An unidentified Dragon Con attendee, dressed as Batman, walks to his hotel in downtown in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science ficti...
 Three women make their way to the evening festivities at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fantasy conv...

Dragon Con

Adrienne Brynteson, left, and Nicole Willerson, both of Rome, Ga., dress as vampires, at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual...

Dragon Con

A Dragon Con attendee dressed as a character from the movie "Predator" at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction...

Dragon Con

A Dragon Con attendee, who gave his name as Navi, smokes from a hookah at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fictio...

Dragon Con

Attendees sit outside a hotel at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fantasy convention drew big crowds a...

Dragon Con

Christina Barton, of Douglasville, Ga., watches fellow attendees walk along the sidewalk at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annu...

Dragon Con

A unidentified woman dressed in character pauses for onlookers at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fan...

Dragon Con

An unidentified man dressed as Batman talks on his mobile phone during a break from the festivities at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 201...

Dragon Con

A pack of attendees dressed as zombies walk the streets at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fantasy co...

Dragon Con

People dress as different characters at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fantasy convention drew big c...

Dragon Con

Mason Sokol, of Atlanta, dressed as a Pokemon character, watches fellow attendees walk along the sidewalk at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug....

Dragon Con

An unidentified attendee concentrates on his next move in the gaming hall at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fict...

Dragon Con

Chalk artist Lexi Fulmer, of Lake Mary, Fla., and her sister work of a comic book themed piece at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. T...

Dragon Con

An unidentified Dragon Con attendee, dressed as Batman, walks to his hotel in downtown in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science ficti...

Dragon Con

Three women make their way to the evening festivities at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fantasy conv...

Tens of thousands of science fiction and fantasy fans descended on downtown Atlanta over the weekend for the 26th annual Dragon Con, a surreal southeast 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 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 Dan Carroll, a spokesman for the event.
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Here's a gallery of photos from Dragon Con.


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