Having spent the entire weekend here in Atlanta, my time at Dragon Con has been a truly unique and rewarding experience. Between the panels featuring some of my favorite actors from my favorite shows, to getting to meet and engage with people I have been a fan of for years, Dragon Con and the culture around it has been one of the highlights of this year for me.
One of the newest additions to the Dragon Con experience is the Dragon Con Awards. Starting in 2016 in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Con, the Dragon Awards celebrates everything that is awesome in pop culture. With categories that span the geek cultural landscape from books, comics, TV, film and games, the Dragon Awards covers 15 categories with 88 properties within them. More than 8,000 fans cast their votes for their favorites in multiple categories. Some of the winners from this year include:
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 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
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.
Were any of your choices big winners? Let me know what you wanted to see as the winner in a category of your choice. Dragon Con runs through Labor Day Weekend September 1-4th.
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