Needcoffee.com’s DragonCon 2009 Madness 2009-09-03T03:50:40+00:00

Times, subjects, participants, zip codes and the space-time continuum itself are subject to change without notice. And this is a first draft. We will try to post updates here as we learn about them. Please follow Widgett on Twitter for last minute updates.

Friday, September 4th

Official Unofficial Welcome to BritTrack
When: Fri 10:00 am (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: Welcome back to another year. We’ve made some major changes to our programming this year, so stop by meet the staff and hear about our 2009 schedule.
Who: Rob Levy, Bob the Zombie (aka Caro)

Roughly 54 Minutes & 13 Seconds With Nuts on The Road
When: Fri 10:00 am (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: A601-602 – Marriott
Description: Ken Plume and Widgett Walls have combined forces to form Nuts on the Road, the strange podcast/vidcast performance art surrealism puppet-infused nonsense that is more dodo than dada.
Who: Ken Plume; Widgett Walls

Snydecast and Quick Stop Entertainment
When: Fri 11:30 am (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: A601-602 – Marriott
Description: …presents a panel full of surprises, prizes, and more. Much, much more. You don’t want to miss it.
Who: Ken Plume and Dana Snyder bickering.

Torchwood: The Captain Jack Experience
When: Fri 11:30 am (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Grand Ballroom A-F – Sheraton
Description: Captain Jack Harkness is one of the most enigmatic and charismatic characters in the Whoniverse. We hear from our guests who have intimate knowledge.
Who: Rob Levy

Spotlight on Terry Gilliam
When: Fri 1:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Atrium Ballroom – Marriott
Description: Terry Gilliam and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasssus.
Who: Terry Gilliam; Ken Plume moderating.

Warehouse 13
When: Fri 1:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: M103-105 – Marriott
Description: Talk about a new show on SyFy-two government agents, dealing with “unknown origin” artifacts. Show up and have some cookies.
Who: Rox of Spazhouse

Inside the BBC
When: Fri 2:30 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: Learn how the shows are pitched, created and produced and the trials that go with getting your favorite shows on the air.
Who: Rob Levy moderating.

Make the Bad Men Stop Part 1
When: Fri 2:30 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: M106-107 – Marriott
Description: You should know what this is by now. Show up and have your cinematic dreams crushed. By an iron boot. While we laugh.
Who: Doc Ezra; Rox of Spazhouse; ScottC; Tuffley; Widgett Walls.

Bill Corbett Live!
When: Fri 4:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Regency V – Hyatt
Description: Meet the writer and performer behind MST3K‘s second incarnation of the robot Crow, and the alien all powerful but clueless “The Observer” aka “Brain Guy”.
Who: Bill Corbett; Ken Plume moderating.

There IS a Fate Worse than Death
When: Fri 4:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: L504-505 – Marriott
Description: The zombie evolution! How Director George Romero transformed the zombie mythology…and still influences the genre today. Join us!
Who: Doc Ezra; Widgett Walls.

Dreamtime: Neil Gaiman
When: Fri 5:30 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: Neil Gaiman remains one of the most prolific literary figures of our time. Lets look at his many creations and explore his creative process.
Who: Rox of Spazhouse; Widgett Walls moderating.

Alan Moore and the Watchmen
When: Fri 7:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: Alan Moore has transcended the genre of comics to become an important literary figure. We examine the work of this reclusive genius.
Who: Rox of Spazhouse; Widgett Walls moderating.

MST3K & Cinematic Titanic
When: Fri 8:30 pm (Length: 4 Hours)
Location: Regency VI-VII – Hyatt
Description: A Cinematic Titanic presentation featuring MST3K stars Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl. Signing to follow, same room.
Who: Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl; Ken Plume moderating.

Gay Themes in the Whoniverse
When: Fri 10:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Crystal Ballroom – Hilton
Description: From JNT to RTD, Doctor Who has always broken traditional boundaries of the SF genre by acquiring a large following in both the straight and the gay communities. This panel examines the gay themes of the classic and new series as well as Torchwood
Who: ScottC.

Saturday, September 5th

8th Annual Dragon*Con Parade
When: Sat 10:00am
Location: Woodruff Park
Description: Gather your costume and muster at 9:30 am sharp in Woodruff Park and join our Grand Marshals for the parade!
Who: Look for Rox on her mighty bike!

Jonathan Maberry’s Patient Zero
When: Sat 11:30am (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Montreal/Vancouver – Hyatt
Description: Bram Stoker award-winning writer Jonathan Maberry discusses his new book Patient Zero, an apocalyptic world-ender.
Who: Widgett Walls moderating.

Torchwood: An Hour with Ianto
When: Sat 11:30am (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Grand Ballroom A-F – Sheraton
Description: Gareth David-Lloyd, talks about the ups and downs of being a companion to Captain Jack and a beloved member of Torchwood.
Who: Rob Levy moderating.

Needcoffee.com VS the Whoniverse
When: Sat 1:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: The persnickety folks at Needcoffee.com hold nothing back as they discuss the Who specials and Torchwood: Children of Earth.
Who: Rox of Spazhouse; ScottC; Tuffley; Rob Levy moderating.

The Venture Bros. Panel
When: Sat 1:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Regency VI-VII – Hyatt
Description: Co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer discuss their hit animated series, The Venture Bros. Signing with Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer directly follows in Hyatt Reg V.
Who: Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick; Ken Plume moderating.

From MST3K to Cinematic Titanic
When: Sat 2:30pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Grand Ballroom A-F – Sheraton
Description: Frank, Mary Jo and Trace answer your burning questions about MST3K and their new endeavors with Cinematic Titanic. A signing will take place directly after in the Piedmont Room.
Who: Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl; Ken Plume moderating.

Monty Python at 40
When: Sat 4:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Grand Ballroom A-F – Sheraton
Description: Q & A with Terry Gilliam and Neil Innes.
Who: Terry Gilliam, Neil Innes; Ken Plume moderating.

Widgett Walls – Reading
When: Sat 4:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Roswell – Hyatt
Description: Widgett Walls reading some of his fiction, poetry and maybe a recipe or two.
Who: Widgett Walls.

D*C Comics and Popular Arts Conference Session #4: Anime East/West
When: Sat 5:30pm (Length: 1 Hour, 20 Minutes)
Location: Courtland – Hyatt
Description: Scholars explore important points of influence between Japanese Anime & Manga and Western culture. Brent Allison (University of Georgia) reports on an ethnographic study of anime fan clubs at two U.S. colleges and participants of U.S. anime conventions, examining the way in which American fans develop conceptions of Japanese culture in order to interpret unfamiliar relationships amongst anime characters. Damien Williams looks at the influence of Western Esoteric though—alchemy, magic, occultism, etc.—on both Japanese and American popular culture, exploring the way that the manga/anime series Full Metal Alchemist and Alan Moore’s Promethea typify the way that Western Esotericism has captured the modern popular imagination, East and West.
Who: Wolven (aka Damien Williams).

Spotlight on Adam Savage
When: Sat 5:30pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Grand Ballroom A-F – Sheraton
Description: Spend an hour with Mythbusters‘ own Adam Savage!
Who: Adam Savage; Ken Plume moderating.

The Wibbly Wobbly Timey Whimey Panel
When: Sat 7:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Capitol Ballroom – Sheraton
Description: As we say goodbye to the Tennant years of Doctor Who our intrepid panelists look back at his tenure as arguably the most popular Doctor Who. Covering everything about the New Series, including up-to-date information on the specials.
Who: Rob Levy moderating.

Nuts on the Road: Gonzo Sound + Vision
When: Sat 10:00 pm (Length: The Flying Spaghetti Monster only knows, and He ain’t saying)
Location: Regency VI-VII – Hyatt
Description: Yes, it’s the Gonzo Film Fest. Improved this year by the musical stylings of Neil Innes. YES. NEIL GODDAMN INNES. Not a hoax. Not an imaginary story.
Who: EVERYBODY.

Surviving with Terry Nation
When: Sat 10:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: This panel explores the revival of The Survivors, a series filled with tense drama, and powerful intrigue. Come hear about what’s new with the Daleks, the pilot rumors for Blake’s 7 on ITV, & the revival of The Survivors.
Who: Rob Levy.

Sunday, September 6th

Torchwood: Children of Earth
When: Sun 10:00 am (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Grand Ballroom A-F – Sheraton
Description: Fans have waited a very long time for more episodes of Torchwood. Now they’ve gotten them. (Warning: this panel does contain spoilers!)
Who: Rob Levy.

Doctor Who: the Classic Series
When: Sun 11:30 am (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Capitol Ballroom – Sheraton
Description: From Hartnell to McCoy, with McGann and even Cushing thrown in, these happy few fellows are the originals. Learn where the new series got its start.
Who: Rob Levy; Tuffley.

Colin and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat
When: Sun 1:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: No other actor endured more frustration, futility and hostility than Colin Baker. The BritTrack looks back at the 6th Doctor while shedding light on 25 years of awesome.
Who: Rox of Spazhouse.

Crow vs. Crow
When: Sun 1:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Capitol Ballroom – Sheraton
Description: Join MST3K alumni Trace Beaulieu and Bill Corbett as they enlighten and entertain us with their stories of playing one of our favorite robot.
Who: Trace Beaulieu, Bill Corbett; Ken Plume moderating.

Sherlock Holmes-Does the Franchise Really Need a Reboot?
When: Sun 4:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Piedmont – Hyatt
Description: A discussion of the upcoming Sherlock Holmes film led by Carole Nelson Douglas, author of the Irene Adler mystery series.
Who: Rox of Spazhouse.

Brit Pop
When: Sun 4:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: An annual conclave for Anglophile music lovers of all ages! Discover new sounds, new styles and trends in the UK’s burgeoning music scene. This panel looks at the bands and artists that are making waves in the UK.
Who: Tuffley; Rob Levy moderating.

Nuts on the Road: The Gonzo Panel Show
When: Sun 4:00pm (Length: 2.5 Hours)
Location: International North – Hyatt
Description: Come see all the panel and game show games that the UK loves but TV networks here think you’re too thick to enjoy.
Who: Scott Adsit, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Bill Corbett, Doc Hammer, Neil Innes, Adam Savage, Dana Snyder; Ken Plume and Widgett Walls are your hosts.

Better Than Life: The Return of Red Dwarf
When: Sun 5:30pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: Robert Llewellyn broke the news at Dragoncon last year that more Red Dwarf was on the way we were all thrilled. Now we
have a panel to talk about the latest special and the classic episodes we all enjoy. No Smegheads allowed. (Warning: This panel may contain spoilers!)
Who: Rob Levy moderating.

The Next Doctor
When: Sun 5:30pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: A601 – A602 – Marriott
Description: Matt Smith is–right now–filming the 5th series of Doctor Who, with Karen Gillian as his new companion, one can’t help but wonder: what’s in store for them? Find out here! (Warning: This panel may contain SPOILERS!)
Who: Rob Levy moderating.

An Hour with Scott Adsit
When: Sun 7:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Baker – Hyatt
Description: Learn life lessons from Scott Adsit, co-director, writer, producer, and voice actor!
Who: Scott Adsit; Ken Plume moderating.

Needcoffee.com vs. The Apocalypse
When: Sun 7:00pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: L504-505 – Marriott
Description: Your favorite insomniacs this time take on the many ways we have been dusted off in film, books, music, predictions, or in a prophet’s dreams.
Who: ScottC; Doc Ezra; Widgett Walls.

Monday, September 7th

We Want Information: The Prisoner Panel
When: Mon 11:30 am (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: Since 1968 fans have been trying to peel away the layers of this brilliantly enigmatic program. This annual gathering looks back at the career of Patrick McGoohan and previews the relaunch of a (gasp) “new” version
Who: Rob Levy moderating.

Torchwood: CSI Cardiff
When: Mon 01:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: Torchwood is more than just Captain Jack. Let’s focus on Gwen, Ianto, Rhys, PC Andy, and all the other characters in this amazing series.
Who: Rob Levy moderating.

Everything Doctor Who
When: Mon 02:30 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: Like a giant Gallifreyan gumbo, anything and everything goes at this panel. If it’s Who, it’s here!
Who: Rob Levy.

Make the Bad Men Stop Part 2: The Final Chapter
When: Fri 2:30 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: M106-107 – Marriott
Description: Because one panel isn’t enough for us to send you weeping home so you embrace your favorite books and comics to your bosom and swear you’ll never leave them alone again.
Who: Rox of Spazhouse; Tuffley; Widgett Walls and/or whoever’s still left alive.

So Long & Thanks for All The Fish: BritTrack Feedback
When: Mon 04:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)
Location: Valdosta – Sheraton
Description: So long & thanks for all the bliss! Say Goodbye, tell us how we did, get the left over swag. We need feedback and want it!
Who: Rob Levy; Bob the Zombie (aka Caro) moderating.

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