CON*tourage was founded in 2008 at Dragon*Con by a handful of like-minded, creative party geeks. Since then, our CON*tourage Army has grown in numbers and we’ve traveled to many Sci-Fi Cons in the SouthEast, hosting numerous themed parties and events along the way, with the help of our awesome and hardworking CON CRUE. With that being said, we are wickedly excited to be returning to Dragon*Con 2012…where it all began. Last year we couldn’t have asked for a better response to our parties/events. We ended up actually “selling out” all of our VIP and Regular Party Passes nearly 1 month before Dragon*Con 2011 so we are expecting that might happen again this year. So….don’t say we didn’t warn ya. If you want to reserve a pass and make sure you have access to our events, especially our two late-night parties, please don’t delay. Plus we have a KILLER t-shirt designed by Billy Tackett that we’ll only be taking orders for until the last part of July 2012 that will commemorate our return to Dragon*Con 2012 (explained below).
Planned during Dragon*Con 2012….FIVE CON*tourage events that will take place throughout the Labor Day weekend. Keep reading to find out all you need to know…where they’ll be located, what you need to do to get access to those events and lots of other useful info.:
1.) Annual CON*tourage MEET & GREET
(Thursday, August 30th, 9 – 11 p.m., CON*tourage Hyatt Suite)
Come see old friends and make new ones during the CON*tourage Annual “Meet & Greet” In addition to this being a perfect time to mingle, it’ll be a great time to show off your new 2012 CON*tourage Commemorative T-Shirt (illustrated by Billy Tackett) and also pick up your reserved VIP or Regular Party Pass(es). You’ll need to have either a reserved 2012 Regular or VIP CON*tourage Party Pass in order to get access to this year’s “Meet & Greet”. We are making this year’s “MEET & GREET” an exclusive event for those of you donated to make these parties and events possible. If you have, for example, 3 party passes reserved that’ll get 3 people into the “MEET & GREET”. Party Passes (both VIP and Regular) are REQUIRED for entrance to our two late-night parties mentioned below (21+ only). Be sure to being a photo I.D. to pick up your badge(s) AND to the actual parties. NOTE: The “Meet & Greet” is a BOYB event. We won’t know the exact suite location until we check in on Thursday of Dragon*Con so read the “FOLLOW CON*tourage ONLINE” further down on this page so you can be sure and find out where the ‘MEET & GREET’ is once you arrive at Dragon*Con 2012. The Annual CON*tourage MEET & GREET FACEBOOK Event Page can be found HERE.
2.) Annual CON*tourage ROCK STAR PHOTO SHOOT
(Friday, Sept. 1st, 8 – 8:30 p.m., Marriott Pulse Bar)
This annual GROUP PHOTO gathering is a great time for rockers and musicians of ALL generations to come together for one big ROCK STAR PHOTO SHOOT! We’ve seen you walkin’ around D*Con….Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, DEVO, Elvis, Rick James, Ozzy, Janis Joplin, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Prince, Freddie Mercury, Angus, Motley Crue, Madonna, GEM, Cindi Lauper, Wayne & Garth, Dethklok, Adam Ant….it doesn’t matter….ALL Rock Stars and musicians are invited to come partake in this rockin’ shoot! It’s an open event so bring your camera and friends AND your inner rocker! NOTE: We’ll converge on the MARRIOTT PULSE BAR at 8 p.m. and then find a nearby WALL/open area for the group photo(s) closer to 8:30 p.m. The Annual CON*tourage ROCK STAR PHOTOS SHOOT Facebook Event Page can be found HERE.
3.) Annual CON*tourage ‘HEAVY METAL PARTY’
(Friday, August 31st, Midnight until 3 a.m., CON*tourage Hyatt Suite – location TBA. VIPs enter 11 p.m., Regular Pass holders enter at Midnight):
Time to break out the Metal t-shirts, leather, big hair, studded belts and bracelets — and come release your inner rocker as CON*tourage hosts it’s Annual HEAVY METAL PARTY on Friday Night during Dragon*Con 2012. This unique party theme, along with CON*tourage decked out in their kick-ass rocker costumes, has been such a success that we’ve now made it our staple party; so much so…the name ‘heavy metal’ at Dragon*Con is now synonymous with CON*tourage it seems.
The infamous DJ Nemesis, who will also be spinning the late-night Saturday DRAGON DANCE at Dragon*Con 2012, will be returning for a 4th year as our Friday night DJ (i.e. there’s a reason we’ve asked him back for 4 years!). DJ Nemesis will be pumping out well-known metal anthems from the likes of AC/DC, Ozzy, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Van Halen and TONS more for party-goers fist-pumping fury and sing-alongs (or in many of our cases…shout-alongs). Prizes for best rocker-inspired outfits and groupies. CON*tourage will also be serving up some wicked tasty DEVIL HORNS PUNCH, along with liquid bread (a.k.a. beer). We’ll be admitting VIP passholders at 11 p.m. Friday night (1 hour earlier), and everyone else with REGULAR passes at Midnight. The party will keep kicking ass until 3 a.m. ….or until your party hosts get hauled away by the police. Even though we’ll have libations for all (while they last) we also encourage people to BYOB. We’ll also have CON*tourage COLLECTIBLE 2012 Dragon*Con PARTY CUPS available for people to purchase if they want one (but VIP Party Pass holders will get one automatically – just another perk of being a VIP!) NOTE: EITHER VIP OR REGULAR PARTY PASS REQUIRED FOR PARTY ENTRY (ALONG WITH PHOTO I.D.)…21+ NO EXCEPTIONS! The Annual CON*tourage HEAVY METAL PARTY Facebook Event Page can be found HERE.
4.) CON*tourage ‘UNDEAD 80s DANCE PARTY’
(Saturday, Sept. 1st, 11 p.m. until 2 a.m., CON*tourage Hyatt Suite – location TBA. VIPs enter at 10 p.m., Regular Pass holders enter at 11 p.m.)
Jump in your neighbor’s DeLorean or crowd into a phone booth as we prepare to go back in time to one of the most kick-ass and colorful decades ever…the ’80s! But be prepared…in an alternative reality the UNDEAD have taken over that beloved decade and you might just end up becoming one yourself! Break out a favorite ’80s costume for this party or unleash your inner zombie…just make sure you wear comfortable shoes as we’ll be dancing and sweating all night long! It IS Dragon*Con after all so we expect to see some…like totally…awesome costumes and some…like…totally gnarly zombies crashing the party. We’ll be giving out some most excellent prizes for the best costumes during the evening.Pac-Man, Atari, big hair, rubix cubes, Saturday morning cartoons, Garbage Pail Kids, Rainbow Brite, Magnum P.I., Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Reagan, the Smurfs, Back To The Future, Star Wars, Indiana Jones…so many great memories and music came out from that decade. True…that might of ended many years ago but we can act like it’s still the coolest decade now, while throwing down with the UNDEAD!
…and what would the ’80s be without great music? Because of that, CON*tourage will be bringing in two of Atlanta’s premiere DJs for this most excellent party. A 20 year veteran of moving bodies (both alive and undead) VJ Anthony will add a video element to our UNDEAD ’80s DANCE PARTY ~ mixing and beat matching the actual music videos via projectors. VJ Anthony has established himself as one of Atlanta’s only video DJs and has been relentlessly collecting music videos since the dawn of MTV. DJ Ghost, with over 11 years under his mixing belt, will round out the night’s entertainment. Planning to sweat your a$$ off to the killer beats? We’ll be serving up SMURF PISS (while it lasts), along with beer. NOTE: Even though we’ll have libations for all (while they last) we also encourage people to BYOB and bring a cup with a lid. We’ll also have CON*tourage COLLECTIBLE Dragon*Con 2o12 PARTY CUPS available for people to purchase if they want one (but VIP Party Pass holders will get one automatically – just another perk of being a VIP!) NOTE: EITHER VIP OR REGULAR PARTY PASS REQUIRED FOR PARTY ENTRY (ALONG WITH PHOTO I.D.)…21+ NO EXCEPTIONS! The CON*tourage UNDEAD ’80s DANCE PARTY Facebook Event Page can be found HERE.
5.) PANCAKE CHOWDOWN (Sunday, Sept. 2nd, 10 a.m.until Noon, CON*tourage Hyatt Suite – location TBA. No donation asked of VIP Party Pass holders or Sponsors) ALL are invited to this tasty late-morning shindig! Gotta make sure you eat while at Dragon*Con and sugary carbs are a great way to kick start the half-way point through Dragon*Con. This will be the 7th time CON*tourage has hosted their PANCAKE CHOWDOWN so we have all of the kinks worked out and be ready for a great turnout. We’ll have two types of pancakes available: PLAIN and CHOCOLATE CHIP….ALL YOU CAN EAT, but you must clean one plate before going back for more! This will allow us to feed the maximum number of people possible, with minimum waste. Also, if there are others who haven’t eatten yet, please give them priority when coming back for more pancakes. In addition to being a great time to fill your bellys you’ll be able to mingle with your fellow Dragon*Con attendees and swap war stories. Feel free to show up whenever (10 a.m. or later)…as long as it’s before Noon…and bring your friends! NOTE: NO PARTY PASS NEEDED FOR ENTRY….ALL ARE WELCOMED! The CON*tourage PANCAKE CHOWDOWN FACEBOOK Event Page can be found HERE.
• CON*tourage Commemorative 2012 T-SHIRTS:
Our 2012 Commemorative T-shirts were designed by zombie illustrator Billy Tackett. His numerous works include fine art paintings, portraits, and various other commercial illustrations.
Tackett’s work has been seen on National Geographic Channel and showcased in publications such as Horrorhound Magazine, ImagineFX and Harper-Collins’ Vampire Art Now. His client list includes authorsShane Moore, Curt Siodmak, Richard Lupoff and Jonathan Maberry, pro wrestler Jerry Lynn and death-rap musicianNecro. After publishing over 200 book covers he created his signature piece, Zombie Sam, which gave birth to his Dead White & Blue series and has amassed a loyal fan base that transcends all genres and stereotypes.
A perk of owning a CON*tourage T-shirt? Wear it to our Sunday late-morning PANCAKE CHOWDOWN at Dragon*Con 2012 and get in for FREE….all you can eat pancakes!! And, of course, wear it to our MEET & GREET on Thursday night while picking up your party passes (if you reserved some before we ran out last week)
CON*tourage Commemorative T-Shirts will be shipped early August 2012 in plenty of time for you to wear them at Dragon*Con Labor Day weekend 2012. Deadline for placing an order is July 31th, 2012. More info. on ordering this kick-a$$ “Undead Vader” shirt can be found on the CON*tourage Merchandise Page.
Anyone that wants to gain access to our late-night parties at Dragon*Con MUST have a PARTY PASS (along with a Photo I.D., 21+ only) that will be shown to Door Security before entering. As much as we’d love to open up our parties to everyone, that’s just a recipe for disaster and won’t happen. Read on to find out more about the coveted CON*tourage VIP Party Pass, as well as a Regular Party Pass and how to snag them:
• REGULAR PARTY PASSES: Currently Out
— will allow you entry into both our late-parties and give you access to party libations and mayhem.
— will get you a Collectible REGULAR PARTY PASS, to hang from your rearview mirror afterwards.
— are transferrable so you can let a friend use yours if you can’t make both parties (21+ only).
— can be acquired with every 2012 CON*tourage commemorative T-Shirts purchased (designed by Billy Tackett). (I.E. If you order 3 CON*tourage t-shirts…you’ll have 3 Regular Party Passes waiting on you at Dragon*Con) Click HERE to find out more info. (deadline for placing t-shirt order is July 25th!)
— will be handed out to those participating in the CON*tourage ROCK STAR PHOTO SHOOT on Friday night from 8-8:30pm. If you missed your chance to reserve a pass and want to make it into our parties, unleash your inner rocker, put on your rocker attitude and show up in the Marriott Pulse Bar on Friday night during Dragon*Con! More info. on the PHOTO SHOOT can be found HERE.
— can be reserved ONLINE with a $20 party donation (which includes a 2012 t-shirt, designed by Billy Tackett)…which means you won’t have to worry about if you’ll be able to acquire one while at Dragon*Con — you’ll just need to pick it up. Deadline for reserving ONLINE is Aug. 24th, 2012 (if we don’t run out before then). And YES…you CAN reserve more than one (1) Regular Party Pass online if you want to give some to friends. Shirt will be shipped mid-August (before Dragon*Con) so you can wear them Labor Day weekend if you want to. **See the PAYPAL link towards the bottom of this page if you’d like to reserve a REGULAR Party Pass and t-shirt online**
— can be snagged for FREE by helping us decorate/set-up for suite. We’ll be doing this LATE Thursday night (and possibly EARLY Friday morning) so if you’d like to secure your Party Pass this way, send us an email to email@example.com and we’ll get back in touch with you. Plus, this would be a great time to meet the CORE of CON*tourage CRUE and make some new CON friends!
• VIP PARTY PASSES: SOLD OUT
(limited amount will be available)
NOTE: You can still win a VIP Party Pass(es) during our MONTHLY PHOTO CON*test (still two chances left). Complete info. can be found at www.CON-tourage.com/monthly-photo-contest.
— will allow you entry into both our late-night parties, ONE (1) hour early. This means you’ll beat the Regular Party Pass-holder crowd, and get early access to party booze and mayhem.
— will get a FREE 2012 CON*tourage commemorative T-Shirt (designed by Billy Tackett), which each VIP PARTY PASS reserved (deadline for reserving a VIP in order to get a free t-shirt is July 31st, due to the process of ordering/shipping). Click HERE to see the shirt and read more info! NOTE: Please make sure to note what SIZE you want to order with your Paypal.com donation, also.
— will get a FREE Collectible CON*tourage / Dragon*Con 2012 PARTY CUP, which you can use for the rest of the weekend.
— will get a FREE CON*tourage NECK LANYARD so you can show off your VIP Party Pass to all of your envious friends.
— will get you a full-color Collectible laminated VIP PARTY PASS, to hang on your mantle afterwards.
— will get a FREE CON*tourage commemorative Dragon*Con 2012 BUTTON, so you can wear it on your favorite jacket or vest in style.
— will get you into our PANCAKE CHOWDOWN for FREE which will take place on Sunday (10 a.m. – Noon)
— are transferrable so you can let a friend use yours if you can’t make both parties (21+ only)
— WILL SELL OUT (we sold out 1 month before Dragon*Con 2011)!
— can be reserved ONLINE for a $40 party donation. And YES…you CAN reserve more than one (1) VIP Party Pass online if you want to give some to friends. Deadline for reserving ONLINE is Aug. 24th, 2012 (if any VIP Party Passes are still available) **See the PAYPAL link below if you’d like to reserve a VIP Party Pass online**
NOTE: Once a partier leaves a CON*tourage party, neither a Regular or VIP Party Pass guarantees the partier entry back into the party. We do not hold a spot in the party for you. Also, if you arrive late (AFTER Regular Party Pass Holders have been admitted) and the party is full, please be patient. We will do our best to make sure that everyone gets access to both parties and that fun and mayhem are had by all. Remember, VIP Party Pass holders can come into the parties 1 hour earlier than Regular Party Pass holders.
• PICKING UP RESERVED PARTY PASSES: Reserved VIP and Regular Party Passes can be picked up on Thursday night from 9-11pm at the CON*tourage “Meet & Greet” in the CON*tourage Suite and Friday in the Marriott PULSE BAR from 8:00-8:30 p.m. Watch your email in August for more specific instructions if you reserved a PARTY PASS! If you have questions or problems, please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
VISIT OUR SPONSORS:
• Three Muses Clothing: www.Three MusesClothing.com
• Girls Of The Con: www.GirlsOfTheCon.com
• Billy Tackett (commemorative C*T t-shirt designer): www.BillyTackett.com
• Doobious.org: www.Doobious.org
• Frolicon: Frolicon.net
• Diesel Filling Station (Atlanta Restaurant/Bar): www.DieselAtlanta.com
• RockerTattoos.com: www.RockerTattoos.com
• Atlanta Movie Tours: www.AtlantaMovieTours.com
• Dead, Buried, and Back: www.DeadBuriedAndBack.com
• Hompco: www.HompCo.com
• Crimson Castle Games (Tuscaloosa, AL): www.CrimsonCastleGames.com
• RockEgos: www.RockEgos.com
• ConMen Podcast: www.ConMenPodcast.com
• BECOME A SPONSOR: Becoming an official sponsor of CON*tourage @ Dragon*Con 2012 brings with it GREAT benefits. Click HERE to see all of the perks you’ll receive (via .pdf) in addition to getting exposure for your group or business by 1,000s of perspective members or clients.
• FOLLOW CON*tourage ONLINE: We won’t know the exact SUITE # until we check in Thursday early afternoon of Dragon*Con. So, we highly recommend you follow us on Twitter or become of a fan of ours on FACEBOOK, which are two places we’ll be posting party suite location once we get checked it!
— CON*tourage on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CON-touragecom/222461113229
— CON*tourage on twitter: http://twitter.com/contourage
• DOUCHEBAG FREE ZONE: It’s also good to note that all CON*tourage Parties are deemed DOUCHEBAG FREE ZONES. We reserve the right to throw anybody out of the party who is being an ASS and messing with everyone else’s good time. We will have security on hand for anyone who deems it necessary to mess with the good vibe. For the record, a DOUCHEBAG can be best defined as: “An individual who has an over inflated sense of self worth, compounded by a low level of intelligence, behaving ridiculously in front of colleagues with no sense of how moronic they appear.” Click HERE and be on the look-out!