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Fraggles at DragonCon 2013

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by The Count, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Ziffeled! I'd edit this into my previous post, but for some reason it doesn't want to let me edit it.

    Write an article about the con? I'd have to organize my thoughts a lot better than I did for the above post. I may give it a try, though.

    One thing I learned the hard way at Dragon*Con: while reticulated foam doesn't bother me in the short term, when you work a puppet whose head is that foam for hours, it scrapes the crud out of your hand! Over and over I'd take my hand out and the knuckles were red. I'm gonna be doing some open-skull surgery to cover the bad spots with denim to save my poor hands in the future. Lessons learned!
     
  2. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Active Member

    I'll be writing my article on here soon! Almost finished journaling down, so once that's that, I'll describe my experience on here. Don't touch that dial, folks! :news:
     
  3. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    That's great but why didn't you record videos for this?
    I really want the videos. :(
     
  4. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Active Member

    Can I tell you the funny parts of a panel meeting I caught on Sat., Frackleman? Everyone remembers funny parts! :laugh:

    Anyway, I just finished my journal entry. I'll tell about my experience tomorrow. One question, though, since this was my first time EVER in DragonCon, should I tell about the whole thing, or just the Fragglish parts?
     
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  5. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Tell the whole thing, please!
     
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  6. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    Wow this is awesome
     
  7. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Active Member

    Okay, here's was my day, my first time, in DragonCon:

    ^^^^^

    It all started early in the morning. In my guise of Dipper Pines, I was more than ready for this big day. It was a lovely morning ride in the car, heading to the Kingslington area of Metro Atlanta.

    I then waited at a closed juvenile court, but my older sister forgot the meeting place! She and four of her friends were already at the parking lot of the MARTA station. My sister, dressed as Mabel Pines, was so happy to see me! With the initial picture-taking (TWINS!), my sis knew she feels like Mabel from being taller than me. And I know I'm more like Dipper because, according to my sis's boyfriend, I sneeze like a kitten. I was also carrying important essentials for today!

    Down to the MARTA station, we saw other people ready to see the DragonCon. I've been on these kindsof passenger trains before, but these vehicles accelerate fast! The ride across Atlanta was also bumpy. The Westbound Blue Line goes as far as H.M. Holmes, but the boyfriend was sure the second stop after Five Points would give us an easier way to the Ticket Building.

    But the station we left from was around the football stadium, surrounded by one or so tailgater at the time. It was a longer walk than what we should've taken, and the other handle of my bag broke along the way! (But the contents never got hurt at all!)

    It was dreary cloudy outside, but grew brighter when we saw a line to the Ticket Building. I had put on sunscreen myself earlier, but it didn't help with the humid sweat. As the wait outside kept going on, I wanted the others of our group to play Guess the Costumes with me. (I think this should be a convention game, and high fives would be given to those who guess correctly!)

    It took about 45 min. for us to get inside and find our lines to get the passes. However, nearly 45 min. more went to waiting in the Credit Card line! I knew I saved my money for this, so my sis and I went to the Cash line. Writing the forms took some time, but that line was faster to use. The cash was well worth it as we each got our Saturday badges!

    We waited for the others in the hallway, getting much needed water and a sovenier book. We tried to figure out where the FR events were taking place when three more in our group got their badges. With all morning wasted in those lines, we agreed to get some lunch, except for the last badged person who went ahead to gather autographs.

    *****

    DragonCon is in 4 hotel buildings, all connected by skywalks in one level or another. In one hotel, we found several cafes we gathered food for lunch. An elf lady (forgot her name) was generous to share a small table for us to sit around.

    After lunch, we had to catch up with our missing member at another hotel. There's a Hall of Fame where well-known people are to give autographs for the fanatics. Among those in the Hall were several generation one Power Rangers, Roger Bumpass, Star Trek actors, and two men we noticed, Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarke. The names together may not make sense...unless they be Pinky and the Brain! [This would be where Slackbot does a Squee!] My sis and I got so excited to see them, and Jackie sang the country song with them. I paid for each of their autographs on one picture, just to surprise my family!

    I soon got word that a special FR question place would be at the Hyatt Hotel around 2:30. So my sis and I broke from the group and rested around the ballroom floor. It was great for us to be in matching costumes. My sis was worried we would be the only ones in Gravity Falls costumes. However, people did recognize the meaning of our guises, letting 5 cameras to take pics of us! Besides, we saw 5 more Dippers, and one of them was an old friend of ours we haven't seen in years!

    *****

    Once the line for the FR event began, I just had to get in! Though the long wait outside is beyond our understanding, we were lucky to be at the shady side of the Hyatt throughout the hour. But luckier for me still was that I got to meet up with you, Slackbot, for real!

    When the line finally moved, we traveled up a flight of stairs and into the ballroom. There were lots of chairs, but my sis and I sat close to Slackbot and her friend with a mini-Boober puppet. It was amazing to see Michael Frith, Kathy Mullen, and Karen Prell taking the table; it had to be the third time in my life my jaw grew stiff!
    [Second time was seeing Heather Henson!] They discussed how they first got into the Muppets, how working in FR changed their lives, and answered questions from the audience, which led to some awkward breakdowns of reality barriers!

    For instance: You guys should've seen Red's face when she learns that Michael is married to Kathy!

    FRITH: And don't get us started how Cotterpin Doozer fits into this!

    My sis had no idea the two were married! I think I did, but I must've forgotten. Dog-gone it! Even my semi-insane brain has limitations!

    Anyway, after that, I followed Slackbot making a B-Line to the next line. My sis and I managed to get into the Meet-&-Greet. We got to socialize with other while waiting to get in line, especially you, Slackbot! You and your Kathy friend got to photo-take before us, and, as I said in another thread, I witnessed the transfer of the postcards! My sis joined me with the free photo as her I-Phone was used for the picture. At this point, I personally asked Karen if I look like her. Another friend of mine pointed it out one time, and he maybe right, at least when Karen was younger, I think...(What do you think, Slackbot?) Left the momentous occasion by the receiving of a special poster design.

    *****

    My sis's friends were waiting for us when we reunited with them. Passing by the skekSil-costumed guy, it was already time to find dinner, and the boyfriend knew just the place down the street: a pub without smoking or waitresses. He found us a table and we all managed to get our dinner.

    I didn't finish mine, but we went back to the Con to take one last look at the Hall of Fame. My sis got to see John Di'Maggio, a veteran in the voice acting field. He recognized our costumes right away, as he's the voice for Manly Dan, the lumberjack at GF! !I think this is gonna make the cartoon 100x more awesome for my sis!)

    After seeing the guy who created The Walking Dead (I think), we returned to a big fountain to find two others who broke from us. With all 6 of us together, it was agreed we all head for home. The day went so long that the sky was already darkening with some thunderclouds later on. After a slight misdirection, (which I showed two young girls in a Subway my GF Bag!), one of us found a MARTA station and we went down to a North/South station by elevator. From there, we took Southbound to Five Points, a hub of Metro Atlanta's passenger railway, and then took the Blue Line Eastbound back to Kingslington, back to our cars, and journey on a long, relaxing way home.

    ^^^^^

    And that's how it all happen, pretty much. Will I do something that plane crazy again? Maybe if something important comes up next year...
     
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  8. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Can anyone tell us if Kathy said she would love to be in the Fraggle Rock movie? Just for fun, here's Muppeteer David Stephens at Dragoncon with his Kermit puppet: .
     
  9. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Active Member

    Hey, I saw that guy! I thought he was stealing the spotlight. :shifty:
     
  10. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Ha! I'd forgotten about that bit. As I remember it, Red was shocked when she found out that Frith was married to *Mokey.* And then came the Cotterpin line. I'll have to see if I can find that bit in the panel audio so I can put down the exact line.

    I'm glad that you had such a good time at the con. And it sounds like I came across as more pleasant than I thought I did. In real life I can be a bit shy, and all too often people see that as unfriendliness.

    Here's the photo Kathy and I got from the Fraggle Meet & Greet:

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    What amazed me is how they handled the meet & greet. They had over 500 people there for photos and only an hour to do 'em in! So the Dragon*Con wranglers had us sit in seats and they took us row by row, asking us to pose in groups if we were in groups to speed it along. We couldn't chat, but we would all have our moment. They couldn't sign autographs, as their hands were kinda full, but the first 300 people would get signed copies of a special Dragon*Con limited edition printing of Frith's Fraggle Anniversary cake design. When we got up there we saw that the D*C staffers were ready to take our cameras, snap photos, and hand them back. Though it was quick and efficient, they were also pleasant rather than brusque. I had a few words with Mullen, Prell, and Frith, and I even got to hug Prell. :excited: Squee!

    As it turned out, Kathy and I were past the 300-poster cutoff. But, fortunately, they did not enforce that. Kathy got poster #301 (of 500) and I got poster #304.

    Oh, I dunno. In the photo above Boober's not that much smaller than Red, and on the show he's the smallest Fraggle. :sigh:
     
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  11. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Ah, him I remember. I was impressed by his performance. He had Kermit's stammer down pat, a detail which makes him seem so much more real to me. I made sure to compliment him. Alas, I didn't have the presence of mind to take a photo with him.
     
  12. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Do you have any pictures of Sage Fraggle at Dragoncon?
     
  13. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Sadly, I didn't. I took very few photos, actually, because my hands were usually inside a puppet. Maybe I'll find some pics of her in the albums people post of their D*C photos.
     
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  14. haakonsmary

    haakonsmary Member

    Minstrel Murray, I would love to hear the audio from the Fraggle Rock panel on Saturday. Perhaps you could upload it to Google Drive?

    Unfortunately I did not get to the con on Saturday but I did make the Sunday panels.

    Imagine my surprise when I walk into the puppetry track room around 10 AM and sit down... and realize I'm sitting next to Karen Prell! And Kathryn Mullen was sitting in front of us! Few people were in the room at 10 AM on Sunday. If I'd realized that was Karen Prell I probably wouldn't have had the guts to just sit down right next to her like that! lol

    So I told her I can't believe I'm sitting next to her and I'm the biggest Fraggle Rock fan and that I have a gift for her. And I hand her the Red Fraggle hat I had gotten made and gave her a hug.

    She was so sweet and right away she took out her Red doll to pose for a photo.

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    Doesn't she look great? So despite the fact that I missed Saturday, it really worked out perfectly for this Fraggle Rock fan!

    But, does anyone want to clue me in on any news announced on Saturday? What did they say about the movie happening?

    I also want to say that Kathryn Mullen's panel on her charity No Strings International was very moving and I encourage everyone to check out her charity. Not only are they doing very important work, but they actually get tangible results and make a real difference in people's lives. It's a very worthy cause.
     
  15. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Nice costume! You really look great with that on. :excited:
     
  16. haakonsmary

    haakonsmary Member

    That's Karen Prell in the photo! I gave her the Red hat as a gift!
     
  17. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Active Member

    I didn't hear any mention about the movie, but I'm still hoping for one! I made a personal Fragglish Solemn Oath to myself that I would never see the final 3 episodes of FR until I absolutely for-surally know there's the movie coming out! :dreamy:
     
  18. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I don't think you should avoid the ending of the TV show because a movie of whatever quality might or might not come out. The show was meant to stand on its own, and the ending was...well, perfect, in my opinion. Go ahead and watch it, I say.
     
  19. There wasn't much in the way of news. I think the only mention of the movie was during Karen's talk. Her response was brief: "It's in development. That's all there is to report right now."

    I actually thought the No Strings International panel was the most informative of the weekend. I got a much better sense of what they are doing and the effect it is having.

    haakonsmary, I'll get in touch with you about the recordings. Also, I love that you gave Karen that hat! She put it on when I got a photo with her later that day.
     
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  20. haakonsmary

    haakonsmary Member

    That is so awesome! I'm glad she liked the hat enough to wear it for people. Please do share your photo with her on here or through PM. I'd love to see it! :excited:
     

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