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Sci-fi fanatics invade downtown Atlanta

Posted: September 1, 2012 9:00 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2012 9:00 p.m.
An unidentified Dragon Con attendee, dressed as Batman, walks to his hotel in downtown in Atlanta, on Friday. An unidentified Dragon Con attendee, dressed as Batman, walks to his hotel in downtown in Atlanta, on Friday.
An unidentified Dragon Con attendee, dressed as Batman, walks to his hotel in downtown in Atlanta, on Friday.
Christina Barton, of Douglasville, Ga., watches fellow attendees walk along the sidewalk at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday. Christina Barton, of Douglasville, Ga., watches fellow attendees walk along the sidewalk at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday.
Christina Barton, of Douglasville, Ga., watches fellow attendees walk along the sidewalk at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday.
Attendees sit outside a hotel at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday. Attendees sit outside a hotel at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday.
Attendees sit outside a hotel at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday.
Chalk artist Lexi Fulmer, of Lake Mary, Fla., and her sister work of a comic book themed piece at Dragon Conin Atlanta, on Friday. Chalk artist Lexi Fulmer, of Lake Mary, Fla., and her sister work of a comic book themed piece at Dragon Conin Atlanta, on Friday.
Chalk artist Lexi Fulmer, of Lake Mary, Fla., and her sister work of a comic book themed piece at Dragon Conin Atlanta, on Friday.
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ATLANTA (AP) — 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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