Three New Guests

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Three guests to announce today, all of them new to the WHOlanta family! Stephen Webb and Clay Dockery are the editors of the new anthology Why I Geek: An Anthology of Fandom Origin Stories. The book covers fandoms as varied as Star Trek, Star Wars, Twin Peaks, My Little Pony, The West Wing, Baseball and of course Doctor Who, explaining why we love the things we love and how we express that love. The two are also co-founders of Coal Hill, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing fandom by creating fun and innovative podcasts, music, art, and interactive experiences focused on making geek culture educational, involved and inspirational.

Joining them is Cat Smith,  an actor, a musician, a cosplayer, yoga instructor, and general nuisance (General Nuisance *salute*). As an author, she is a contributor to the new charity anthology Why I Geek: An Anthology of Fandom Origin Stories. Cat will be bringing her unique musical stylings and her joie de vivre to WHOlanta, performing, appearing on panels, signing copies of her CD and leading yoga workshops.

The three will be appearing together in our Main Programming hall for a panel all about Why I Geek: An Anthology of Fandom Origin Stories and signing copies afterward.

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New Volunteer Positions Available

As we move into 2018 and prepare for this year’s WHOlanta, we have some new opportunities for people to get involved with our organization. Most of these are newly-created positions, others are existing ones that have recently become available. The positions are:

Dealer Director (filled)
Program Book Developer
Main Programming Assistant – Daytime
Main Programming Assistant – Nighttime
Registration Coordinator
Volunteer Director

We seek fun, dedicated, energetic, hard-working folks to help us grow WHOlanta. Is that you? If so, go to the Volunteer Page to learn more!

Guest Announcement

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We’re very pleased to announce the addition of RICHARD STARKINGS to the WHOlanta family! Richard is the Eisner Award-nominated creator/writer of Image Comics’ Elephantmen and founder of comicbookfonts.com. He’s been involved in Doctor Who comics since the mid-80s, when he was a writer, editor, and lettering artist on Doctor Who Magazine‘s monthly comic strip. He and his company Comicraft provide the lettering for all of Titan’s current Doctor Who comic lines, and have also worked with Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Image Comics. If you’ve ever read iconic titles like Batman: The Killing Joke or Batman: Hush, then you’ve seen Richard’s work.

Richard will be all around our convention, making appearances in our Main, Doctor Who, and Literary programming tracks. To learn more about Richard and our other guests, make sure you visit our Guests page!

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Memberships

As a little New Year present from us, you have ONE MORE WEEK to get your full-weekend membership for only **$45**! That rate will increase to $55 on Friday, January 5 (the at-door rate is $65). Save yourself a lump of cash by buying early. You know you’ll need that extra money either in the dealer room or for a guest autograph! Go to the Membership page to purchase yours today! You’ll meet LOUISE JAMESON (Leela), RACHEL TALALAY (Capaldi director) and more to be announced!

Guest Announcement

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Announced at DragonCon: WHOlanta 2018 will be blessed by the extraordinary talent that is Director RACHEL TALALAY, fresh off of her stint as director of the Capaldi-era of Doctor Who. Talalay directed the finales for all three of Peter Capaldi’s seasons: “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven” for Series Eight, “Heaven Sent” and Hell Bent” for Series Nine, and “World Enough and Time” and “the Doctor Falls” for Series Ten. She has also completed work helming the 2018 Christmas episode and Capaldi swansong, “Twice Upon a Time.” She also has an impressive resume behind her — visit our Guests page to read more about her. She will be doing Q&As on our main stage each day and will be available for autographs and photo ops. This is going to be a rare opportunity to hear how Doctor Who is made from someone directly behind the camera. Don’t miss it!

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Guest Announcement

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She was unable to attend WHOlanta in 2017 but asked that we please invite her back for 2018, and honestly, how could we say no? We’re very pleased to say that LOUISE JAMESON will be joining us at WHOlanta next year! Louise, of course, is best-known for playing Leela in 1977-78 alongside Tom Baker as the Doctor in Seasons 14 and 15. She has also reprised Leela in numerous Big Finish productions, including new Fourth Doctor stories with Tom Baker and in the long-running political thriller Gallifrey, with Lalla Ward as Romana and John Leeson as K9. Louise will be doing autographs and photo-ops all weekend and will be doing Q&As on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss her talking about her remarkable career in film, television, and theatre.

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Guest Announcement

guest-RobinBWe’re very pleased to welcome author Robin Burks for her first visit to WHOlanta! Robin is an entertainment writer, published author, avid con-goer and cosplayer. She currently writes for ScreenRant, The Things and FanGirlConfessions.com. Robin is also the author of a series of speculative fiction novels: Zeus, Inc.The Curse of Hekate; and Return of The Titans. In 2014, Indie Reader named the protagonist of that series, Alex Grosjean, as one of its Top Five Smart, Strong and Relatable Female Characters. Robin, who currently lives in Missouri with her five cats, loves all things French and has a serious obsession with Doctor Who. You’ll find Robin all around the convention, doing panels in our Literary, Costuming and Doctor Who tracks. She’ll be joining Moxie Magnus, Courtland Lewis, Joshua Wilson, Jennifer Hartshorn and the good folks from RetroTV and Earth Station Who Podcast.

Visit our Guests page to learn more about all these folks.

And stay tuned — we have more Guest announcements coming very soon!

Upcoming Events

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Tuesday, Aug 8: We are joining Half Price Books in Decatur, GA to celebrate Dalek Day! HPB will have Dalek snacks on hand and will be handing out discount coupons. We’ll be running a trivia contest at 6:30 where you can win store gift cards. Also, author R. Alan Siler will be signing copies of his book Doctor Who’s Greatest Hits: A Guide to the Best Stories From Time and Space from 4:00 – 6:00. You can get more information and RSVP for it here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/259152924488770/?hc_location=ufi

 

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Thursday, Aug 17: Join us at the Regal Hollywood 24 theater for RiffTrax LIVE: “The Five Doctors”. The Doctor is in the house! The RiffTrax house, that is! The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000®, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, are back on the big screen for a legendary riffing of the 1983 Doctor Who film “The Five Doctors.” Join WHOlanta at the Regal Hollywood 24 on Thursday, August 17th for this special event. We’ll have a trivia contest and giveaways. More info and RSVP:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1883639431901377/?hc_location=ufi

2018 HOTEL AND DATES

It took a little time, but at long last, we’re able to announce our dates and venue for our 2018 convention!

In 2017 we changed from our long-held Memorial Day weekend dates to the first weekend in May. We’ll be staying with that for the coming year as well. WHOlanta 2018 will be May 4 – 6, 2018. Admission is currently $45 for a full weekend badge, and you can get that on our Membership page.

However, we will be moving to a new hotel–specifically the beautiful Hilton Atlanta Airport. In the words of Stefon, “This place has everything!” We have an amazing amount of function space, there are lots of great food options on site plus other ones nearby, and it’s very easy to access from MARTA and from the airport. Plus, the function space is undergoing a huge renovation so the already gorgeous space is going to look even more amazing for us. You can get more info and photos on our Hotel page.

We hope you’ll be joining us for this next chapter in our history!