It is almost time for Dragon Con and the popular and wild party was honored on Friday by the City of Atlanta. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, along with council members Kwanza Hall and Michael Julian Bond - all noted fans of sci-fi - presented Dragon Con President Pat Henry with a Phoenix Award for 30 years of service to the city. The four-day convention has grown from 1,200 people in 1987 to more than 80,000 annualy. "It is part Halloween, part Mardi Gras and all fun," Reed said.
Yvonne Cowser Yancy, the city's commissioner of human resources, attended the Dragon Con news conference right after a briefing on how the city would beef up training in the police department, while addressing issues on recruitment and attrition. It is unclear if Yancy was recruiting stormtroopers. Reed said at a date to determined, he will hold Dragon Con Day at City Hall. The best-dressed employee with take home $1,000.