Dragon Con 2019 broke its own attendance record this year, bringing more than 85-thousand people into Atlanta. The annual Labor Day celebration of all things anime and pop culture attracts folks from all over the world, who come to show off their creative costumes as well as their love of science fiction, fantasy, music, art and film.

I spent a few hours knee-deep in the fun, browsing through all of the colorful chaos, talking to the participants about what brings them to Dragon Con year after year, often spending months preparing for the spectacle.