AP PHOTOS: Sci-fi fanatics invade downtown Atlanta

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Three women make their way to the evening festivities at Dragon Con in Atlanta, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The annual science fiction and fantasy convention drew big crowds and had more than 30,000 pre-registered attendees. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
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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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Here's a gallery of photos from Dragon Con.

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