Review: Megacon

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This week Brittney G shares her thoughts on Megacon 2017!
 
 
 

Being the convention junkie that I am, I decided to take a trip to sunny Orlando, FL to experience my 1st MegaCon. I had heard many things about it and overall, it was a decent con experience although not exactly unique. Held over Memorial Day weekend at the Orange County Convention Center, MegaCon's website boasts over 100,000 con-goers in addition to tons of vendors, awesome costumes, a nice roster of guests, and some panels thrown in for fun. Let's break down the con a bit, shall we?

 

 

Vendors: Rows upon rows of nerdy goodness for your pop culture loving heart. Into anime? They've got enough merch from Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Sailor Moon, et al to rival any anime convention. Comics? A plethora of booths dedicated to ultra-rare to the most common comics. I even got to hold a 1st appearance of Hulk that cost $13,000. You could honestly spend the better part of a day just browsing the comic booths. Costumes? They have plenty of vendors for that too. They all start to blur together after a while, so I am always on the look out for vendors with products that stand out/aren't as common or are run by small businesses. Kind of like Popcycled Baubles. This awesome husband and wife team from South Carolina take actual comics and handcraft stone coaster sets, necklaces, cigarette cases, and more. On top of that, they also make detailed pixel art. They even make custom orders. I also found a few booths dedicated to horror. There weren't many, but I enjoyed the ones I found. Rare horror movies, plenty of t-shirts, posters galore. If you're into shopping at cons, MegaCon has you covered with its hundreds of booths.

 

 

 

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Artist Alley: One thing I really enjoyed were the artists. I even got my 1 st commission from the talented Larry Watts. We nerded out over horror and Doctor Who. Once I found out we both have similar tastes in movies and have the same favorite Doctor (9 for life!), I had him work his magic and he made a kickass custom of Eccleston in action. 50+ artists & writers brought their talents for all to see. J. Scott Campbell, Scott Snyder, Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone, and more. There was even a Love Is Love charity event that benefited the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting. It was beautiful to see the artists who contributed to the comic come together with victims and their families for a night of remembrance. Original artwork on display was auctioned off, including a gorgeous piece by George Perez, who was in attendance. I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of the book.

 

 

 

 

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Celebs: MegaCon had a nice mix of celebrities. Sci-Fi, gaming, anime, and internet celebs lined the walls. Stars like Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Stargate SG-1), Ray Park (Star Wars), Yaya Han (cosplayer), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy), and Felicia Day (The Guild) were in attendance as well as the legendary Stan Lee, Famke Janssen (X-Men, Nip/Tuck), Alice Cooper, and the cast of Rocky Horror (including a rare appearance by Tim fucking Curry!). Yours truly shelled out the big bucks to have the Tim Curry Experience with the man himself that included a personal 1 on 1 moment with Curry, a photo with him and an autographed pic of him either as Darkness from Legend, Pennywise from IT, or Dr. Frank-N- Furter from Rocky Horror. I chose Darkness. I usually don't fangirl too much, but to be able to tell this man who I have loved since childhood how much he meant to me and wish him well as he recovers from the 2012 stroke he suffered was something I will never forget and was 100% worth it.

 

 

 

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Everything Else: While its cosplay game isn't as massive as, say, Dragon Con or San Diego Comic Con, there was an impressive showing at MegaCon. I saw everything ranging from Danerys and one of her dragons from Game of Thrones to mashups like Yondu Poppins to throwbacks like Street Sharks. The creativity was definitely in full swing. Be sure to check out all my pictures from the con! A decent amount of panels with the stars and some fan-run panels discussing all manner of geekery was available for those who enjoy listening to their favorites talk or just wanted a break from the crowds and walking. On a horror related note, director & writer William Grefe, best known for his work in the exploitation genre of the 60's/70's (I Eat Your Skin, The Wild Rebels, Mako: The Jaws of Death), received a lifetime achievement award during his Q&A on Saturday. It was very nice to see this man get recognized for his work. We also got to see a trailer for his upcoming documentary, It Came From The Swamp. There also were plenty of cosplayers like Cecil Grimes (the Rick Grimes impersonator whose likeness is uncanny), Bane Bravo, Holly Woods, and Madison Kate. There were even after-parties thrown on Friday and Saturday night that had the booze flowing, a laser tag course, and plenty of music to dance to. I will say that watching a 7ft tall, 4 ft wide Gir in his mongoose dog outfit try to bump and grind with several girls on the dance floor was highly entertaining.

 

 

 

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Overall: Hopefully, you all know how awesome Days of the Dead is. It's one of my personal favorite conventions. Hands down. MegaCon may not have a lot to offer in the way of horror, but what they did have, I enjoyed. It is a family friendly pop-culture con and tries fairly well to include all genres. It reminds me a lot of Wizard World, but I find it way more entertaining. I say if you haven't gone and you enjoy Florida weather, then you owe it to yourself to go at least once. It is indeed a fun time.

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