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June 21, 2019

People Of Orlando - Q&A With Dakota Myers of Arcanic Artisty

All Photos:Arcanic Artistry

One of our favorite vendor discoveries at MegaCon this year was Arcanic Artistry. We connected with the creative mind behind Arcanic Artistry, Dakota Myers, to discuss his unique creations, and get to know an authentic Orlando creator. Enjoy this Q&A and find out more about Dakota and Arcanic Artistry here.

Q:  What you do, described on your website as "custom laser cut artwork", is not quite the same as the traditional craft of woodworking, is it? What's unique about your process?

A:  I used custom laser cut artwork as a catch-all term for how I began making designs. Laser cutting is an interesting branch of woodworking/burning because once a design is created it’s easily replicated to perfection through the engraving process. Instead of days to have one piece I’m able to quickly create intricate designs once the initial plan is created over the course of minutes to an hour.

Q:  When and how did you start doing this? What was the very first thing you created?

A:  Just over a year and a half ago I made my first coaster of Tachanka from Rainbow Six Siege using UCF’s engineering lab. I posted it to Reddit, people said they would buy it, and eventually, I invested in my own laser to begin making more! Coasters from other series, wall art from my favorite games and shows, then a heavy emphasis on creating anything custom somebody would want.

Q:  How far has your business come? In other words... I see you have an Etsy shop and website, and obviously, we saw you at MegaCon. Are conventions part of your normal routine? Where else do you sell, and as a maker/creator, what websites or venues have you found the most success - either in sales or just in engagement and recognition?

A:  We’ve just begun entering the convention circuit as a major business venture. Megacon Orlando was our 8th show overall and it was a massive success with the crowds of people. I’ve found the most success so far sharing artwork to Reddit as people are open and receptive when you can target a specific demographic via subreddits. When it comes to promoting, it’s important to share not just as an advertisement – starting a conversation and interacting with people. Knowing the audience you’re aiming for and not just creating for the sake of profit I feel have been key factors to success.

Q:  Are you doing this on your own, or are others involved?

A:  For everything regarding product from draft to shipping out creations, I am the main person. However, my girlfriend Leili has been the biggest cheerleader and manager to Arcanic. She’s helped in keeping me organized with promotional banners, business cards, and general cleanup of my widespread creation process.



Q:  You mentioned being a UCF student... what are the challenges of trying to tackle your studies and running a creative business at the same time?

A:  The way I organize files and the size of my laser means it needs to switch pieces of wood to engrave roughly every 1-2 hours. It works out nicely with a college schedule with ample time between classes, but that can also mean long downtimes without something being made for heavier class schedules. For conventions, this often means I’m taking a lot of orders instead of directly selling product, which adds another layer of needed work in the downtime between my studies.

Q:  What are you studying - does it tie-in to any future plans you may have for Arcanic Artisty?

A:  I’m currently studying Game Design and Marketing, with the latter being much more prevalent to be a salesperson and greatly helping in public speaking. For the future, I hope to have some form of job creating or selling video games that also gives the flexibility to continue keeping the laser running as much as possible. Finding the balance between the two will help me be successful in both aspects of life.

Q:  Speaking of Arcanic Artistry... where did you come up with the name?

A:  Originally there were a lot of drafts for names. But since I did a lot with dungeons and dragons I knew it had to be something magical related. I didn’t want to go with my gamertag or just my name, the business had to stand out on its own merit. So first the name was Arcane Artist, but a Googling showed a fantastic painter already took the name. The sound of the double A’s kept resonating with me, and eventually, I added other bits to make it Arcanic Artistry. At the time none of my friends liked it but I was set on it.

Q:  Most Orlando residents are not originally from here... are you? What do you think makes Orlando special?

A:  I’m from Clearwater so the metropolis life has always been around for me. I didn’t know where I wanted to go to school exactly but UCF was close enough to be near home, but not too close. I believe Orlando is special in that it has so many options available for every kind of lifestyle. There’s something for everyone all within an hour’s drive: Disney/Universal, downtown, UCF, the natural world just outside downtown, and so much to look forward to exploring.

Q:  What is your personal favorite piece you've ever made, and what was the most difficult or strangest custom request you've received?

A:  My current favorite piece is my Arcane Coffer. It’s used for dungeons and dragons to store dice and double as a rolling tray in the lid. Its creation is all thanks to Leili who told me to combine the dice box and tray from two separate designs into one single box. From there it’s been a great success at every show. I haven’t had too many outlandish requests but the most interesting so far was a suit of armor much like cosplayers would make out of EVA foam. The problem with that is wood is much heavier than foam and a lot less flexible for a human to easily walk around in.

Q:  Is there a specific creative/artistic skill or craft you would still like to learn?

A:  I really want to discover more with a CNC machine. It has the same characteristics as a laser but is much more focused on cutting away material with a drill bit instead of burning away a thin line. It would ideally save time over cutting multiple layers for the Arcane Coffer and enable the use of engraving with thicker material but until then it’s thin pieces of wood!

Q:  Bonus question! Considering that you were smart enough to have a space at MegaCon, one of Orlando's most prominent annual events, I have to ask... what are YOU a fan of?

A:  I really love a lot of nerdy things. There’s an endless list of TV, anime, and movies to watch that keeps growing with every new release. I’m a big fan of dungeons and dragons and play every week - mostly as a dungeon master and occasionally a player. And when playing video games I have a collection that’s grown ever since I could hold a controller and understand what was happening on a TV screen.

May 26, 2019

GUIDE: MegaCon - Orlando's Premier Fan Event

As they say... "Your fan experience starts here". MegaCon is an annual fan convention embracing every type of fandom conceivable. As conventions go, this one may very well be the most inclusive - with more than 100,000 guests from every persuasion and interest descending upon Orlando's Orange County Convention Center each year for the four-day event.

There is no right or wrong way to do MegaCon. We've been attending for four years now. Each year is a little different, and each year we learn new things to make our experience a little more enjoyable and more rewarding. Each year, we like to share a bit about what we experienced, and what we learned, with you!

Accept That You Cannot Do It All

Right off the bat - accept the reality that you are only one person. You cannot be in more than one place at a time, and there are always multiple events going on at MegaCon. If you are interested in more than one fandom - or more than one thing in general - chances are that you will find yourself drawn to events that are overlapping. Well... life is full of tough choices, isn't it? As soon as MegaCon releases the event schedule, look it over and determine your "must-dos". On rare occasions, events may be canceled, so it doesn't hurt to save some back-ups that appeal to you - the second tier events in your interest ranking, if you will. This year, MegaCon released a rough draft of the schedule first, asking guests to check for any real and direct overlaps that may pose a problem within fandoms - followed by a finalized version after giving everyone a chance to chime in. Brilliant! 

When it comes to scheduling, it's also worth noting that you can't always push your schedule too tightly either! For example... if you want to attend the Central Florida Steampunk Association's workshop on Victorian undergarments at 11:00AM in room 302, followed by a celebrity Q&A in the main theater at noon, you're going to run into a problem. Most events run about an hour in length. The "main theater" events are expected to draw large crowds - usually lining up an hour or more in advance. You also have to consider your travel time from room to room - often through thick crowds. Again... this may be a matter of prioritization. Don't let a missed event (or a late arrival to an event) ruin your convention experience, and plan to go with the flow... at least a little bit. You don't want to leave yourself too strictly scheduled anyway, as some of the best experiences you'll have during MegaCon are the impromptu things you simply stumble upon.


One Day? All Four? Somewhere In-Between?

No one should try to tell you how many days (or which days) you have to attend. Prices vary by day, and by the number of days you attend. If you can only afford to attend Thursday - by all means, do it! If you can afford all four, and you want to, that's great, too. Here's the run-down on the day-by-day at MegaCon. 
  • Thursday - Short day, but all the vendors are fresh and excited. Many celebrity guests don't attend on Thursday, but it's a great day to get the lay of the land, so to speak - and to grab up any hot, rare merchandise that you don't want to lose to other guests. Attendance is lower, mobile service is fairly strong, and opening events are enthusiastic! Not a huge show of cosplayers in general, but it's easier to interact with other guests.
  • Friday - A full day, with increased attendance, more celebrity guests, and more events to check out. Now that you've scoped out the floor on Thursday, you can make a beeline pretty easily to whatever you want to buy, the workshops and shows you want to see, and the guests you want to meet.
  • Saturday - The IT day for everything! This is the day when you'll find the most celebrity guests, the most elaborate cosplays, the most popular panels and events, and a crowd level that may make some people cringe. It's not the easiest crowd to navigate, mobile service is pretty close to nonexistent, and it can be a real challenge to smoothly make purchases, meet guests, or interact with other attendees. Yes, it's a tough, grueling, challenging day... but it's also the most interesting and certainly worth it.
  • Sunday - a bit of a shorter day, but longer than Thursday. Lower attendance, fewer celebrities, less cosplays and events, BUT - people are really looking to blow it all out of the park now. Attendees want to let loose the last of the convention energy they have stored and vendors are looking to make deals on whatever they have left. It's a great time to tackle all that you missed or the things you want to experience once more. 


Budget Your Money As You Budgeted Your Time

If you happen to have Rockefeller money, your spending may not be a concern, but you could easily spend a small fortune in four days at MegaCon, so it's wise to preplan your spending to some extent... and it's not all about the collectibles, by the way. 

Whether you'll be attending one day or all four, you're going to need to eat and drink. Even if you live locally and don't have to consider things like hotels and transportation, you're probably going to be pulling long days at the convention center, and keeping fueled up and hydrated are important. There are lots of options for food and drink at the convention center, but their prices are on the extreme side. If you're looking to cut costs, here are a few things to keep in mind. Some vendors sell snacks and candies that will help for a simple recharge. Five Hour Energy is usually on-hand as well, with a fun vendor space, and a supply of go-go juice! There are also options just off-site like McDonald's and IHOP. It isn't a bad idea to step away for a quick lunch and walk back over afterward... re-entry is a breeze! Wild Bill's has become a fixture at conventions and events as of late, offering an intriguing deal on beverages. For $25-$35, attendees could purchase a mug with unlimited refills during the event. Not at all a bad deal - especially for those staying for the length of the event. 

As far as merchandise goes... use your common sense. If you see a rare, unique, autographed item, this is obviously a bit different than a Walking Dead Funko Pop - which you may see 50 of across the vendor floor. If it's common - shop around. I saw the same t-shirt at three different booths for as much as $25. Ultimately, I bought it for $5... simply because I didn't buy the first one I saw. Don't let excitement get the better of you, and always remember - the vendors closest to the entrance are well aware that you will be seeing them before other vendors and your wallet will be ripe for the picking. Some of the best treasures and values are found in the understated small spaces buried in the center of the showroom floor. Don't be afraid to talk to the vendors, either. Aside from learning some very interesting things about some incredibly creative folks, you can also often haggle a bit! Keep in mind - you don't have to spend a fortune to leave MegaCon with cool stuff. There are always great deals to be had, and a wide assortment of items for all price ranges. Overall, just make sure you don't spend it all in one place on your first day! 



R-E-S-P-E-C-T

This should go without saying, but sadly... it needs to be said. Be respectful - of your fellow convention-goers, celebrity guests, vendors, artists, and MegaCon/convention center staff. This event, while fun, can also be quite chaotic. Exercise patience and courtesy at all times, and as the many signs remind us - remember that "cosplay is not consent". Prior to taking someone's photo (anyone's photo), simply ask their permission. For starters - you'll get better photos this way, and you may find that you meet some very awesome people when you take the time to say hello. Besides... it's just the right thing to do. No one wants to be a creeper, after all!

By the same token, be mindful of your own presence. If you are late to a workshop, panel, Q&A, etc., enter the room quietly, avoiding walking right in front of all the action or in front of people taking photos/video. If you see an incredible cosplayer who agrees to a photo, try to avoid setting up your photo session in a way that blocks a walkway or vendor space. When asked to move along, step aside, or refrain from photos - please adhere to the request. In the simplest and bluntest of terms... just don't be an ass. The "Golden Rule", and all that happy stuff - it's nothing new, folks!




Don't Limit Yourself - Try Something New

Each year, we branch out a little bit more, really trying to diversify our MegaCon experience. While there are many things to appeal to whatever fandoms and hobbies you already appreciate, there are also plenty of discoveries to be made. We all love the celebrities who bring our movies and shows to life, but some of the most enriching experiences are the panels and workshops constantly taking place in the concourse rooms. Each year, more and more worlds of knowledge and creativity open up to MegaCon attendees. 

We've explored the history of horror, Florida's greatest ghost stories, belly dancing, sword fighting, how to start a podcast, how to photograph cosplayers, teapot races, parasol duels, costume designing, recycling apparel, jewelry making, sketching, and how to speak Klingon... all at MegaCon. This is of course before all of the rooms that host gaming, interactive Nerf-style battles, speed dating, and family fun. Spread out... meet people... learn something... create!



General Tips

  • As I said before - there really is something for everyone at MegaCon: fantasy, horror, sci-fi, retro, anime, gaming, comics, art, tattoos, DIY, steampunk, literature, theatre... you name it!
  • Gamers - bring your portable game units and trading cards! Aside from organized gaming sessions, spontaneous games tend to break out amongst attendees randomly!
  • Make sure to bring your mobile device chargers! There are plenty of outlets for a quick power up throughout the convention center.
  • Cosplayers - don't miss your chance to shine on the NEW cosplay red carpet. Lucky for you, the cospital is a handy space for last-minute touch-ups before your photo moment.
  • I don't know how you cosplayers manage your day on stilts, heels, etc. For those of us mortals - wear comfortable shoes!

If you missed our various live broadcasts during MegaCon, never fear. We've saved some of our favorite highlights in videos on our YouTube Channel, and in posts on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also check out our entire raw collection of photos and videos from this year's event here.

April 30, 2019

MEGACON™ ORLANDO ANNOUNCES THE DIGICON EXPERIENCE SATURDAY, MAY 18 TO SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019



All-New Fandom Experience Celebrates Social Media Influencers and Content Creators 

Orlando, FL – April 29, 2019 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019 with an all-new fandom programming track, The Digicon Experience. The Digicon Experience at MEGACON™Orlando is a celebration of all things digital where fans can participate in exclusive experiences with talented social media influencers and content creators from the YouTube world. 

On Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19, Digicon at MEGACON™ Orlando will host interactive panels and Q&As, one-on-one meet & greets that showcase the creativity and diversity of each of the creators. The Digicon Experience is included in a Saturday and Sunday MEGACON™ Orlando admission ticket.

April 23, 2019

MEGACON™ ORLANDO LAUNCHES MEGACON EXPRESS™ BUS WITH DAILY SERVICE BETWEEN TAMPA AND ORLANDO



Shuttle Offers Fans Daily One-Way Rides in Style

WHO/WHAT
MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019 and launches the MEGACON Express. The MEGACON Express is an air-conditioned motor coach with a daily schedule between Tampa and Orlando. Providing fans a seamless way to travel to the convention, tickets will be sold as one-way rides to easily customize trips for either a day or weekend spent in Orlando.  

The MEGACON Express will pick up at the Tampa Convention Center with a drop-off location at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando along with additional stops to the Hilton Orlando, Hyatt Regency Orlando, Rosen Centre, Rosen Plaza and Rosen Inn for those staying overnight. 

April 2, 2019

MEGACON™ ORLANDO ANNOUNCES RARE REUNIONS, STAR-STUDDED CELEBRITY LINEUP AND ALL-NEW PROGRAMMING THURSDAY, MAY 16 TO SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019


Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunities with Cast Reunions from Back To The Future, Boy Meets World, The All New Mickey Mouse Club to Cosplay Red Carpet, Photo Shoot Sessions and more 
  
Orlando, FL – April 1, 2019 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. This year, the show expects to welcome more than 100,000 fans throughout the weekend joined by a star-studded line up. Recently added celebrities include:
  • Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)
  • Zachary Levi (Shazam!)
  • David Tennant and Billie Piper (Doctor Who)
  • John Barrowman and Stephen Amell (Arrow)
  • Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric and Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys)
  • Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, Family Guy and The Tick)
  • Peter Weller (Robocop)Patricia Summersett (Legend of Zelda)
  • Rose McIver (iZombie)
  • Jason David Frank (Power Rangers)

March 22, 2019

MEGACON™ ORLANDO AND WALT DISNEY WORLD® RESORT TO HOST MICKEY MOUSE CLUB’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION – SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

Celebrate with The Cast Reunion of The ‘All New’ Mickey Mouse Club and Mouseketeers Hosted by Joey Fatone 

Orlando, FL – March 22, 2019 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. Joining a star-studded celebrity lineup and never-before-seen reunions, The Mickey Mouse Club will celebrate its 30thanniversary of its debut episode with a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the Mouseketeers. On Saturday, May 18, *NSYNC Artist and childhood friend of the Mouseketeers Joey Fatone will host a special reunion panel at MEGACON™ Orlando starting at 12 p.m. followed by a photo and autograph session from 1-4 p.m. 

Mouseketeers from seasons one through seven will join for the Mickey Mouse Club’s 30th Anniversary Reunion including: Deedee Magno Hall, Lindsey Alley, Marc Worden, Tony Lucca, Dale Godboldo, Chasen ‘Chase’ Hampton, Rhona Bennett, Jennifer McGill, Damon Pampolina, Nikki DeLoach, Jason “Blain” Carson, Raquel ‘Roque’ Herring, Nita Booth Young, David ‘DK’ Kater, Jason Minor, Brandy Brown Pendleton, Kevin Osgood, Mylin Brooks Stoddard, TJ Fantini and Tasha Danner. 

February 28, 2019

Walt Disney World® Resort and MEGACON™ Orlando Will Host #MMC30 - The Cast Reunion and 30th Anniversary Celebration Of The 'All New' Mickey Mouse Club's Debut Episode


ORLANDO, Fla.Feb. 28, 2019 - On May 18th and 19th, Mouseketeers will reunite for a once-in-a-lifetime weekend with their fans at Walt Disney World® Resort and MEGACON Orlando to celebrate their shared experience with one of Disney's most iconic brands, and to give back to where it all began. Hosted by Joey Fatone, who grew up with the Mouseketeers in Orlando, proceeds from #MMC30 will benefit Central Florida's onePULSE Foundation and their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, and Give Kids The World Village, a nonprofit resort for critically ill children that Walt Disney World® has supported for more than 30 years.

February 26, 2019

MEGACON™ ORLANDO ADDS TRANSFORMERS VOICE ACTORS TO 2019 LINEUP

Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity with Peter Cullen and Frank Welker and A Special Transformers Experience Package 

WHO/WHAT:
MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. Adding to the rare reunions and exciting celebrity appearances set this year, fans will now have the opportunity to geek out with Transformers voice actors Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) and Frank Welker (Megatron) on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 (see schedule below). Imagine having a personalized voice recording from the man behind Optimus Prime or Megatron! The Transformers Experience special packages includes choices of selfies, personalized voice recordings, signed posters, autographs and more! There is also a Q&A with Peter Cullen and Frank Welker as part of the regular programming schedule included with the MEGACON Orlando ticket.

Other celebrity guests slated to appear include David Harbour (Hellboy, Stranger Things), Sean Astin (Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Mark Sheppard (Supernatural), Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time), Stephen Amell (Arrow Star), Kiefer Sutherland (The Lost Boys, Designated Survivor, 24), Tyler Hoechlin (SuperGirl, Teen Wolf) and rare reunions from the Back To The FutureBoys Meet WorldSmallvilleThe Lost Boys and The Goonies.

For more information on the guest lineup, visit: www.megaconorlando.com/guests

WHEN / PACKAGE DETAILS:
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Appearance by Peter Cullen

Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17, 2019
Appearance by Frank Welker

For more information about packages and pricing, visit: www.megaconorlando.com/tickets

WHERE:
Orange County Convention Center 
9800 International Drive 
Orlando, FL 32819

ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ
FAN EXPO HQ is one of the largest entertainment convention groups in in the world. Collectively, it hosts more than 500,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO Boston, Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Canada, FAN EXPO Dallas, FAN EXPO Vancouver, MEGACON Orlando, Toronto Comicon, and Dallas Fan Days.

February 2, 2019

MEGACON™ RETURNS TO ORLANDO’S ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER ON NEW DATES – THURSDAY, MAY 16 TO SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019



Celebrate Fandom with the Cast of Back to The Future including Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, Jason Momoa, Pamela Anderson, David Harbour and more 
  
Orlando, FL – February 1, 2019 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. This year, MEGACON™ Orlando expects to welcome more than 100,000 fans throughout the weekend with a star-studded lineup of celebrity guests and endless programming. 

Fans will be amazed by a very rare reunion featuring the entire the Back To The Future cast including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson and James Tolkan. Other celebrity guests slated to appear include Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Pamela Anderson (Baywatch), David Harbour (Hellboy, Stranger Things), Sean Astin (Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Mark Sheppard (Supernatural), and Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time). More exciting celebrity appearances will be announced leading up to the four-day event that also features family-friendly activities, shopping, workshops, enhanced anime programming, costume contests and attractions like the photo ops with the Back To The Future Delorean, Tattoo Alley and more.

June 10, 2018

REVIEW: MegaCon 2018 - Recap, Roundup Tips & MORE

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MegaCon truly is like Christmas for a great many of us. I watch an increasing number of friends, family, and acquaintances getting anxiously prepped for the fandom extravaganza each year, and I can genuinely say that the enthusiasm that swirls around it is at least equivalent to the excited frenzy that one may notice for the arrival of Santa Claus, or other such annual icons. Yes... it's like that, and every year it seems to get a little better - slowly evolving into the perfect geeky beast.

MegaCon remains one of the few events that my kids and I can all benefit from, although we do tend to split up for our own individually-tailored adventures once we arrive. This is the primary reason MegaCon appeals so much... it's very inclusive. Conventions have become a frequent occurrence in the Central Florida area, but MegaCon is one of the few that gives equal attention to all things fandom. I can benefit from the event just as much as my son - even though I haven't followed anything anime in the last ten years - and my son has all but lost interest in television serials. My daughter (whose greatest passion is shopping), considers this to be the most worthy occasion for spending, so she has her own method for MegaCon enjoyment.

While Tony and Sierra focus heavily on the things they know best, my approach is always broad exploration and discovery! So, how did we fare at MegaCon 2018?

June 4, 2018

MEGACON™, SOUTHEAST’S LARGEST FAN CONVENTION, WRAPS ANOTHER YEAR OF FUN AND FANDOM AT THE ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER – MAY 24-27, 2018

Photo Credit: Rachel Parker, MEGACON Orlando

Action-Packed Weekend Delivered Ultimate Fan Experience with Jason Momoa, Jeff Goldblum, Elijah Wood, John Cena and more

Orlando, FL – June 4, 2018 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, wrapped up the Orlando convention throughout Memorial Day Weekend at the Orange County Convention Center. The four-day multi-genre convention welcomed more than 100,000 fans and included programming for all ages, a star-studded celebrity lineup and more. 

This year’s featured celebrity guests included Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings); Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park); Jason Momoa (DC Justice League); John Cena, Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman (WWE Superstars); Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman); Billy Dee Williams and Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars); Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor (Xena: Warrior Princess); Jodi Benson and Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Little Mermaid); Rob Liefeld (Deadpool and X-Force) among others. 

May 4, 2018

MEGACON™ PARTNERS WITH MADAME TUSSAUDS ORLANDO TO PREVIEW NEW JUSTICE LEAGUE EXHIBIT


MEGACON Orlando to give First Look at New Madame Tussauds Wonder Woman Figure and Host Exclusive Preview of The Justice League: A Call for Heroes 
Tickets Also Include Admission to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye and Cosplay Kick-off Party at Sugar Factory

WHO/WHAT: 
MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention with shows in both Orlando and Tampa Bay, announces a partnership with Madame Tussauds Orlando for an exclusive first-look of the attraction’s newest exhibit, Justice League™: A Call for Heroes. Fans will unite at MEGACON Orlando for a sneak peek of the brand new Wonder Woman™ wax figure taking place at 2 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center. Wonder Woman will then be whisked away for an after-hours MEGACON-exclusive event happening at Madame Tussauds Orlando featuring the official opening of The Justice League: A Call for Heroes where fans can battle alongside the new Batman™ and Superman™ as well! This private event also includes admission for one ride on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye and entry to MEGACON Orlando’s Cosplay Kick-Off Party happening next door at Sugar Factory Orlando. 

April 12, 2018

MADAME TUSSAUDS ORLANDO ANNOUNCES NEW JUSTICE LEAGUE EXPERIENCE


Tussauds Orlando’s Justice League: A Call for Heroes to Launch on May 25, #FindTheMotherBoxes for a Chance to Win an Exclusive VIP Experience

ORLANDO, FLA. (April 12, 2018) – Justice will be served this summer at Madame Tussauds Orlando. The world-famous attraction revealed plans to unite an all-star cast of DC Super Heroes in an epic new experience. For the first time ever, fans of DC’s Justice League will come face-to-face with their favorite heroes in an action-packed adventure unlike any other. 

From fear comes courage! Guests will get a chance to star alongside Justice League’s Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, as they fight to save the world from Lex Luthor’s evil corporation, LexCorp. 

April 8, 2018

MEGACON™ ORLANDO ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED CELEBRITY LINE UP INCLUDING ELIJAH WOOD AND JOHN CENA


Tickets and Packages Now Available Starting at $20

Orlando, FL – April 6, 2018 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention with shows in both Orlando and Tampa Bay, has announced new celebrity appearances and programming for this year’s show. MEGACON Orlando is set to return Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27, 2018 to the Orange County Convention Center with a star-studded line up. Recently added celebrities include:
  • Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings)
  • John Cena, Alexis Bliss, Braun Strowman (WWE Superstars)
  • Billy Dee Williams and Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars)
  • Karl Urban (Star Trek)
  • Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor (Xena: Warrior Princess)
  • Jodi Benson and Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Little Mermaid)
  • Rob Liefeld (Deadpool and X-Force)
  • Mitch Pileggi, William Davis and Annabeth Gish (The X-Files)
In addition to over 400,000 square feet of shopping madness and an incredible celebrity line up, MEGACON Orlando’s 2018 programming highlights include: 

March 29, 2018

MEGACON™ ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER COSPLAY COMPETITION – MASTER OF COSPLAY GRAND PRIX


MEGACON Orlando To Host Southeast Qualifier Event on Saturday, May 26 

Grand Prize Winner to be Flown to Toronto for Finals in September 

WHO/WHAT:
MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention with shows in both Orlando and Tampa Bay, announces the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix, a brand-new cosplay competition joining the lineup of programming at MEGACON Orlando this year. MEGACON Orlando will host the Southeast Qualifier on Saturday, May 26 during the convention which happens Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27, 2018. 

March 13, 2018

MEGACON™ RETURNS TO ORLANDO’S ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2018 – MAY 24-27, 2018


Pop Culture Fans Unite Featuring Justice League’s Jason Momoa, Jeff Goldblum celebrating 25 Years of Jurassic Park, The Princess Bride Cast Reunion and More

Event coincides with Star Wars™: Galactic Nights, a special one-night celebration 
at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Orlando, FL – March 7, 2018 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention with shows in both Orlando and Tampa Bay, returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27, 2018. This year, MEGACON Orlando expects to welcome more than 100,000 fans throughout the Memorial Day weekend with a long roster of celebrity guests, endless programming and much more. 

Celebrity guests will include Jason Momoa (DC Justice League), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park; Thor: Ragnarok), Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman), Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Catherine Tate (Doctor Who), Cress Williams (Black Lightning), and The Princess Bride cast reunion featuring Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon and Wallace Shawn. More exciting celebrity appearances will be announced leading up to the four-day event that also features family-friendly activities, shopping, workshops, enhanced anime programming, costume contests and attractions like the Batmobile, Tattoo Alley and more.

October 5, 2017

MEGACON™ TAMPA BAY 2017 WRAPS ANOTHER YEAR WITH OVER $25,000 RAISED FOR HURRICANE RELIEF WITH STAN LEE AND KEVIN SMITH, PROVIDED FUN AND EXCITEMENT FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FANS

Highly Anticipated Fan Event Welcomed Celebrities, Artists and Locals, Raises Money at Live Auction, Hours of Family-Fun Programming

Tampa Bay, FL – October 5, 2017 – MegaCon™ Tampa Bay 2017, the Southeast’s largest fan convention, wrapped up another weekend at the Tampa Convention Center. The three-day multi-genre convention welcomed fans to revel in panels, shopping, celebrity fun and more. This year’s show was packed with exciting activities for fans of all ages and featured celebrity guests including Marvel Comic legend Stan LeeWilliam Shatner (Star Trek), Kevin Smith (Clerks), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Mewes (Clerks), Caleb McLaughlinGaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things), and many more.

Photo Credit: Rachel Parker for MegaCon Tampa Bay

September 14, 2017

FLORIDA - STAN LEE IS COMING TO MEGACON TAMPA BAY™ TO SUPPORT HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF EFFORTS - SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 1

MegaCon Tampa Bay to donate $5 per ticket to Feeding Florida


Tampa Bay, FL – September 14, 2017 – MegaCon™, the Southeast’s fan convention, has announced Comic Book Legend Stan Lee will appear at MegaCon Tampa Bay to meet his fans and support Hurricane Irma relief in Florida. For the next 2,000 MegaCon Tampa Bay tickets sold online, the convention will donate $5 per ticket to Feeding Florida, a statewide network of food banks working on the ground to provide families impacted by Hurricane Irma with food and emergency supplies.

“The generous support of the MegaCon Tampa Bay community will allow Feeding Florida to provide necessary supplies to our families directly impacted by Hurricane Irma,” said Robin Safley, Executive Director of the Feeding Florida. “Partnerships like this allow our statewide network of food banks to continue to support every community and provide many of the front-line services required during response and recovery efforts.”

August 9, 2017

MEGACON™ ORLANDO ANNOUNCES $18,405 DONATION TO EQUALITY FLORIDA

Megacon’s ‘May 2017 Orlando Convention’s Love Is Love’ Event Raised Funds and Awareness
 
Orlando, FL – August 7, 2017 – MegaCon™, the Southeast’s largest fan conventions with shows in both Orlando and Tampa Bay, is proud to announce their Love is Love events during MegaCon Orlando 2017 raised $18,405.21. The proceeds raised have been donated to Equality Florida, Florida’s civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. 

MegaCon Orlando came together with Marc Andreyko’s (DC Comics) Love is Love project to host a weekend of programming to honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre during MegaCon Orlando in May at the Orange County Convention Center. The weekend began with a cocktail reception and book signing on Friday, May 26, which brought together some of the comic industry’s top talent including George Perez, Tom King, Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Cat Staggs and Dan Didio, as well as Love is Love project creator Marc Andreyko. The programming ran throughout the weekend leading up to a live art auction on Saturday, May 27. 

June 23, 2017

FLORIDA - MEGACON™ RETURNS TO TAMPA BAY FOR THE SECOND YEAR WITH KEVIN SMITH, JASON MEWES AND MORE SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 1

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!


The Southeast’s largest fan convention is back with 200,000 square feet of shopping, photo opportunities, celebrity signings, panels and much more!

Tampa Bay, FL – June 22, 2017 – MegaCon™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention, is back in Tampa Bay for the second year in a row at the Tampa Convention Center Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1.  As of June 15, 2017, tickets are on sale at www.megacontampabay.com/tickets and start at $25. Fan favorites and hilarious duo Jay & Silent Bob, also known as Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, are lined up for a special appearance on Friday evening. Additionally, Katie Cassidy of Arrow and The Flash has been confirmed. Many more celebrities will be announced in the coming months! 

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