CITY: Orlando, Florida
VENUE: Orange County Convention Center (South Concourse section)
SOME CELEBRITY GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Anne Lockhart, Herbert Jefferson Jr, Vic Mignogna, Peter Mayhew, Steven Yuen, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira, Sonequa Martin Greene, Emily Kinney, James Marsters, Eliza Dushku, Allison Mack, Laura Vandervoort, John Glover, John Barrowman, Gareth David Lloyd, Eve Myles, Jonathan Heder, Jason David Frank, Manu Bennett, Stan Lee, Karl Urban
the return of megacon
Megacon is aptly named "Mega" (from the Greek, "megas," which means "great"). Alexander III of Macedon was Great, and so was Megacon 2013! What makes Megacon stand out from all of the other conventions in Florida? "Size" is the first answer. And "prestige" is another. The two elements go hand in hand. With numerous websites reporting an attendance of over 75,000 convention-goers on Saturday (March 22) alone, Megacon 2014 was easily the biggest convention in Florida in terms of attendance. In fact, the attendance on Saturday was comparable to the numbers put up by the nation's biggest convention: San Diego Comic Con.
Why is that important? Well, the most obvious reason: you will meet a large amount of fellow nerds when there us more of them! And that is exactly what people hope for (aside from the other obvious reasons such as celebrity meet & greets, panels, and merchandise-shopping).
Notable cosplayers in attendance
And outside of Florida? Megacon is still a huge attraction nationwide. The likes of Yaya Han (from Georgia), Riki LeCotey (also from Georgia), and even Ivy Doomkitty (all the way from California) were all in attendance at this event. The attendance of these notable cosplayers speaks volumes about the prestige of Megacon has come to expect.
It should also be noted that many convention-goers were very public about the difficulties of Megacon traffic & parking on Saturday. I cannot confirm the exact details of their stories myself so I will be content in simply mentioning that fact. In my own personal experience on Saturday, I was stuck at one of the OCCC redlights for nearly 50 minutes just waiting to pull into the parking lot of the convention center. To be more specific, I arrived at the redlight at around 9:30am on that Saturday morning. I was luckily able to park my car by 10:25am. I remember this detail vividly because it was my mission to catch the 10:30am photo op for the Smallville cast.
COSPLAYS photo opportunities
the celebrity appeal factor
It is no joke that the recent phenomenon, "The Walking Dead," has been a big hit in the nation (among other places). As a result, the stars of this show are considered really "hot" at conventions. If you throw in one or two stars, then you would be guaranteed a great turnout of fans. But if you promise the fans the opportunties to meet Emily Kinney ('Beth Greene'), David Morrissey ('the Governor'), Steven Yuen ('Glenn'), Danai Gurira ('Michonne'), and Sonequa Martin Greene ('Sasha'), then you can expect everyone who has a tv set to show up in such numbers that surpass even the zombie hordes seen on the show.
CONVENTION ORGANIZATION & STAFF/VOLUNTEERS
I want to end this blog/article by sharing a few more pictures from Megacon 2014 which have left me with very fond memories of the event...