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Convention Report: Megacon 2015
April 28, 2015 By Holly Clarkson
I got my first taste of the Florida Megacon while we sat on the I-ride trolley on Friday morning making our way to the event, when someone walked past us dressed head to toe in black complete with a full helmet and black cape billowing out behind him in the 90° heat, I guessed then they might take their cosplay seriously over here.
We arrived and were instantly blown away by the venue itself, (Orange County Convention Centre) the place was huge, to give you an idea of scale the area where you picked the tickets up from was bigger than most UK con’s.
After picking up our passes it was time to head to the main hall, on route we saw hundreds of people who had put huge effort into their cosplay, although one of the funniest and also the simplest we saw was a guy dressed in a towel, turns out he came as Old Spice Guy Terry Cruz style, and he pulled it off!
Before the main hall was the pre-hall which had a huge lego display that contained more bricks than most people’s houses, lego city, Ghostbusters, Avengers, Transformers to name but a few.
We spent the rest of the day in the main hall checking out everything on display, 4 hours later and with very sore feet it was time to head home.
Saturday was the most insane thing I’ve ever witnessed, with over 80,000 attending the event, the convention centre was heaving.
We decided to check out the Artist’s Alley which had over 25 artists who have worked on various comics over the years including Batman, The Avengers, Superman, Star Wars, Venom, the list just goes on, there was some exceptional talent on display and plenty of artwork on sale to the public.
Next it was off to Tattooine to see the ink work on offer, there were people in nearly every stall having ink done with some very unique tattoos on display.
In addition to the main hall there were lots of other events happening in smaller side rooms including, costume making, speed dating, droid building, belly dancing, stand up geek comedy, celebrity signings and Q & A sessions including one with the great Stan Lee himself. By now it was getting late and time to call it a day.
We returned on Sunday for the final time, today was definitely the quietest day of the con but there was still plenty of cosplay and other events going on. Today was all about toy shopping and with over 200 exhibitors here selling everything from T shirts, comics, toys and collectibles there was something for everyone here, it took us about 4 hours to go round all of them. It was now time with heavy hearts and full shopping bags to say goodbye to the con for the last time. We had an awesome time and with the event planned in 2016 for 4 days, it’s sure to be bigger and better than ever before.
Here’s looking forward to 2016.
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