The thing I like most about genre fan conventions is seeing all the cosplay, and there was plenty to admire at MegaCon 2016 in Orlando this Memorial Weekend.
What is Cosplay?
For those who aren’t familiar with it, Cosplay is a contraction of the words costume and roleplay. It refers to the use of costumes and accessories to transform into a character from a favorite fandom.
Most cosplay inspiration is derived from anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and sci-fi/fantasy/horror movies, TV, and books. And at MegaCon 2016, there was a lot of inspired cosplay.
MegaCon returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Memorial Weekend, May 26-29, 2016.
This four-day fest features celebrities from the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comics. Fans can meet their favorites, get autographs and photos, view Q&A panels, and more.
Among the guests scheduled to appear are:
After a three-year absence, Star Wars Celebration will return to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando April 13-16, 2017.
The event is the official Star Wars fan convention, featuring actors from the films and TV shows, book authors, and many more Star Wars-related guests.
If you enjoy Orlando’s annual MegaCon fan convention, you’ll want to attend MegaCon Fan Days, a weekend version of the main fancon.
It will run November 21-22 at the Orange County Convention Center, and feature celebrity, comic and cosplay guests, along with various fandom panels, and an expo floor full of goodies to buy.
If you enjoy Orlando’s annual MegaCon fan convention, you’ll be happy to know they’re holding a second event this fall called MegaCon Fan Days. It will run November 21-22 at the Orange County Convention Center.
Last year MegaCon was bought out by FanExpo, which produces several other North American fan conventions, and this will be their first foray into the South East.
Up til now, MegaCon has been the premiere fan convention in Orlando, but now word comes that Wizard World will bring their Comic Con experience to the city in August 2016.
Wizard World Comic Con Orlando will run August 5 through 7 at the Orange County Convention Center.
Wizard World is known for contracting celebrity guests to appear at more than one convention so they get a lot of big names in the fandom genres, and has a pretty good reputation for being fan friendly and well-run. I personally haven’t attended one, but I will definitely check out this one in Orlando.
The Vampire Diaries is one of the hottest shows on the CW network, and this weekend, you can meet some of the stars at The Vampire Diaries Official Convention.
The fan convention takes place December 12-14 at The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, and features panels with the stars, autograph sessions and photo ops. There is also a vendor area to stock up on memorabilia.
Returning to Orlando for a second time, LeakyCon will be celebrating all things Harry Potter at the Orange County Convention Center from July 30 to August 3.
LeakyCon has a variety of programming, ranging from author and actor panels to attendee-submitted meetups and discussions. There are also concerts, parties, and even an after-hours trip to Universal Orlando to check out the recently opened Diagon Alley, along with Hogsmeade.
Among the HP actors you can meet are Ellie Darcey- Alden, Scarlett Byrne, Robbie Jarvis, Hugh Mitchell, Nick Shirm, and Charlotte Skeoch. In addition to Harry Potter guests, attendees can also meet Alaina Huffman (“Supernatural”), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Nina Toussaint-White, and the “Glee” trio of Titus Makin Jr, Curt Mega, and Dominic Barnes. Author John Green (“Fault in Our Stars”) will also be appearing.
Tickets start at $60 for a Friday or Saturday one-day pass to $275 for a full 5-day pass.
For more info, including a full guest list and programming schedule, visit LeakyCon.com.
In the realm of sci-fi and comic conventions, Orlando’s MegaCon is one of the biggest in the country. We braved all three days to bring back photos and this recap is of our adventures on Day Three.
We weren’t sure if the crowds would be at the crazy level they were on Saturday, so we headed in extra early on Sunday. Parking was still a beast to deal with, but once inside, we were happy to find crowds were more manageable.
Because of the problems they had the day before, MegaCon decided to try a new system of lining up for panels. I can’t say people were pleased, especially for my first panel for Wil Wheaton. They made everyone fill in all the way to the ends as they entered the room, which resulted in people at the front of the line sitting way off the the sides with bad views. A lot of upset people during that panel, but they seemed to get it worked out before the day was over.
In the realm of sci-fi and comic conventions, Orlando’s MegaCon is one of the biggest in the country. We braved all three days to bring back photos and this recap is of our adventures on Day Two.
Arriving early on Saturday, we were again greeted with a wall of traffic just to park. It took over an hour, and I made it inside with 10 minutes to spare before the first panel I wanted to see.
Actor James Marsters was also late due to the traffic, but once the panel started, he regaled us with stories about his days on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Torchwood. Fielding questions from fans, he also sang a little bit, and plugged his band’s concert later that evening at MegaCon.
In the realm of sci-fi and comic conventions, Orlando’s MegaCon is one of the biggest in the country. We braved all three days to bring back photos and this recap of our adventures.
The event started Friday, March 21, and even though we got there around noon, the parking lot was already nearly full and creating a backlog of traffic trying to get in. I checked in, got my pass, and barely made it to my first panel of the day for the TV show Smallville. I followed that with panels for the original Battlestar Galactica TV show, and for actor John Barrowman.
If you’re a fan of sci-fi, comics, anime, and cosplay, then you’ll want to be at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando this weekend for MegaCon 2014.
Stars from TV shows like The Walking Dead, Torchwood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the original Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Spartacus, and Arrow, as well as movie stars like Karl Urban and Jon Heder will be in attendance. Megacon guest of honor Stan Lee leads a huge roster of comic artists and writers who will also be appearing throughout the weekend.
Meet the stars, get autographs and photos (for an additional fee), attend panels, and shop from hundreds of vendors. Megacon is a fan convention for those who love movies, TV, and comics.
Tickets are $30 per day at the door, or save money and get a three-day wristband for $70. Single day tickets are only available day of and there are limited quantities left, especially for Saturday.
For more information, visit megaconvention.com.
The guest list for MegaCon 2014 in Orlando just keeps getting better and better with the announcements of actors Karl Urban, John Barrowman, and Ron Perlman.
Karl Urban currently stars in the Fox TV series “Almost Human,” but has also appeared in films like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movies, and Chronicles of Riddick.
John Barrowman is best known as Capt. Jack Harkness in the “Torchwood” and “Doctor Who” series. He is currently appearing on the CW TV series “Arrow.”
Ron Perlman most recently appeared on the FX TV series “Sons of Anarchy,” but he is known to sci-fi horror fans from roles in films like Hellboy and Blade II. He has also voiced many animated characters on TV, film, and in video games.
They join an already stellar line-up of media and comic guests that will be appearing at MegaCon 2014. Ticket start at $25 for a daily pass and $60 for a weekend pass. For more information, visit megaconvention.com.
Are you a fan of the TV show The Walking Dead? MegaCon is looking for questions for a possible panel at their event in March here in Orlando.
Scheduled to appear from The Walking Dead are Steven Yeun, David Morrissey, Lauren Cohan, Emily Kinney and Sonequa Martin-Green.
If you have a question about current or past events of the show, or personal questions about the actors and actresses, MegaCon wants you to send them in. All questions will be screened by AMC and the top questions will be ask by the host of The Walking Dead Panel.
All questions need to be emailed to JSmith@megaconvention.com by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, January 17th, 2014, in the following format:
- Your Name:
- Who The Question is For:
MegaCon will take place March 21-23, 2014, at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit megaconvention.com.
Looking for something to do this weekend that combines the best in horror with celebrities from popular movies and TV shows? Then you’ll want to check out the Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend that runs October 25 – 27.
Among the names that will be appearing are:
- The legendary George Romero (Night of the Living Dead)
- Peter Criss (of KISS)
- Dee Snider (Twisted Sister frontman and horror film Strangeland)
- Doug Bradley (Hellraiser movies)
- Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th movies)
- Patricia Quinn (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
- Meg Foster (They Live)
- Billy Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects)
- Jason Mewes (Clerks)
- Make-up master Tom Savini
- Alexa Vega (Machete Kills)