Orlando Geeks Unite! It’s Time for MegaCon 2015

Welcome to MegaCon.   Image Savanna Kiefer
Welcome to MegaCon. Image Savanna Kiefer

MegaCon will be taking over the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, on April 10th thru April 12th this year. Complete with celebs, a one-mile indoor walk benefiting the Hero Initiative, gaming, cosplay, and vendors to make you drool.

This year’s MegaCon is a little more special to me because I’ll be celebrating my 30th birthday (okay, so I’m celebrating a week early…so sue me) and I’m going to make it count. I have plans for a Stan Lee photo op, a picture and autograph from Michael Rooker, and hitting up some of my favorite artists and vendors for some presents to myself.

The celebrity line-up includes Stan Lee (Mr. Marvel himself), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy/The Walking Dead), Robbie Amell and Danielle Panabaker (The Flash), Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk (Firefly), David Ramsey (Arrow), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who/Guardians of the Galaxy), and many more.

Also in attendance will be the cast of the Animaniacs–Rob Paulson (Yakko), Tress MacNeille (Dot), and Jess Harnell (Wakko)–which should make for a great “Voice Actors Gone Wild” panel.

In addition to the contests, gaming, and speed dating, MegaCon will also be hosting the first MegaWalk benefiting the Hero Initiative. For $40 you can participate in a one-mile walk lead by Superman legend, George Perez. The best part, other than the really cool medal and swag, is that the walk is indoors and goes right into the main convention hall.

A few of my favorite artists will also be there including, Larry E. Watts (Robyn Hood), The Art of Danny, Charles Thurston, and Ravenwolf Studios. I have pieces from each of these amazing artists and they are worth stopping by and dropping some change on.

Ravenwolf Studios  Image: Ravenwolf Studios
Ravenwolf Studios Image: Ravenwolf Studios

When it comes to shopping the vendors, my favorites are The Crafty Dork, SuperHeroStuff.com, and Sons of Sandlar.

The Crafty Dork makes adorable amigurumi dolls based on anime, comics, and video games. Sons of Sandlar is the spot to stop at if you want super comfy real leather boots for cosplay or day-to-day wear. I tried them on at a Ren Faire a few weeks ago and fell in love with them.

The 4th Doctor.  Image: Crafty Dork
The 4th Doctor. Image: Crafty Dork

SuperHeroStuff.com is the place to go for your apparel and other geeky accessories. MegaCon is their first convention where they will be selling their awesome Hero Boxes at the booth. You can order your box at the convention and they will ship it to you from the warehouse. For the ladies, they will have some great merchandise including a super cute Rocket Raccoon tank dress, complete with ears and a tail. Of course, you can expect some great Age of Ultron shirts to be on sale as well.

This dress is Rocket Racoon approved.  Images: SuperHeroStuff.com
This dress is Rocket Raccoon approved. Images: SuperHeroStuff.com

Not all great booths have something to sell other than awesomeness, so make sure you hit up the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Droid Builders, and Mandalorian Mercs booths. Each group will have their own unique photo op set up and who knows? You may run into a wookiee or two.

If you have plans to be in Orlando from April 10th thru the 12th, make sure you stop by and check out the convention. Tickets start at $30.00 for a day or $75 for the weekend. Children 10 and under get in free with a paying adult. MegaCon is an all-ages convention and strollers are welcome.