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Mega Con 2011

Posted by: Dr. Geek

Last weekend my wife and I attended Mega Con 2011 in Orlando Florida. This was sort of a spur of the moment thing. Neither of us was familiar with this convention and did not know exactly what to expect. While no means as large as Comic-Con or Dragoncon, there was a sizable turnout for Mega Con. We were both impressed with the Orlando convention center. Now that building is MEGA. There were three different conventions, Mega Con, Disney awards \ executives, Mary Kay (one on each floor) going on at the same time, and you would never have known it. While that may be impressive by itself, what I could not believe is the fact that the three large conventions where all using just the West side of the building. With all the activity, you got the sense that you were in for an exciting experience.

Mega Con is more like Comic-con, with its list of media guests than the more fan run BayCon in California, but unlike other conventions I have attended in the past, Mega Con had a strong Anime focus as demonstrated by the large number of people dressed as Anime characters. In fact, while I can report seeing people dressed as The 2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 10th and 11th Doctors, there were more people dressed as characters from Disney’s Tangled, and I never saw anyone representing Stargate. Surely this is the first sign that I am getting old. My enjoyment of “Lobby Con” was actually affected by the fact that for a while there I sat there unable to recognize what the people was suppose to be. That said, the care and detail put into those hall costumes was as good as any other con I have attended.

The media guests were enjoyable as always, given scheduling restraints, we were not able to see everyone but that is not something new. The highlights were William Shatner, and John Schneider. Both men could command the room and had very entertaining stories to tell. I knew Trek fans were dedicated but you have seen nothing till you run into a dedicated John Schneider fan. I am almost positive this one lady had her signed copy of Teen Beat in her purse since 1979. :)

Overall the con was a lot of fun, and I think we will return next year if schedules permit.

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Dr. Geek holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist and an attorney who has done extensive research on myths and their impact on modern archaeology and modern storytelling. He appreciates the history and mythology woven together in the Doctor Who shows.

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  1. Whochick  March 30, 2011

    If you’re lucky, Deb can do a panel/signing and y’all can go for free. :D

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