This past weekend in Orlando Florida, I attended the inaugural MegaCon Fan Days. Fan Days is a brand-new convention from the producers of MegaCon, the Southeast’s largest annual comic book, anime, gaming, and multi-media extravaganza.
Over November 21-22, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center, Fan Days is a two day show with smaller crowds and lower ticket prices. Fan Days offered the same fandom and fun of its bigger sibling, MegaCon, including autographs, photo ops and panels with celebrity guests of media, comics and cosplay. Also featuring an Artist Alley, and a 100,000 square foot exhibit hall with varying retailers for shopping.
Celebrity guests included: Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Star Wars Rebels), John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity), Paul McGann (Doctor Who), Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy, Remember the Titans), and Karen Allen (Indiana Jones). Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies) was scheduled to attend, but had to cancel due to prior commitments. However, the powers that be at Fan Days were able to secure another hobbit, as Billy Boyd stepped in as a last minute replacement.
Comic book guests included: Eisner Award-winning writer and illustrator George Pérez (The Avengers, Teen Titans, and Wonder Woman); and creators Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Painkiller Jane), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn, Power Girl), Cully Hamner (Red, The Question), Mike Perkins (Captain America, Stephen King’s The Stand), Tim Townsend (Uncanny X-Men, Dr. Strange), and Rob Hunter (Suicide Squad, Firestorm).
Cosplay was prominent and on-point throughout the weekend. I personally went as Rosita Espinosa, and my friend Amber as wolf Carol, from The Walking Dead. We met up with several other TWD cosplayers on the exhibit hall floor.
Other popular cosplays included several versions of Harley Quinn (including the popular Conner/Palmiotti version) , Harry Potter characters, impressive armor builds from Warhammer and Sauron from Lord of the Rings.
Cosplay knew no age or species boundaries. One of my favorites was the baby Slytherin on his way to Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express, and a service dog in training dressed up as Frozen characters with its handler.
MegaCon Show Director Christine Alger said about the inaugural show:
“MegaCon Fan Days offers a new opportunity for Orlando residents and visitors to celebrate their fandom at a smaller scale event of the same high quality as our annual show.”
MegaCon Fan Days is a fun warm-up to the annual MegaCon show, which will be extended to four days in 2016, from May 26-29, also at the Orange County Convention Center.
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