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Another Great Year of Fandom at Megacon Orlando

Another Great Year of Fandom at Megacon Orlando

MegaCon™ Orlando 2017, the Southeast’s largest multi-genre convention, was held at the Orange County Convention Center from May 25-28, 2017.

For four days, fans of all ages experienced panels, autograph sessions, and photo ops with celebrity guests, including stars of classic franchises such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Dukes of Hazzard, Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as modern day hits like Stranger Things, The Flash, and The Vampire Diaries.

Megacon Orlando
Megacon Orlando on Saturday, May 27. Photo credit: Megacon Orlando.

Highlights from this year’s show include:

  • Over 500 retailers in over 400,000 square feet of shopping gave attendees the chance to buy everything including comics, anime, games, DVD’s, costumes, and collectibles.
  • Tattoo Alley had 20 artists from The Ink-Fusion Empire lead by Marc Draven
  • Virtual experiences including virtual reality gaming and the Halo Drop-Pod, a simulator that looks and feels as if you were being dropped from the Earth’s atmosphere into the Orange County Convention Center.
  • Costume contest presented by Geico, where Best in Show was won by Dovah Design as Crusader from Diablo 3.
  • The IOnaugural Geeky Tiki Luau at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience, where stars of the film assembled for a rare convention appearance. Fans enjoyed a screening of the film with an introduction by one of the stars, panels, photo-ops, autograph sessions and much more.
  • The Love is Love event, where MegaCon Orlando came together with Marc Andreyko’s (DC Comics) to host a live art auction to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre. The Love is Love auction raised more than $10,000 and proceeds benefited Equality Florida, Florida’s civil rights leader working for the LGBT community.
  • Special packages to commemorate Stan Lee’s final Florida convention appearance (or is it?) with a  special Q&A session, photo ops, autograph sessions, breakfast with Stan, and he even performed a renewal of vows for a lucky couple that celebrated their 25th marriage anniversary at MegaCon!

Cosplay is always a highlight at Megacon! Click through the gallery below for great cosplay photos from the weekend.

MegaCon Orlando 2018 will take place from May 24 to May 27, 2018.

For those who can’t wait until next year, MegaCon Tampa Bay will take place from September 29 to October 1, 2017, and tickets will be on sale starting June 15, 2017.

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Shanon Connelly

(a.k.a. “Super Muffin Girl”) is an avid board gamer, cosplayer, and all around nerd girl. She has been cosplaying for over 10 years, attending several conventions every year. She recently started a YouTube gaming channel, "Time to Play!", which previews and reviews board games. Follow Shanon on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@supermuffingirl).

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