(Photos to come later this summer).
MegaCon: where fandoms and genres collide in a hellish conglomerate of various states of nerdiness and fun. There is a reason why this convention in prefixed with “Mega” – it’s gigantic!
This was Chibi Media’s first time at MegaCon, and the only disappointment we had was that our time was cut short for personal reasons (including the overturned truck on the interstate that put us two hours behind schedule).
Located in the Orange County Convention Center and surrounded by more tourist traps than we have limbs, MegaCon has a plethora of entertainment to offer. From science fiction and fantasy to anime and video games, if you’re a nerd and bored at this convention, then you aren’t a nerd at all. There is something for everyone here – panels, artists, vendors, and guests that would blow your mind.
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Certainly, there were shuttle busses than ran back and forth between hotels on route, but walking wasn’t an entirely unpleasant alternative if the line looked too long. This is, of course, unless you’re wearing an ungodly amount of makeup for cosplay, in which case I hope you sealed it properly because it probably melted off your face before you got half way to point B.
Was there a map available of this place? If there wasn’t, there needed to be, and if there was, it needed to be more descriptive and direct. How did anyone find their way around this place? We had to ask at least three different staff members where registration was, and all of them gave us different answers. We would have liked to have been able just to find it on our own, but alas, no map.
Speaking of getting lost – holy cow that vendor’s room!
Jam-packed into a gigantic show floor were various artists, dealers, a food court, meet-and-greets with guests, and a sci-fi exhibition (complete with a working R2-D2 and a model DeLorean). We easily spent three hours in there, and that was only one walk-through! For those of you who warned us that we would need at least half a day for the vendors’ room alone, we are sorry we ever doubted you and will take that into consideration in upcoming years.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get to any panels because of our busy cosplay schedule (also that aforementioned personal reason). So you tell us! What panels did you attend? Were they organized well? Were they filled with the hopes and dreams of unicorns and rainbows?
Overall, while we could gush over the people we got to meet and whine about our lack of time at the convention, we are happy to report that this is a convention that we will definitely be returning to in the future, hopefully for more than just two days – and maybe with more staff because that would just be awesome!