On the bright side, I got pics:
I left home a little later than planned, and regretted it as soon as I got to Exit 72 on I-4, the turnoff to the convention center. Traffic gets clogged real fast getting into the parking areas for the events (and Orange County Convention Center always schedules other events alongside MegaCon), and so when you get to International Dr. you get this (with the South Concourse right there on the horizon):
Dear Orange County / Orlando Metro: WILL IT KILL YOU TO ADD EXIT RAMPS FROM I-4 DIRECTLY INTO THE CONVENTION CENTER PARKING LOTS?! This can't be the only event that gets this freaking headache...
Parking aside, the next big woe is always the Getting In portion of the morning. This year, rather than hosted within the West Concourse - the longer, spacier hall - MegaCon got moved over to the South Concourse. As a result, the line formation for getting tickets was a bit off than usual:
Thanks to my obsessive, hate-to-wait-in-line attitude, I purchased an advance ticket and so got to get in the short Advance line (step to the left!). Which still meant waiting this year. Just not as bad as the impulsive, let's-wait-until-the-actual-day-to-buy ticket line that stretched out to Daytona Beach.
Once inside, prepare for the craziness of pedestrian traffic, posing for pictures, chatting with artists, and waiting for celebrity sightings that are SOP for your geek-themed comic-book/sci-fi/fantasy/horror/Lego get-togethers:
Now, the one thing I swore was going to happen at this MegaCon would have been finding a ton of Queen Elsa cosplayers: Frozen being a huge hit with the kids and girls and teens and women. Sad to say, I saw very few. Only explanation I can think of is that the Elsa Snow Queen outfit is tricky to make and not that many have been finished in time. Maybe next year. At least I saw one before the day was out:
Did see a few more Elizabeths from BioShock Infinite. It's the corset look. I met one at the CosplayDeviants booth (site NSFW! Must be 18 or older and able to tell the difference between DC and Marvel characters!) and got a nice picture of her:
By 12:15 I left the main floor, I wanted to attend a writers' presentation on World-Building (to get inspiration towards that damned first novel I've yet to finish). Heading out the main doorway, I passed the still-snaking line of the Day Ticket buyers:
While waiting for the presentation, I saw what had to be the tallest female cosplayer I'd ever seen, dressed up as Leeloo. I asked for a picture:
I'm 6'2", doing my best to stand as tall as possible. She's still about an inch taller. Wow. Also, regarding this photo JJ Abrams will be impressed with the sun flare over the shoulder...
Also bumped into some Ghostbusters (FOR EGON!):
The writers' event was packed, as the rooms available in the South Concourse were clearly smaller than the ones in the West. Our presenter, Glenda Finkelstein, kept apologizing for it. At least the author-wannabes in attendance (myself included) got some good tips out of attending. Above all, don't trip up over the details! And when you're naming characters, use the Name Dictionary! (As a fully certified librarian, I know where the 929.4 shelf area is heh)
That's Glenda on the left of my photo. The author taking a photo of us taking a photo of them (it's called meta, get over it) is Bill (William) Hatfield. Next to him is T.S. Robinson, and on the right is Jade Kerrion.
After the presentation I circled back down to Artist Alley where they had tables, and chatted a bit. Turns out Hatfield was the owner of one of the comic book stores (Novel Ideas) I patronized at U of Florida. Small world...!
When I got back to the main floor - the vendor booths - after 2 pm it was this packed:
In that kind of environment I would have melted out of my trenchcoat. Good thing I didn't dress up this weekend. Still, I'd like to find something fun to wear next year...
Just to note the regular sites along the walkabout:
The Southern R2 Builders with their working astromechs:
As with any cosplay, expect dance-offs.
Ah, Deadpool, my old nemesis.
While I didn't dress up as a Jedi, I still brought my lightsaber. When I got to the Mandalorian Mercs display area, I asked for a chance to pose for an action shot.
I'm not thrilled with how it turned out. I should have single-wielded the saber, using the other hand to push the cage door open in a "You cannot contain me, bounty hunter!" way. Also, I should have used Hugh Jackman as the Jedi this shot: this poor fat unshaven fool is completely unsuited.
Just as I was leaving, found out where the gamer tables were this year:
The nephews expressed an interest in D&D, so I asked after starter kits for them. I'll check again to see if they're still interested and if I can get Wil Wheaton to DM a game.
As a final note, I leave you with this image:
I'm taking a picture of convention-goers taking a picture. META!
Okay, peace out. Next year, I need co-pilots. Any volunteers?