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Megacon - Profile of the Florida Comic Book Convention

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Megacon

Website

www.megaconvention.com

Dates

Typcially the end of February or the beginning of March.
2008 – March 7th-9th

Days

Megacon goes Friday through Sunday.

Hours

Friday: 1pm-7pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

Cost

Advanced Prices
Three Days - $52.19 - ($49 plus 6.5% sales tax)
One Day - $22.37 ($21 plus 6.5% sales tax)

Onsite Prices
Three Days - $55 (Iincludes sales tax)
One Day - $24 (Includes sales tax)

Location

Orange County Convention Center Hall South Concourse
9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Contact Info

Mail:
MegaCon
PO Box 1097
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Phone:
727-796-5725

Email:
info@megaconvention.com

Attendance

Expected attendance will be around 20,000 people.

About This Convention

Megacon is a large convention that has around 20,000 guests a year. It boasts a large list of comic and media celebrities with many different events, panels, and booths for the comic book, sci-fi, anime, and pop culture fan. It is in the sunny Orlando, Florida area.

Main Attractions

Megacon is a large convention that has plenty to offer the comic book collector. Here are some of the attractions:

  • Buying Comics
  • Meeting Creators
  • Comic Book Panels
  • Indie Film Festival
  • Anime/Manga
  • Traditional Belly Dancing
  • Concerts
  • Costume Contest
  • Portfolio Reviews – For Aspiring Artists
  • Gaming
  • Art Auctions
  • Sketches
  • Buying Comic Related Items

History

Megacon is a large convention in the Orlando, Florida area. It started in 1993 and has grown from a small local convention to one of the larger conventions in the United States. It now has an expected attendance of 20,000 people and draws many high profile comic creators and media guests such as Joe Quesada, John Romita Jr., Mark Waid, Chuck Dixon, Peter Mayhew, Marc Singer, and more.
Megacon is short for Mega Convention and is held in the Orange County Convention Center which is located in Orlando Florida. It is held in the North/South building.
The convention has changed hands through the years, but most notably was when defunct publisher CrossGen bought the convention as part of its multimedia business platform. In 2003, when CrossGen started to have a financial shortage and bankruptcy threatened to close its doors, CrossGen sold off the convention to Beth Widera, a former teacher who had been running the convention for CrossGen for the past four years.

Since then, Beth has grown the convention and runs it as a family owned business. Beth has had a lot of praise from convention goers and creators and it looks to be in solid hands for quite some time to come. It continues to grow and position itself as one of the largest conventions in the southeast.

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