Big Box Conventioneering & MEGACON
This weekend comes MEGACON. One in a series of nationwide big box conventions that have both proven profitable and vast in its heart and soul. Back in the day when there were only fan-run conventions, the likes of SHORELEAVE and FARPOINT in Baltimore, STARFEST in Denver and I-CON in New York (all which still exist, btw), there came an idea by big money-players to join the ranks. Thus the big box cons were “created”. MEGACON remains one of those boxes that still retains the heart of the fans and the soul of its convictions. It has proven it can provide the fun while still remain profitable to return each year.
Amongst the number of panels I will be moderating this weekend is the Saturday evening exclusive event: The reunion of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They have been touring during most of 2012 and will land amongst us this weekend.
Sir Patrick Stewart and his close friendship with the TNG cast will be displayed in what will be the perennial event of the weekend. I have worked with them all both nationally and internationally and look forward to seeing them once again since my last appearance with them in December in New Orleans. Watching the camaraderie, the jokes, the nit-picking and the lies told on each other during this segment will be classic and this is indeed an ultra rare gathering which had not included Denise or Wil in the past due to availabilities. This will be epic!
My other moderating duties for the weekend will include Harry Potter’s The Weasley Twins, Dean Cain, The Star Wars panel and Wil Wheaton himself. It will be both exciting and hectic and my stress level will be at an all time high for the week. I will enjoy the pain.
MEGACON is also known for its massive draw of the anime programming and with the “Shatner” of all anime VIC MIGNOGNA in attendance, a huge contingency of cos-players will be everywhere. The artists and the vendors and the droids floating around, this IS the convention you are looking for. Not since Orlando’s CELEBRATION IV will we see such a bevy of quality recreations based on fan favorites and costuming is a very deep and heartfelt exhibition of what fandom is all about. With all the daytime and nighttime events happening during and for MEGACON, you can go to the beach or theme park on another day.
This is an event not to be missed. I have hosted events such as this around the world and to have one in my own backyard makes this even more personal for me. I love people. Many of you know that. You come first and my ego comes last and I do this out of the passion to entertain. To make sure you walk into and out of every room with an overextended smile on your face and anything less is unacceptable to me. I’m serious. Please find me and tell me how I’m doing, good or bad. I can take it …. and I’ll make sure they find your body in an obvious location but I’m taking the cannoli.
Written By: Marc B. Lee
Marc B. Lee is known internationally as an amateur Auctioneer and Master of Ceremonies for a number of annual events including Orlando’s MEGACON, Atlanta’s DRAGON*CON, VULCAN EVENTS operating in Orlando and Tampa, LIGHTSPEED FINE ART CELEBRITY CHARITY events in California, a former host of FEDCON and RINGCON in Germany and now one of the newest moderators for WIZARD WORLD national convention group . He has spoken at NASA and the USDA and has hosted a number of belly dancing shows around Orlando. He has been a science fiction fan for over 30 years and his specialized brand of humor and energy has ignited the excitement of every convention-hosting job from here to Europe. He has worked with well over 600 industry members and his association with many movie and television actors, directors, producers and behind the scenes artists has kept his wit and knowledge on edge and he takes his responsibilities as a party-rouser and pitch man very seriously, realizing how much the average person pays to be entertained.