Where would conventions be without the incredible costumes? There is something magical about seeing your favorite hero or villain standing in front of you in 3D. Costuming has come a long way since my very first comic book convention in the 1980s. The talented folks behind many of the costumes you’ll see below spent months toiling over hundreds of screen shots and concept art to make their creations look as realistic as possible. I’ll go out on a limb and say that conventions wouldn’t be what they are today (see: awesome) without the hard work and dedication of these creative misfits.
Before I ever attended San Diego Comic-Con, Penny Arcade Expo, or Star Wars Celebration, I wandered the packed halls of the Orlando Megacon. The Orlando Megacon has been around since 1993, and has changed and grown a whole lot over the years. In 1999 the convention was sponsored by the now-defunct Cross Gen Comics, and seemed as though it might grow beyond the Orange Country Convention Center. With the exception of Star Wars Celebration, Megacon is one of the biggest pop-culture and comic book conventions in the Southeast, and we couldn’t be more excited to cover the con for the very first time in 2013.
No matter what size a convention might be, it’s always great to share space with “our people.” Here are some of the confirmed comic book folks said to be attending this year’s show: Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Bob Layton, Mike Perkins, Michael Lark, Neal Adams, Mark Waid, Chris Claremont, , Brandon Peterson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Billy Tucci, Georges Jeanty,Tim Townsend, Mike Choi, Andrew Robinson, Steve Epting, Andy Price, Doug Sneyd, Jose Delbo, Matteo Scalera, Steve McNiven, Michael Atiyeh, Jimmy Cheung, George Pérez, Gail Simone, Mike McKone, Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian, Brian Pulido Craig Boldman,and Ed McGuinness
When we get more details about specific events and panels, we’ll be sure to fill you all in on our MegaCon battle plan.