The annual MegaCon convention in Orlando has come and gone for 2013, another year of fans gathering together at the Orange County Convention Center, eager to celebrate their love of comics, movies, and other pop culture.
This year’s headlining celebrity guests included the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” along with popular voice actors from shows like “My Little Pony” and “Futurama.” But even the many attendees who didn’t brave the long lines wrapping the convention center floors for those popular panels had plenty of entertainment to enjoy, from browsing up and down the rows of exhibitors’ booths to engaging in the most enjoyable of all MegaCon pastimes: people watching.
It is always the cosplayers – those who show up dressed as their favorite characters – that offer the most entertainment. From Disney to DC and Marvel comics to anime and far beyond, without these costumed attendees, MegaCon would be a whole lot less fun. And this year, added to the mix was a hoard of undead unexpectedly stumbling through the convention center in a successful zombie walk.
Though all three days of the convention (March 15-17) were packed, our cameras were there only on Saturday, traditionally the busiest day. Check out some of the best of the sexy and the scary we spotted in the videos below featuring plenty of costumes and zombies, followed by photo highlights from around MegaCon 2013.
VIDEO: I am MegaCon 2013 – Costumes, Cosplay, and Zombies in Orlando VIDEO VIDEO: MegaCon 2013 Zombie Walk at Orlando Convention Center VIDEO Handy wristband access offered an easy and fast way onto the MegaCon show floor as attendees simply raised their hands in the air to get in. It’s always fun to see new costumes each year from recent additions to pop culture, like this impressive group of Wreck-It Ralph characters. Another Vanelope von Schweetz adored her little Ralph. The Grid was live for this Tron: Legacy program. Abu wasn’t feeling up to a photo with Aladdin. Jack Skellington welcomed everyone to Christmastown. Disney newcomer Merida was joined by favorites Rapunzel and Tinker Bell. A little more Disney fun with the Rocketeer. IT’S A TRAP! Catwoman was joined by a girly spin on R2-D2, sure to be more popular than the droid. Likewise this Wookiee and Slave Leia team certainly attracted attention. On the more realistic character side of things, The Avengers assembled with stunning accuracy. But where’s Iron Man? Oh, here he is… a bit smaller than I remember. Female Captain America was another spin on a classic. This amazing Spider-Man caused quite a few double-takes with his spot-on likeness of Andrew Garfield, joined by a deadly Black Widow and a pair of Lokis. The DC universe was popular as always. Looks like this gang of villains just escaped Arkham. Each year’s MegaCon always has a variety of Jokers and Harley Quinns… …even twisting up their genders. The Riddler hates to be left out. Wonder Woman was ready for battle outside the convention. While this interesting trio was happy to pose inside. A comic-style Hellboy is always fun to see. Of course, there are always plenty of beauties at MegaCon. This Red Sonja drew lots of attention. Dark Phoenix carefully kept her costume in place. Beauty met the beasts as Lollipop Chainsaw’s Juliet joined the MegaCon zombie walk. Unsuspecting attendees resting were suddenly inundated with the undead. This emaciated zombie was hungering for brains. This Doctor Who TARDIS somehow became a zombie. Zombies arrived in all shapes, sizes, and ages. One enthusiastic young zombie girl nearly took out our camera. Fortunately the Umbrella Corporation was on hand to keep things under control. The gang from Resident Evil knows a thing or two about zombie hunting. A dismembered trophy was awarded to the best of the zombie bunch. And the award went to this pair of zombie kids, Captain America and the Teddy Bear Girl from The Walking Dead. The horror show continued with many Silent Hill fans. This nurse was determined to scare as many MegaCon attendees as she could. Many Silent Hill nurses and Pyramid Heads lurked around the show floor. And apparently this is what would happen if the two mated. But not all MegaCon costumes are so serious, many showing off the lighter side of things. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is bigger than ever, with practically everypony appearing at MegaCon, including Pinkie Pie with Gummy. A female and male pair dressed as Rarity in wedding attire. The always-popular Derpy Hooves made an appearance as a princess. This Rainbow Dash wasn’t at all shy. Meanwhile the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles changed genders alongside a female Foot Soldier. The ladies couldn’t resist the Old Spice guy. Op, op op op, Oppa Gangnam Style The normally fearless Powdered Toast Man cowered at the sight of these bread-slicing claws. Ruby Rhod and his companions were among the most hilarious at MegaCon. (And were kind enough introduce our video above.) HAIL SKROOB! As you wish… This Street Fighter gang was captured just before a massive battle unfolded across the MegaCon floor with glowing fire balls and flying masks everywhere. Mega Man is still a fan favorite after all these years. The evil Waluigi followed the Super Mario gang from the Mushroom Kingdom to MegaCon. But something else caught Yoshi’s eye. Connor from Assassin’s Creed was ready to eliminate any adversaries. Midna flew in from The Legend of Zelda. This Bioshock Big Sister was in search of her next victim. Not… really… sure… Building the future generation of Ghostbuster… and MegaCon fan. Beyond the costumes, there was a show floor packed with rows of collectibles, apparel, and other unique sights. The local LEGO users group put together this MegaCon sign. LEGO Sorcerer Mickey was conjured up along with a Q*Bert arcade machine, part of a large display. The local garrison of the 501st legion showed off lots of Star Wars props and costumes. The giant Rancor returned to the convention center, previously seen at Star Wars Celebration VI last year. Raising money for Michael J Fox’s foundation, attendees could pose with the time traveling DeLorean and a floating Hoverboard. Long lines awaited those who wanted to meet many of the celebrities at MegaCon. Voice actor Tara Strong was particularly popular, largely for her role in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. A walker from The Walking Dead was on hand, sans makeup. Futurama voice actors Billy West and John DiMaggio greeted fans. The Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno was looking as bulky as ever. Plenty of original artwork was shown off in Artist Alley, like this Haunted Mansion-inspired piece from Tommy Castillo. Of course, lots of comic books were for sale. And plenty of contemporary and retro action figures and other collectibles. Wigs, ears, tails, and other colorful apparel were also for sale. And even some creepy but cuddly colorful bears. And after three days of excitement, MegaCon 2013 wrapped up, already preparing for the next event, taking place March 21st – 23rd, 2014.
More photos from MegaCon 2013: (Photos by Ricky Brigante and Michael Gavin)