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Eurobeat King
03-01-2009, 07:28 AM
Hey everyone,

Once MegaCon 2009 is over, please reply and give your thoughts on this year's con. Stuff like:

Did you like the con? :) Or not so much? :(

What were some of the highlights for you or disappointments?

And.. will you return next year in 2010 or not?

Feel free to discuss what you thought about various things about the con: the hotel, the staff, masquerade, dealers' room, panels, cosplayers, etc. Please be courteous if you have something to post about that you didn't like, as those con-staff who may read these posts want to know how to improve for next year. So try to keep it polite throughout the thread.

Thanks for your input!

Mary Marvel
03-01-2009, 06:35 PM
I love just walking around in costume. I didn't cosplay on Sunday, but I wish I did lol

DavinDaLilAzn
03-01-2009, 06:39 PM
This was my third MegaCon (first time Cosplaying) and it was fun cosplaying, but the location (the dealer room seemed larger), wasn't that convient. Parking in West Concourse is very limited and the walk compared to previous years was longer. Last Year's (2008) and 2007's were great since we were in the central spot. Access to parking was easier and being by the esculators we had the area above the dealer room lobby to lounge around, hang out, take photos, etc. It just seemed more cramped outside the dealer room this year. Also, the choices for food were really horrible and it was my first time I actually left OCCC to get food. I didn't do any of the panels/presentations this year since nothing really caught my interest. Overall, it had it's pros and cons, but I'll still be back next year!

kikuyo
03-01-2009, 06:50 PM
This was my first ever Megacon and first time cosplaying. It was an experience I will never forget. Everything was great, except when it came to going through people in the dealer room. I can understand people want to get by if someone is taking a picture but the pushing without saying anything kind of bothered me. But other than that I had fun.

Ukara07
03-01-2009, 07:05 PM
Omigod, I am so wired. This was my third con, but my first MegaCon. I've been to JaCon and MetrocCon before. Truthfully, the only thing that bothered my truly was the parking and food options. I understand that there are a lot of people attending, and that they need to accomodate other gatherings (sooo many volleyball people) but it was terribly uncomfortable. By the time we walked from the car to the actual convention site, our feet were in pain.

But I had a blast and will probably have this massive smile on my face for DAYS.

Oh well. It's ok. I work at Disney, so a huge smile is a good thing I guess lol

Nooby Banana
03-01-2009, 07:23 PM
I had a blast! This was my second con, and at first it was a HUGE culture shock because my first con was tiny. But I loved the dealer room (other than all the pushing and shoving at times). All the panels were really well-organized as well. The only real issue I have is parking. It took us a long time to walk from the parking lot to the actual con, but I'm not sure if con staff can do anything about that.

I'm also extremely happy that my Okami/KH crossover cosplay was so well received. I was worried no one would know who I was, but a lot of people did! So I think I might wear her again next year. =)

Overall it was an excellent experience and I'll probably be happy for weeks afterwards. ^_^

Mary Marvel
03-01-2009, 07:26 PM
I know the convention may not have any control over this either, but the prices of food was shocking... two regular sized Bailey's Shakes cost over $14 >_>;

Sava
03-01-2009, 07:37 PM
This is my second year in a row going to Megacon
I liked last year's location better; the parking was closer, the lighting was better and it was bigger but I still had fun. The prices were pretty intense tho. $3.25 for a bottle of soda? >>
I will be going back next year tho ^^

kikuyo
03-01-2009, 07:40 PM
We have to remember though it is Orlando. And I think they know that when a giant crowd of people are either hungry or thirsty the smart thing would be to have high prices cause no matter how high, people will still buy them if they are the only place. *or something like that*

Mary Marvel
03-01-2009, 07:43 PM
Yeh, that's exactly it. People will still pay.

I had my own drink bottle, but I couldn't help but buy cookies for $4 a cup b/c it was easy to snack on.

kikuyo
03-01-2009, 07:45 PM
I had brought a pop-tart and only bought a drink $3.25 so I was set until the ride home and stopping by mcdonalds. lol But that's just the way of life, if its a neccessary thing for life no matter what people will buy it. But still, a great convention! You'd forget you have to eat half the time....I know I did. lol

Mary Marvel
03-01-2009, 07:59 PM
The only thought I had most of the weekend was, 'hold that stomach in!'

Ukara07
03-01-2009, 09:39 PM
Yeah. we almost ate nothing during the con. Lunch was ridiculously expensive and with all the body heat, costumes and enclosed spaces, we got thristy fast. So we ended up buying a pack of water and shoving bottles in a backpack before we went to the con.

Rebochan
03-01-2009, 09:59 PM
The cosplay contest has never been on time. I don't understand why after the past five years I've attended this con, that it is *always* at least an hour late, why there are so many technical issues (I and many others had their music screwed up and not playing or possibly just lost - not cool), and why after five years, the emcee can't be bothered to learn how to pronounce the names of the characters and series he's announcing. He wasn't even trying this year, and dude, it's still not any funnier to say "Final Fantasy "Ex" 2" then it was when the game was actually new. I also don't get why there wasn't even seating this year for the contestants.

To add something positive, it was nice that we all got Pocky just for showing up.

Now, I probably won't be back next year, but it has nothing to do with the con itself, just my own plans to be in another state and probably unable to travel back. I'd still return, but seriously, someone needs to stop the costume contest from being an annual mess and fix the problems. After five years, it should be obvious how much time it takes to judge people and prepare the hall for the show.

It would also be great if there were more panels. There's never much to do at Megacon besides socialize and buy things.

DavinDaLilAzn
03-01-2009, 10:29 PM
The cosplay contest has never been on time. I don't understand why after the past five years I've attended this con, that it is *always* at least an hour late, why there are so many technical issues (I and many others had their music screwed up and not playing or possibly just lost - not cool), and why after five years, the emcee can't be bothered to learn how to pronounce the names of the characters and series he's announcing. He wasn't even trying this year, and dude, it's still not any funnier to say "Final Fantasy "Ex" 2" then it was when the game was actually new. I also don't get why there wasn't even seating this year for the contestants.

To add something positive, it was nice that we all got Pocky just for showing up.

Now, I probably won't be back next year, but it has nothing to do with the con itself, just my own plans to be in another state and probably unable to travel back. I'd still return, but seriously, someone needs to stop the costume contest from being an annual mess and fix the problems. After five years, it should be obvious how much time it takes to judge people and prepare the hall for the show.

It would also be great if there were more panels. There's never much to do at Megacon besides socialize and buy things.

I don't know much about the anime contest itself or how it's ran, but I know it's not ran by MegaCon directly. It's hosted and ran by Anime Sushi, I believe, who partners up w/ the MegaCon people. Don't quote me on this tho...

miyavilover666
03-01-2009, 11:42 PM
I also have to agree with Rebochan
We had to wait very uncomfortably for a long while. They asked us to get there at 3:45 so we can start at 4:30 and then we didn't even start until 5 T__T
Some of us couldn't really sit down or relax so it was even more difficult without a chair. I would have been at least fine if i had a chair.

Rebochan
03-02-2009, 12:12 AM
I don't know much about the anime contest itself or how it's ran, but I know it's not ran by MegaCon directly. It's hosted and ran by Anime Sushi, I believe, who partners up w/ the MegaCon people. Don't quote me on this tho...

As far as I know Anime Sushi handles the cosplay contest. I just figured there was a chance someone involved in that might read this and hopefully take some of that to heart for next year.

DavinDaLilAzn
03-02-2009, 07:18 AM
As far as I know Anime Sushi handles the cosplay contest. I just figured there was a chance someone involved in that might read this and hopefully take some of that to heart for next year.

www.animesushi.com

Creaturiffic
03-02-2009, 08:01 AM
Highlights:
Going in costume for the first time was awesome. Walking around in the suit was great. I'm normally more shy by nature, so being the center of attention while in costume was both new and fun for me.
Meeting Peter S. Beagle for the first time was fantastic. I love that man! He even signed my hoof!
Winning the award for Technical Accomplishment in the Megacon Costume Contest. I plan to send the plaque to the maker of the suit.
Glad they put it back in the original building. Last year's was too small and the escalators must have been terribly annoying for the people in costume.

Disappointments:
I have no idea how the other costume contests have gone in past years but they need a redo. The Megacon Costume contest had like 200 applicants, only about 50 actually got to enter. I was one of the lucky ones, but when I found out so many people were rejected due to time alone, I felt terrible. Maybe they need to split the contest itself into several contests. Like have a Superhero/Super villain at a separate time. Then have movies/tv shows, others, and children at another time. I dunno if it would work, but its all I can think of.
My suit disappointed me, only because, the way the head was held sometimes. It wasn't the suit's fault. If my friends had let me know where to hold my head, it wouldn't have looked like the neck was broken sometimes :\

SunakoChan
03-02-2009, 09:36 AM
Parking was bad... my friends an I had to park in a lot far away and had to pay $12 and then we decided to move in the middle of the day and we had a parking pass already and the convention parking said that we still had to pay $7......

Food was extremely overpriced, and we made our way down the street to McDonalds. We will never pay $3.25 for a soda.


There was hardly anything to do except just walk around the dealers room. No viewing rooms, no gaming room til 8 or 9pm on Saturday. I still had fun since it was me and my friends hanging out. However, I feel like I didn't get my money's worth.

And for Pete's sake, try to book us in a place where there won't be other giant groups that point and laugh. I wasn't bothered, but I know that several were. We as con-goers shouldn't have to deal with that. It's like we payed money to get made fun of. Not cool.

Mary Marvel
03-02-2009, 09:43 AM
Like highschool all over again -_- They're just ignorant. I saw two of the volleyball girls running around the dealer's room with wrist bands on having a great time, but the majority of them are just ignorant and have no interest in trying to understand. Correct me if I'm wrong, but none of us said anything to them, right?

Nooby Banana
03-02-2009, 09:58 AM
Like highschool all over again -_- They're just ignorant. I saw two of the volleyball girls running around the dealer's room with wrist bands on having a great time, but the majority of them are just ignorant and have no interest in trying to understand. Correct me if I'm wrong, but none of us said anything to them, right?

I had mixed interactions with the volleyball players. My friend (who was an Eevee) went over to "their side" to buy some food since we were closer to them at the time, and she had a bunch of volleyball girls come up and ask what was going on. Most of them were all snooty and "That's weiirrrd!", but one of them seemed to be genuinely interested. She actually defended cosplayers by telling her friends that it seemed to be like Halloween, but at a different time of year and they shouldn't poke fun. I appreciated that. =)

Another time was while we were waiting in line for the Anime Costume Contest. A couple girls came up to us and asked what was going on. We told them it was a convention and some people liked to dress up for it, and when we told them about the Costume Contest they seemed excited. xD I'm guessing some of those girls might ditch volleyball and join us cosplayers. =D

Creaturiffic
03-02-2009, 10:02 AM
I agree about food too.....very poor selection and disgustingly overpriced. The upsell on them was over 100%. $3.25 for a bottle of Pepsi that I could have got at the Shell station for $1.25...come on. $8 sandwiches? We brought snacks with us to hell cut costs, but snacks does not make good unicorn food. I still needed like some food in my stomach. I opted to get a pretzel. It was $5, compared to the theme parks, I guess that was good.

And I know in past years other events going on next door to Megacon was a boat show, the home show, and a cheerleading competition. None of those people ever bothered us. A few groups of volleyball girls did come to the Megacon lobby. Most of them were ok. When I went over to the volleyball side, it was to find the furry wolf. I thought he went there, but he wasn't and then I got all the girls at me. And I was cool with it till they started slapping my ass.
In the lobby, the girls I encountered were just....silly girls. I saw them pointing, smiling and laughing at me...The laughing wasn't a make-fun laugh, so I walked over to them and a couple of them screamed when I got close. I was a unicorn for goodness sake, not a velicoraptor. WTF? LOL

Juego
03-02-2009, 10:24 AM
For those having parking issues: remember, we are in the same hall next year. If you cannot get to the con early enough to grab a space, the North/South concourse has a park-n-ride option to the West Hall. Not all of the toll guys were advertising it, but it was available.

helpmegetpissed
03-02-2009, 12:09 PM
eh the parking wasn't bad just sucked that we had to pay 8 dollars....to park..but oh well... The volleyball people never bothered me or anyone i was hanging out with...Hell i enjoyed watching the iterations of both groups.. Plus they having nice asses didnt hurt ether....

Creaturiffic
03-02-2009, 12:11 PM
I got dropped off, so I didn't experience the bad parking, but I remember the past years of parking sucked.

Maybe do what some of my friend's....draw straws on who parks and the loser parks :P

BayushiKachiko
03-02-2009, 01:08 PM
Food, parking, and other events are things you just have to expect at MegaCon.

They have been that way for years, and the con center isn't going to rework itself just for Mega (including food prices, parking, and scheduling).

Hell, my friends and I have started to ask what high school sporting event is going to be going on next year. There has now been volleyball, martial arts, and I think cheerleading twice. Just laugh and go with it. Why should you care if a bunch of teenagers and theri parents are staring? If you weren't planning on attention, you wouldn't be in costume at all, right?

EXsoldierSNAKE
03-02-2009, 01:38 PM
On Friday the parking did in fact suck, we ended up having to park next to one of the elevators in the parking garage, ya know, in the rectangle that isn't really a space? I was so afraid my car would get towed. Saturday we walked to the con so it wasn't so bad.

The con itself was incredible. I'd never been to a con before so it was an awesome experience. I met some awesome people that I'll probably be hanging out with soon and I got my picture taken more times than I can remember. I'd never gotten that much attention. It was great XD

It was so funny seeing the volleyball people there. I kept hearing them ask "why are they in costume?" and whatnot, and I got my share of funny looks but it was funny all the same. I just kept thinking " Yeah that's right you athletic people, we own this thing, you're outnumbered now! The tables have turned!" Plus it was so funny to be the only one in the bathroom in costume. When I was in one of the stalls and my friend was waiting on me outside, I thought we were the only people there so I said to him " Man I wonder how the Storm Troopers do this". and my friend says back " I dunno but the guy in the stall next you must be really freaked out" XD

NecroticNymph
03-02-2009, 02:17 PM
I like and dislike the con in both locations for different reasons. Those being:

This Year's Location:
- It's across from the Peabody where we like to stay. Although they are expanding and connecting to the other part of the OCCC at the moment so that will probably be a moot point next year.
- No stairs/escalators just to get to the lobby. That worked out great for my shell-prop =3
- It's not as close to cheap food places at the other one is, but it IS closer to the hotel I like.


Last Year's Location:
- It has great lighting, but at certain times of the day, the glass and panes cast shadows that make photography difficult.
- It seems bigger than the other one, but I could be wrong
- I think it had a bigger area for eating with a LOT more seating than this year



I didn't have parking problems because we stayed and valet'd at the Peabody. We also ate most of our meals there. On Sunday we did eat at the con center though. It wasn't great and it was pricey, but that's just standard to cons. Furthermore, it wasn't packed everywhere within a mile radius when trying to get food (coughMetroconcough). I'd say Megacon and AFO are the best FL cons for food variety/lack of overcrowding.

I never find any panels of interest at Mega and I usually don't enter/attend the contests so I don't have an opinion about that either. I will say it was nice to have a venue that continues to allow the sale of Pocky and Japanese snacks. A lot of cons can't sell that stuff anymore because of contracts with food vendors.

The Volleyball girls were really nice when they saw me in my Ariel costume and I don't know how they reacted to Raven because I couldn't see. But yes, being double-booked with other events is usually a drag.

Overall, of course I'll return for next year. I loves Megacon <3

SiriusLoveGirl
03-02-2009, 02:50 PM
I didn't find any of the panels very interesting either, and the only one we attended was the DC panel, which we left halfway through once I got my Batman and Booster Gold news. After that we hung out in the Dealer's room all day long.

I had a lot of fun, and I'll probably go again next year if I'm able, because I liked how awesome the Dealer's room was and how varied all the cosplayers were. :D I'd like it if there were more panels to go to, and if the panels themselves were more varied in their subject matter.

Speaking of the volleyball girls, we waved to them when we saw them standing at the window above the Dealer's room. XD They didn't bug us, and the ones I saw actually seemed like they were having a good time. I did hear that a few of them were being rude, though.

kimiko_yuki
03-02-2009, 03:36 PM
Pro's
- lots of incredible cosplay to gawk at.
- friends and familiar faces.
- big dealer's room
- a LOT of people.

Con's
- Parking sucked big time. We had to park at the hotel parking area and it was a long trek to the con.
- Volleyball girls. It would have been nicer if we had the whole place to ourselves like last time. Not as bad as the (Metro/Flugtag fiasco though)
- Costume contest is very late and very uncomfortable. (not surprized though)
- horrible lighting for taking pictures.
- Food sucks.
- nothing to do, no interesting panels or veiwing room....
- hot and stuffy

Oh well... in the end, Mega con is what you make of it. It's more of a social con for me where you could meet with your friends and make some new ones.

I probably won't be back next year if I don't quit cosplaying all together, or if I go, I will wear the most comfortable costume I have in my arsenal.

YellowKiss
03-02-2009, 04:02 PM
i will jump on the parking sucked boat. we had to seriously grab the whole group together just to decide who was going to the car, and if we really needed the things we just had to have or could it wait. it was a loooonnnng walk.

i think next time there is more than one convention going on, perhaps they should be seperated? even though the volleyball girls gave us much amusement at different points during the weekend.

Mary Marvel
03-02-2009, 04:05 PM
I thought the dealer's room was bigger this year than last. Even my husband and bro in law said last year's location was smaller.

But like someone said, we had that area to ourselves last year, which was really good.

DavinDaLilAzn
03-02-2009, 04:09 PM
Alright, here's the deal w/ food. Like any event that sells food, it's gonna be expensive. The reason why is because it's the only way OCCC (Orange County Convention Center) will make money. Just as if you were to go to the movies, theme parks, sporting events, etc. concessions is how the place makes money. That's why you're paying more than normal for what you're getting.

IF you're gonna pay to eat at OCCC, eat BEFORE you go. Have a big breakfast and it'll keep you going most of the day then just eat a smaller lunch at the Con then a nice dinner elsewhere. Also try to buy a fountain soda at one of their QSR (Quick Service Restaurants) instead of one of their kiosks. The places this year had their machines to the side so you could easily get free refills (last years had an actual cafeteria setup where you had to go by the registers to get to the soda machines so getting a free refill wasn't possible).

McDonalds, IHOP, Denny's, Red Lobster, and a gas station were all within walking distance (about 10-15mins) and the weather was nice Fri/Sat (really cold on Sun). Or try one of the restaurants in a hotel since they have to have food also. They'll be more expensive than a place outside, but cheaper than OCCC.

Finally, bring your own snacks. If you're carrying a backpack or something (or can incorporate some pockets/storage areas in your costumes), you can easily bring cookies, chips, tuna and crackers, etc. to snack on.

That's all the advice I have about food and conventions. Yes, food prices and choices were really horrible this year at MegaCon, but it's nothing they had too much control over. Actually, I take that back, they picked Hall D which has the limited food. Last years in North had a "cafeteria" (seating was more limited but the food was a lot better) and two years ago in Hall C had the food court (by the main esculators to get back to West Parking).

orca_sora
03-02-2009, 05:55 PM
Megacon is a commercial convention; the dealer's room has always been the main focus, while the programming is more "tacked on." It's also always been more of a comic convention, though the anime community there has grown substantially within the past three years. The most popular and really the only thing of any worth is the cosplay contest, and honestly, they let it get too large. I couldn't get in this year, the line was too massive, and delays made it even less appealing. I felt bad, because I wanted to cheer on a new friend who had an awesome cosplay (and won the judge's award, apparently) but there was just no way.

This was the second year I've cosplayed at Megacon, though I've been going since 2004. I've always made it the practice to get there extremely early to ensure parking and short lines at registration. I went all three days last year, but IMHO the price of a weekend pass does not equate to the value of the stuff being offered. So I went back to just a Saturday pass this year, and I had a blast -- but because of friends and cosplay, and nothing really provided by the con. The dealer's room is just too congested, and I found it's just not worth it anymore to worm your way around. It's different in street clothes, but in cosplay, near impossible. They really need to put the guests, gaming, and other non-dealer things in a different hall. With the cash they produce, they can afford it, I'm sure.

The quality of the costumes this year was significantly improved over last year. Everyone should be very proud of themselves!

UchihaGirl
03-02-2009, 09:49 PM
I guess cause I live across the street it's not as expensive for me as it was for others. Mega is my con to get back into the convention season and meet up with people. It's all about the dealers room and cosplays. I met some great new people this year who I am looking forward to running into at other cons.

Food - I did make sure to eat a large breakfast and little snacks were brought to the con. There was one place at the con that you could pay $3.25 for a fountain soda and got unlimited refills. This, to me, was a great advantage point and made costs cheaper.

Parking - never fond of the OCCC parking. However, I'm not close enough to walk there so I don't have a choice. I didn't enjoy the mile-trek in heels to get there (or hoopskirts of death).

Panels - I really liked the Ghostbusters panel. That was HILARIOUS and if you guys didn't catch it, you missed the highlight of the con. It was the best thing I had seen. AMVs were okay, not that great. Didn't actually see the costume contest because I was in it, but it was a fun experience, although it was insanely long and took forever. It was my first time in a contest but I had a general idea of what to expect so I'm not too disappointed. I liked a lot of the costumes that won.

Overall, I enjoyed Mega. These days, cons for me are about having fun and being with friends. It's not so much about the panels and everything else - the people are what make it a great experience.

Foos
03-02-2009, 10:39 PM
Megacon was Megacon. XD It's always been a con whose main focus is shopping, not panels. The location, parking and food never change, and you just have to be prepared for it like any other massive event. It must be a shock to those used to small hotel cons, but since I've been going to Mega since 2001, it wasn't unexpected.

I doubt I've ever been to a con whose contests started on time. Up north I hear masquerades can start three to four hours late, so I consider myself lucky.

I had a blast, personally, and there is no better place to be space-wise than the convention center!

Mary Marvel
03-03-2009, 11:04 AM
I know what my after MegaCon ritual is - stalking the internets for photos of me! LOL Who does that too??

helpmegetpissed
03-03-2009, 11:09 AM
i really dont know why everyone is bitching about parking... i parked in the back i had no problem parking i was only 5 min from the con area.... I even came in at 12 one day and i had no problem parking.... The only thing sucked is that i had to pay for it...

psychoaccess
03-03-2009, 03:56 PM
I know what my after MegaCon ritual is - stalking the internets for photos of me! LOL Who does that too??

Lol, this was my first convention dressed in a character, so I'm getting obsessive about it. I think I've been looking everyday since Sunday night. xD
I couldn't get people to take pictures of me as I have a Canon Rebel, an it's huge and people don't always know how to use it.. So I'm hunting for any glimpse.

I need to get a little point and shoot.

ShadowDemonMike
03-03-2009, 04:41 PM
I know what my after MegaCon ritual is - stalking the internets for photos of me! LOL Who does that too??

Guilty! I know they're were tons of people who took pics of me this year which means I have like a ton -3 still out there lol.

Anyways Pro's
- The awesome cosplays
- Getting my picture taken by random people
- Buying things I don't need
- Hanging with friends
- ... Cute Con Girls :toothy: Lol!
- I got to meet some cool people like Al Snow and the guy who was in the Chewbacca suit.

Con's
- Parking (I personally don't mind walking trying to lose some weight before I go as Hidan anyway but it was kind of crazy especially when they tell you to park by someone who is half-way in the parking space they tell you to park in >.<)
- There seemed to be less venders I was into this year! (The size of the room was cool! But I felt there was some booths that were there last year that weren't this year!
- The Main Lobby area was more crowded.

I expected the prices so we kind of left around 2 each day to get lunch!

DavinDaLilAzn
03-03-2009, 05:13 PM
One thing I just realized was the JRock booth that's normally against the far right wall had a much smaller booth this year and they weren't able to get a group over... Rough times right now, but at least there were still people at MegaCon. :-)

perceptionsof
03-03-2009, 07:47 PM
Megacon was my second convention. As far as I'm concerned, it was pretty nice to go to. The only downfall was that it was extremely hard to get around the con and stay in groups just because it was so enormous.

It was also my first time cosplaying there and I found that to be an enjoyable experience. Being asked to be hugged made me fidget a little but I didn't mind. I hardly got to snap any photos of cosplay and if anyone would like to share I'd appreciate it!

The volleyball girls I found were a bit rude. They seemed to like to hop in people's pictures and hardly tried to understand what was going on. I won't judge though. Different people like different things.

Creaturiffic
03-03-2009, 08:02 PM
Oh, I remember, I have one complaint about one con-goer. Someone playing Jesus on Saturday....no I wasn't offended by the fact he was playing Jesus. Frankly, I think its cool when people do play Jesus either seriously or for fun and I'm not even Christian. My issue was how he runs by my friends, my 10 year old daughter and I, screaming "God hates fags!"....I'm sorry, but I was NOT amused in the least. I'm a straight woman and all....but I despise hate speech in any form. I don't mind my daughter hearing a curse word now and then, and I kinda expect it in Megacon. But a hate phrase, even said as a joke, is still a hate phrase. Even my daughter thought he was a total idiot and a jerk for that.

Juego
03-03-2009, 10:40 PM
Megacon was my second convention. As far as I'm concerned, it was pretty nice to go to. The only downfall was that it was extremely hard to get around the con and stay in groups just because it was so enormous

If you ever go to Dragon*Con, bring a map. ;) It's spread across 4 hotels, multiple levels.

Oh, I remember, I have one complaint about one con-goer. Someone playing Jesus on Saturday....

Let staff know if someone is being a nuisance. It will be their judgment call to take action, but it isn't uncommon for cosplayers to be told they have to tone things down.

Creaturiffic
03-03-2009, 10:45 PM
Juego, thanks. There was a MegaCon attendant nearby and they did nothing. He ran by yelling it, then ran through the door back into the dealer's room. Never saw him again....then again, I didn't see much there. I missed so many costumes because my vision was blocked in my own costume. Thank goodness for pictures.

Juego
03-03-2009, 11:04 PM
Juego, thanks. There was a MegaCon attendant nearby and they did nothing.

It's easy to get con blindness with all the normal noise and commotion and not all the staff has the same level of experience. Better to bring things to their attention to be sure and have peace of mind. ;)

I missed so many costumes because my vision was blocked in my own costume. Thank goodness for pictures.

I can sympathize! I had lousy vision on Friday. That's why I like to have non-costumed friends with me sometimes! Wish I had a pic with your unicorn -- would have been hilarious for either of my Megacon costumes.

Anyway, some con feedback -- the Peabody hotel diner was awesome. Staff was polite and the food was very good. And probably cost the same as con food, lol.

Prota-Girl
03-04-2009, 12:12 AM
If you ever go to Dragon*Con, bring a map. ;) It's spread across 4 hotels, multiple levels.


O_O Thanks for the heads up... O_O *may go one of these days*

*Kai*
03-04-2009, 12:12 AM
I personally had a blast at this MegaCon. The dealer's Room was a million times better then I remember in for a loooong time. My only real gripe was the costume contest and how late it was to start, but as some have already said, it's normal. I just felt really bad for those who couldn't sit down at all in their costumes and had to stand pretty much the entire time in a single place.

I will admit the anime Sushi staff seemed a lot nicer then my experience with them from last year. ^^;

But yea, bring your own food and water! It was funny, at the Denny's they were actually selling bottled water for .99 and even had a sign saying "it's better then spending $3 across the street!"

Prota-Girl
03-04-2009, 12:20 AM
I am shocked I really did not have any issues with the volley ball peeps. I thought I would, but I got nothing. And I am glad I did not, not sure what I'd do if one of 'em made fun of me as Batman or Candle Jack. O_o Oh Darn! I said it!!!

EXsoldierSNAKE
03-04-2009, 12:49 AM
Lol, this was my first convention dressed in a character, so I'm getting obsessive about it. I think I've been looking everyday since Sunday night. xD
I couldn't get people to take pictures of me as I have a Canon Rebel, an it's huge and people don't always know how to use it.. So I'm hunting for any glimpse.

I need to get a little point and shoot.

I know how you feel. All the ones I've seen of our group are the ones I've uploaded and the professional pic that cosplaylab took. I haven't even seen us in the background anywhere, not even the backs of our heads. guess we were just too sneaky for our own good:eek:

UchihaGirl
03-04-2009, 11:02 AM
You know what though?

I was surprised that one boy who thinks he's a girl wasn't there. You guys know which one I am referring to and I won't say his name. Unless I missed him (which would be hard since he's so loud).....

Prota-Girl
03-04-2009, 11:11 AM
Wow, your right. O_O interesting. *thinks* I did not see him O.o

EXsoldierSNAKE
03-04-2009, 11:42 AM
I gotta say that I was really impressed by the con's security too. I didn't get bothered even once for my rifle I brought. One the the old lady security guards asked me if my guns were real before I went into the dealer's room, I told her they were plastic, plus one of them was broke in half(thanks to me forgetting about it when I leaned up against a wall to watch the foam sword fights). But thats all the flack I ever got for it. There was this one jerk guard who got all pissed at the Big Boss in our group just because we walked outside and the glass door locked behind us, so some one else let us in, and the guard saw him first.

nessabutterfly
03-04-2009, 01:25 PM
My megacon experience was bad this year, but not the fault of the con at all. I got the flu midway through Saturday, so sitting in a corner with fever, aches, and chills just kinda messed up the weekend for me.

The dealer room was great this year-- I spent WAYYY too much money. Parking sucked, but it always does. Food is expensive, so we brought our own (yay for having a stroller to push stuff around in!). Panels kinda sucked, and one we were really looking forward to got canceled. The universal costume contest was poorly organized-- we lined up 45 minutes before it started, but there was no one there to organize the contestants until right at 6-- no one even knew where we were supposed to line up. Even though the anime contest eats my whole day, i'll be going back to that one next year.

I think we'll be doing Saturday only from now on-- there's just not enough variety to make it worth paying for all 3 days.

aletour
03-04-2009, 02:41 PM
I have been to Megacon for the past three years, and this was the first time where you had to sign up in the morning (on saturday) to meet a voice actor. I thought that was pretty dumb and annoying. I understand that not everyone will have time to meet them, but to limit the number to 150 and to people that show up first thing in the morning was a big disappointment. I believe that Sunday was an anyone can meet them kind of thing, but that's not convenient, since most people go on Saturday.
Also, the dealer's room is way too crowded, and I think that fighting events should be taken to another room for more space

Mary Marvel
03-04-2009, 04:12 PM
I agree. The fighting areas would free up some room.

Sarah-Boo
03-04-2009, 06:56 PM
You know what though?

I was surprised that one boy who thinks he's a girl wasn't there. You guys know which one I am referring to and I won't say his name. Unless I missed him (which would be hard since he's so loud)..... I know who you are talking about, I think I saw him late saturday evening. But I could have been wrong. It sounded like him.

orca_sora
03-04-2009, 08:45 PM
I think we'll be doing Saturday only from now on-- there's just not enough variety to make it worth paying for all 3 days.

2008 was the only year myself and my group went for all three days, and it was totally not worth the money. Prior, we had only ever gone Saturday but tried all three days last year since there seemed to be more available to do in 2007. We were disappointed last year, and it looked like this year was just the same. We went back to just doing Saturday, and we didn't do any panels (nothing of interest or anything that didn't conflict with other plans). Megacon is all about the dealers' hall--always has been, and it seems it won't change. All that's worth seeing is the cosplay contest and that's a mess we didn't want to battle.

I agree. The fighting areas would free up some room.

IMHO, the dealers' hall is much too small to have all the guests, artists, gaming, etc in the same room. I barely spent any time in there because it was just too crowded. It was very hard to get into booths and shop without being elbowed or pushed out of the way. If they took out aforementioned attractions and put them in separate rooms, they could make the isles a LOT larger and maybe even attract more business. But it's the way they've always done it, and it doesn't look like they'll change that.

UchihaGirl
03-04-2009, 09:41 PM
I know who you are talking about, I think I saw him late saturday evening. But I could have been wrong. It sounded like him.

If it was him, he didn't stay long then.

Side note - if you didn't catch the Ghostbusters panel, you probably missed one of the most hysterical panels there. I almost died laughing cause it was that funny. That was probably my highlight of the con.

Like nessa said, the dealers room was too great and I also spent too much. My whole paycheck this week was gone (and I worked 6 days last week to get all that money >_<). Got some great deals though -haggle a $100 item down to $50.

Every year I say I won't buy a ticket and I'll only stay in the halls and hang out, and every year I buy one anyways just to get into the dealers room all three days (Friday is when everything is still available, Saturday is when they pull out new merch, and Sunday they don't want to pack and ship anything so they have great deals). Plus the contest was fun, I enjoyed participating and loved a lot of the other contestants there.

Kapalaka
03-04-2009, 10:54 PM
I only disliked one thing about Megacon: "Hug me" committees. Do I look depressed or something? Just glad I wasn't wearing Eve, I don't know what I would have done had I been glomped. O_o'

Otherwise, I had a fantastic time. The dealer's room is epic as usual and the crowd was massive! Having ACP and CosplayLab there helped, too. I didn't have a camera and they snapped some wicked shots of me and my friends.

NarukuSon
03-05-2009, 01:37 PM
Alright, here's the deal w/ food. Like any event that sells food, it's gonna be expensive. The reason why is because it's the only way OCCC (Orange County Convention Center) will make money. Just as if you were to go to the movies, theme parks, sporting events, etc. concessions is how the place makes money. That's why you're paying more than normal for what you're getting.

IF you're gonna pay to eat at OCCC, eat BEFORE you go. Have a big breakfast and it'll keep you going most of the day then just eat a smaller lunch at the Con then a nice dinner elsewhere. Also try to buy a fountain soda at one of their QSR (Quick Service Restaurants) instead of one of their kiosks. The places this year had their machines to the side so you could easily get free refills (last years had an actual cafeteria setup where you had to go by the registers to get to the soda machines so getting a free refill wasn't possible).

McDonalds, IHOP, Denny's, Red Lobster, and a gas station were all within walking distance (about 10-15mins) and the weather was nice Fri/Sat (really cold on Sun). Or try one of the restaurants in a hotel since they have to have food also. They'll be more expensive than a place outside, but cheaper than OCCC.

Finally, bring your own snacks. If you're carrying a backpack or something (or can incorporate some pockets/storage areas in your costumes), you can easily bring cookies, chips, tuna and crackers, etc. to snack on.

That's all the advice I have about food and conventions. Yes, food prices and choices were really horrible this year at MegaCon, but it's nothing they had too much control over. Actually, I take that back, they picked Hall D which has the limited food. Last years in North had a "cafeteria" (seating was more limited but the food was a lot better) and two years ago in Hall C had the food court (by the main esculators to get back to West Parking).

I had a rubber container with steamed pork, vegetables, beef, and chicken chunks I carried in my bag and ate through out the con. Haha it was a wonderful idea =)

DavinDaLilAzn
03-05-2009, 09:19 PM
I had a rubber container with steamed pork, vegetables, beef, and chicken chunks I carried in my bag and ate through out the con. Haha it was a wonderful idea =)

hahaha... I thought about bringing a bento box w/ me, but was afraid the food would spoil by the time I ate it.....

KohakuWolf
03-06-2009, 02:07 PM
I really enjoyed MegaCon. The cosplayers were amazing, and the dealer's room was INCREDIBLE. Most of the downsides have already been stated- parking, food prices, bad lighting, and stuffiness; you know, the usual cons of conventions. As for the volleyball girls, that was unexpected, but they didn't bother me very much. Their reactions were kind of split half and half. There were girls who were being snobby and shouting out things like "FREEEAK SHOW!!!" but there were also girls who were walking around looking genuinely excited, and saying "Cool!" whenever they came across characters that they knew. A few volleyball girls even asked to take a picture with me, and were really sweet about it, smiling, being friendly and saying that they loved my costume. I also found that most of them lightened up when you explained the situation. A few girls and their mothers asked me what was going on while my friends and I were in line to buy ice cream, and after I explained about cosplay and the convention to them, they became a lot more relaxed and were very good-natured about it. And hey, we WERE the ones wearing costumes, after all. :)
So yeah, I'd definitely go again. There's room for improvement, of course, but MegaCon as a whole was totally awesome. :D

PluieEnfant
03-06-2009, 03:53 PM
hahaha... I thought about bringing a bento box w/ me, but was afraid the food would spoil by the time I ate it.....

I actually brought bento. There was just rice and octodogs in there and they kept for all day. I guess because it was rather cool inside the building and outside as well. As long as the food isn't too moist, then it should be fine.

Tranquility
03-06-2009, 08:18 PM
My friends and I had lots of fun this year. We stayed nearby and just walked across the bridge so it was nice to not have to worry about parking or trolleys. The weather was great except for early Sunday. The dealer's room, rave, and the panels I went to were fun. The only bad thing was that it was hard to walk around the con on Saturday in our Smash Bros. Brawl group because of the King Dedede costume I made for my bro, the crowd, and being stopped for pictures. Once we split up, everything was fine though. And the graduation attendees and volleyball girls were nice to us. I just smiled at them and talked to them if they asked about what was going on. They loved King Dedede and kept taking pics with him and they complimented our contact lenses and stuff. It was cool seeing everyone we got to see this year and hanging out :D

orca_sora
03-06-2009, 08:29 PM
Just posting the link to my Megacon report for Girls Entertainment Network in case anyone is interested. I used a few photos and hopefully gave proper credit. If you see yourself and something is inaccurate, let me know and I will change it ASAP.

http://www.girlsentertainmentnetwork.com/megacon-2009/

Hyper_Phantom
03-07-2009, 10:25 AM
I liked it more last year. There was more to do. This year there was a lack of panels and so all there was to do was walk around the dealers room, which got old quick. =\ The rave was nice, and looked a lot more like a real rave. But it was just so crowded and I was about ready to beat down the conga line. Some poor kid got hurt because of it and they kept knocking into people and pushing them over. I missed the cages too, though I can understand that those probably had to go cause of safety reasons. Luckily being crazy with my friends salvaged a good experience from the con.

gya.inc
03-13-2009, 04:17 AM
Well, this is my 5th MegaCon, and I still had fun. This year I found it a little hard to find as much to keep my attention, I feel every year I find less anime-related things.

I do agree about the MC for the cosplay contest, I can understand butchering some things, but when it's common-place things like Naruto... >_<

Otherwise, to me, it was like every other MegaCon I have witnessed, so... here's to 2010 I suppose. :P

nope
03-13-2009, 10:51 AM
good time but i wish the barbarian battles were in a bigger section.
but i'm sure space constraints this year wouldn't allow that.

all in all had an ok time.

pathfindertifa
04-07-2009, 01:09 PM
I had a blast this year. This is my second Megacon and my ninth con in all, so I usually know what to expect. The volleyball girls didn't annoy me as much as I thought they would have, probably because I saw a lot of them had actually bought wristbands and attended the con. Food was okay because I left each day to get lunch, and had dinner later. Parking is never fun as always, but I dealt with it fine.

I loved meeting up with my friends, which was a huge plus for me as I usually don't see many of them except for at cons. The fighting was great, too, something I always enjoy at cons that have arenas. I bought a ton of stuff I didn't need, something that almost everyone does at cons but enjoys nontheless. :P

I spent most of my time walking around the dealer's room and at Barbarian Battles. I generally don't go to most panels unless there happens to be one that I'm really looking forward to. There were a ton of great cosplayers, and I got the opportunity to meet some voice actors I've seen at several cons but never made an attempt to see.

The only thing I really had a problem with was the rave. The only let a small number of people in at a time, and once you left you couldn't go back in. I know a lot of people who only left to use the bathroom, and then couldn't go back inside to get some things they left in the room. As far as I know, Megacon hasn't done that before, and it really annoyed me. I know it was because the fire marshals showed up and made the staff regulate the number, but I wasn't even able to get in at all. Dx Why not hold it in a bigger room, as they usually do?

Overall, I had an awesome time. :)

AmethystWolf
08-22-2009, 06:12 PM
One of the biggest complaints my group and I had was the fact that what should have been an enjoyable experience was marred by the other groups sharing convention space. I believe there was a graduation going on, and/or something about volleyball?
I go to a convention to relax and have a good time- and, frankly, sarcastic questions and laughter isn't my idea of a good time. None of these were directed at myself or my group, but we've seen a lot of it, and it's very disappointing. I realize that MegaCon itself has no control over what else is being booked in the center during its time, but I had wanted to bring this up.

Also: During the wait for the rave, a few people decided to breakdance to get rid of the ennui. Everyone was having a great time, and they weren't being disruptive, overly loud, etc. Staff literally rushed over to the line, told them to stop, broke up break dancing, and kind of spoiled the mood a bit. These kids were just enjoying themselves and not bothering everyone- it was even in a contained circle surrounded by people watching- so this reaction was perhaps a bit inappropriate.

Finally, the panels and workshops were slightly disappointing. I normally look forward to Megacon's panel showcase, and nothing really stood out this year.

However, it was an otherwise pleasant experience! We met up with a few people from here (like Godot from Phoenix Wright!) and that was neat. Also, the dealer's room and general atmosphere has always been excellent (i'm still rooting for more plus-size cosplay shops to be there). This is my third year attending, and my group and I will be attending again in 2010. We're really looking forward to it.

Schway_Rae
08-22-2009, 10:49 PM
I"ve been to Megacon the big bad ass monster a couple of times when I was younger and had considerably less time and even less freedom so it had sucked, however; Now that I am an adult, have my own money and transportation.. I am able to be anywhere as long as I would care to.

To be to the point though, I had a wonderful time. My only complaint is that the Judges of the costume contest can't pronounce any thing at all and well there was no instruction, no place to sit, and no explanation of prizes from the "booth of authenticity".

Also I realize that this convention is a "mini" version of the convention held in February/March but it would have been nice for there to have been some more events like a game room with DDR or something of that nature and tales from the con guy needs to make some subject notes on stories he's gonna tell. He totally should have dumped that cooler on Spooky! But over all, again, I really had a great time. See Ya'll at the grand daddy of the beast :D

I did a walk on as Hinata though, and I loved it.

JesusChrist
10-02-2009, 10:13 AM
WELL HELLO. I was the guy who "cosplayed" as Jesus Christ at Megacon 2009. To my knowledge, I was the only one, so I will respond to the haters who are gonna hate.

Oh, I remember, I have one complaint about one con-goer. Someone playing Jesus on Saturday....

OH SHI-

no I wasn't offended by the fact he was playing Jesus.

Well, that's good. Neither am I.

Frankly, I think its cool when people do play Jesus either seriously or for fun and I'm not even Christian.

Well, at least we agree on this. I'm an atheist, so the whole OH NO SOMEONE IS MAKING FUN OF JESUS?!?!?!?! thing is lost on me.

My issue was how he runs by my friends, my 10 year old daughter and I, screaming "God hates fags!"

That's fantastic - however, you failed to mention one very important part of your story. I assume you didn't think I would answer, which is why you thought you could... take some freedoms with telling the truth, but I did. You see, my dad is all knowing, so I find out about these things.

Or maybe I just googled "Megacon 2009 Jesus Christ". That will bring up this thread too.

Anyway, I only began yelling "God hates fags" because there were a group of clearly underage girls jumping in a circle screaming "WE LOVE YURI" at the top of their squealy little lungs. In response, I started yelling the only thing I could think of at the moment, which happened to be "GOD HATES FAGS!". This shut up most of them, so my mission was successful. Isn't being Jesus great?

I find it funny that you left this part out. 13 year old girls watching lesbian hentai, which is illegal for them to own, then going to a convention and screaming their love for it is okay, but me saying the word "fag" is not? I think you need to get your priorities straighted out.


....I'm sorry, but I was NOT amused in the least.

The needs of the few do not outweigh the needs of the many. While you and your daughter didn't think it was funny, almost everyone else in the area was rolling over laughing. Tough it out.

I'm a straight woman and all....but I despise hate speech in any form. I don't mind my daughter hearing a curse word now and then, and I kinda expect it in Megacon. But a hate phrase, even said as a joke, is still a hate phrase.

No it isn't. In order for something to be a "hate phrase", it has to be hateful. This wasn't. Even you agree that it was said as a joke, which disqualifies this as "hate speech". it was obviously meant for humor, and you took it out of context. Boo hoo.

When not in character as Jesus, I don't have anything against gays. I am, in fact, a supporter of homosexual rights and fully support gay marriage, even though I think marriage is idiotic religious mumbo-jumbo.

Even my daughter thought he was a total idiot and a jerk for that.

Whatever. She's 10. Big deal. :skidude2:

I'll be back in 2010. And I'll be yelling "GOD HATES FAGS" twice as loud, and twice as much. Especially if I see a woman with a 10 year old daughter. They will get yelled at the most. :bigtu:

There was a MegaCon attendant nearby and they did nothing. He ran by yelling it, then ran through the door back into the dealer's room.

Yes, because they don't care. The convention is there to have fun, which myself and all my friends were doing. I apologize if you are too uptight to have appreciated the humor, but all the staff saw it was in jest.