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With the help of tattoo artist Kelly Rogers, lifelong comics fan John Engle has spent the past year transforming his back into a tribute to the characters he loves. There, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Carnage and Venom share space with Batman, The Joker and Spawn — Engle enjoys a good intercompany crossover.
However, there was one thing missing: Stan Lee’s seal of approval. And over the weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, Engle got it. The legendary creator signed his back, just above Spider-Man (where else?), then Rogers made the famous signature permanent.
Beth Widera, who’s owned the 22-year-old Florida convention since purchasing it in 2003 from CrossGen, confirmed the sale to the Orlando Sentinel. She will remain as executive director. Continue Reading »
Conventions | Organizers anticipate as many as 70,000 people will attend MegaCon, held Friday through Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, up from about 60,000 last year; that could translate to $23 million impact on the local economy, according to the Orlando Business Journal. Guests include Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Chuck Dixon, Adam Kubert, Greg Land, Stan Lee, Jimmy Palmiotti, George Perez, Herb Trimpe, Mark Waid and Skottie Young. However, the names drawing the most attention may be The Walking Dead stars David Morrissey, Danai Gurira and Steve Yeun. “We are the first convention in the U.S. to have both David Morrissey and Danai Gurira at the same time,” Jason Smith, MegaCon’s director of operations, told Florida Today. “The show is definitely a fan favorite of our attendees.” [MegaCon]
MeganCon 2012 kicks off in a matter of hours in Orlando, Florida, drawing thousands of comic book, science fiction and fantasy fans to the Orange County Convention Center over the next three days.
Comic guests include Tony Bedard, Dennis Calero, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo, Nick Cardy, Frank Cho, Brian Clevinger, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Dan DiDio, Chuck Dixon, Nathan Edmondson, David Finch, Cully Hamner, Phil Hester, Greg Horn, Dan Jurgens, Barbara Kesel, Stan Lee, Laura Martin, Phil Noto, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dan Parent, George Perez, Mike Perkins, Don Rosa, Tim Sale, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Texeira, Billy Tucci and Tom Zahler.
Media guests include Bruce Boxleitner, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter, Tom Felton, Peter Mayhew, Eddie McClintock, Valerie Perrine, David Prowse, Tim Russ and Brent Spiner.
MeganCon begins today at 1 p.m. ET, and continues through Sunday at 5 p.m.
Full-scale warfare between convention promoters isn’t universal, believe it or not — some are giving peace a chance. In addition to the recent arrangement worked out by Heroes Con and Supercon to avoid a date conflict, Emerald City ComiCon‘s Jim Demonakos tells Robot 6 that following an unavoidable conflict with Orlando’s MegaCon the weekend of March 13, 2010, he and MegaCon’s Beth Widera collaborated on choosing dates for 2011 so that future overlap could be avoided. “We ended up on the same dates for 2010 and neither of us could move, but we’ve talked and coordinated and our mutual 2011 dates will not be on each other’s dates at all,” says Demonakos. “Con planning, always an adventure.”