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I just got back from Megacon a few hours ago and let me tell you...it was amazing!
There were so many cosplayers it was crazy. I myself didn't cosplay, but there were a ton of elaborate costumes people were wearing from just about every anime/video game under the sun. Some of my favorites were Travis Touchdown from the Wii game, "No More Heroes," Bill from "Left 4 Dead," the "DOOM" marine, and even a Tetris block!
Half of the time my friends and I spent wandering around this giant, magnificent warehouse of hentai, weaponry, and artwork. It was so crowded between people and booths that you could barely move! Besides all that, the main goal I had for attending Megacon was to seek out the Newgrounds booth and meet Ego, Swain, Luis, and Toma (which I did).
I was searching around when eventually one of my friends called me on my cell phone and told me that he had found the NG booth which happened to be in the corner of the room. He met me where I was and I burst over to the booth following the large "NEWGROUNDS" poster hanging in the air which I was surprised that I missed.
Egoraptor was sitting in the middle of booth doing sketches for people buying shirts. I was ready to drop my cash and buy the "Awesome" shirt, if only I had the $20 to drop... The-Swain was sitting towards the front counter talking to fans and whatnot, while Luis, Jonas, and TomaMoto sat towards the back. They had set up a small t.v. on the counter continuously looping Newgrounds cartoons like TANKMEN, Blockhead, Metal Gear Awesome 1 and 2, Salad Fingers, and some others.
I still wanted to see more of Megacon, so I continued browsing, desperately wanting to buy an overpriced Mega Mushroom and Totakeke stuffed doll. Actual samurai swords were being sold everywhere that were ridiculously huge and painful looking. Fake swords were also being sold like the Master Sword and the Energy Sword from the Halo series. They might as well have been real, since they looked so flawless. Helpful hint, never go to Megacon with an empty wallet. You won't survive.
After much browsing, meeting up with friends, pictures and crap, I returned to the Newgrounds booth. Ego had left with Toma to do something, while The-Swain and Luis were left to man the booth. I had a pretty much in-depth conversation with Swain while he was sketching Mastermind, and I complimented Luis on his YouTube flash tutorials. Ego eventually returned to the booth, and I bought an NG poster for $10. It was really worth it seeing that it was hand-signed by Tom Fulp, JohnnyUtah, Stamper, and Mindchamber, not just photocopied. I got Ego to sign it as well as Swain, and I was happy ^^. Swain also gave me a sketch he was working on. Egoraptor also autographed a little notecard for me with Snake flipping the bird, and then we talked about Girlchan.
It was about 4:00 p.m. now (we'd been there since 10) and my friends and I were getting tired from all the walking. I shook hands with The-Swain and bid him and Ego good-bye, and we left. Swain was extremely awesome.
So, that's pretty much my Megacon experience in a nutshell. If Newgrounds is going to be there again next year, then I'm definitely going again. If not, then, I'll still probably go. :)
MEGACON officially started today at the Orlando Conventional Center. Since I couldn't go today because of obvious reasons, I planned to go tomorrow. Little did I know that 2 (or more?) of my friends were going as well, which made me even more excited!
It's sure to be great. I'm definitely going to be hanging out at the NG booth pretty much the entire time while my friends banter and cosplay and whatnot. Speaking of cosplaying, if I actually WAS going to cosplay I'd be a Castle Crasher. Awesome.
Anyways I hope the Newgrounds turnout is going to be kickass. I'd really love to see all the other Newgroundilites that live in Florida besides Ego and Swain. I hope stuff isn't too expensive there. It's $24 at the door, but I'd really like to have enough money to buy some food and get at least one souvenir from the NG booth. I'm also going to wear my O-face shirt just for the occasion! Yeh!
One a side note, JohnnyUtah released the list of all the users who submitted a piece for the Street Fighter Collab. From what I'm hearing, this collab is going to be pretty beast. No news on the users going to be in the final cut, so my fingers are still crossed. I'd like to see the collab turn out as good as the Metal Gear Collab, hopefully better!
Eh, that's really all I have to say. I'll be making another post after I get back from MEGACON, with pictures included. w00t.
How awesome is it that I live in the same state as Egoraptor and The-Swain?! And how awesome is it that they're going to be in the SAME place at the SAME time?! Now, how awesome is it that I'm a 30 minute drive away from Orlando?! It's INSANELY AWESOME.
MEGACON goes on February 27 - March 1. I'll hopefully try to get there Saturday the 28th, hopefully. I'd really like to meet Ego and Swain, and Tomato-Toma?...tamy...the voice actor king, TomoMato! With any luck, Luis might be there too! :D
If I can make, it'll be one kick-ass weekend for sure.