When Dorothy Gale passed over the threshold of the tattered remnants of her Kansas home, she was welcomed by the overwhelming spectacle that was, OZ. That's very much like what awaited simple, ordinary folk who left sunny Orlando last weekend when they entered MegaCon.
The worlds may seem similar, familiar enough to hold your footing, but the sights and sounds are enough to make you believe you've entered a fantastical world. Forget Walt's Kingdom just up the street, MegaCon was truly a voyage to Fantasyland. (Photos by Drunk Camera Guy)
The wizard, if this metaphor is to continue, would obviously be MegaCon Guest of Honor, the iconic, Stan Lee. For, would there even be comic book conventions if Lee didn't exist? Not likely. The adorable, elder uncle you wish you had, pleased fans with autographs and personal photo ops (for a marvelous sum of course. Excelsior!)
Joining the man behind Spiderman, was another legendary figure, Bay area local, and WWE Hall of Famer, Hulk Hogan. The star of the science fiction masterpiece, Suburban Commando flexed and regaled fans with tales of Giant-slayings and selling out the Garden. The Hulkster roared into a Saturday night question and answer session like that tumultuous tornado that had no intention of being ignored. This event too, carried with it a separate fee, a running theme at these type of shows. Your MegaCon badge may get you into OZ, but for the really good stuff, you still have to buy the golden bricks to walk the Yellow Brick Road.
The real stars of the show of course, aren't famous at all. Like the Munchkins that sprung up to startle Dorothy, so too the many fabulous Cos-players of the Con came from left and right in bedazzling displays. Anna, Elsa, and Olaf left their Frozen world to walk the halls of the Orange County Convention Center. Want Groot and Gamora from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy? Here's the sexy versions. Going to a convention like MegaCon will offer you many surprising twists, who would ever plan on watching Pyramid Head from Silent Hill, jousting with a member of the Saints Row army, giant purple dildo in hand?
Not that MegaCon is only for adults, or overly sexual. There were plenty of family friendly attractions and costumes on hand. Nerd culture brings with it the heart that many other sub-cultures are missing. Panels were held with everything ranging from costume making to hearing from stars of Adventure Time. As long as parents are comfortable with their mini-nerds seeing adults of all ages and sizes in tight, to sometimes not-even-there costumes, MegaCon can be a bewitching experience for the entire family.
With a few clicks of drastically over-walked heels, it was all over, MegaCon disappeared like a dream that felt all too real. Should you venture over the rainbow? Yes, most certainly. All you need is a sense a whimsy, cash on hand for wonderful vendors and hidden fees, and maybe a little Xanax to deal with all of the flying monkeys.