The Clock's Ticking Down to MegaCon

Thu, February 8th, 2007 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

MegaCon is less than two weeks away so this is your last update before the show. Here we have all the last minute details you need to know.

As always, before we get started, we have to thank our sponsor, Coliseum of Comics, and co-sponsors, Big City Comics, FUNimation Entertainment and Students of the Unusual. Without them, none of this would be possible.

Tickets!

Have you purchased your tickets yet? Tickets for MegaCon are still available. You can purchase tickets in advance via phone or online at a reduced rate. To order by phone, call: 727-796-5725.

To order securely online, log onto: https://protected6.purehost.com/d30063092/ordering.asp.

Deadlines for ordering tickets in advance are as follows:

To order by phone, you must call by 5:00pm on February 9, 2007

To order online, you must order by 12:00 midnight on February 13, 2007

Time is running out, so get those orders in now!

Programming!

There's more to do at MegaCon than just shop and get autographs. Learn about your favorite comics, get some tips on breaking into the business and even get some behind the scenes info before the rest of the world. Here's the complete schedule for the weekend.

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Video Screening

Come see your favorite episodes of Firefly, Farscape and Angel.

12:00pm - 1:50pm, Room 309A

Voice Actor Panel

Vic Mignona, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, Chris Bevins, and Taliesin Jaffe talk about being a voice actor.

1:00pm - 3:00pm, Room 311A

Stan Lee Presents

Stan Lee event at UCLA on the Hero Initiative

1:50pm - 2:40pm, Room 315B

Entertainment Trading Cards – Relive the drama, suspense and storylines of your favorite TV Shows and Movies

Allan Caplan, President of Inkworks, will be discussing the exciting details of Inkworks' 2007 product line-up. Get the exclusive, inside trading card scoop featuring your favorite movies and TV shows, including Veronica Mars, Shrek the Third, Hellboy Animated, Naruto, Supernatural, LOST and many more!

2:00pm - 2:50pm, Room 315A

Costume Contest Sign up

Be your favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy or TV character and be in the running for cash prizes.

2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 309A

Firefly Game Show

If you know and love Firefly you won't want to miss this audience participation game.

2:00pm - 3:00pm, Room 309A

Producing Animated Shorts

Want to win awards? Want to pitch and sell your own animated series? Discover the benefits of producing your own animated shorts from Mark Simon, a successful producer who has done dozens of animations and won over 40 awards for his work. His work has been seen on Nickelodeon, G4, Comedy Central mobile, Spike & Mike and soon on prime-time Fox after the Simpsons.

2:50pm - 3:40pm, Room 315B

Sci-Fi /Fantasy TV Costume Contest

Come as your favorite movie or TV character and win cash prizes and recognition for your costume. If you're not in costume, come anyway and view the incredible show.

3:00pm - 4:45pm, Room 309A

The Brave and the Bold

DC's classic team-up title, The Brave and the Bold, is back -- and it has everyone buzzing! Get the lowdown on this thrilling new series with artist extraordinaire George Prez and series editor Joey Cavalieri.

3:00pm - 3:50pm, Room 315A

Arne Starr Presents

Come out and see all the latest trailers and all the latest gossip of what's coming out of Tinseltown in the near future and beyond. Arne Starr, in association with Jeff Walker, brings you all the latest and greatest, and hopefully a few surprises as well for those of you who are already up to date courtesy of the net.

4:00pm - 5:30pm, Room 315B

Archie's Here

Join Little Archie creators Bob Bolling and Dexter Taylor for a chat about the tiny version of the eternal teen.

4:00pm -5:00pm, Room 315A

Farscape Q & A

Join Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley, David Franklin and Wayne Pygram as they answer audience questions about the popular Farscape.

5:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 309A

An Evening with FUNimation: Beck Mongolian Chop Squad

Be sure not to miss this premiere event for FUNimation's newest show, Beck Mongolian Chop Squad. Be one of the first to see episodes 1-3 of the show exclusively at this event. Chris Bevins and Taliesin Jaffe, the Directors, will be on hand to talk about the show, the music, and answer questions.

5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room 311B & C

Man and Machine

Brandon Peterson loves technology, and it shows in his artwork. Learn more about this unique blending of brains - artist and techie.

5:40pm - 6:20pm, Room 315B

Buffy Musical Episode

If you're a Buffy fan you don't want to miss this musical episode.

6:10pm - 7:10pm, Room 309A

The Third Annual MegaCon Indie Film Festival

This program showcases numerous award-winning independent short films in the genres of action, anime, animation, comedy, horror, superheroes, science fiction, and suspense. This selection of films is hosted by 3 Boys Productions the founders of the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival and the creators of the horror adventure comic series "Students of the Unusual".

Donations will be accepted for the Hero Initiative.

6:30pm - 8:00pm, Room 315B

WOW Panel

World of Warcraft panel

7:00pm - 8:00pm, Room 311B & C

Voltaire

Meet the incredible artist Voltaire. Musical performance from 9:00pm – 10:00pm.

Autograph opportunities from 10:00pm – 11:00pm

9:00pm - 11:00pm, Room 315

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Comic Writing 101

The acclaimed writer of Robin, Nightwing, Rush City and more pulls back the curtain on his decades of experience to tell you the ins-and-outs of comic writing. Come prepared, ask your questions, and learn from a master.

SPECIAL NOTE: Admission to this panel is a mere $5, with 100% of proceeds benefiting The Hero Initiative!

11:00am - 11:50am, Room 309A

Storyboards by Mark Simon

Make over $100,000 a year drawing with a pencil. How to get started as a storyboard artist. Three mistakes most new storyboard artists make. 12 hidden storyboard clients.

Marketing tips to double your business. Why low budget projects need storyboards more than large budget projects.

10:40am - 11:30am, Room 315B

Not My Character

What's involved in writing for characters you didn't create? Join Mike Carey, Barbara Kesel, and Brian Pulido for the scoop on getting inside somebody else's brain!

11:00am - 11:50am, Room 315A

Solty Rei: Salvation lies in the Heart of the Broken

Be the first to meet with the Voice of Solty (Carrie Savage) and head script supervisor (John Burgmeier) on one of FUNimation's new hot titles, Solty Rei. Carrie and John will be on hand to talk about working on the show as well as answering questions.

11:00am - 12:00pm, Room 311AB & C

Voice Actor Panels

Featuring Vic Mignona, Lex Lang, and Sandy Fox

11:30am - 12:30pm, Room 311A

AnimeNation

AnimeNation's Gene Field and John Oppliger will discuss everything AnimeNation, AN Entertainment, and RentAnime, from the AN forums and community to the ongoing release of Hare+Guu. Stop in for open discussion and questions, and maybe win a prize with your anime knowledge.

11:40pm - 12:30pm, Room 315B

Marvelous Men

Steve McNiven (Civil War), Mike Perkins (Union Jack), Jim Cheung ( Young Avengers), Tim Townsend (Ultimate X-Men), David Finch (Ultimate X-Men) What's happening on these and other Marvel Projects?

12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room 315A

Buffy/Angel Jeopardy

What do you know about Buffy and Angel? Don't miss this audience participation game show.

12pm – 1:00pm, Room 309A

What's New in the DCU

The DC Universe continues to build excitement every week with 52 -- and it's going to explode when World War III hits in April! Join Senior Editor Mike Marts with special guests Jimmy Palmiotti, J.G. Jones, Ethan Van Sciver and more to discuss what's new in the DCU.

12:40pm - 1:30pm, Room 315B

Live by the Blade

A female Samurai. A Samurai...rabbit? Find out what drew Billy Tucci (Shi) and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) to the samurai mythos, and what very different creations came out of it!

1:00pm - 1:50pm, Room 315A

Life in Japan with Jeremy Mauney

Manga artist Jeremy Mauney discusses his career living and working in Japan.

1:00pm - 1:30pm, Room 311A

Heroes TV Show Panel Discussion

Save the cheerleader...Save the world. Discuss all the different angles of the new TV series Heroes.

1:00pm-12:00pm, Room 309A

Arne Starr Presents

Come out and see all the latest trailers and all the latest gossip of what's coming out of Tinseltown in the near future and beyond. Arne Starr, in association with Jeff Walker, brings you all the latest and greatest, and hopefully a few surprises as well for those of you who are already up to date courtesy of the net.

1:40pm - 3:10pm, Room 315B

AMV Contest

Anime, music and video contest. Don't miss the many great entries and the chance to cheer your favorite ones on.

12:00pm - 2:00pm, Room 311B & C

Q&A with the Filmmakers

This is a unique opportunity to meet and discuss independent filmmaking with the filmmakers themselves. Directors, producers, celebrities, distributors, actors, festival coordinators and other special guests will be present to discuss their films featured at the Megacon Indie Film Expo and on the festival circuit. Panel hosted by Terry Cronin of 3 Boys Productions/Students of the Unusual who also hosts the annual Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival.

2:00pm -2:50pm, Room 315A

Special Panel TBA

This is a secret but not for long.... If you like surprises you won't want to miss this!

3:00pm - 3:50pm, Room 315A

Game Show Galactica

Test your skills on the knowledge of Battlestar Galactica

3:00pm-3:50pm, Room 309A

2007 Web Cartoonist Choice Awards

The 2007 winners of the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards will be announced for the first time in a LIVE ceremony to feature presentations by some of the most prominent personalities of the internet. This is your chance to be introduced to some of the best comics that the web has to offer.

3:20pm - 4:10pm, Room 315B

Voltaire Mini Concert

4:20pm - 5:50pm, Room 315B

501st Prop Seminar

Presented by members of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion costuming groups, this informative panel will offer aspiring prop and costume makers an overview of the materials and tools needed to create realistic looking movie memorabilia. Learn how to build a hardware store blaster, make a droid from storage bins, and create costumes from existing clothing. Drop in for an informative presentation that will introduce you to this fun and exciting hobby.

4:00pm-4:50pm, Room 315A

Meet the Stars

Mary McDonnell and Jamie Bamber from Battlestar Galactica answer questions about their projects in Hollywood.

5:00pm – 6:00pm, Room 315A

Lexx Q&A

Meet Lexx stars Brian Downey, Michael McManus and Xenia Seeberg and ask them everything you wanted to know about the making of the popular Sci Fi program.

4:00pm-5:00pm, Room 309A

Star Wars Costume Contest

Star Wars costumers are invited to show off their skills at the Star Wars Costume Contest sponsored by the 501st Legion. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Children (age 0-12), Best Original Trilogy, Best Prequel Trilogy, Best Expanded Universe, and Most Obscure Character. Entry forms will be available at the 501st table, Booth # 827. You don't have to be a contestant to enjoy the event, so come out and watch the show.

6:15pm - 7:15pm, Room 315A

Anime Costume Contest

This is MegaCon's 8th annual contest. Whether you're a contestant or not, you won't want to miss over 150 contestants compete for prizes.

4:30pm - 7:00pm, Rooms 311A, B, C, D

Cyberia Dance Party

A high energy Anime themed techno dance with the freshest music from Japan and Europe As always FREE!

8:00pm - 11:00pm, Rooms 311A, B, C, D

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Visualization Meditation Workshop with Virginia Hey

Virginia's meditations will teach you to de-stress, focus, heal, keep you positive and make you feel blissful.

9:30am-11:30am, Room 309A

Iron Cosplay Competition

Can you make a costume in two hours? These contestants are.

10:00am – 12:00pm, Room 311A

Anatomy of a Pin-up

Presented by Dave Nestler - "The Anatomy of Pinup" ... from Pencil to Paint. Choosing photo reference, The Art of Tracing, tips, techniques, materials, and troubleshooting.

10:40am - 11:30am, Room 315B

Thriving Artist

Mark Simon introduces artists to the multitude of ways to make a good living as artists in thousands of different careers. Mark uses his background as a successful artist for over 25 years in numerous fields to excite artists to all the wonderful possibilities that await them. He also gives the audience ammunition to disarm the term 'Starving Artist', marketing strategies, tips on getting started, and how to advance your career. Mark keeps the energy moving by leaping on furniture, pulling audience members out of their seats, and using fun examples from his career.

11:00am - 11:50am, Room 315A

Ink Fusion

Presented by Marc Draven - The worlds of Professional Tattooing and The Comic Industry Collide"

11:40am - 12:30pm, Room 315B

Quick Draw Competition

12:00pm - 1:00pm, Room 311A

Funimation Industry Panel

FUNimation representatives will be on hand to talk about all the newest information and updates on everything FUNimation is working on currently as well as answer questions.

12:00pm - 1:00pm, Room 311B & C

Painkiller Jane

Join creator Jimmy Palmiotti as he discusses the process of taking his creation to Hollywood and be the very first to get a sneak peak at the Sci Fi Channel's trailer preview of Painkiller Jane.

12:40pm - 1:30pm, Room 315B

Hyper Dub Contest

Contestants compete with their own dubbed anime.

1:00pm - 2:00pm, Room 311B & C

Arne Starr Presents

Come out and see all the latest trailers and all the latest gossip of what's coming out of Tinseltown in the near future and beyond. Arne Starr, in association with Jeff Walker, brings you all the latest and greatest, and hopefully a few surprises as well for those of you who are already up to date courtesy of the net.

1:40pm - 3:10pm, Room 315B

The Independent Comic Panel

Do you want to make comic books? Learn about the world of independent comic publication by some of the most famous (and possibly infamous) publishers and promoters in the business. Featuring Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) Brian Pulido (Lady Death, Evil Ernie), Chris Staros (Top Shelf), John Taddeo (Zoom Suit), and Jeff Kaufman (Ant) moderated by Terry Cronin (Students of the Unusual).

2:00pm -2:50pm, Room 315A

Quick Draw Competition

Do you have the skills to draw?

2:00pm - 3:00pm, Room 311A

The Hero Initiative

Hero Initiative board members Jim McLauchlin and Brian Pulido tell you all about comics' most dynamic organization that helps comics' elder creators in medical or financial need. Hear the success stories, and how YOU can get involved and have a great time.

2:00pm - 2:50pm, Room 309A

Comic Inking With Drew Geraci and Rob Hunter

They've worked on 52, Sojourn, Necromancer, Iron Man and more! If you wanna break into the biz, these artisans and their decades of experience will give you the tips and tricks you need. Come prepared, ask your questions, and learn from the masters!

SPECIAL NOTE: Admission to this panel is a mere $5, with 100% of proceeds benefiting The Hero Initiative!

3:00pm - 3:50pm, Room 309

Troma Presents

Join Lloyd Kaufman as he discusses everything new at Troma.

3:20pm - 4:30pm, Room 315B

Speed Grapher

Episodes 21-22 presented by FUNimation Productions

3:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 311B & C

Renaissance Man Presents

Voltaire, a man of many talents, is a singer /performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys. Join this master storyteller as he gives you insight into his creative soul.

4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 315A

Exhibitors!

Along with a great lineup of guests, MegaCon is chock full of exhibitors. Check out this complete list to see if your favorites are going to be joining us.

BARBARIAN BATTLES

BIG CITY COMICS

BRIAN PULIDO/LADY DEATH

COLISEUM OF COMICS

CRUSADE ENTERTAINMENT

DIAMOND DISTRIBUTORS

FUNIMATION PRODUCTIONS

HASH, INC.

INKWORKS

JASMINE BECKET-GRIFFITH FANTASY ART

RINGLING SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN

STUDENTS OF THE UNUSUAL

THE DAVE SCHOOL

THE HERO INITIATIVE

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS

ZOOM SUIT

A & S ANIMATION, INC.

BLINDWOLF STUDIOS

BRIAN SCAN STUDIES

CARNIFEX-KOBOCA

COMIC BOOK CONVENTIONS.COM

COSPLAY KINGDOM

CTRL+ALT+DEL PRODUCTIONS

CYBERLIGHT COMICS

FERROUS STUDIOS

FIRE POINT STUDIOS

FUDGEMUSKET, INC

GENERAL JACK COSMO PRODUCTIONS

INTERLUDE FILMS

LEVEL25 LLC

NIGHTGIG STUDIOS

PANDA!MONIUM PRESS

R & R PAPER GAME PRODUCTIONS

RABIDFROG PRODUCTIONS

RELIC FILMS

RUADORA PUBLISHING

SOMETHING POSITIVE

SPOOKY BELLTOWER PRESS

T & G BOOKS & PROMOTIONS

T.R. & CO. STUDIOS

THE LIGHTER SIDE OF SCI-FI

THIS - LAND

501ST REBEL LEGION

A COMIC SHOP

ANCIENT CITY ARMS

ANIME & COMICS

ANIME PAGODA

ANIME PALACE

ANIME PAVILION

ANIME REMIX

ANIME USA

ANIMENATION

ANIMENATION2/STUCK-ON-ANIME.COM

ARMADA GAMES

ARTEMIS LEATHERS

ASTONISHING COMICS

ATOMIC TATTOOS

BAST'S GARDEN

BEDROCK CITY COMIC CO.

BEST ANIME SHOP/FANDOM

BIG KATTS

BIG RED GUY COMICS

BOSHI-BASIIK

BRADS SPORTS CARDS & COLLECTIBLES

BUZZY MULTIMEDIA

CAPT. LOU'S COMIC STORE

CAPTAINS COMICS

CARDS COMICS & COLLECTIBLES

CARTOON PASSION

CHESSEX MANUFACTURING

CJ'S COMICS

CLOAK AND DAGGER COMICS

COLLECTIBLES INSURANCE AGENCY

COLLECTOR'S COMICS

COLLECTORS CORNER

COMIC AND HOBBY CONNECTION

COMIC CENTRAL

COMICS GUARANTY CORPORATION

CRAZY ED'S COMICS

CREATION

CRIMSON CHAIN LEATHER WORKS

CRYSTAL CLEAR IMAGES

CUNNINGHAM'S COMICS

D & B COMICS

DALE ROBERTS COMICS

DAVE'S COLLECTIBLES

DAVE'S COMICS

DESTIN-NATION

DRAVEN CITY LIMITS

ECOMIC STORE

FORGOTTEN TREASURES

FORUM WAR

FUZZY PAL/FAERY LIFE

GOLDCOAST COLLECTIBLES

GRAHAM CRACKERS COMICS

GREG WHITE COMIC BOOKS

HALF FULL STUDIOS

HEADS & TAILS

HEROS & DRAGONS

HOLLYWOOD BOOK/POSTER CO.

HOLLYWOOD ZOMBIE CLOTHING

HOLY COW ANIME

HONECK SCULPTURE

HOT FLIPS

HOUSE OF ANIME

IMAGINE THAT GALLERIES

ISLANDER COMICS

JASON PALMER ILLUSTRATION

JOHN ANDRIKO

JPNTOYS

JPUS ENTERPRISES, INC

K AND J NON SPORTS CARDS

KOOP'S COMICS

LADY HEATHER'S FASHIONS

MAXX EMPIRE LLC

MEDIA BLASTERS

MISTERCOMIC

MOTOR CITY COMICS

MRCCOMICS.COM

NEAT STUFF COLLECTIBLES.COM

NOSTALGIA ZONE, INC

NOSTALGIC

OFFWORLD DESIGN

OMEGA GAMES

ONTHERUNVIDEO.COM

PARTICLE 9 PRODUCTIONS

PAWSTAR

PENDRAGON COSTUMES

PINK LEMONADE COSPLAY

PK COLLECTIBLES

POPULAR COMICS

QUALITY COMIX

RAVEN GREGORY/ THE GIFT

RAVENWOOD ENTERTAINMENT LLC

REEL IMPORTS

ROOSTER TEETH PRODUCTIONS

SCI FI ROBOT INVASION

SIGH CO GRAPHICS

STYLINONLINE.COM

SUN ANIME

SWORDS N STUFF

TALES OF WONDER

THE AMAZING FACTORY

THE ARTIST ALLIANCE

THE BATTLEZONE

THE SIVER UNICORN

THE WIZARD'S WAGON

TIM GORDON COMICS

TIM LOHN

TIM VIGIL ART

TITAN GAMES

TROLL AND TOAD

TROMA ENTERTAINMENT

TWISTED HEROS

UBERBOT

UNIQUE VISIONS

WALDEN BOOKS/ BORDERS GROUP

WARP 9

WEE BEE CARDS

WILDGATE

WIZARD'S

WIZARDS REALM

WOLFPACK

YES ANIME, INC.

YUM YUM ANIME

For more information on MegaCon, be sure to check out the official site at: www.megaconvention.com.

We look forward to seeing you in less than two weeks! Come join us on February 16-18 at the Orange County Convention Center, Hall C in Orlando, Florida!

 
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