The Countdown to MegaCon 2019 – Part 1

This is the third year that I’ll be attending MegaCon as a VIP and writing this blog, and the sixth year that I’ll be attending the actual event. As always I’m pretty excited for this huge convention, so let’s start the countdown.

Let’s start off with talking about the ticket prices. One day passes range from $20 to $50 for adults and it’s $15 to $35 for youths (13-17). These are decently priced, but I was surprised that a child pass, $10, has been included. In the years past, children anywhere up to 12 were allowed in for free, so to charge now is a little disappointing. The child pass is for all four days and are for children 6-12. Family passes that include a one day ticket for two adults and up to four children range from $45 to $110 while a single four day pass is $99. Gone up this year is the premium pass which is $139 and the VIP package which is $429. High prices mean high expectations, so let’s get into the guests.

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – Pass

Jason Momoa is great and I met him last year, which you can read about here, so it’s a pass for me this year. If you’re going and get the chance to meet him, you won’t regret it.

Autograph Price – $125

Photo-Op Price – $150

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – Pass

I know Mark is a huge star and has been in a bunch of different things, but I haven’t watched any of them. I know, I know, you can tell me how undnerdy I am down in the comments section.

Autograph Price – $50

Photo-Op Price – $70

Sean Astin

Sean Astin

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – Meh…

I’ve said this last year that I’m not a Lord of the Rings fan, but I am a huge Goonies fan. If I can find something Goonies related to get signed then I’ll do it, if not I’ll pass.

Autograph Price – $60

Photo-Op Price – $70

David Harbour

David Harbour

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – Pass

I know David is the new Hellboy, which is a huge thing and he’s the star of Stranger Things, but I’m just not interested so it’s a hard pass for me.

Autograph Price – ???

Photo-Op Price – ???

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – Pass

It feels a little like they were scrapping the bottom of the barrel with this announcement. To be honest I kind of lost hope after this announcement. If this was the best they could do then what was the rest of the list going to look like for something that’s supposed to be the biggest convention in Orlando?

Autograph Price – $60

Photo-Op Price – $70

Mike Colter

Mike Colter

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – Pass

I know that Mike is a huge star because he’s in Luke Cage, but there are so many super hero show’s that I can’t even keep up with any of them so this is another pass for me simply because I have no idea who he is.

Autograph Price – $50

Photo-Op Price – $55

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – Meh…

So this is the huge announcement that I’ve been waiting for, especially since they had this whole Back to the Future reunion last year at FanExpo Dallas. While I’m pretty excited about this, and this will be my first Photo-Op with Michael J. Fox and another star that I’ll let you in on shortly, I’m not sure about the autograph yet because the prices are kind of crazy.

Autograph Price – Varies

Photo-Op Price – Varies

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – Meh…

This is another huge announcement and as you can probably tell this means that there will be a Back to the Future Reunion at MegaCon this year. This is pretty awesome. I’m not the hugest Back to the Future fan, but I know that this is a huge opportunity and it’s something that I won’t pass on.

Autograph Price – $80

Photo-Op Price – Varies

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – YES!

So while Lea Thompson is going to be there for Back to the Future, what I really thought she was great in was Caroline in the City. Anyone remember that show? It was my favorite show and I watched every single episode about 10 times. The show was just brilliant and it used to live in reruns but has now disappeared into the abyss of TV shows that never get played anymore, which is really sad because the show was great.

Autograph Price – $60

Photo-Op Price – Varies

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – Pass

I hear that Tom is great and as always I’m excited for the people who are excited to meet him and get their stuff signed and take pictures with him, but being that not so die hard Back to the Future fan, this is just going to be a pass for me.

Autograph Price – $60

Photo-Op Price – Varies

James Tolkan

James Tolkan

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – YES!

I bet you were surprised with the huge Yes from me that this star is getting right? It’s not even because of Back to the Future. James was in Masters of the Universe which just happens to be one of my all time favorite cult classic movies. I’ve been watching that movie since I was a child and loved every second of the cheesy movie that at the time was just awesome.

Autograph Price – $40

Photo-Op Price – Varies

Lana Parrilla

Lana Parilla

YES!, Meh…, or Pass – YES!

A million times yes for Lana. I got the chance to meet Jennifer Morrision last year, which you can read about here, and I’m a huge SwanQueen fan so getting the chance to meet Lana this year is just awesome and I really can’t wait. I have to say that out of all the announcements so far this is by far my favorite.

Autograph Price – $60

Photo-Op Price – $80

I have to say that so far, for the price that I paid for my ticket I’m a little disappointed as there are only a few people who I want to see. I know they aren’t done with the announcements and I’m hoping that some more huge announcements will be coming within the next few weeks as MegaCon is only 3 months away. While they may think that they already topped last year, I have my doubts, but I love to be proven wrong so here’s hoping that they do so. We’ll see how things go as I do another update that the beginning of March, April, and then my final update in May before the event.

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MegaCon 2018 – Autograph Session – Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

This was one of those autographs that I was really excited for and it was my first autograph on Sunday. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan and have been since day one. I’ve never met any of the Game of Thrones cast members so when we were herded like cattle and had to pre-pay for this autograph I didn’t care because it’s Khal Drogo! Even the no personalization rule didn’t bother me this time.

Anyway, after a short wait Jason Momoa appeared from behind the curtain. The first thing you notice about him is that this man is just super tall. I mean I’m short, as you can see from my various pictures, but this man is like huge tall. Like I had to lean my head back to look at him. Anyway there was a lot of fangirl screaming, not in my end and we were rushed up to his table. Unlike Jeff Goldblum though he actually took time to fist bump fans and talk to them. I produced my Game of Thrones poster for him and told him that he was the first to sign it. He asked me where to sign it and I told him to just sign wherever because I’m not one of those people who have a specific space for people to sign. I want everything to be random and chaotic. We talked a little about Game of Thrones and how I thought he was amazing on the show even though he was killed off during the first season. He gave me a “what the hell was up with that?” and a laugh. I said that even though he was killed off so quickly he left a lasting impression and played a huge role in the whole scheme of things. He thanked me, I thanked him and I was on my way.

I have to say I really enjoyed meeting Jason Momoa who is really larger than life but so down to earth and just a really cool person to meet. It was a really great way to kick off Sunday.

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The Countdown to MegaCon 2018 – Part 2

With MegaCon being about four months away, time is flying already, I have to admit I was starting to get a little worried because we weren’t getting the same amount of guest announcements as we were last year. By this time last year, there were much more guest announcements and I was pretty excited. At this point my excitement is kind of wavering a bit even with the first major celebrity guest announcements.

Known for his work as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and more recently for his work as Aquaman in DC’s Justice League and the upcoming Aquaman movie, the first major celebrity guest was none other than Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

I have to say that this had me pretty excited because while we were promised Game of Thrones guests in the past, they never really delivered and were cancelled last minute. I know that Jason Momoa was only on Game of Thrones for one season, but everyone who watches Game of Thrones knows who he is. I will definitely be getting in line for his autograph and have already decided that he will be my first photo-op. I will be taking on the same challenge I took on last year which was to wear a different shirt with each photo-op and I already have a shirt picked out already.

The next announcement came a couple of days ago and is one that will please many Dr. Who fans. Not only was she the Tenth Doctor’s regular companion, but she’s had her own sketch comedies and had a recurring role on the office. She now voices Magica De Spell in the reboot of Duck Tales. This next celebrity spot belongs to Catherine Tate.

Catherine Tate

So I’m not a Dr. Who fan…not an office fan…and haven’t seen anything else that she’s been in so this is going to be a skip for me. As always though I’m excited for the people who know who she is and are eagerly awaiting to meet her as it should be an awesome experience as it usually is with celebrity guests.

Just announced today, is basically a blast from my past and a blast from anyone who’s around my age’s past. I remember rushing home every day after school to watch the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers so it was kind of surprising to see that Amy Jo Johnson was announced.

Amy Jo Johnson

I will admit that I’m not super excited since after the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, she did a couple of shows here and there and not anything major. I will still most likely stop by her booth for an autograph and a selfie though because the inner child in me kind of demands it.

The MegaCon Chair!

MegaCon Chair

I figured I would give you a little inside look into what my life is like basically in the months before MegaCon and how I prepare. So as you can see, I take my normal office char and turn it into a dumping spot for everything that I’m taking with me to MegaCon. Right now it’s a little bare, but I’m hoping that it’ll start filling up soon as more guests are announced. It’s not like I need this chair for anything else right? So far I have most of my essentials for MegaCon which are a backpack to hold all of my stuff, a Game of Thrones season one poster for Jason Momoa to sign and a Game of Thrones t-shirt. As the list grows for celebrity guests so will the amount of items on this chair. Which reminds me I have to get a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers shirt now.

That’s it for now, but rest assured that when more guest announcement’s come I will try to keep up with them as much as possible and keep you up to date. If you’re going to MegaCon make sure to drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know if you’re excited to meet any of the guests announced so far.

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