MegaCon 2018 was a memorable con for the Nola Nerd Couple. We have attended many cons over the years, but this will be one of the record books, scrapbooks, and baby books. That’s right! It was the first con for Nola Nerd Baby, and even though she is only three months, she made the most of it.
The Nola Nerd Baby went as Wonder Woman to the con, and she was so cute that even other people with babies would remark how cute she is. I mean how couldn’t they!
MegaCon was held in the West Concourse this year. It’s an ample space with tons of rooms of different sizes for different panels. The main floor was well laid out except for one area leading into the autograph section in the middle. It seemed to bottleneck there quite often. As far as MegaCon goes, that is the only negative we can think of for the entire weekend, and even that was easily avoidable.
The autograph area was extensive and well spaced out. Every celebrity guest we met was fantastic. Chris Sarandon talked at length to us about the Nola Nerd Baby. Catherine Tate did as well, and her agent was so smitten with her he bought her an autograph!
Mr. Nola Nerd had a great time meeting Gary Lockwood and Keir Duella, the stars of 2001. Mr. Duella told us how he didn’t audition for 2001; he just received the call from his agent while making Bunny Lake is Missing. Mr. Lockwood talked to us about being parents. Mr. Nola Nerd Couple was over the moon meeting these two legends.
Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple and Mr. Nola Nerd Solo (our Orlando correspondent but originally from the New Orleans area) met Lucy Lawless. While they were waiting she did her signature Xena yell (which Mr. Nola Nerd herd from down the hall). Mrs. Nola Nerd shared with her how much Xena meant to her and her love of mythology. Meanwhile, Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and Baby were meeting the lovely Amy Acker and took a photo with her.
At this time, the Nola Nerd Baby had a major blowout. Of course, the nearest bathroom didn’t have a changing table in the men’s room. This, of course, is not MegaCon’s fault but this is something that is becoming tiring.
While Mr. Nola Nerd and Baby took a rest, Mrs. Nola Nerd and Nola Nerd Solo met Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel. The afternoon we also met Christopher Daniel Barnes and Susan Egan. Wrapping up our celebrity guest signings were Jeff Goldbloom and Jennifer Morrison.
Even though we had a full day of autographs, the lines moved reasonably well, and when they didn’t, it was because the guest was just that nice to their fans. We still found time to squeeze in a panel and Mrs. Nola Nerd took a photo with Mr. Goldbloom.
The panel we attended was John Cena’s. He was very charming and answered the questions quickly and to the point. He talked about the origins of his catchphrases and why he is still a face.
We spent the rest of the day roaming around the con. We also met a few of the comic book artists. Mr. Nola Nerd Couple was super excited to meet the artist for Black Panther, Brian Stelfreeze.
Mr. Stelfreeze siging Black Panther!
We attended the Elijah Wood panel and came away inspired. He took about ten minutes to answer each question and spoke with such passion about his craft that it was inspiring.
Elijah Wood panel
We also bought quite a few art pieces. We purchased a set of postcards with positive messages about being a girl in today’s world that will go on Nola Nerd Baby’s wall of female empowerment. We bought a very cool Ariel beadwork and fantastic print of the three hitchhiking ghosts from Disney’s Haunted Mansion.
We spent most of the rest of our time just enjoying the con.
One of the things we love about MegaCon is our friends and family in Orlando. As previously stated, Nola Nerd Solo (who attened Pensacon in our place while we were welcoming Nola Nerd Baby into the world) was there and joined us for some autograph collecting. Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s sister (Geekella) and brother-in-law live there as well so we get to spend some quality time with them at the con. They went with a friend (below as Daneyres) all of whom did a fantastic job doing cosplay for the con.
Through it all, the Nola Nerd Baby was the star of the show. The celebrities, artists, and volunteers couldn’t get enough of her. She worked the crowd and even though she had to do a significant costume change, she still wowed everyone she met.
We can’t wait to come back for MegaCon 19 with her!