Nerd Alert: MegaCon 2012 (and a Giveaway)

Saturday, hubs and I went to MegaCon – a huge comic convention that comes to Orlando every year.

MegaCon is similar to ComicCon and this year there were 40,000 in attendance, so it’s awesome people watching. They have tons of booths with comics, action figures, art, DVDs, and all sorts of random things for sale. The also have celebrity guests, usually ones that I want to stalk like the creepy fangirl I am. If you’ve checked out my Celebs page at all, most of my pictures have come from past years at MegaCon.

Once we arrived, we skipped the wait for the shuttle and walked about 2 miles to the convention center.

No, that’s not hubs. That’s just a guy that passed us while walking there. Tho, hubs does have an outfit like that for “special” occasions.

We didn’t pre-buy tickets this year, so we waited in line for about 30 minutes to buy them. Sounds painful, but it wasn’t so bad. There was a lot to look at – like possibly the coolest Alien costume ever.

Hubs was super excited about this guy and I have no clue what video game he’s from.

Beast from X-Men with Miss Piggy.

Annnnnd this guy.

So, after waiting in a 30 minute entertaining line to get our tickets, we were in. The place is massive in both directions, so this picture doesn’t nearly to it justice.

Here’s a picture I took a couple years ago and I would say it’s doubled in size since then.

We did lots of wondering around, looking at the different booths, and checking out all the people in costume. Hubs bought some toys and proved just how geeky he is by telling me what most people were dressed up as because I had no clue.

So you can imagine how excited I got when I actually recognized a few. Beaker, the Swedish Chef and Prof. Honeydew!

And the Mystery Science Theater guy.

Our friend Steve rented an artist table and sold his artwork there, so we visited with him for a bit but his space was mobbed every time we came by and we didn’t get a chance to talk much. It’s hard work signing autographs for all your fans. Smile

Steve is one of those people who’s artwork is so amazing that it makes you stop and wonder if you’re as good at something as he is at drawing. And then you realize, no. No, you’re not. Once you’re done crying because of your own lack of talent, you give in and brag to everyone that you know someone with talent. So now hubs and I just practice the phrase, “my friend drew that!”

Remember when I wrote that post about the video game that my hubs worked on called Three Dead Zed? Well, Steve was one of the two lead programmers for it.

The one thing that disappointed me this year was that a lot of the bigger celebrity guests had “no pose photography” restrictions. That was a deal breaker for me. I don’t care about autographs, I want a picture with them not just of them. If I can’t get that it’s not worth shelling out the $20-$40 bucks they charge for it. So, sadly I didn’t get any new pictures for my Celebs page. :-(

I did get to see Nicolas Brendan (Xander on Buffy), Lauren Cohan (Maggie on Walking Dead), and Corin Nemec (Parker Lewis Can’t Lose). Parker Lewis is aging very yummily by the way. I came THISCLOSE to getting a picture with him because he’s hot now and I’m shallow like that.

Not my picture (source)

I did happen to get a horrible picture of Bruce Boxleitner, but the crowds were so thick and everyone was walking in front of my camera that I just gave up on the picture taking.

Overall, I had a fun time. I was bummed I didn’t see David Anders in the celebrity section because I wanted to meet him. I would have even forked over some cash to meet Lauren Cohan if it wasn’t for the stupid picture rule. Meh. Hopefully next year will be less strict, like the previous years.

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Giveaway: Hubs decided to offer one of you a free copy of Three Dead Zed. It’s available on PC, Mac, and Linux (you can check out the system requirements here.) If you’d like to try out the game or up your cool factor by winning it for someone you know that loves games, leave a comment telling me what celebrity you’ve met (or who you’d like to meet). I’ll use a random number generator to select a winner on Friday the 24th. Smile

Three Dead Zed

So, this post isn’t my typical subject matter but I wanted to tell you all about something my hubs is really excited about. You may know that he’s a graphic artist. For the past 6 months, he’s been working on creating a video game with his team at work. Well, our work. (Remember we work together?)

This is the first time they’ve ever done anything like this, so it’s been a big learning curve for everyone involved. Most of the team, including my hubs, have put in tons of unpaid overtime hours to meet the game schedule and now it’s finally done.

Meet their baby – Three Dead Zed.

Three Dead Zed

Three Dead Zed is a “light-hearted” zombie game. I’ve played a few stages and it’s pretty fun and funny. Anyway, the reason I’m telling you this is because the game is finally going to be available for sale on January 24th for $5.00. Hubs is really excited and nervous about it. If there’s anything he loves more than pizza and me, it’s video games. So it’s a dream of his to actually be a part of creating one.

So if you or someone you know likes platform games that feature cats in tin foil hats…

…or manly-looking she-zombies, you might enjoy this one. :-)

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Watch the trailer and see what you think. You can also get the latest updates by following them on Facebook or Twitter and it’s available for pre-sale right now on Gamer’s Gate and Desura.

Anyway, I’m really proud of him. He’s been working really hard on this so it would be cool if the game was successful. If it is, it will give the team freedom to do more games. If it’s not, then I might be blogging from a cardboard box.

Just kidding. Kinda.