Megacon 2018 is a yearly event that occurs in Orlando, Florida for fans of pop culture. The convention covers four days of events and this was my first year attending every day. It was an absolute blast and I am here to give you a summary of my experience throughout the event separated by day. Note that my partner, Ross Ellison also details his experience at Megacon 2018 and our coverage may overlap with one another at some points.
Let’s dive into day one!
Day One – May 24, 2018
Megacon 2018 officially started at 4:00 pm on Thursday. Prior to that, I was exploring the show floor for merchandise and artwork. Throughout all four days, the majority of my time was spent attending panels. I took several pictures of awesome cosplays along with many videos of the panels I went to.
I conducted one interview over the whole weekend, as my schedule was packed with panels to attend, I didn’t have much time to speak to people. My friends and I met an artist (Estaban Salinas representing Deviant Apple Illustrations) who does incredible prints of many characters throughout pop culture. I picked up a poster of a highlighted Mega Man in blue but in the dark.
Salinas draws inspiration from music or things he sees throughout the day such as a billboard that makes him think to compose certain artwork. He also suggests that others should practice everyday to improve. His end goal is to obtain his own studio. Currently, he is working on a cartoon called Wingman which is a parody of a super hero’s journey.
The first event I went to was the Dragon Ball Z voice actors panel with Sean Schemmel (Goku) and Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta).
During the panel, they showcased their respective characters’ voices and yells for the crowd. Sean and Chris discussed a bit of Dragon Ball Super. Funnily enough, Chris tends to use his yells to compete with Sean while that thought hadn’t even crossed Sean’s mind. The two voice actors have a great chemistry and I hope they continue to work together on the current show for as long as possible.
The next panel featured Veronica Taylor, who Ash Ketchum for seasons 1 – 8 of the Pokémon anime. She stated that she would love to voice the character again as the show changed studios for the ninth season and didn’t sign her on. She has no hard feelings toward the company or 4Kids for their changes to the series.
Taylor couldn’t remember much of the early parts of the series since as she was also taking care of her newborn child at the time. You could say she was busy. Her favorite Pokémon is Pikachu and her overall favorite moment of recording is the first Pokémon movie.
Next, I saw Maile Flanagan (Naruto) and her real voice is actually close to the character’s. She switched between the two voices frequently. When asked what character she would love to voice she replied, “whichever pays the most money.” Hopefully, that was just some sarcasm. To add on, she is willing to voice for Boruto if given the opportunity.
Day 2 – May 25, 2018
On day two of Megacon 2018, I immediately went to the Image Comics panel featuring Pat Broderick, Meredith Finch, Tee Franklin, Matt Hawkins and Mike Norton. Considering I was a little late, I missed a good amount of the content. One moment that stood out was Tee Franklin detailing her comic covering the problems with sex trafficking and why this is an important issue to be addressed in this medium.
After Image Comics, I met up with Ross for the writers’ workshop panel. I don’t remember the names of the panelists and they also weren’t included in the description. The workshop provided neat tools and advice for writers.
A cool app I’d like to mention is Write or Die. With this app if the writer takes too long too write anything, the program begins deleting the already-typed words. It was also noted that in Stephen King’s On Writing, he suggests to “write everyday”. The writers hosting the panel have trouble following this philosophy but one replied that even if just a sentence is written, it counts.
In preparation for Megacon 2018 coverage, I watched some of The X-Files. An X-Files panel featured three stars from the show: Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis. They discussed the most recent season and took shots at Pileggi for his antagonistic character which was amusing. I don’t know much of the context they were speaking in since I am behind on the show but I enjoyed my time there.
Next, I went to the RoosterTeeth panel where the original four behind the company (Gus Sorola, Blaine Gibson, Geoff Ramsey and Jon Risinger). They discussed humorous highlights in their relationships. For this, I wish that they instead went into detail about the creation of their content. Nonetheless, the comedy employed was amusing.
I’m not too informed on what is currently happening in WWE but the panel was still easy to follow. This WWE panel included Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman and Shinsuke Nakamura. Unsurprisingly, at times, it was hard to understand Nakamura due to his Japanese accent though he is adjusting to English well.
When asked the question: “Who’s the toughest wrestler you’ve ever faced?”, Strowman replied with “Roman” and for Nakamura – “AJ Styles”. The highlight of this panel was when a teenage girl thanked Bliss for her support of individuals with eating disorders. Bliss requested the girl come up to her to speak to her personally and stated to never let anybody define her. It was one of the most inspiring moments of the convention.
Since I had some free time, I attended live improv by Penguin Knife Fight. The show was decent and one could tell when they’re running out of material. There was one segment to finish off the performance where one individual had to communicate a certain concept to others but in gibberish and then they receiving person guesses what that is, at the end. The gibberish is ridiculous and unfunny. All other segments were up to par.
Finally, to end my night before I went back to the show floor, I met Zach Callison. Zach is the voice of Steven from Steven Universe. He is now 20 and has been performing the role of Steven since about 10. Given this, I asked him how growing up as a voice actor has affected him. He replied that he and Steven are alike. He influenced Steven while the vice versa is also true.
The first two days were great. Let’s continue with days 3 and 4 next.Tweet