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Megacon 2010 by ED Tucker
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The week preceding this year’s Megacon was filled with a lot of unusual changes to my usual con going routine. Chief among these was the last minute cancelation of my friend Byron who has attended every Megacon with me to this point as well as most other conventions. He just “wasn’t feeling” Megacon this year and based on the lackluster guest list and his preference to conserve his funds, I really couldn’t argue with him. Lisa Scherer, who planned to make this her first Megacon, also canceled at the last minute due to transportation issues. Another friend of mine who had planned to attend Megacon for the first time this year, John Hickey, had second thoughts after doing the math on admission costs but did agree to meet us for lunch on Saturday. Even my Orlando friend John Thrailkill was expressing eleventh hour doubts due to family commitments the same morning as the show. The one bright spot was that my wife Cindy, who has not been to any type of collectibles show in several years, decided she really wanted to go to Megacon this year and agreed to assume photographer duties.
Since it was just Cindy and I coming from Jacksonville, we decided to keep things simple and day trip the show. We headed south bright and early on Saturday morning after grabbing some fast food breakfast and arrived at the older section of the Orange County Convention Center, now referred to as the West Concourse, around 9:30. Admission for the 2010 Megacon show remained unchanged from recent years, $24 per day or $55 for the weekend, but parking was up to $11 at the center. The parking lot was already full by this time and we ended up in the lot of a nearby hotel that was only charging $8 and was actually closer to the area Megacon was in.
If I had comic books like these I would keep them locked up too!
During our drive to Megacon, I had pondered the recent spike in prices for key Golden Age comic books and the effect it might have on the prices at this year’s show. While I did not notice an appreciable increase, at least not for the mid to higher range issues, there did appear to be a decrease in the number of Golden Age books offered for sale. This may indicate that there has been a recent purchasing spike or, more likely, that these books are being culled for auction to hopefully realize their top prices. Regardless of the reason, this was a below average year for these books.
Further examples of the impressive comic books on display at the 2010 Megacon.
One source of personal amusement for me at large shows like these, particularly ones where the merchandise overlaps this much, is the wide disparity in price. Granted, when you add something like a CGC grade into the mix, the scale of comic book values goes out the window, so I don’t even bother checking those. If you spent enough time looking, you could easily find the same comic in similar condition with prices varying by over a hundred dollars on books that aren’t worth that much to begin with. This year’s show shocker for me was a copy of All Star Comics #58, the first issue of the 1970’s revival of the series and debut of Power Girl, for $100. Two tables down, another person had the same issue for $40. According to online and published sources it is currently valued at more like $12-$20. I do give credit to the majority of the dealers who had their merchandise clearly priced. I only ran across one real offender who was offering 50% off comic books without prices. Worse yet, all of his comics had blank tags on them where the prices should have been written. I asked him if this meant they were half off nothing but I was just met with a guttural grunt.
There were even a few vintage toys like these G.I. Joe items at this year's show.
Bill Eubank of Jacksonville's Sun Coast Comics.
Lea Thompson signs a fan's Back to the Future poster.
Nichelle Nichole from the original Star Trek television series.
Billy Dee Williams poses with a fan and some Colt 45 malt liquor!
John Thrailkill and daughter Jordan plunder comics while son Joe stands guard.
Rounding everyone up was easier than anticipated as John and his family had eaten breakfast at about the same time we did and were starting to get hungry too. Everyone climbed into my truck and the six of us headed over to meet John Hickey at our substitute lunch spot. Since John Hickey is a relative new comer to modern conventions, although he is a veteran of the Necronomicon years, we filled him in on the day’s happenings and enjoyed some much needed relaxation after close to four hours of nonstop walking. The food was good as usual and very fairly priced but the Crazy Buffet will be sorely missed.
The Greater Florida Fan Contingency (L to R) - Lonnie Dohlen, Tampa, John Thrailkill, Orlando, ED Tucker, Jacksonville & John Hickey, Ocala.
Following a few group photos outside the restaurant, we said goodbye to John Hickey and carted John Thrailkill and family back to the convention center. In between, we dropped Lonnie off at the nearby hotel he had been forced to park at even though he arrived earlier than us. As Cindy and I drove away from the convention center, we noted there was still a huge crowd of people outside and we noticed costumed walkers on the streets almost all the way back to the Interstate.
The 2010 Megacon Show was almost the mirror opposite of 2009. Attendance was definitely stronger, vendors were amenable about dealing, and the merchandise continues to be impressive in most areas. Unfortunately the celebrity guests were a disappointment after last year’s marked improvement. Hopefully this is not an indication that this facet of the show is on its way out. While many of its competitors have fallen by the wayside, Megcon is still going strong and, if the crowd at the 2010 show is any indication, the Fanboy community still loves these events.
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