This past Memorial weekend the Fan Expo owned annual MegaCon took place in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center, only 2 hours south of our home in Jacksonville. Over 100,000 people attended the convention to meet fandom celebrities from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, Daredevil, The Walking Dead and so much more. Ya girl, The Noob, got to be on the floor to get details on the hottest cosplay, most elite comic art, and even got close with the cast of The CW’s Black Lightning! Actually, let’s start there.
Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, and China Ann McClain
are the current face of Black Lightning, Thunder, and Lightning, the black family of hero and heroines who protect the streets of Freeland. After the completion of the first season the show received solid approval ratings on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, so how’s the crew handling the off season? By literally bringing the energy…or you could say lightning. After an exhausting bunch of Q&A’s and interviews throughout the con the crew brought the fun and excitement that reminded me of why celebrity panels are so awesome! Cress Williams, all cool and laid back with his fedora, was nothing less of warm and welcoming to all his fans. I’m still trying to figure out whether he is more interesting with his beard or without it. Yes, Nafessa is the boss queen goddess she is on her insta, literally the most graceful thing in the room. (BTW if you haven't gawked at Nafessa's master piece of an instagram, PLEASE feed your soul here.) And my girl China is the dopest. If it’s not the love she shows to all the kids who are fans of her from A.N.T Farm and Disney’s Descendants, it’s the way that every fan she speaks with gets her undivided attention. This was her first tour around the nation attending cons and she had so much fun attending MegaCon for the first time. She only wished her sisters could be there with her to see all the fans of their earlier film, Daddy’s Little Girls. China informed me that production on season two of Black Lightning begins at the end of June and after her favorite scene when she got her powers as Lightning at the end of season 1, she is excited to see what happens next to Jennifer Pierce.
Where my comic book fans at? Where my Black Panther fans at? You’ll be excited to know that the artist of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ revival of Black Panther, Mr. Brian Stelfreeze, was front and center at the comic artist alley with original sketches and prints from the comic. I spoke with Stelfreeze about what it was like working with Coates and he said he was the one who introduces Coates to the World of Wakanda. THE Ta-Nehisi Coates was a noob before Stelfreeze came along, can you believe that? This passionate artist, rocking his signature yellow beanie, participated in a marvel sketch contest where he completed a She-Hulk in full color with a crisp red comic ink finish, brought unique identity to his work. As much of a fan as any other con-goer, keep your eyes open and be on the lookout for Stelfreeze as the con year continues and you just might find him on the cosplay floor posing with the rest of us.
One of the best parts of a con is being able to connect with old friends and make new friends. Bonding over your love and fandom for X-Files and RWBY created some of the strongest friends a noob can ask for! For me, I got to share such a bond with our iHeartMedia fam over in Orlando. Real Radio 104.1, Rumba 100.3, and 101.1 WJRR were live for all the cosplay action on the vendor floor. Their Street Team had the Han Solo cosplay on point! Be sure to check out their Instagram pages to get even more details on what all went down at MegaCon 2018!