MEGACON ORLANDO Announces $18,405 Donation to Equality Florida
MegaCon, the Southeast's largest fan conventions with shows in both Orlando and Tampa Bay, is proud to announce their Love is Love events during MegaCon Orlando 2017 raised $18,405.21. The proceeds raised have been donated to Equality Florida, Florida's civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
MegaCon Orlando came together with Marc Andreyko's (DC Comics) Love is Love project to host a weekend of programming to honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre during MegaCon Orlando in May at the Orange County Convention Center. The weekend began with a cocktail reception and book signing on Friday, May 26, which brought together some of the comic industry's top talent including George Perez, Tom King, Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Cat Staggs and Dan Didio, as well as Love is Love project creator Marc Andreyko. The programming ran throughout the weekend leading up to a live art auction on Saturday, May 27.
"We are so grateful for the fundraising event MegaCon hosted supporting our Honor Them With Action campaign that we launched in the aftermath of Pulse to uproot anti-LGBTQ discrimination and violence," said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. "The compassion and support shown by MegaCon and the contributors of the Love is Love comic anthology have been an inspiration."
Following the Pulse Nightclub Shooting, a project in the comic community named Love is Love began to take shape. Spearheaded by comic book and screen writer Marc Andreyko (DC Comics), a group of more than 300 comic book creators contributed to the creation of a comic anthology, the proceeds of which go to the victims, survivors and their families via Equality Florida. Launched in January 2017 with Marc Andreyko appearing on The Seth Meyers Show, the book received an overwhelming critical response and has gone into multiple printings. An exclusive printing was made available at MegaCon Orlando 2017.
MegaCon Orlando is the Southeast's largest comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming convention. The pop culture extravaganza is host to more than 100,000 fans attend MegaCon Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center on Memorial Day Weekend each year.
MegaCon Orlando is owned by FAN EXPO HQ, one of the largest entertainment convention groups in North America. Collectively it hosts over 500,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO CANADA, Boston Comicon, FAN EXPO VANCOUVER, FAN EXPO REGINA, FAN EXPO DALLAS, Toronto ComiCon, Dallas Fan Days and MegaCon Tampa Bay.