MegaCon hosts a star-studded benefit for Equality Florida this weekend

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Even if we did get treated to a fantastic Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, MegaCon is still the kingpin when it comes to our annual pop-culture convention season. With numerous guests from the worlds of film and television (Tim Curry!, Eliza Dushku!, the Stranger Things kids!), comics (Tom King!, Dan Slott!, Stan Lee!), video games (Nolan North!; the voice of Super Mario, Charles Martinet!), and even the internet (Felicia Day!), MegaCon's strength lies in having something for everyone. And this year, Mega gives a little back to the community with a special separately ticketed ($150) charity event at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. Featuring several of the creators of the special Love Is Love benefit comic published in the wake of Pulse, the exclusive cocktail hour lets you rub elbows with some of the Love Is Love creators, including George Perez, Scott Snyder, Jason Aaron and the Badass Queen of Comics, Gail Simone. It's the preview for a special charity auction of original art from the book and, frankly, we love it.

4-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday | Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive | megaconorlando.com | $20-$139

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