MegaCon Honors Pulse Victims with ‘Love is Love’ Art Auction

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Art by Cat Staggs.

The Southeast’s largest comic, gaming and anime convention is stepping up to honor Pulse nightclub shooting victims with a special art auction.

MegaCon Orlando is teaming up with Marc Andreyko’s “Love is Love” project to form programming May 26 and 27 at the Orange County Convention Center. There will be a cocktail reception and an art auction to benefit Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. 

“The ‘Love is Love’ event began when the creator behind the book, Marc Andreyko, approached me and said he would very much like to auction off art from the book,” said event organizer Constance Katsafanas, who is a neurologist. “MegaCon being at Orlando would make it the perfect venue to bring this art live.”

The convention will feature a gallery with art donated from top comic artists behind “Love is Love,” a comic anthology that brought together over 300 comic book creators to benefit victims of the worst mass-shooting in modern U.S. history at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. 

Much of the artwork on auction are the original 11x17 drawings and illustrations of the pages that appear in the Pulse comic anthology. The art mediums range from paint, prisma, pencil and more. 

There will also be artwork on auction from top artists who wished to contribute to the comic book, but could not due to time constraints and other factors.

Illustrator Mike Perkins donated the original page of the X-Men comics in which gay superhero Northstar proposes to his boyfriend. There will also be a full-page pinup of Wonder Woman created by Writer/Illustrator George Perez and another full-page pin up by Terry Moore up for auction.

“This is a beautiful response to a terrible tragedy,” Katsafanas said.

The event is May 26, beginning with a cocktail reception and a book signing. Over 26 comic creators will be in attendance to meet with fans, including Tom King, Gail Simone, Jason Aaron, Dan Didio and the Love is Love creator himself, Marc Andreyko.

Katsafanas described the cocktail reception meet and greet as a “really unique setting” with very limited tickets. The “relaxed, friendly” atmosphere will let patrons speak directly to artists and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. 

Tickets are extremely limited at $150 a piece and include an exclusive lithograph by Perez — known for his work on “Teen Titans” and “The Avengers” — as well as a lithograph by DC Comics Illustrator Cat Staggs. Attendees will also receive a copy of the “Love is Love” comic anthology signed by Perez. 

“(The auctioned items are) really exciting to have and the art is very dynamic.”

The live public art auction begins on May 27, with all proceeds benefiting Equality Florida. Attendees do not need to purchase a ticket for MegaCon to participate.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit MegaConOrlando.com/love-is-love-fundraising-events/

 

If You Go:

 

MegaCon Orlando

May 25 - May 28

Orange County Convention Center

9400 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 

 

Cocktail Reception & Preview

May 26

7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center

Destination Lounge

9400 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

 

Live Auction

May 27

7:30 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center

Destination Lounge

9400 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819


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