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Be A Super Hero!

Founded in March of 2000,  St. Baldrick’s foundation is the largest volunteer driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research. Since they’ve started, over 216,00 volunteers , including 21,000 women, have shaved their heads to help raise over $126 million for childhood cancer research. Now they have teamed up with the super heroes at Marvel to help in the fight to conquer kid’s cancer.

From the original press release:

“We are so grateful for Marvel’s support and creation of the “Super Heroes Save Lives” t-shirt,” says Kathleen Ruddy, executive director of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “Marvel fans everywhere will be proud to see five of their beloved characters joining forces with St. Baldrick’s to help raise awareness and fund the most promising childhood cancer research to cure every child, so that they not only survive, but thrive. Every one of us can be a Super Hero in the fight against childhood cancer!”

“When we first heard about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation we knew we wanted to get involved and be a part of this incredible movement to help Conquer Kids’ Cancer,” shares Chris Fondacaro, executive vice president of Marvel Creative Services. “When we paired the Foundation’s existing slogan with our iconic Super Heroes the design came to life. We are proud to be a part of this incredible effort to help fund lifesaving childhood cancer research.”

The shirt features the legendary characters Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk. Proceeds from each shirt go to help fund research to “find cures and give survivors long and healthy lives.” The shirts are $19.99 each and come in sizes ranging from Youth small to Male 2X-Large. For more information visit their website.

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Megacon 2012

Wow!  Megacon was amazing this year. We arrived on Friday and like most conventions it was relatively slow for a while. We were able to comfortably walk the vendors and artist tables. There was an endless supply of vendors selling everything from costumes to used toys.

Photo taken by Zach Winnermark, 501st Legion

With over 50 troopers in attendance the 501stlegion had a very strong presence this year. The booth showcased some of the finest helmets in the legion as well as some of the various costumes worn by members. Backdrops and weaponry were also on display, all built by fellow members of the FLG.

Along with a booth showcasing some of the best the Florida Garrison has to offer, we also hosted Shoot a Storm Trooper. For $1 anyone could shoot a 501st legion trooper with a Vulcan Nerf gun. For $5 we handed them the Rambo of all nerf guns.  By the end of the weekend we raised $1,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. The kids and adults had a blast and some even came back for 2nds, 3rds, and 4th rounds.

I also got the chance to meet two guys from Ghost Hunters International. My husband was totally star struck and almost didn’t talk to them. He finally got up the nerve to talk to them  and learned a few things. Later, while in our costumes, we went back and got our pictures taken with them. They even asked if they could take a picture with our buckets (helmets) on.

My husband enjoyed going to the Ghost Hunters International and Star Trek Voyager panels. The rooms were large enough to hold the crowds and the timeframe was just long enough to keep me from looking at my watch. Personally I preferred the DC Comics panel, (talk about feeling like a fish out of water). The DC panel was my first panel at Megacon and it was pretty interesting.

Photo taken by Dakster Sullivan

The highlights of my weekend were getting to meet Dan Didio (Co-Publisher of DC Comics) and Tony Bedard (DC Comics artist and writer). It was fun talking “newbie” comic shop with both of them.

My son Brandon, (6 years old), had a blast while Shooting the Storm Trooper but other than that he wasn’t really interested in his surroundings. We managed to find a toy from “Cut the Rope” game and an angry bird he didn’t already have that made his day. By 3pm on Sunday me and my son were ready to head home. My husband admitted that he could stay forever, but realized it was time to head back to reality.

All in all we had a blast. The costumes were amazing all three days. My favorite costumes were Iron Man and the Gundam. I’m still on cloud nine about getting my New 52 Justice League signed by Tony Bedard and getting my picture taken with Dan Didio. It was a great weekend and can’t wait to go again next year.

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Countdown to Megacon 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…MEGACON TIME! To me, it’s one of the highlights of my trooping season. Geeks from around the country come to Orlando for 3 days of happy geeking out. You can see anything and everything at Megacon and I look forward to it every year.

Last year the 501st legion appeared in full force. We helped raise over $1,000 for the Red Cross with our Shoot a Stormtrooper activity and this year we plan on doing it again for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We are joined again by the Rebel LegionSouthern R2 Builders Group, and Costumer’s with a Cause. Stan Lee is also scheduled to be back again this year for autographs and a panel to talk about his career and Marvel Comics.

If you come in costume, be prepared to be flashed…by cameras that is. Last year it took me about an hour just to walk into the con because I was stopped every 10 feet (I think at one point I had a short line). A silly Megacon tradition is the carrying of free hug signs. Look for them as I am sure some fan boy or fan girl will be wearing one. As with most cons, if you plan on attending buy your tickets online ahead of time and get there at least one hour early. This will give you plenty of time to get your tickets and see some of the amazing costumes before heading into the panels or the exhibitor hall.

I’ll be incognito each day so I’ll see you there…even if you don’t see me. 😉

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A trooper’s poem

Wake up early
Pack my gear
Drive 2 hours
Get to site
Put on 20 lbs. of plastic armor
Walk out
Put a smile on a child’s face
Make a parents day
Mission Accomplished!

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