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BIG FUN, NO WHAMMIES! - Megaplex 2007 News - October 2006

Popping up like a Daily Double on your Friends List, it's time for the latest news on Megaplex 2007!

Florida's furry arts and entertainment convention is back for another spin, and this time, we're bringing the fun to the First Coast! Megaplex 2007 will be held on March 2-4, 2007, at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, in Jacksonville, Florida.

LET'S MEET OUR GUEST OF HONOUR!

Megaplex 2007 is happy to announce that Mike Kazaleh will be joining us as Guest of Honour this year! Mike is a professional animator and comics artist; old-school furry fans will remember his comics work on "The Adventures of Captain Jack" (Fantagraphics), and "Mean Green Bondo Machine" and "The Suit" (MU Press). He has also drawn "Ren and Stimpy" for Marvel, "Cow and Chicken" for DC Comics, and "The Mighty Mutanimals" for Archie Comics, and is currently working on "Futurama" for Bongo Comics and "Camp Lazlo" for DC.

Animation-wise, his credits include "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse", "Tiny Toon Adventures", and "The Simpsons"; more recently, he has worked on "Krypto the Superdog", "Johnny Test", and "Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi". He was also a storyboard artist for the recent release, "The Ant Bully".

Please join us in welcoming Mike to Megaplex 2007!

HAVE YOU VISITED THE WEBSITE LATELY?

If not, you're missing out on a really cool design job, courtesy of one Jess "Lynxcat" Kiela, our talented art director. As the fellows in that one commercial put it, "Brilliant!"

What can you do on http://www.ppmp.info/ ? Well, you can register for the convention, order your con t-shirt, reserve your dealer's room table(s), and purchase con book advertisements and personals! Not to mention, we'll be updating the site regularly with news and notes to get you ready for the con.

Also, keep an eye on our "megaplex" community on LiveJournal, for additional information from not only the staff of Megaplex, but our members as well! That site is http://megaplex.livejournal.com/ .

WHAT ARE T-SHIRTS, ALEX?

We will have Megaplex 2007 t-shirts...more info on the design is coming soon. In the meantime, be sure to order yours when you register - we won't have that many available beyond what is ordered, and if last year was any indication, the extras will go fast!

T-Shirts are $12 for Small through 2X-Large when pre-ordered.

DEALERS ROOM TABLES!

Our members asked for it, so Megaplex is bringing back a traditional Dealer Room in 2007! Bring your art, comics, clothing, DVDs - whatever you'd like to show! Table reservations can be made when you register for the convention. Full tables are only $40 apiece (limit two) - grab one for yourself, or find a partner to share.

Either way, reserve early! Space is limited - first come, first served!

Please remember the rating! All materials being displayed publicly must be no more than PG-rated. Applying labels or other coverings in order to conceal its objectionable portions will not be acceptable.

BOO!

Furloween is coming up October 28th...check out http://www.floridafurs.com/furloween/ for more information. While you're at Furloween, be sure to pick up your Megaplex 2007 flyer...there'll be a code on the flyer that will get you $5 your base membership at Megaplex, if you register with the code by November 30th!

(To Keep The Insurance Folks Happy : Furloween is operated by Patrick "Mach" Dowden; Pawpet Live Experiences, Inc. is in no way involved with the operation of the event.)

WHAT'S BEHIND DOOR #1?

It's time to play! This year, we're working up a Game Show theme that is sure to entertain. If you have an idea for a panel or event that fits into our theme for 2007, drop us a line at megaplex-feedback@pawpet.org . We want your feedback on exactly what you want to see at the convention, and we want to get with folks who would like to run said panels and events. Megaplex is ultimately the members' convention, so help make it the best it can be!

We're always on the lookout for volunteers, as well. Drop us a note if you'd like to help out in March.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS OPEN!

This year, Megaplex 2007 will be held at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, in downtown
Jacksonville, Florida. The hotel is just off of I-95, on the Southbank of the St. John's
River. Full directions can be found on our web site (http://www.ppmp.info).

The Wyndham is a short distance from the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), Friendship Park, and River City Brewing Company, which can easilly be reached via the Riverwalk. The hotel is also a stop for the S.S. Marine Taxi service (http://www.jaxwatertaxi.com), which is a convenient way to get to the shops and restaurants at the Jacksonville Landing (http://www.jacksonvillelanding.com). The San Marco shopping district is close by, and Five Points and Riverside are just over the Fuller Warren Bridge (I-95 to Park Street). Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is 20 minutes away.

Reservations at the hotel can be made ON-LINE this year! This method requires a credit card to use. Here's how:

1) Surf to http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/JAXHT/main.wnt .

2) Click on the "Get Rates or Make A Reservation For This Hotel" link, just under the hotel's address.

3) On the next page...
a. Leave "Select A Rate Plan" (Section 1) as "Best Available &
Wyndham.com WEBRATES".
b. Enter your arrival and departure dates (Section 2). Remember,
Megaplex is March 2-4, 2007.
c. Specify # of Rooms, and folks staying in them (Section 3).
d. Skip past Section 4, unless you're a Wyndham ByRequest member and
want the credit.
e. In Section 5, type the following in the "Group Code" blank : 0301886pa
f. Click "Check Availability"

4) The next page shows the rooms available. You should see "Pawpet Live Experiences" as the Rate Plan, and $99/night as the rate for regular rooms. Click on the rate for the room of your choice to continue.

5) On the next page, double-check the selections in Sections 1-4, then fill in Sections 5-8 and click "Confirm Reservation".

If you prefer to reserve by phone, call (904) 396-5100. Be sure to reference group reservation
code 0301886pa to get Megaplex's room rate.

Reserve early! Reservations close on January 30, 2007, so get your rooms as soon as possible!

If you have any questions on the hotel, feel free to contact Randy Fox at mp-facility@pawpet.org.



NEXT MEETING!

We'll be holding our next face-to-face meeting in Jacksonville on Saturday, October 14th, at 6:00pm EDT. We will be at the Wyndham this go-round; check our web page for directions. Meet us in the lobby!

Before that, we're inviting folks to check out one of the cooler spots in Jacksonville...the Jacksonville Zoo! We'll meet up at 12:00pm at the main gate of the zoo. Admission is $11.00 (10% discount for AAA members and military personnel). We'll prowl the zoo, and answer questions about Megaplex and the Jacksonville area as we go. Directions to the Jacksonville Zoo can be found at http://www.jaxzoo.org/visit/directions.asp .

If you're not in the area, come chat with us! We use the same IRC server as the Funday Pawpet Show does - irc.pawpet.org 6667. We'll be in the #megaplex channel on most Sunday nights, during the Funday Pawpet Show (7pm-11pm EDT), and we'll have weekday evening meetings open to the public as well (watch this space). If you want to learn more about Megaplex, find out how you can help out, or just meet and greet, please join us!

STAY TUNED!

Keep an eye on http://www.ppmp.info/ and http://megaplex.livejournal.com/ for the latest news and information, and please do not hesitate to drop us a line at megaplex-feedback@pawpet.org (or to me directly at mp-ceo@pawpet.org) if you have suggestions or questions regarding the convention.

Also, please join our dedicated mailing list for Megaplex! Information on joining can be found at http://lists.pawpet.org/mailman/listinfo/megaplex-list .

Hope to see you at Megaplex 2007!
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