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BIG FUN, NO WHAMMIES! - Megaplex 2007 News - January 2007



Happy New Year from all of us at Megaplex 2007!

I'LL TAKE A HOTEL ROOM TO (FILL OUR) BLOCK

ATTENTION! Reservations close on *January 30, 2007*, so get your rooms as soon as possible! Less that a month left to go to get your room at the con rate!

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).

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

The Wyndham is a short distance from the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), Friendship Park, and River City Brewing Company, which can easily 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). You can also utilize the nearby Skyway service to get to the Landing (http://www.jtaonthemove.com/services/skyway.aspx), or take a pleasant stroll over the Main Street Bridge. For those wanting to stay on the hotel's side of the river, eateries and stores can be found a short walk away in the San Marco shopping district.

We'll have additional information on attractions and amenities on our web site soon, as well as how to get there from Jacksonville International Airport. In the meantime, if you have a question about Florida's First Coast, drop Karl Meyers a line at mp-ceo@pawpet.org. (He lives there, after all! :)

NOW, FOR OUR FEATURE PRESENTA...oops, sorry, last year's theme. :)

COME ON DOWN!

Florida's furry arts and performance 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!

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...especially with our members at the contestants! Keep an eye on the Events page at http://www.ppmp.info for more details on the specific games, and how you can play! There'll be fursuit-specific games, as well as games for all our members to join in on.

It wouldn't be a game show theme without the return of a crowd favourite - the Gong Show! Our annual variety-show-with-a-twist is always entertaining...play along, even if your act isn't that great; sometimes it's better to perform and have been gonged than never to have performed at all! Contact Josh Strom at mp-variety@pawpet.org if you'd like to perform in the show.

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Our improvisational stars', that's who...and that could include you! The improv returns for another spin in 2007.

Megaplex also welcomes the return of a couple of guys who always keep us in stitches - Uncle Kage, and 2, the Ranting Gryphon will be back for 2007, with their unique stories and comedy. Kage and 2 often test out new material for Anthrocon here first, so come hear what's up!

DJ Rory will be with us, as well, spinning the tunes for a fursuit-friendly dance!

There'll be mystery amongst the merriment...more information on this in coming weeks.

For our fursuiting and puppeteering members, Santa Fox is working those tracks this year. Say, here he is now!

"Greetings, everyone!

I've been asked to take on the Fursuiting and Pawpetry Tracks at MegaPLEX this year, and I don't have much time to spare, so I need to get the ball rolling pretty quickly. So, here's a list of the panels I'd like to have hosted at MegaPLEX:

* Intro to Fursuiting
* Fursuiting Basic Performance
* Fursuiting Advanced Performance
* Fursuit Construction Mega Panel [Basics and Advanced Topics]
* Fursuit Public Performance and Safety
* Spicing Up Your Fursuiting Life

* Pawpet Performance Techniques
* Pawpet Improv Workshop
* Pawpet and Plush Construction
* Developing Pawpet Skits

If you'd be interested in co-hosting any of these fursuiting or pawpetry panels, or if there's some other kind of fursuiting or pawpetry panel that you'd like to host, then please get in touch with me ASAP.

I'm also looking to have an Open Call Pawpet show for the first time this year, so if you'd like to participate in that, please get in touch with me so that I can have an idea on what kind of participation to expect."

If you're interested in helping out with the above, drop Santa a note at mp-fursuit@pawpet.org, or mp-puppet@pawpet.org!

Plus, we'll be bringing back the late-night showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a smash hit from 2006! (Yes, we're bending the rating a little for this one - badges will be checked at the door, and no minor badges will be admitted.)

If you have any other ideas for a panel or event that fits into our theme for 2007, drop John Cole a line at mp-programming@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.

HAVE YOU VISITED THE WEBSITE LATELY?

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...with a design by our Guest of Honour, Mike Kazaleh! 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!

Full tables are only $40 apiece (limit two) - grab one for yourself, or find a partner to share. Register for your tables when you register for the convention - it's easy to do! Go to http://www.ppmp.info and follow the "Reg" link.

Reserve early! Space is limited - first come, first served!

NOTE : Please remember the rating! All materials being displayed publicly must be no more than PG-13 rated. Applying labels or other coverings in order to conceal its objectionable portions will not be acceptable. If you have any questions on this, contact Karl Meyers on mp-ceo@pawpet.org.


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 the chairman 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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