Orlando Toy and Comic Con (2016)

Orlando Toy and Comic Con could not be better named. Considered an annual Orlando staple in every otaku’s, True Believer’s, gamer’s, geek’s, Trekkie’s, and Jedi’s pilgrimage, the one-day event brought out its A-game this year for another memorable experience.

The Scoop:

What – a comic book convention located in Orlando, Florida

When – 10:00AM-5:00PM (VIP holders get in at 9:30AM)

Where – Holiday Inn & Suites (5905 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32819)

Who – Tony S. Daniel, Billy Tucci, Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmioti, Danny Haas, Humphrey Ching, Tim Townsend, Alex Saviuk, Chris Butler, Bonne/Dennis Art, Al Bazzia

Price – $10 (advance), $15 (at door), $20 (VIP pass)

Perks – VIP passes (early entry + free Batman print by Tony S. Daniel), meet-and-greet with comic book guests, cosplay contest ($175 collective cash prizes), Starwars theater poster raffle, free face-painting, 100+ vendors, 10,000 square foot vendor’s hall

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Headquartered at the Holiday Inn on Kirkman road, OTCC spilt its wares between two spacious vending rooms and a sprawling pool deck. In one station, more spacious then the rest, resided the guest artists—masterminds behind the super-powered illustrations in graphic novel series such as Teen Titans, Flash, Batman, Catwoman, Daredevil, and Star Wars. Guests were afforded up-front-and-fantastic encounters with the likes of Tony S. Daniel, Billy Tucci, Darwyn Cooke, and Amanda Conner. Regular ticket holders had opportunities for autograph and photo sessions, while special VIP ticket holders also received a free Batman print by Tony S. Daniel.

Across the hall, slightly more cramped but no less geek-infused, over 100 venders set out piles of plushies, boxes full of comic books, shelves of articulated figurines, and tables spread with hand-made wares. Pikachu gages, limited-edition POP figurines and Disney collector’s pins, and life-sized cardboard cutouts were among the more original items for sale, and attendees of all ages swarmed containers full of rare comic books, looking for a special souvenir. OTCC fairly acknowledged every walk of fandom—from anime and gaming, to sci-fi and fantasy—but clearly favored its namesake comic book heroes and heroines above the rest.

Attendees wanting to escape the bustling venders’ rooms took to the pool deck just a short walk away outdoors, where a few additional vendors sat at tables and a majority of cosplay guests and competitors chatted, roleplayed, and conducted interviews and photoshoots. The cosplay contest shifted from two to three o’clock that evening, allowing additional performers time to join in. With a collective $175 in prize money awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place winners in the adult category, the contest saw a variety of franchises represented, including Attack on Titan, MARVEL, DC Universe, Alien, Jurassic Park, Assassin’s Creed, Disney, and Undertale. The judging panel included Jamie McManus, a notable member of the 501st Legion.

Ending the evening, OTCC held a raffle for a Star Wars: The Force Awakens theater poster, with entries at $1 per ticket. The hall officially closed at 5:00 PM, amidst last-minute discount deals from vendors.

A friendly, one-day romp accessible to families and fans alike, Orlando Toy and Comic Con lived up to its name, provided a memorable experience for attendees, and kept all running smoothly through polite and considerate staff members. Come 2017, there’s sure to be more heroic antics where that came from!

The Orlando Toy and Comic Con is a comic book convention located in Orlando, Florida. As Orlando’s premiere family-friendly comic book convention, it provides over 10,000 square ft. of exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of comic fan interests.

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Photography by Amy Covel

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Casey Lynn Covel (known online as “Cutsceneaddict”) is an award-winning, published writer, avid reader, and aspiring author. She runs a nerdy writing blog called Meek-Geek and founded PROJECT: Magic Kingdom Hearts in 2012. When she’s not writing for Geeks Under Grace, Florida Geek Scene, Beneath the Tangles, or FROM JAPAN, she enjoys cosplaying, and has won several awards for her work. Follow her on Instagram for her latest cosplay endeavors. #meekischic

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