What can you do this weekend? Well, you should be at the Tampa Bay Comic Con. Florida Geek Scene was invited to check out the show at their brand new location, the really spacious Tampa Convention Center’s west hall. This convention has really blossomed since new management has taken over. They’ve gone from tiny events at the Minireg building in Clearwater to the larger convention hall at the airport DoubleTree hotel to now a space that really makes you think that you are really at a Comic Con! 75,000 square feet of vendors selling everything from comics and toys to cosplay accessories and other crafts and wares. If you’ve been to the bigger Florida based conventions like MegaCon and MetroCon and enjoyed yourself then this is an event you really shouldn’t miss. We got there 2 hours before opening and spent well over 4 hours talking to incredible artists in the artist alley, vendors from shops we’ve known and making friends with shops that travelled from the other side of the state just to be here at the biggest comic book convention Tampa has ever had. The convention has something for everyone, just about any interest you may have there’s someone selling something you’ll want to buy.
(see the list of vendors here)
If you were familiar with the airport DoubleTree’s layout, this hall is 7 times bigger. Bigger spaces demand bigger stars and they didn’t disappoint at all. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Rory McCann (The Hound) from HBO’s Game of Thrones, Jason Momoa from the new Conan movie, Lauren Cohan (Maggie Green) and Chad Coleman (Tyresse) from AMC’s Walking Dead, Hector David Jr (Green Ranger) and Najee De-Tiege (Blue Ranger) from Power Rangers Samurai and last but not least Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen) of Hunger Games fame. Being a big fan of Sentai I’m looking forward to meeting the American counterparts for Power Rangers Samurai. And if that list of names wasn’t reason enough to come, comic artists Pat Broderick, Holly Frazetta and guest of honor George Perez will keep the comic book buffs thrilled Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 at the door and it’s worth the entry fee to walk around and see the sights and meet the icons you’ve seen on TV or the movie screen and the ones that drew your favorite superheroes of years past.