Tampa Bay Comic Con Moves to the Tampa Convention Center
April 8th, 2013 – Less than 24 hours following astounding and sudden attendance growth and success of the April 6-7, Tampa Bay Comic Con, it was clear to the convention organizers (Action3 Events and Promotions LLC) that the previous venue was simply too small to host the rapidly growing convention. The decision was made to have the fall 2013 and spring 2014, Tampa Bay Comic Con held at the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa.
The April 6-7 convention brought in attendance figures that made it impossible to host the convention in any Tampa venue other than the Tampa Convention Center. There has been much press coverage and social media buzz surrounding the April 6-7 convention, and how the attendance numbers on Sunday, April 7th were impossibly chaotic and frustrating for attendees. Saturday, April 6th brought in roughly 2,500 attendees (a then recording breaking figure for the convention) while Sunday, April 7th brought in an undetermined amount, but estimated at 4,000-5,000 attendees. Sunday’s attendance numbers played an unfortunate role, as the Tampa fire marshal would appear midday and order that ticket sales must be halted due to the venue being at capacity.
To accommodate the convention’s tremendous success and growth, the Tampa Bay Comic Con will encompass over 25,000 sqft. of Tampa Convention Center exhibitor space complete with two large breakout rooms for panels and special events. This more than doubles the size of the previous venue.
Single-day admission will remain at $15.00 for adults and FREE for kids 12 and under and two-day admission will hold at $25.00 for adults and FREE for kids 12 and under.
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George Perez, Alex Saviuk, and more sign at Coliseum of Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!
Artists Alley with:
George Perez – Writer & Artist (Avengers, Superman, New Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, Crisis On Infinite Earths)
Alex Saviuk – Artist (Web of Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man comic strip)
Nathan Szerdy – Artist
Shawn Surface – Artist (Ultimate-7)
Humphrey Ching – Artist (Guardian Knight Presents)
Robert Wawrzyniak – Writer (Ultimate-7)
Appearances by Phoenicia and Troupe Atiya-Razi Belly-dancing troupes and Costumers with a Cause
Coliseum of Comics
Seminole Towne Center
177 Towne Center Circle, Sanford, FL 32771
Artist Ethan Van Sciver signs at Mike’s Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!
Ethan Van Sciver, known for his work on Green Lantern, The Flash, and currently, the New 52′s Batman: The Dark Knight! He will be here from 11am to 6pm, signing! We’ll also have an exclusive, limited edition art print! Members from our local 501st will be here, along with the Blood Center’s Big Red Bus, were everyone can be hero, and save a life, by donating blood! We’ll also have face painting, balloon artists, giveaway, raffles and fun activities for the kids!
Mike’s Comics & Collectibles
8110 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
Neil Gaiman appears at the Temple Judea on Sunday June 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm!
Tickets are available through Books & Books. RSVP on Facebook!
Meet one of the world’s most beloved storytellers Neil Gaiman reading and signing The Ocean at the End of the Lane (William Morrow, $25.99)
Tickets and Signing Guidelines: Vouchers are required for this event and may be purchased at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Miami Beach or Bal Harbour Shops. Purchase a copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane ($25.99 + tax) and you will receive one voucher. This voucher entitles you to receive (1) one copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and also serves as your entry for (1) person to Neil Gaiman’s talk and book signing at Temple Judea. Click to purchase your voucher online. Be sure to PAY ONLINE NOW and then choose the store pick-up option to pick your ticket up at Will Call. We do not ship vouchers.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane will be published on June 1 and you may claim your copy of the book any time after publication at a Books & Books location, or at the event on June 23. Your voucher will be stamped to reflect whether or not you have claimed your book. You must show your voucher and attached receipt to claim entrance to the event, so please remember to bring it with you that day. Books & Books is NOT responsible for lost or stolen vouchers.
There will be a book signing to follow Neil’s talk and Q&A with the audience.
- Neil will sign as many copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane as a person purchases.
- Neil will sign up to (2) two other Neil Gaiman titles.
· Neil will personalize books (name only), but he cannot accommodate specific salutations and/or dedications – it slows down the line and isn’t fair for all those who are still waiting.
· If you cannot make it to the event in person, but would like to order a book, we will do our best to personalize your pre-order, but cannot guarantee the book will be signed, since it will all depend on the time.
· Photos may be taken in passing, but not posed. No flash photography; no posed photos; and no personal video.
- Neil will only sign books. Please leave memorabilia at home.
From one of the world’s most beloved storytellers––#1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman––comes his first adult novel in eight years. Wondrous and imaginative, and at times deeply scary, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE captures the very essence of childhood fear and uncertainty. In a clash of memory and reality, it is a pitched fever dream of a novel, and could very well be Gaiman’s most accomplished work to date.
5500 Granada Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Tampa Bay Comic Con Is This Weekend
April 3rd, 2013 – The Tampa Bay Comic Con is just days away! The Tampa Bay Comic Con is April 6-7 and will bring to the city of Tampa, two actresses from AMC’s The Walking Dead; Lauren Cohan and Emily Kinney. In addition, actor and musician, Drake Bell who is known for starring in the Superhero Movie, the voice of Spider-Man in Ultimate Spider-Man and Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh. These special guests will be signing autographs for attendees throughout the weekend. Emily Kinney and Drake Bell will be in attendance on both days of the convention. Lauren Cohan will be in attendance on Sunday only.
In addition, the Tampa Bay Comic Con’s guest list is set to include a talented array of professional comic book creators. Among them are: Rich Buckler, (1970s era Marvel Comics artist), Jenny Frison (Hack & Slash artist), Arthur Suydam (Walking Dead and Marvel Zombies artist), Bob Layton (Iron Man artist), Luke McDonnell (Iron Man artist), Joe Jusko (Conan, Vampirella), Clayton Crain (Carnage, Ghost Rider) and Clay Mann (X-Men).
The Tampa Bay Comic Con will feature over 100 exhibitor/vendor tables where convention attendees can browse through a large selection of inventory including: comic books, cards, toys, t-shirts, magazines, artwork, Star Wars merchandise and much more. All attendees are also welcome to attend all convention panels (which will include Lauren Cohan, Emily Kinney and Drake Bell’s panel Q&A) and contests!
The Tampa Bay Comic Con will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, FL from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. Convention admission is $15.00 for 1-day or $25 for 2-days, and FREE for children (12 and under). Parking is FREE. Reserve hotel rooms at the Doubletree Hotel through the Tampa Bay Comic Con’s online “Travel/Hotel” section for special discounted room rates. The address is:
4500 West Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
Pensacola Para Con: A Paranormal, Horror, Sci Fi, Anime, Gaming, and Costuming Convention (August 2013)
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|Pensacola Paracon: A Convention for Fans of Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Gaming, Anime, Costuming, Fan and Indie Films, Artist, Celebrities, Comics, Renaissance, Cosplay, Steampunk, Theater, Performing, Literature, Publishing, Arts, Mystery, Art, Crafts, Collecting, Model Construction, Film Making, Paranormal, and more!We will offer celebrity meet and greets, discussion panels, workshops, screenings, demonstrations, events, and competitions. Join our Seville Quarter Zombies, Geeks and Freaks Masquerade Ball. Attend investigations at the Pensacola Victorian Inn and Gray House. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Making Strides with Breast Cancer.
Guests Include: Rj Haddy SyFy’s Face Off, Richard Epcar Animation Voice Actor, Cindy Morgan CADDYSHACK & TRON, Jason Faunt Power Rangers & Resident Evil 6, Ari Lehman Jason: Friday the 13th, Kevin Galbraith AMC’s The Walking Dead, Addy Miller AMC’s The Walking Dead, Jerrad Dusan Vunovich The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Scott Tepperman SyFy Channel’s ‘Ghost Hunters International’, Alice Infinity Cosplay Model, Les Johnson NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Heidi Jo Medina Miss Pensacola USA, The 501st Legion: The Parjai Squad of the Florida Garrison, Luella Genie Christian Pensacola Costumers Guild, Mike Bobe Bobe Hobby House, Blacksheep Bobby Doll WWF/USWA/CWA Wrestler, Tom Roush Pensacola Film Commissioner, Carrie Hunter WEAR ABC3 TV Producer, Chasen Grieshop Particle9 Productions, Damon Bowie Illustrator, Brian Steward Illustrator, Wayne Davis Emerald Coast Space Society, and more
Admission $10 Children 12 and under are free
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Joe Eisma, Michael McElroy, and Derrick Fish sign at Heroes Landing on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!
Our first guest is confirmed – Local artist and loyal customer Michael McElroy will be showing off his great original art.
Our second guest is confirmed – Artist and co-creator of Image’s Morning Glories – Joe Eisma. Joe has also done work for IDW and Boom Studios as well as work in video games. Joe will do torso sketches for $20 each.
Our third guest is confirmed – Local artist and creator of Wellkeeper and Dandy & Co. – Derrick Fish. Derrick will return again for the second year in the row and offer his great collection of comics and also do sketches.
12348 Roper Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711
Rob Thomas hopes to show some Veronica Mars footage at SDCC, SPX exhibitors have some table registration woes, fans show off photos from MegaCon, and more.
Creator/writer JP Roth and artist Eric “EBAS” Basaldua (Zenescope) sign this Saturday, March 23, 2013 from noon until 7:00 pm at Heroes’ Haven. There will be CGC Certification on site! 50% OFF ALL Zenescope Entertainment Trades and “Ebas” Exclusive Giveaway!
Here’s more info on the special guests:
JP Roth is an artist, poet and mother of one. She has spent the greater majority of her life immersed in history, legends and fascinating cultures. She loves her son, good books, rhythmic languages, mythology and weaponry.
She has won poetry competitions in three continents and published her thesis. Also loves comic books, cosmetics, clothes and fast cars. ANCIENT DREAMS is an epic tale of blood lust, torment, passion, sacrifice and a love capable of destroying not only the gods themselves, but even the laws of space and time.
Eric Basaldua (known more commonly through his signature – EBAS) began his career at Top Cow Productions in 2000 under the direct tutelage of founder, Marc Silvestri. His early credits include Magdalena, Witchblade/Wolverine, and Tomb Raider.
He has attained notoriety through his works for Zenescope Comics and various cover art for several series within their line. Conducting all hand sketches using gray tones, Basaldua’s unique shading and anatomical display have become very recognizable. His sketch art and commissions have become more pronounced as he extends his professional footprint.
4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
Kevin Smith and Bryan Johnson appear at the Orlando Improv on Tuesday March 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM. Get tickets ($25) at the link!
Kevin Smith takes you on a terrifying journey inside the life and times of his best friend, Bryan Johnson (aka, Beard-Guy from AMC’s COMIC BOOK MEN). Squirm with delight as Big Bry horrifies Kev and the audience with tales of deviltry and debauchery in the Jersey ‘burbs!
9101 International Drive – Suite 2310 – Pointe Orlando, Orlando, FL