Tampa Bay Comic Com 2018

By Frances Brennan

The annual comic book convention is Tampa’s largest with featured exhibitors catering to interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. The convention features events, panels and appearances by and with comic industry professionals and celebrities along with an endless roster of fun and comic-related events. Tampa Bay Comic Con is family-friendly.

Fri Aug 3 - Sun Aug 5
Friday - Noon to Midnight
Saturday - 8 am to Midnight
Sunday - 9 am to 5 pm

Tampa Bay Convention Center
333 Franklin St, Tampa FL 33602

Tickets, Available at the door.
3-Day Pass: $60 + Tax
Sat Only: $40 + Tax
Sun Only: $30 + Tax
Kids 12 and Under Free

Celebrity Appearances:

Probably the most sought and most costly celebrity autographs are those from the very famous Val Kilmer, star of Batman (Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Autographs/Photo Opps $80); Game of Thrones Star Rory McCann, the Scottish actor who plays Sandor "The Hound" Glegane and Michael in Edgar Wright's crime-comedy Hot Fuzz (Autographs/Photo Ops $70 Sat & Sun Only) and David Harbour who plays Chief Jim Hopper in Stranger Things. He received a Primetime Emmy nomination for the role and won a Critics Choice award as Best Supporting actor in a Drama series in 2018. Other celebrities appearing and available for autographs and photo opportunities include Noah Schapp, Will Byers in Stranger Things ($40); English Actor Cary Elwe of Robin Hood, Men in Tights, The Princess Bride, the X Files and Psych ($40); Brent Spiner, Commander Data on Star Trek, The Next Generation ($50); Harry Potter's Neville Longbottom, Matthew Lewis ($50) ; Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Walter Jones ($40); and Deadpool/Deadpool 2 Actress Brianna Hildebrand ($40).

Comic Creators and Artists appearing on
Artist's Alley of the Convention include:

Award Winning Creator and Marvel Artist Arthur Suydam (Marvel, Marvel zombies, Marvel Zombies #2, Marvel Zombies #3, Batman, Dead Pool, Dead Days, Batman, Wilverine, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Ghost Rider, Black Panther...) Suydam was the subject of the 2008 Marvel Hard Cover tribute to his work, Marvel Zombies.

Writer, editor, producer, publisher Renee Witterstaetter. Renee Witterstaetter (DC Comics, Marvel, Superman, Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian, She Hulk Spartan X)

Tom Richmond (Mad Magazine) Caricaturist, Cartoonist,and humorous illustrator.

Phil Ortiz, animator (Disney, Hanna Barbera, Coca Fruity Pebbles, Bugs Bunny, Simpson, Garfield, Alvin & The Chipmunks, Flintstones, Smurfs, Richie Rich)

Published and Best Selling Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors appearing at the convention include:

Kevin J Anderson, an American Sci-Fi Author of 40 bestsellers and 120 published books with more than 23 million books in print worldwide.

Science Fiction author T. Allen Diaz, a Tampa Bay resident, writer of dark, character driven works including The Proceena Trilogy. Four Horsemen Universe and Hero of Styx - The Good, The Bad and The Merc.

Mark Lee Gardner, author of To Hell on a Fast Horse, the Story of Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett. Recognized as an authority on the American West, he has written for the Los Angeles Times, American Heritage and American Cowboy magazines and has appeared on PBS's American Experience, ABC Word News, The History Channel and NPR's All Things Considered.

Event Reg
9a-3 pm, Next to Rm 118
Sign up for Nerdy Speed Dating here.

Little Leage of Legends KIDS ZONE 9a-5 pm, Rm. 10
Kids 10 and under can enjoy free and fun crafts here while their parents enjoy the rest of the convention.

Star Signing Photo Opps
9a-5 pm, Exhibition Hall

Board Game Haven 9a-5 pm, Ballroom A
Wind down with free board games sponsored by Oblivion Games Tampa.

NASA Experience 10a-5 pm, Rm. 3
Kids 10 and under can enjoy free and fun crafts here while their parents enjoy the rest of the convention.

Freestyle D&D
1:30 pm, Rm 20

Geeky Girl GAB Live: Disney Princess Battle

1:30 pm - 2:30, Rm 24
Help them choose the best Disney Princess.

Marvel Comics Writers
4-5 pm, Rm 1
Carl Potts, Peter Gills give insight into the craft and talk about working for Marvel Comics through the 80s.

Nerdy Speed Dating
, 6:30-8 pm Rm 2 18+ Recommended
Sign up at Event Reg before 6 pm to participate

Rocky Horror Picture Show w Hell on Heels
9:30 pm -Midnight, Ballroom D, 18+

Eerie Florida Dark Tales from the Sunshine State
9 pm, Rm 13, 13+ Recommended

©2018 Tampa Bay Free Press / Brennan Ink
Award Winning Comic Creator and Marvel Artist Arthur Suydam appears
at Comic Con 2018
Mad Magazine Artist,
Tom Richmond
at The Convention.
Photo of Val Kilmer at Cannes 2005 by Georges Biard courtesy of Wikipedia