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Join thousands of revelers at 7pm on Saturday, Oct. 29 for the March of the Pumpkin King Parade down 7th Avenue in association with MegaCon Tampa Bay! Ybor’s 7th Avenue will be transformed into the ultimate Halloween Party with Local DJs and club lighting on the balconies of this historic district. Participants will march behind themed Halloween floats in a costume party that will leave you in a visual overload. $5 discount on tickets when you use the promo code "MegaCon"! Click here to purchase yours now!
Join us Saturday @ 10:30pm for the Official MegaCon After Party at Orpheum, 1915 East 7th Ave, Ybor City. Hosted by our delightful Cosplayer guests! Top DJs spinning all night. Cosplay encouraged but not mandatory. Midnight Costume Contest! Tickets are limited so click here to buy now! $15 each (Must be 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink).
Don’t miss out on a chance of a lifetime to have your photo taken by a professional photographer with your favorite celebrity! This is the only way to get a beautiful 8x10 glossy photo of you with one of our guests in an intimate setting.
A perfect opportunity to get that special something signed by your favorite celebrity! Be sure to check out the schedule so you don’t miss out!
NOTE: Guests may charge additional fees for an autograph.
They say knowledge is power. If you don’t know, all you have to do is ask…and you shall receive! The pros will be here to answer all your questions about the industry and to talk about their latest projects. You never know what they might say!
Hundreds of retailers from all over the country will be at MegaCon Tampa Bay to make your experience an unforgettable one! Specializing in everything comics, anime, gaming, science fiction and/or horror, these amazing retailers have what you need. It is THE area to find just what you’re looking for – whether it’s a comic books from any era, original artwork, graphic novels, memorabilia, DVD’s, videos, games, toys or t-shirts – you will find it all here.
Indie meets pro in this special area where you will find all of your favorite pencillers, inkers and writers. This is a ”must experience area” for anyone interested in meeting the rising stars and the people who work the front lines of the industry! Here you’ll find it all – comics, graphic novels, limited edition prints and best of all, original art and sketches!
MegaCon Tampa Bay wouldn't be complete without the help of some great Cosplayers! Cosplaying all weekend, running panels, taking photos and having fun!
Meet Rob Liefeld at MegaCon Tampa Bay, the creator of the merc with the mouth! Click here for more information.
This exciting event on Saturday, October 29 at 3pm in Ballroom A features creative fans showcasing their original costumes derived from the comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and fantasy worlds – all on stage for a chance to win bragging rights. From caped-crusaders to hot anime characters, be awed as a spectator or strut your stuff on stage. To sign up, stop by the 501st Legion's booth on the show floor. Sign ups are limited and first come first serve.
Let us chill you, thrill you, and fulfill you! Experience The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Live Shadowcast of the Cheap Little Punks performing in step with a full length screening of the original classic. Costumed performers and audience participation with shout-outs and interactive props to throw make The Rocky Horror Picture Show an exciting party and multi-layered experience! Not to be missed – Age 18+ Recommended.
The iconic high school girl and vampire slayer we all know and love is back from the 90s--in musical style. Join the members of CRH as they shadowcast Buffy the Vampire Slayer's musical episode "Once More, With Feeling." You won't want to miss the audience participation, costumes, and hilarity that will ensue.
Can't wait for Christmas to get your Doctor WHO fix on? Join the team of MarkWHO42 as they discuss other ways to get your Doctor WHO fix, including the Classic Series and Big Finish Audios.
It's the most wonderful time of the year... Halloween! Tampa Bay's original Horror Film Festival started in 2002 and has screened 100's of Short and Feature Films giving Independent Filmmakers and opportunity to get their films to the fans and introduce their work. For the first time, the festival will be held inside MegaCon, running all day Saturday and Sunday. A great lead in to Halloween. All screenings and panels are included in your MegaCon admission, but seating is first come first serve, so be sure to arrive early at the theater to get a choice seat. Click here for room schedule.
The Halloween Horror Picture Show Film Festival is proud to announce a very special screening of the 1973 cult classic, "Scream Bloody Murder" with the attendance of noted cult film Director Robert Emery! This film is a psychological horror film shot in the Tampa area and is often an overlooked gem. This will be Robert Emery's very first genre Film Festival convention appearance ever! Don't miss it!
Don't miss a rare encore screening of the film SATAN'S CHILDREN, a wild 1975 horror movie/suspense thriller produced and directed by Tampa Bay native, the late Joe Wiezycki and shot in the area. The screening will be topped off by a live Q&A session from the film's star, Rosemary Orlando and the Special Effects Supervisor on the project, John Mocsary! Bring your camera and your memorabilia to get autographed as this may be your only chance to ever meet these special guests.
Meet the Stars of one of the most popular Anime series of all time! Sailor Moon stars Linda Ballantyne (Sailor Moon) and Katie Griffin (Raye / Sailor Mars) will be signing autographs and assembling for a Q&A panel! Click here for more.
Fans dressing up in costumes, or cosplay as it is sometimes called, is a BIG part of MegaCon Tampa Bay weekend. Literally thousands of amazing costumes are available for your viewing pleasure throughout the weekend. Don't be shy; get your photo taken with all your favorite characters or come dressed up yourself. It's all good! Click here to review our Costume & Props policy.
For the first time ever, speed dating will be available at MEGACON TAMPA BAY™! Come and join in the fun and experience the thrill of meeting your potential soul mate, future spouse or maybe someone a little more casual! Mixed genre sessions all day on Saturday & Sunday! On site sign up only! This is a 18+ event. If you have questions, please post them on Sci-Fi Speed Dating's Facebook page here.
Check out your favorite comic artists as they go “pen to pen”, and be entered to win the original art they produce once they’re done! An amazing experience to witness, these friendly rival competitions show who has got the edge in comic book illustration!
Gamers rejoice! MegaCon Tampa Bay is proud to unveil our new gaming rooms that will be running events all weekend long! Selections for advanced players and beginners alike including; D&D Adventurer’s League Events, Magic The Gathering and Heroclix Miniature Battles just to name a few. Full Gaming schedule coming soon!
Join the fine folks of The 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Southern R2 Builders and bring your camera! Be sure to visit their amazing Star Wars interactive display booths on the Exhibit floor, where you can see authentic looking props, costumes and even blast a Stormtrooper!
The Ink-Fusion Empire is the only professional Tattoo program that has a license agreement with Lucasfilm LTD. Working side by side with the likes of Stan lee, Dave Nestler, Arthur Suydam, James O'Barr, and countless other TV and Movie celebrities. Click here to book your session with your favorite Tattoo artist in advance! Space is limited.
The best audience-created improvised Nerdom stories of all time!
Comic book superheroes and aliens comic alive as these comedians, The Improvengers, make up new adventure stories based on audience suggestions and create new heroes, new superpowers and new fearsome foes on the spot!
Dig through your collection or visit some of the vendors at MegaCon Tampa Bay for elusive back issues and graphic novels by our many creator guests.
Note: some guests may have autograph fees and/or signing limits. Please check with creators individually.
The actors that provide the voices of your favorite Anime, Video Game and Cartoon characters will be on hand to sign autographs, pose for photos and meet with their fans. They have developed a well-deserved reputation for being most amiable and enthusiastic!
Many of our artist guests and Artist Alley creators will have original art, art prints and be producing original sketches and commissions for fans at MegaCon Tampa Bay.
Note: Fees vary, please check with creators individually for prices and availability.
Founded in 1999 by Dave Everett, the R2 Builders Club has continually striven to develop an accurate resource for reproducing the lovable Star Wars Astromech designated Artoo Detoo. Current membership stands at over 7,100 and continues to grow with members from all over the world. Come and meet them and their creations only at MegaCon Tampa Bay!
What began as a literary sub-genre has become a full-fledged flavor of cosplay! With a little Victorian inspiration, a dash of the fantastic and good pair of goggles, the possibilities are endless! Fantastic gadgets, costume pieces and accessories are all available for sale from our wonderful attending artisans. When you are asked out on the street, "WHERE did you get that?" You can smugly reply "Why, MegaCon of course."
There's no place, like this place, any place! Be sure to visit the 501st Legion booth in the community area of the exhibit floor and have your picture taken in room sized replica of the Garbage Smasher (Trash Compactor) on the Death Star as seen in the original Star Wars film. Complete with Dianoga monster!
MarkWHO42 host this highly interactive panel of how a man in a pin stripe coat, 3D Glasses and Sandshoes has arguably become one of the most popular Doctors in the show's 50 year run. "Allons-y!"
Cartoonist and educator Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures, Batman ’66) introduces you to the basics of creating your own comic books. Templeton has decades of experience working in the comic book industry and you will not get a better chance to gain so valuable insights from seasoned veteran.
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for a big comic book Publisher? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join our panel of experts and working professionals and find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your dream job happen.
Starting your first comic can be a herculean feat. Whether you're overcoming personal (anxiety, perfectionism) or practical (I have no time!!) hurdles, this panel of comic creators will be offering advice on how to finally get pen to paper. The panel will talk about challenges they've personally faced with writing, drawing, how they overcame them, and first started showing their comic to other people.
Get ready to laugh! These are the takes you didn't see from Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist and Madoka Magica... and they're hilarious. Join Cassandra as she screens top-secret blooper reels from the shows she has worked on. Recommended Ages 16+.
Don't miss the Pokemon Go Lure Party at 5pm Saturday just outside the Tampa Bay Convention Center's main Entrance!
An introduction into the world of cosplay for beginners! Maybe you have been thinking about getting into the hobby but don’t know where to start? Join us and meet our panel of cosplay experts and you’ll be sure to know more about it. Our guests will share their personal experiences, tips on getting started and maybe a few things you should avoid. Panelist: SIREN CROFT, LAUREN SEE, MARIA SABER & TARA LYNNE
Anime Name That Tune has been a popular convention event long before Wasabi Anime was around, but we’re worked hard to compile and organize hundreds of songs from well known Japanese films and television shows of the animated persuasion. These are for hardcore anime fans… or those who are brave enough to try!
Join us to get some tips and tricks on giving your cosplay photos that extra special “something”. Learn about effective poses and what you should plan for to get the best results. Discussion about common mistakes and misconceptions (is there a “best way”?) and how to conquer the method of becoming your character. Panelists: MARIE CLAUDE BOURBONNAIS, APRIL HUNTER, BANE BRAVO & SCARLETT ROSE
Meet anime and video game voice actress Cassandra Lee Morris. Best known as Leafa in Sword Art Online, Nami in League of Legends, Kyubey in Madoka Magica and Edea Lee in Bravely Default, Cassandra has tons of stories from behind the mic that she can't wait to share with you. Bring your questions, because she has answers!
Anime Name That Tune has been a popular convention event long before Wasabi Anime was around, and we've worked hard to compile and organize hundreds of songs from well known animated Japanese films and television shows. Songs are organized by Easy (“The Sailor Moon Theme” in English) to Medium (“Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Theme” in Japanese) to Hard (“C’est La Vie” from Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon in Japanese.) The goal is make sure everyone has a chance when playing the game, not just hardcore Otaku.
Whether you know Gundam or you’ve just now heard of it, this panel is for you! Join the panelists of NoS Anime as they examine the different Gundam anime and offer viewing suggestions for all. This is a great opportunity to learn where to start – or keep going! – in this pivotal anime franchise.
Who would win a fight to the death by your favorite anime heroes and villains? Come choose your side as we present different fight scenarios, and defend your favorite characters and give their opponents a verbal smackdown of logic and reasoning!
Even the complete obliteration of his physical form can't stop the galaxy's most evil overlord. After years in spiritual purgatory, Frieza has been resurrected and plans to take his revenge on the Z Fighters of Earth. Facing off against Frieza's powerful new form and his army of 1,000 soldiers, Goku and Vegeta must reach new levels of strength in order to protect Earth from their vengeful nemesis. TV-PG. Subbed.
Noise Complaint is the premiere professional cosplay tap ensemble at pop culture conventions in the U.S. - and this show will feature costumes & dance themed around Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts!
Similar to discussions in American pop culture (Film vs. Comic Book) - this open forum will approach the topic of which presentation of story was done more effectively: the anime version of the manga version? Bring your opinions for this lively debate!
When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area! TV-14. Subbed.
TV-PG. Subbed. Usagi Tsukino is a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, guardian of love and justice! Now Usagi must work with Luna to find the other Sailor Guardians and the Moon Princess, whose Legendary Silver Crystal is Earth's only hope against the dark forces of the evil Queen Beryl!
She has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time… Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader of Mitakihara middle school, is one of those who lives such a life. One day, she had a very magical encounter. She doesn't know if it happened by chance or by fate yet. Featuring the voice of MegaCon Tampa Bay Guest Cassandra Lee Morris! Rated 13 UP. Dubbed.
Monday after Megacon Tampa Bay is Halloween… and what better way to celebrate than to talk about your favorite horror anime and video games! From Blood: The Last Vampire to Resident Evil - we’ll chat with you about your favorite titles.
Get ready for latest, full-length feature film in the on-going, pirate epic, One Piece. Said to be comparable to the Ancient Weapons of old, the Marines' trump card, the "Dyna Stones," have suddenly been stolen by a group of renegade vigilantes. The terrifyingly powerful man responsible, former Marine Admiral "Z", now stands in the path of Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates. Can the Straw Hats defeat "Z" and his crew, or will the New World meet its end at the hands of this mad man? TV-14. Subbed.
Noise Complaint is the premiere professional cosplay tap ensemble at pop culture conventions in the U.S. - and this show will feature costumes & dance themed around the video game sensation Five Nights at Freddy’s.
The stunning rebuild of the anime masterpiece is now extended and enhanced with never before seen new animation and 266 visual and audio improvements. Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilization was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines – the Evas – and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01. TV-14. Subbed.
You’ve seen the Michael Bay movie and you may even remember the original cartoon in the eighties… but what about all the stuff in between? Join us for a history lesson and fanboy-style analysis of The Transformers franchise. This multimedia panel includes a peek into the (canon) Transformers series that never quite made it to the U.S. and other engaging topics including: “Why Beast Wars sucks. Bayformers - the good, the bad and the evil”; “There were only three episodes of G1 Transformers… like it or not”; “The dumbest Autobot ever”; and “Whether or not Star Saber wet the bed when he was a kid.”
Come laugh along as the audience is shown screenshots from your favorite anime shows and then asked to give them funny captions! Turn your favorite anime moments into hilarious memes!
Neon Genesis Evangelion is considered one of the most influential anime of all time. Join the panelists of NoS Anime as they look into some of the major religious references that Evangelion utilizes for its imagery. Come learn how well (or poorly?) Eva's creators, Gainax, did their homework and selected their references.
“From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend…” Before you’re off to outer space to save the human race, join Bad Kitty as she kicks it old school with some of the best TV anime offerings from the 1960s to the 1980s. Join us as we answer burning questions such as “How is Macross related to Robotech?” and “What’s with the stupid robot in Battle of the Planets?” and “Why the heck does everyone in Speed Racer talk so fast?” They’re all here, from Gigantor to Gatchaman, for you to reminisce, revisit—and maybe even find some new favorites!
Your favorite reality television show has NOTHING on the compelling drama of Japanese animation fandom in the Sunshine State. Join opinionated blogger and convention personality Tom Croom as he tells tales from over a decade of being an active bystander in Florida’s fan culture. Learn how a small club at the University of Central Florida helped bring anime to VCRs across America. This panel is one long opinion peppered with random facts from a fandom’s past and makes for some great entertainment. Zaniness usually ensues.
Keroro is Sergeant Frog – the leader of a platoon of warriors sent to conquer planet Earth. But when the amphibious invaders discovered how much humans enjoy dissecting their comrades, the troops were scattered, the mission was aborted, and Keroro was abandoned. Now, this once proud soldier spends more time wielding a vacuum than he does the weapons of war. It’s a far cry from the glory of battle, but hey, at least he’s got his own room. TV-PG. Dubbed.
Do you ever crave an anime to soothe your weary soul? If so, Iyashikei is just what the doctor ordered! Join the panelists of NoS Anime as they introduce you to Japan's popular "healing anime" genre. Come learn what makes an Iyashikei and get suggestions on series you can enjoy for yourself.
MarkWHO42 is a weekly sci-fi radio show/podcast on kryptonradio.com. MarkWHO42 is show runner Mark Baumgarten, Patty Hawkins and Christian Basel. Check out and listen to MarkWHO42 at www.markwho42.net
Come WHOvians one and all. Be a part of this highly interactive panel hosted by MarkWHO42. Talk about your confessions on what made you a WHOvian. It's okay. You're among friends. No one will judge, for "what is said at WHOvians Anonymous, stays at WHOvians Anonymous."
HeroClix is a collectible miniatures game that uses the Clix system that centers on the world of superhero comic books, especially the Marvel and DC Comics universes. Have some fun by learning how to play and engaging fellow Marvel and DC fans as you battle one of the several pre-defined scenarios. Beginners welcome! Running all day in Room #17.
In King of Tokyo, you play mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and strange aliens—all of whom are destroying Tokyo and whacking each other in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo. Check it out in Room #17.
Splendor is a game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops—all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you're wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige. Check it out in Room #17.
In Ticket to Ride you journey in your cross-country train towards adventure. Players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America! Have some fun by learning how to play and save the world!! Space is limited so be sure to register at Room #17.
Welcome to the city of Machi Koro. You've just been elected Mayor. Congrats! Unfortunately the citizens have some pretty big demands: jobs, a theme park, a couple of cheese factories and maybe even a radio tower. A tough proposition since the city currently consists of a wheat field, a bakery and a single die. Armed only with your trusty die and a dream, you must grow Machi Koro into the largest city in the region. Check it out in Room #17.
Come by the gaming room any time the convention doors are open to play a board game with your friends, or meet some new people and jump into a game together! Volunteers will be available to help you select a game and learn the rules from our library of dozens of games, so whether you’re looking for a classic, a modern Euro or an entertaining party game, we're sure to have something for everyone. All in Room #17.
A Booster draft is a limited format of playing Magic: the Gathering where you draft cards, that is, you pick one card from a booster pack and then pass it to your neighbor. The natural process of design tends to create cards that work well for drafts without having to actually spend a great deal of time focusing on it. Booster draft can also be a great way to experience the full flavor of a Magic set for new players. Running all day in Room #17.
In Pokemon TCG, players take on the roles of Pokemon trainers, with their 60-card decks made up of Pokemon cards, Trainer cards and Energy cards. Players can battle with a maximum of six Pokemons at a time, with the player evolving and switching out the Pokemon and using them to exploit elemental weaknesses. If you love Pokemon Go you're sure to enjoy the classic card game that it is all based on! Running all day in Room #17.
In ancient times, there was a land where Gods and Demons would wage war. A land that was graced by the five Elements, Valhalla. After a long period of time, the fighting never ceased, and would repeat itself time after time. Soon enough, the war itself would involve the people living in Valhalla. Those who fight for their own beliefs, those who fight for the Gods, those who fight against the Gods, their spirit drives them into battle, and the battle has just begun. All weekend in Room #17.
In this game, two players Duel each other using a variety of Monster, Spell, and Trap Cards to defeat their opponent's monsters and be the first to drop the other's Life Points to 0. New players are encouraged to come out and learn to play from our experienced volunteers! It's important to learn how to play correctly, so you can enjoy picking up a game with your friends outside of MegaCon. Understanding the rules will help you make the best use of your cards and quickly become a formidable opponent! All weekend in Room #17.
Cardfight!! Vanguard is a story which revolves around the collectible card game. On a planet much like the Earth called “Cray”, you battle your opponent with the help of your units. Cardfighters become Vanguards, and lead their units towards victory! New players welcome, we will teach you the rules and gameplay! All weekend in Room #17.
*New Player Event! Almost all Pathfinders undergo extensive training for years to learn the tricks of the trade, and their last test before graduating is the Confirmation, a special research project that involves considerable fieldwork and is designed to simulate the initiates' future work as a Pathfinder. Check in at Room #1.
*New Player Event! When a routine errand uncovers a clue left behind by one of the founding Pathfinders, it’s up to the PCs to solve a puzzle whose pieces are scattered across Absalom—and whose prize dates back to the Society’s darkest years. Check in at Room #1.
The Pathfinder Society seeks the ancient ruby ring of the salamander and it falls to a team of Pathfinders to find it. The Pathfinders must risk the strange black ichors and salty brine to find their prize—will they risk their very souls as well? Check in at Room #1.
For months Taldor faction leader Lady Gloriana Morilla has mustered a small army to aid the Mendevian Crusade; however, without a powerful, unifying icon to rally around, progress is slow. She petitioned the Pathfinder Society for its aid in recovering this so-called Horn of Aroden, before all is lost. Check in at Room #1.
*New Player Event! One operative is fed up with the Aspis Consortium's practices and has contacted the Pathfinder Society with a tempting offer: assist her in leaving the organization, and she will supply the Society with years of insider intelligence about their longstanding rival. Check in at Room #1.
The Decklands family, a house of Chelish nobles, were exiled from Absalom for treason. When a Pathfinder agent at he City at the Center of the World ends up murdered, the Society sends you to the recently discovered Deckland Vaults in Absalom to solve the mystery. Check in at Room #1.