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What is MegaCon Tampa Bay?
MegaCon Tampa Bay is just like the MegaCon you know and love – on a smaller scale. You can expect the fandom, the fun, and the shenanigans of MegaCon with the awesomeness of smaller crowds and lower ticket prices.
Will there be Celeb and Comic Guests?
Yes! For MegaCon Tampa Bay, we’ll be bringing in fewer guests than you’re used to seeing at MegaCon to match the smaller scale of this show. The quality of the guest list will be the same MegaCon standard! (Our BIG show doesn’t change!)
But what about Photo-Ops, Autographs, Tickets?!
Please read below for more information and details on MegaCon Tampa Bay, Autographs, Attractions, and more!
I have never been to an event like this. What happens?
MegaCon Tampa Bay is a playground for fans of all ages who love genres from gaming to sci-fi to comics and more! A weekend at MegaCon Tampa Bay can include snagging a professional photo-op or autograph with your favorite actor, enjoying over 100,000 square feet of shopping madness, watching comic greats duke it out in a sketch duel and much more!
If that isn’t enough for your senses, try the Exhibit Hall where you’ll find everything from major companies showcasing their latest products to local vendors stocked with unique fandom wares.
How Much Does it Cost?
See Tickets link for updated information.
When is it?
September 29 – October 1, 2017
Where is it?
TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER
333 S Franklin Street
How Do I Get a Guest’s Autograph?
Most guests will be signing autographs whenever they are not at a Q&A Panel or Photo-Op. Most accept CASH ONLY, and you can purchase their autograph at their table. Guest locations will be noted in the program.
Due to high demand, we will be pre-selling a limited number of David Tennant autograph tickets each day of the show. We will release a small number on Friday, followed by larger allotments on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets will go on sale each day from show opening time. To secure your ticket, head to desk C2 in the Celebrity Autograph Area. Plan on cash only!
What Should I Have Signed?
Guests will usually have 8×10 prints at their table for you to choose from. Often, they are included with the autograph fee, but some guests occasionally charge an additional fee.
Can I Have My Own Item Signed?
Usually, yes. Guests will often sign toys, large posters, and other unique items. Some do charge more for a premium item and this is at their discretion.
How Much Does an Autograph Cost?
Autograph fees vary per guest. We will update the website as prices are confirmed. We do not always get a confirmed price before the show, and sometimes (rarely) prices change at the guest’s discretion once they arrive at the show. Click on a guest’s picture on the guest page to see their autograph fee, and please remember that autographs are cash only.
Where do I Purchase Photo-Ops?
Purchase in advance by clicking here or purchase from Epic Photo Ops at the show! Their location will be marked in your program.
What is a Q&A Panel?
A Q&A panel is a programming session about a specific topic or guest. The panelist speakers are often fans or professionals who work in the related industry, or celebrity guests. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions, witness amazing banter between celebs and their fans, and learn about techniques & upcoming projects.
Where are the Q&A Panels and Programming Sessions?
MegaCon Tampa Bay has multiple rooms of programming, and many are first come first served. Their locations, times, and information on sessions will be in your program.
When Can I Start Lining Up for a Q&A Panel?
Once a Q&A Presentation has begun in the Main Theater, we will begin forming lines for the next presentation.
This is one of the most popular events of MegaCon. Fans get their chance to show off their fantastic costume creations in front of a live audience and a panel of expert judges for prizes. Most costumes are related to what our fans love most, Comics, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Anime. The effort put forth by the contestants in this event is incredible and should not be missed! There are separate contests for adults and kids, and more information will be available at the show.
What is your Props and Weapons Policy?
View our props policy here: Props and Weapons Policy
What is our Harassment Policy?
View our policy here: Violence and Harassment
What is your Wristband Policy?
View our wristband policy here: Wristband Policy
Who’s coming to MegaCon Tampa Bay?
Please check our “Guest” links by clicking here for the most updated list of who will be appearing at MegaCon Tampa Bay.
When will you be announcing more guests?
Guest Announcements are made available to the public through our website, social media pages, and our electronic mailing list. We only announce guests after a set date.
MegaCon Tampa Bay advertised “guest name here” but I could not find him/her at the show, what’s the deal?
Every year a very small percentage of our guests cannot join us as planned. The reasons are endless and in some cases leaving very little time to change schedules and advertising. If a guest cancels we will give as much notice as possible. Also, not all guests attend MegaCon for the entire length of show operating hours. If you are only visiting for a couple of hours, you will likely miss some of your favorite guests as they may be scheduled for all different kinds of events throughout the event. Please join us for the whole weekend and don’t miss out!
When will you post a tentative schedule?
A tentative hour by hour schedule will be posted before the show on the web site. The final version appears in the show program which you will receive at the admission counter. Occasionally there are last minute changes to the printed program, and we will do our best to advertise those changes on our website.
What is Artist Alley?
The Artist Alley is the hub for all professional and amateur artists. This special area is where these artists display and sell their art and related products. They also meet with the fans face to face and many do sketches live for commission, sign and sell previously published works. Small Press is a big part of the Artist Alley and features mostly amateur artists and publishers who are trying to make their way into the industry. Many professional artists working today cut their teeth in the small press grassroots before breaking into the mainstream publishing industry. Very often, the participating small press publishers offer items that have no other distribution than MegaCon, so this is the only chance fans have to see and purchase their wares.
What are the rules on photography?
Photography is allowed in most areas of MegaCon Tampa Bay. Please be respectful when taking pictures and ask your subjects if it is okay to photograph them. Some guests may request no photography at their tables and Q&A panels – signs and volunteers will be present in these areas. Please honor all requests for no photography.