COSTUME CONTEST

This fan favorite event has reached new heights! This exciting event features fans showcasing their original costumes derived from the comic, sci-fi, horror, anime, and fantasy worlds. Don’t miss this opportunity to be awed as a spectator or strut your stuff on stage!


STAR WARS EVENTS BY THE 501ST LEGION

The 501st Legion is one of the greatest fan organizations in the world. The Stormtroopers provide a spectacle for the eye every year with an elaborate booth, and all kinds of photo opportunities throughout the weekend. For a donation to the Make A Wish Foundation, you can also "Blast A Stormtrooper" in their on-site Nerf gun range!


NEW! HARRY POTTER ESCAPE ROOM

Play one of two Escape Room scenarios inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter! Try to escape from a vault in the Wizarding Bank or pass a very mixed up NEWT exam for potions! Amazing fun for the whole family at MEGACON Tampa Bay!


VOICE ACTOR LIVE SCRIPT READING BY TWISTED TOONZ

Do NOT miss the live movie script read featuring the biggest voice acting superstars in the galaxy! With millions of hits on YouTube and rave reviews internationally, this event that will kick you in the A**! You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Winnie the Pooh as Darth Vader, Christopher Walken as Harry Potter, or Pinky & the Brain as Frodo and Sam! It’s time to experience your favorite movies in a brand new, completely hysterical and utterly TWISTED way!


CELEBRITY PHOTO OPS

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.


AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS

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: Some guests may charge additional fees for an autograph.

Have questions about how it all works? Here's a link to our FAQ.


ARTIST ALLEY

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!


FAMILY LOUNGE

Meet us in the Family Lounge where you can show off your coloring skills, and maybe even meet a Stormtrooper! Families are invited to drop in with their children 12 years old or younger. This area is not a childcare service; parents must stay with their children for the duration of the activities. Full schedule of activities can be found here soon!


FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

Welcome to MEGACON Tampa Bay! Our event prides itself on having a lot of activities and attractions that are family orientated, so come on down with the whole family to meet your favorite Superheroes, Princesses, voice actors, or maybe even enter the costume contest as a family! Plus there are coupons and Family Passes still available!


KIDS COSTUME CONTEST

Join us for our Annual Kids Costume Contest! Kids 12 and under will show off their costumes for a chance to receive some great prizing for the top 3 costumes! Registration for the kids costume contest will take place at our contest registration booth on Sunday, with a cap of 50 contestants. Please register early as spots will fill fast. The contest will take place Sunday at 2pm!


MEET FAN FAVORITE COSPLAYERS

A photo op and candid chat with Celebrity Cosplayers? Yes, please! Come and meet our amazing line-up of cosplay guests as they share their experiences in creating costumes and dressing up for a living! This is your best opportunity to ask all of your cosplay crafting and community questions directly to some of the biggest Cosplayer names in the World!


WE'VE GOT AN ANIME FEVER

From Super Saiyan to Pokemon Fanatic - we've got them all! You will be excited to see the lineup of anime voice actors we have for you. Play a game of Anime Taboo and join fellow fans in to view your favs in our Anime Screening room all provided by Wasabi Anime!


SEE THE BACK TO THE FUTURE DELOREAN TIME MACHINE

Strike a pose driving behind the wheel, ‘floating’ on the hoverboard, or standing by the gullwing doors like Marty McFly! Get your photo taken with the most famous movie car of “all time” and benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


OVER 100,000 SQ FT OF SHOPPING MADNESS!

Hundreds of retailers from all over will join us to make your experience an unforgettable one! Specializing in everything comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming, these retailers have what you need. It is THE area to find just what you’re looking for - whether it’s comic books from any era, original artwork, graphic novels, memorabilia, DVD’s, videos, games, toys, or T-shirts - you will find it all here.


PANELS/Q&As

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!


MEET YOUR FAVORITE ANIME VOICE ACTORS

The actors that provide the voices of your favorite Anime 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!


CAT5 GHOSTBUSTERS

The superstars of the supernatural are back! When Tampa Bay quakes in fear, when the slime starts to rise, who ya gonna call? The CAT5 Ghostbusters are ready to believe you! Complete with all the gear necessary to capture the paranormal along with The Ecto 1M, The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, No job is too big. If there’s something strange in your neighborhood just remember … Who ya gonna call?


CREATOR SPOTLIGHTS

Some of the world’s biggest comic book creators will be featured at MEGACON Tampa Bay this year, with hour-long panels of their own. Here’s your chance to ask those questions you have always wanted answers to, and to hear the perspectives of those who shape the industry!


COSPLAY PHOTO PARK

Put on your best costume and get ready to strike a pose in MEGACON Tampa Bay’s Cosplay Photo Park! Located in the Community Zone on the Exhibit Floor, this awesome feature will allow you and your friends to gather around and get that amazing shot! Various themed backdrops will be available for you to choose from - best part is, it’s free! If you are trying to plan a group cosplay photo shoot, this is the place to meet!


DOCTOR WHO DALEKS AND TARDIS

Doctor Who fans will not want to miss the amazing set up in our Community area on the Exhibit floor! Come and marvel at Doctor Who costumes, props, backdrops, Daleks, the TARDIS, and more!


MEET LEGENDARY COMIC BOOK CREATORS

Comics Legends and Professional Comic Book artists are invading MEGACON!


RETRO COIN-OP VIDEO GAME ARCADE

Do not miss this fully authentic 1980's Video Game arcade with dozens of original vintage coin-op machines. All of your favorites in one place, just like back in the day! Open all weekend!


REBEL LEGION STAR WARS COSTUME GROUP

Besides our “Good Guy” costumes, our worldwide membership often choose to give back to their communities (through costumed volunteer activities and charity events). No one can provide the public with a greater range of Star Wars costumes, nor a more personable, interactive, face-to-face experience.


WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

Listen in and participate in our numerous sessions! Soak it all in through seminars and workshops held by the pros of the industry. With the professionals leading the way, you’ll be sure to learn how they do it in the real world.


EXHIBITOR AREA

Experience the hottest new products and services - before anyone else sees them! Companies from all corners of the industry will be showcasing their upcoming projects and promos in the Exhibitor area and you get to be there for a sneak peek. You’ll also be sure to receive samples, goodies, and chances to win prizes through their contests.


GET YOUR COMICS AUTOGRAPHED

Dig through your collection or visit some of the vendors at MEGACON 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.


STEAMPUNK ASSOCIATION

Steampunk has become really big at MEGACON! Visit their booth on the floor and their theatre sessions throughout the weekend, as they present workshops and demonstrations on what it all means! Learn what it’s all about and take in Tea Duelling, Parasol Duelling, Teapot Racing, and numerous panels on costumes, hair and make-up, prop building, leatherwork, and accessories!


GEEK SPEED DATING

When you’re at a pop culture convention you’re surrounded by like-minded people, but sometimes meeting folks can be complicated … but not when you’re in a setting designed just for that.  This is a fun way to quickly meet and get to know some of your fellow fans, and who knows, you might just develop a very important relationship in the process. Sign up in person at the show!


SKETCHES, LITHOGRAPHS, LIMITED PRINTS & ORIGINAL ART

Many of our artist guests and Artist Alley creators will have original art, lithographs, limited edition art prints, original sketches, and take commissions from fans at MEGACON. 

NOTE: Fees vary, please check with creators individually for prices and availability.


LIVE NERD IMPROV COMEDY SHOWS

Come and experience improv at its best as the MEGACON Tampa Bay becomes the stage for performances of several shows in our theatres throughout the weekend.


COSTUMES! COSTUMES! COSTUMES!

Fans dressing up in costumes, or cosplay as it is sometimes called, is a BIG part of MEGACON 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!

View our Props and Weapons Policy.


 


MEET AWARD-WINNING AND BEST-SELLING AUTHORS

Meet international award-winning and best-selling authors. Activities for readers include book signings, author readings, panels, and launches! This year will be the best year yet!


WE ARE S.H.I.E.L.D.

This cosplay team, inspired by "Marvels Agents of Shield" will be on hand in MEGACON’s Community area on the Exhibit floor with a great display of cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles as well as costumes and props, like the ones seen on the hit television series.


SKETCH DUELS AND MORE!

Comic fans will have their hands full this weekend with our comic featured panels! We've got the best comic creators facing each other in a live sketch duel and even two teams of creators go head to head over the fine details of comic book continuity! Audience participation encouraged!


SMALL PRESS / INDY PAVILION

Located in the Artist Alley area, the Indy Press Pavilion brings a fine line up of independent comic book, zine, and other related publishers. This Indy Market is just the place for you to meet the next up and coming talent in the comic world!


COSPLAY FOR A CAUSE REPAIR CENTER

The Cosplay Repair Center provides an area to fix up an element of your costume, or simply a place to sit for 15 minutes and recharge your batteries (literally and/or figuratively). This area gives you the space you need. Most importantly: it's a paparazzi-free zone. If you need a break from the posing, the Lounge is just the place to get that breather you deserve, or the food you need to hit the show floor running. 


MEETUPS

Whether you're a Whovian or Jedi, a cosplayer, or crafter, you are welcome here! Spend an hour with people who love the same things you do, share your awesome cosplay, find new local Meetup friends, or just take some photos. These themed Meetups are absolutely free and designed to help you connect with people you otherwise might not ever meet.


For more information, please contact us.



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