The Florida Comic Con season is upon us. This will be my first year attending any sort of Con (YAY!). There are so many events in Florida that I seriously had no idea about. I’ve always known about MegaCon and some of the other big ones, but with so many events to choose from I thought it’d be a good (and useful) idea to share about all of the events here in the sunshine state.
Florida Comic Con 2016 List of Events
March 12-13,2016 – Lakeland Fanboy Expo – For those who don’t know where Lakeland is, it’s between Orlando and Tampa. This event has a lot of voice actors as celebrity guests, but will have Verne Troyer, Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Noah Hathaway aka my childhood love, Atreyu from The Neverending Story. Side note: why promote Verne Troyer as mini-me at a convention instead of, oh I don’t know, Griphook from Harry Potter? The weekend long pass is $50.
April 1-3, 2016 – Collective Con, Jacksonville, FL. I really want to go to this one to meet Robin Lord Taylor, aka Oswald Cobblepot, because I think he’s brilliant on Gotham. Candice Patton from The Flash & Castle will also be there. A 3-day pass is $45, so it’s definitely affordable.
April 16-17, 2016 – Space Coast Nerd Fest, Melbourne, FL. Since it’s the Space Coast there will be a former NASA astronaut guest speaker in addition to some older stars like Ricou Browning and Julie Adams. My other childhood love Dante Basco, aka Ru-Fi-OOOOOOOO, will be there as will Jeremy Palko who plays Andy on The Walking Dead. There’s also going to be a Steampunk Ball. Two-day pass is $30 or if bought in advance, $22.50.
May 26-29, 2016 – MegaCon, Orlando, FL. This will *hopefully* be my first Con ever. I’ve always wanted to go, but never have, so this is the year I’m planning to finally make the jump. They’ve got a fantastic line-up this year so far of celebrity guests including Stan Lee, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Smith, Hayley Atwel, and more. I’m actually super SUPER pumped to attend this event. The prices vary by day, but for the full 4-day weekend (it’s during the Memorial Day weekend) it’s $95.
July 1-4, 2016 – Florida Supercon, Miami, FL. There’s a lot of celebrity guests for this one and I’m sure more will be announced as it’s still pretty far out. Lots of Star Trek guests, Alex Kingston (River Song), and Natalia Tena (Tonks) are just a few. I’m also really excited about this event because the fabulous Meli of Melificent has asked me to sit on her panel about nerdy fashion. I’m crazy nervous, but really excited about this 🙂 The full weekend ticket is $80.
Aug 5-7. 2016 – Tampa Bay Comic Con, Tampa, FL. There’s such an awesome lineup for this including Norman Reedus, Krysten Ritter, and many others. This is another Con I’m definitely planning to be at as I’ve heard really good things about it. Ticket price is $60 for the whole weekend.
Aug 5-7, 2016 – Wizard World – Comic Con, Orlando, FL. This one is the same weekend as the Tampa Bay one, so I don’t think I’ll be making it, however Wizard World is known to put on some really great Cons. Their celebrity guests haven’t all been announced yet, so I’m excited to see who will be there as they start making that info public. It’s $75 for the weekend ticket.
Oct. 28-30, 2016 JUST ANNOUNCED – MegaCon Tampa. So this was just announced, but oh am I ready. David Tennant will be there, so that’s enough said (as well as Billie Piper, Karl Urban, and Shatner) As I get more details, I’ll be sure to update here.
November 2016 – this is one I’m not sure about, but last year there was MegaCon Fan Days in Orlando in November, so hopefully it happens this year, too.
So there you have it – some of the biggest and best 2016 Florida Comic Con events. I’m really excited to go to my first Con this year and I even get to be on a panel – yay!
What Cons will you or have you gone to this year? Have you ever sat on a panel before?