Tampa Bay Comic Convention’s tentative programming/panel schedule can be found in a downloadable PDF. Most celebrity panel times are still in flux as the guest list experiences changes. Those panel times will be added in the coming days. Outside of celebrity panels, there’s contests, improv comedy, game rooms, after-hours entertainment–it’s all here! Just because the exhibit hall closes at 7PM doesn’t mean the fun stops there. Hang out with you r nerdy brethren until midnight on Friday and Saturday with the late-night programming options
COSPLAY CONTEST COMPETITOR REGISTRATION & PREJUDGING
SAT at 9:30AM // Floor 1, Rm. 7
Registration for pre-judging to see if you get into the contest begins at 9:30am in Floor 1, Rm. 7 Registration is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. Participants MUST arrive at registration and pre-judging wearing the cosplay they intend to compete in.
SAT 3:30PM – 5:00PM // Floor 1, Ballroom D
Come one, come all for the con’s most beloved event – Tampa Bay Comic Convention’s Cosplay Contest!
- Best In Show – $5,000
- Best Group – $2,500
- Best Craftsmanship – $550
- Best Likeness – $550
- Best Video Game – $200
- Best TV – $200
- Best Film – $200
- Best Comic Book – $200
- Best Anime – $200
- Best Closet Cosplay – $200
- Best Kids – $200
CHANGE MY MIND: NERD EDITION LIVE! HOSTED BY ANDY SIGNORE
SATURDAY ONLY! 9:30PM – 10:30PM // Floor 1, Rm. 3
Honest Trailers creator Andy Signore and his friends from PopcornedPlanet, have some passionate feelings on pop culture. They debate topics in front of the crowd then invite members of the audience to come to attempt to change their mind. This episode will be taped for their popular youtube channel.
CREATING EFFECTIVE MAGIC AND MONSTERS FOR YOUR STORIES AND SCRIPTS
SATURDAY ONLY! 10:30AM – 11:30AM // Floor 1, Rm. 3
Learn the secrets of crafting compelling sorcery and otherworldly creatures from professional writer Richard Lee Byers, author of THE HEAD OF MIMIR, a MARVEL LEGENDS OF ASGARD novel and many other works. Richard has written over fifty books and scores of short stories, scripted a graphic novel, had a screenplay optioned, and created content for tabletop and electronic games.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW WITH LIVE SHADOWCAST
FRIDAY ONLY! 9:30PM – 11:30PM // Floor 1, Rm. 7// Rated R
Enjoy the cult favorite, Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a live shadowcast! Let our cast immerse you in all that is Rocky Horror with up close and personal interactions. We promise to thrill you, AND fulfill you.
More Featured Panels:
- Freestyle DND (PG-13)
- Script Reading of The B-Team (PG-13)
- Hogwarts Battle Royale! (PG-13)
Featured All Three Days!
PENGUIN KNIFE FIGHT! IMPROV COMEDY
Penguin Knife Fight (@pkfimprov) is a touring improv comedy troupe. Similar to Whose Line is it Anyway?, they create brand new hilarious scenes based on suggestions from the audience (aka YOU) so no two shows are ever the same. You’ll laugh your socks off! No seriously, pick up your socks.
THE GREAT AND POWERFUL TIM
Magician and comedian Tim Hoffman has arrived with a show featuring mind-blowing illusions and a hilarious storyline. Tim is a member of the Academy Of Magical Arts and the Magic Castle. He can be seen touring all over North America. www.TimTheWebsite.com
Watch your favorite superheroes debate topics suggested by YOU the audience! If they lose the debate, they have to drink… So really, don’t they win the debate? Grab a drink and come find out!
More Featured Panels:
- Anime Screeners Presented by VIZ Media
- Outer Rim Guilds Lightsaber Choreography Demonstration.
Featured All Three Days!
OBLIVION GAMES TAMPA TABLETOP AND BOARD GAMES
Floor 1, Ballroom A
Come wind down and play free board games hosted by Oblivion Games Tampa! Oblivion opened in 2014 and quickly grew as the area’s favorite spot for all trading card game needs. We encourage a fun and friendly environment where all gamers and anime fans are welcomed. Our tournaments are welcoming to players from all ages and skill levels and will help anyone with tips, advice, and training if you want to improve at a game.
FLORIDA FOAM FIGHTING SWORD FIGHTING ARENA
Floor 1, Rm. 24 Foam Sword Fighting combines fast-paced full-contact combat simulation with elements of live action role-playing along with elements of both history and fantasy. Florida Foam Fighting is a collaboration of several different Foam Sword Combat organizations in Florida. Both a sport and a game, participants will experience a whole new level of competition and fun. Come challenge your skills against actual opponents—and earn glory in the arena! Keep in the loop at:
GREATER FLORIDA LEGO USERS GROUP DISPLAY AND BUILD ROOM
Floor 1, Rm. 22
Come see all of the new Lego themed displays for this year’s event including the Lego ‘Moonbase’, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Super Heroes, Trains, Mosaics, Castles and more! When you are finished looking at the displays, kids of all ages can feel free to visit the “play-brick” tables, use their imaginations and build their own Lego or Duplo creations that will remain in the room. The room is sponsored by the Greater Florida Lego Users Group, Inc., a non-profit Florida Organization for adults that enjoy building and displaying their Lego creations. www.GFLUG.org
STEALTH LASER TAG
Floor 1, Rm. 14 Stealth provides a fun, exciting, safe, and upbeat laser tag gaming experience for children and adults that mirrors popular video games such as: Fortnite, Call of Duty, Halo, Battlefield, etc. The only difference is it is live, realistic, and puts you in the action!
TECHPLAYZONE ROBOTICS WITH FIRST IN FLORIDA
Floor 1, Rm. 20
Enjoy the fun with robotics competitions and hands-on demonstrations. Learn to build and code a robot within minutes. TechPlayzone staff along with volunteers from FIRST in Florida will show you why coding and competing with robots is fun for the whole family.
THE EDGE: E-GAMING ARENA
Floor 1, Rm. 18 Enter the arena and battle it out in pick-up tournaments, fighting games, and shooters. Our free game library is yours for the playing! Hosted by Gamers on The Edge. Gamers on The Edge takes gaming to the next level by having donated over $100,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals while maintaining eight game rooms and over forty gaming consoles for their local children’s hospital. To learn more about “GoTE” and how you can play games in order to Make a Difference in the lives of sick kids, visit