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NEW! COSPLAY PHOTO PARK

Put on your best costume and get ready to strike a pose in MegaCon’s brand new Cosplay Photo Park! Located in the North Exhibit Hall, 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 definitely the place to meet!

COSTUME CONTEST PRESENTED BY GEICO

This fan favorite event has reached new heights! This year’s event will be capped at 65 entrants including 20 for Youth entrants (ages 13-17) and 15 for Novice entrants. (there will be a separate Kids' Contest). VIEW CONTEST DETAILS

NOTE - Due to the high volume of applicants, the Novice Division is now wait listed. 

STAN LEE’S FINAL APPEARANCE IN FLORIDA

This will be your very last chance in Florida to hear from the legendary Stan Lee. Come and listen to the creator of Marvel's mightiest heroes talk candidly about the wonderful world of comics and superhero movies, and all those cool cameos, and maybe even get to ask a burning question of your own.  You can also get the scoop on what exciting projects The Man is working on now. Do NOT miss this!

CELEBRITY PHOTO SESSIONS

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.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW EXPERIENCE

Meet the stars TIM CURRY, MEAT LOAF, BARRY BOSTWICK, PATRICIA QUINN, and NELL CAMPBELL as they assemble for a rare convention appearance. Enjoy the ultimate Rocky Horror experience including screenings of the film with an introduction by one of the stars, panels, photo-ops, autograph sessions and much more.

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: Guests may charge additional fees for an autograph.

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 THE STARS OF THE BOONDOCK SAINTS

Brothers. Killers. Saints. It's been 18 years since the original film but it hasn't aged a day in the eyes of fans. MEGACON is honored to welcome stars Norman Reedus ( Murphy), Sean Patrick Flanery (Connor) and David Della Rocco (Rocco) otherwise known as The Boondock Saints. Speaking, signing autographs and posing for photo ops throughout the weekend.

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!

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!

OVER 400,000 SQ FT OF SHOPPING MADNESS!

Over 500 retailers from all over join Megacon to make your experience an unforgettable one!  Specializing in everything comics, anime, gaming, science fiction and/or horror, these 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.

BATMOBILE FROM TIM BURTON’S 1989 BATMAN FILM

Get up close to one of the most famous vehicles in all of film history! The Batmobile from Tim Burton's 1989 movie "Batman". Photo op available all weekend! Only one will claim the night.

HALO ODST DROP POD EXPERIENCE

Visionary Entertainment Inc will be joining MegaCon this year and bringing with it the Halo Drop Pod experience. Jump feet first into Hell with this Halo experience. Visionary Entertainment brings Halo ODST characters to life, in a performance followed by a ride in the ODST Drop Pod simulated, plus green screen photos ops too!

VOICE ACTOR LIVE SCRIPT READING

Our top voice actors guests will perform a LIVE script reading of the Hollywood Blockbuster! This hilarious re-telling of a classic will bring the house down as the actors use their huge list of cartoon characters to breathe new life into some legendary characters. DO NOT MISS!

STAR WARS EVENTS BY THE 501ST LEGION

The 501st Legion is one of the greatest fan organizations in the world, and fortunately MegaCon is one of the biggest events of the year for them. If you love Star Wars, you’ll have a busy weekend with Panels, Workshops and all kinds of Star Wars themed activities. The Stormtroopers provide a spectacle for the eye every year with an elaborate booth, and amazing photo opportunities throughout the weekend.

KIDS ZONE & FAMILY LOUNGE

Are you having the time of your life with all your kids in tow? Do you just need to sit down and take a breather? Here is a place to rest for all you great families! For parent(s) with kids under 12, the Kids Zone and Family Lounge is a quiet corner where you can just chill and get away from the crowds for a bit. Lots of activities for the kids including LEGO play stations, art and crafts tables, cartoons and more. *Note - this area is not a daycare service, all children must be with an adult at all times.

GREATER FLORIDA LEGO USERS GROUP

Hundreds of square feet of Lego wonderland! Sprawling display with fun and interesting moving parts! Lego play stations so you can build your own creations! All weekend in the Kids Zone!

CELEBRATE BUFFY’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH US

It's hard to believe that it has already been 20 years since the premiere episode of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, but here we are. Come and join us in celebrating one of the most important television series in broadcast history with Buffy alumni; James Marsters (Spike), Eliza Dushku (Faith), and Nicholas Brendon (Xander)!

FREEPLAY RETRO VIDEO GAME LOUNGE

Visit Room (TBA) and reconnect with all your favorite console video games! Over 50 gaming stations offering a huge selection of games from the in-house library! Hundreds of games available for you to play for free! Brought to you by and in support of Charity Nerds.

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW W/ LIVE SHADOWCAST CHEAP LITTLE PUNKS

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.

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 policy here: Props and Weapons Policy

FEAR FILM STUDIOS FEST – FRIDAY ONLY!

See all the Independent Short and Feature Films from FEAR FILMS STUDIO. Meet the Filmmakers! Catch a screening! Friday only at MegaCon! Session running all day Friday from Noon to 7pm. All screenings and panels are included in your MegaCon admission!

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.

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!

BUFFY’S “ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING” – LIVE SHADOWCAST

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.

SAINTS & SINNERS HORROR FILM FESTIVAL – SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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. 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!

POKEMON 20TH ANNIVERSARY BUG WITH PIKABELLECHU

Are you the biggest Pokemon fan in the world? Then come and see your dream car, the Pokemon 20th Anniversary celebration VW Bug done up like a giant Pikachu! Free photo ops all weekend!

SPEED DATING

Back by popular demand, speed dating is returning to MEGACON™! 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 Friday, Saturday & Sunday! On site sign up only! This is a 19+ event. If you have questions, please post them on Sci-Fi Speed Dating's Facebook page here.

DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-A-LONG PICTURE SHOW LIVE SHADOWCAST PERFORMANCE

Are you ready for the return of the most Horrible Doctor this side of the Whedonverse? CRH is proud to bring back Dr. Horrible's sing-along-blog to Megacon! Join us as we shadowcast Joss Whedon's tale of villainy, heroics, and musical numbers! Feel free to sing along, too, as we act out the movie as it plays on the big screen!

BEETLEJUICE: A LIVE SHADOWCAST PERFORMANCE

Are you ready to meet the ghost with the most? CRH is proud to cap off our Megacon weekend with one of Tim Burton's masterpieces: Beetlejuice! This movie has become a cult classic based on its unique characters and visual style. Come along for the wild ride – sandworm and all! (you hate 'em right?)

CLUE: A LIVE SHADOWCAST PERFORMANCE

CRH is proud to bring our shadowcast of this Tim Curry classic to Megacon for the first time! Follow along as we shadowcast this classic 80s board game-based whodunnit, filled with danger, intrigue, and mystery. Come see why this movie quickly reached cult status!

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