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Published On: Sat, Aug 6th, 2016

Thousands turned out to kickoff Tampa Comic-Con 2016

Anime, cosplay, comic books, science fiction, movie and television fans are come together for massive pop culture conventions all over the world and this weekend it’s in Tampa, Florida. With a guest which includes The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus, Daredevil stars Charlie Cox and Elodie Yung as well as Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Goonies, Woodlawn), Jack Gleeson, Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), the entire voice cast from the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TV show, Ray Park (who played Darth Maul) and Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and much more…expect last year’s record 50,000 visitors to be in jeopardy.

Neal Adams headlines a great list of comic book creators with George Perez, Bernie Wrightson, Peter David, Ron Marz, Rob Hunter, Dan Jurgens, Bob Layton, Steve McNiven and many, many more.  Amanda Conner and husband Jimmy Palmiotto,who call. the Tampa Bay area home, will also be present.

On day one of the Tampa Comic-Con it was this Penguin Cosplay that wowed guests photo/ Brandon Jones

On day one of the Tampa Comic-Con it was this Penguin Cosplay that wowed guests photo/ Brandon Jones

Popular authors Kevin J. Anderson, Terry Brooks and R.A. Salvatore are also on the slate as is fan favorite Spanish actress Ivana Baquero (The Shannara Chronicles).

Voice Actor and comedian Maurice LaMarche will be onhand, known to fans as the man who voiced The Brain on the popular animated Pinky & The Brain series, but has a long resume of incredible voice roles.

Sean Schemmel will also draw a big crowd as the voice behind Dragon Ball Z’s Goku.

Saturday is jammed full of celebrity panels, a film festival and of course, the beloved cosplay contest.

Fans can pick up a free Tampa Comic-Con poster draw by Adams and enjoy the low prices on comic books, toys, action figures, t-shirts and tons of artwork.

Kids 12 and under are FREE and do NOT require any sort of credential for entry.

For more information, full list of guests and details, visit the official website: http://tampabaycomiccon.com/

Just a couple of the most popular highlights from previous Tampa Comic-cons:

Stephen Solomon talks Comic-con, giving fans a preview of Tampa Comic-Com — listen HERE

Great interview with Jim Sternako, talking comic books, new book and Tampa – click HERE

The Zombie King, Arthur Suydam  – HERE

Massive crowd, photos

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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