By Johora Warren
Sailor Moon, Spider-Man and Storm all walk into the Tampa Convention Center… No, this isn’t the start of a corny dad joke. This will be the reality in the Bay area as two unique conventions are being held this summer- Metrocon and Tampa Bay Comic Convention.
Metrocon, as described on its website, is “a for fans, by fans anime convention”- the biggest in Florida, in fact. This four-day convention will be held on July 11-14, 2019 at the Tampa Convention Center. The theme? “Virtue vs. Vice”. Fans are encouraged to enjoy their interpretation of the theme through cosplay (a portmanteau for “costume play”) but should not feel limited should they have their heart set on attending dressed as their favorite character!
There are many things to partake in as well as events to attend at Metrocon. Fans can enjoy a masquerade, an “anime human chess match”, costume contests, video games, panels, and so much more. There is even the opportunity to give back to the community by donating blood during the convention. Metrocon attendees are also able to see various celebrity guests such as voice actors and popular cosplayers.
Less than one month later, fans of all things comic/pop-culture related are able to attend the Tampa Bay Comic Convention. As with Metrocon, fans can attend various panels and exhibits at the convention. There will be multiple celebrity guests in attendance that will be available for autographs and photo ops. (Note: Each celebrity autograph and photo op is available on-site through a cash only purchase.) This three-day family friendly event will be held on August 2-4, 2019.
Whether you’re an anime fan, comic book fan, Star Wars fan or all of the above, these unique conventions provide an opportunity (and a community) for thousands to come together to celebrate all things “geek” culture.
For more information and tickets for Metrocon, please visit: https://metroconventions.com/
For more information and tickets to Tampa Bay Comic Convention, please visit: https://tampabaycomicconvention.com/