TIPS FOR TAMPA BAY COMIC CONVENTION
The great big world of comic conventions can seem a bit overwhelming – even to a seasoned convention attendee. So many things to see, people to meet, autographs to get, and pictures to pose for can leave the most educated scratching their head wondering, “What do I do next?”. In order to help along in your stellar journey at Tampa Bay Comic Convention, we are offering some tips and advice.
HAVE A MEETING PLACE FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY BEFORE YOU SEPARATE.
Hey, we understand that the excitement is so overwhelming that it is easy to ride like the wind and scatter once you see your first set of stormtroopers, but having a location backup plan to meet your loved ones ensures everyone is accounted for later.
WAITING IN LINES PATIENTLY IS MUCH APPRECIATED BY ALL FANBOYS AND FANGIRLS ALIKE.
The last thing we know you want to hear is “NO CUTS” screamed from behind you. After all, a little time in line gives you a chance to meet someone new and discuss all the gaming tips you missed.
STARVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED AND “HYDRATION” IS NOT THE NAME OF A PLANET!
Eat breakfast before you attend the event. We know we sound like your mother, but seriously the only fainting we want anyone doing is when Chris Evans addresses you by name! Water, water, water! Keep it flowing.
Food courts are available at the convention center, and don't forget your refillable water bottle!
Taking pictures is one of the best activities at the convention. When you walk in the door and see Superman, Captain America, and a Cyborg all standing next to each other, you know this opportunity may never happen again! When taking pictures, be courteous and aware of others around you while on the showroom floor, or at the celebrity booths. Waiting for the perfect picture can cause the pesky lines to be longer than needed and an all-out traffic collision in the walkways.
AH YES… THE COMIC CONVENTION HYGIENE TALK…
It will be warm and tens of thousands of your peers will be enjoying the days of comic and pop culture bliss. Did you pick up on the tens of thousands? Deodorant is your best friend. Remember, when you are in line – you will want to make a good impression! And have some breath mints. When getting that celebrity photo op, the last thing you want is your celebrity crush looking around for that “funny smell.”
THE GOLDEN WRISTBAND OF LIFE!
Well ok, it’s not exactly golden – but your wristband for your admission is your lifeline to all things at the convention. Not only will you need it to get through doors, but you may need it for some of the festive events happening outside the convention after hours.
STOP! PANEL TIME!
The panels are a very popular event happening at Tampa Bay Comic Convention. First-time attendees may be let down when they mosey over to the panel room only to find that it filled up half an hour before. Panels have limited seating but HUGE rewards, so plan out your panel schedule and arrive at LEAST 15 min before it begins to secure your spot.
WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES!
Standing and walking will be the name of the game at the Tampa Bay Comic Convention. Comfortable shoes equal happy feet and happy feet equal a good time (plus more mileage for the next day).
BRING YOUR CHUNK OF CHANGE!
ATMs will be available throughout the showroom floor and many booths and artists are now taking credit cards – however, there is nothing like stone-cold hard cash! Plus, it is one less line you have to wait in.
Cosplayers make the comic convention world go round! How would you ever see a walking Tardis or an adult-size Finn if it was not for those amazing costume creators? If you see a costume and love it – tell them. Chances are they worked hard with blood, sweat, and tears to have it done on time. They will appreciate your approval. Make sure to read our Cosplay Rules and Harassment Policy as well.
Tampa Bay Comic Convention 2024 is August 23-25, 2024 at The Tampa Bay Convention Center