This weekend, comics are coming to Tampa in a big way, faster than a speeding bullet and via two separate conventions: the thrice-annual Tampa Bay Comic Convention and the new-to-Tampa ShadoCon. But what if you're not one of those "comic book people?" Why would you go to a convention?
It's simple: you are one of those comic book people. You just may not know it.
Whether you were one of the five people to see Jonah Hex because of a Megan Fox fetish, you had an older brother (or creepy neighbor) with a comic collection, have a father whose mother threw out the first issue of Superman, have a girlfriend who digs Robert Downey as Iron Man or just grew up watching Batman: The Animated Series, everyone has a connection to comic books. Especially these days, with superhero films smashing box office records like they're the Incredible Hulk.
The Tampa Bay Comic Convention, held Sunday at the Minnreg Building in Largo, will have eighty-five tables of collectibles from local dealers. You can begin or add to your comic, toy or DVD collections, meet industry professionals, commission and purchase original artwork from local artists and even participate in or observe costume contests. (Time to dust off your tights, or at least your camera. You know your Facebook's been dying for a picture of you with a Storm Trooper.)
If one day isn't enough for you, ShadoCon will be held Friday through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Tampa East. Aside from a full dealer's room and artist's alley, the con promises that "there will be much to do at this convention — several shows, games, contests, panels, and industry guests." The shows range from break to ballroom dancing, as well as video game rooms and even a talent search: all in honor of anime, comic book and video game fans. All in honor of you.