Tampa Bay Comic Con continues to ratchet up the star power — this time bringing in stars from Game of Thrones, Walking Dead and actor Willow Shields, who portrays Primrose Everdeen in the Hunger Games — for the convention Aug. 23-25 in Tampa.
Action 3 Events and Promotions, entering its fourth year as the twice-a-year convention's owner, had to turn away fans under the fire marshal's orders in April because thousands showed up to see Lauren Cohan of The Walking Dead.
Cohan, who portrays Maggie Greene in AMC's hit zombie series, will be back but this time but the convention will be at the much-larger Tampa Convention Center.
She will be joined by Maisie Williams who portrays Arya Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones, as well as Rory McCann who portrays Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the epic fantasy drama series. (You might know Williams from her viral video reaction to the shocking Red Wedding episode a few weeks back.)
"I'm not exactly sure why we got so lucky," said Stephen Solomon, a partner in Action 3, but he suspects that once the convention had secured both the Walking Dead star and Katniss Everdeen's little sister, the other agencies lined up to make their stars available.
Comic conventions are no longer just for comic book geeks. They may have started that way, but Hollywood has discovered they are a great way to drum up support from eager and enthusiastic fans who take to Twitter to crow about their work.
The Tampa convention expects at least 10,000 people will come to the three-day convention, which will take advantage of its larger space to schedule programming such as contests and discussion panels and Q&As with the stars and comic artists.
Single-day admission will be $20, and a three-day pass is $45 for adults. Admission is free for children 12 and under. It starts at noon Aug. 23 at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. in Tampa. See tampabaycomiccon.com for ticket and schedule information.