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  1. How to dress for Tampa Bay Comic Con with little effort

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    My first Tardis trip into the world of comic conventions was Orlando's MegaCon a few years back. It was a deep-end "nerd-u-cation."

    Have gun, will con: Stephanie Hayes went to a convention as Rose Tyler from Doctor Who.
  2. Cosplay bingo: Tampa Bay Comic Con's best accessory

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    Convention season is upon us, and venues all across the country are opening their doors to droves of spandex-clad, mask-wearing, LARPing comic and pop culture enthusiasts. This weekend, it's Tampa Bay's turn. I took a drive down to Miami for Florida Supercon to do some research on the popular convention costumes this …

    Behold, the Tampa Bay Times' cosplay bingo card! If you spot all the characters on the card, you are a cosplay connoisseur.  [CAMERON COTTRILL | Times]
  3. Tampa Bay Comic Con lands three grande dames of geek

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    What's better than one queen? Tampa Bay Comic Con is hedging bets on three.

    Tampa Bay Comic Con, which drew more than 40,000 people to the Tampa Convention Center last year, is poised to put up even bigger attendance numbers this year. The three-day event begins Friday.
  4. Tips for navigating the madness at Tampa Bay Comic Con

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    Tampa Bay Comic Con drew some 44,000 fans in superhero regalia in 2014, shattering attendance records at the Tampa Convention Center. This year could be poised to topple last year's record, with Saturday alone expected to draw close to 30,000 people. � Here are some tips to help you navigate the scores of …

    Customers shop for comics, artwork, memorabilia and apparel at the 2013 Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center.
  5. $15 days coming to zoo for 15 days in August

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    For 15 days, it will be only $15 for Florida residents to attend Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Adults must present valid state-issued identification at ticket windows to purchase tickets at this rate for ages 3 and up from Aug. 2-16, and it cannot be combined with any other discounts. Single day admission to the zoo is …

    One of the sea lions sticks their tongue out after a dress rehearsal for a daily presentation that will be a part of a new exhibit called Sea Lion Splash at Lowry Park Zoo on Friday, February 28, 2014. The exhibit will begin on March 1.
  6. Hillsborough library patrons get in free next week at Glazer museum

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    If you have a Hillsborough County library card, you can get free admission at the Glazer Children's Museum and bring along three free guests Sunday through Aug. 1. If you don't have a library card, you can get one right across the street from the children's museum at the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley …

  7. Dining Planner: Celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, plus restaurant changes in Dunedin

    Food & Dining

    Thursday is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day. Mail will be delivered, banks remain open, but still, this is a heartfelt annual tribute to the Madagascar beans that have given of themselves in the making of rich, creamy churned splendor. In keeping with the gravity of the event, we herewith assemble some of the top …

    Vanilla ice cream waffle cone.
  8. Things to Do Planner: Fanboy Expo, sing-along 'Sound of Music,' Bricks of Ybor block party

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    Holy autograph hound, Batman! The Fanboy Expo at Tampa's Grand Hyatt this weekend will reunite TV's Batman and Robin, Adam West and Burt Ward, the caped crusader and boy wonder of the campy '60s superhero series. The comic con also will bring actor Barry Bostwick, who starred as …

    Adam West, right, and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin in 1976.
  9. Willow Shields of 'Hunger Games' coming to Wesley Chapel mall

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    You can meet Primrose Everdeen when Willow Shields, the actor from the Hunger Games series, makes a stop at the Shops at Wiregrass from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 1 for the Wesley Chapel mall's Back to School Bash.

    Willow Shields at Comic-Con International on July 9 in San Diego, Calif. (Invision/AP)
  10. Tell Me About It: She's changed her mind about having kids

    Kids

    Q: Husband and I got married under the agreement that neither of us wanted kids. In the past six months or so, I've started to question my feelings. I'm going to talk to my husband this weekend. This is my working script: