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Tampa Bay Comic Convention returns to Tampa

Comic book fans had to go without the event last year due to the pandemic.
Customers shop for comics, artwork, memorabilia and apparel at the Tampa Bay Comic Convention in 2013.
Customers shop for comics, artwork, memorabilia and apparel at the Tampa Bay Comic Convention in 2013. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2013) ]
Published Jul. 20
Updated Jul. 27

The Tampa Bay Comic Convention is back.

After last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic, the Tampa Bay Comic Convention will return July 30-Aug. 1 at the Tampa Convention Center. The weekend is full of events and games, and a number of celebrities are set to appear, namely NSYNC’s Joey Fatone. Hundreds of vendors are expected, each equipped with comic books, toys and more.

The action starts on Friday, with the doors opening at noon and closing at midnight. On Saturday, it’s from 9 a.m. to midnight, and on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Comic Convention will adapt as the public health rules in both the Convention Center and the city change. Check out the COVID-19 tab of their website for the latest protocol.

“That’s one of the beauties of a Comic Convention, because we were wearing marks before they were mandated,” event organizer Ro Malaga joked.

Tampa is especially excited for the Comic Convention to be back, Malaga said. There will be laser tag, a Lego-building section and the fan-favorite cosplay contest. There will be a cast performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show while the film plays in the background.

“This is a place where you can come and find your community and this is a place where you can be entertained,” Malaga said.

Tickets are $60 for three days, $30 for Friday or Sunday and $40 for Saturday. They’re on sale at tampabaycomicconvention.com.