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October 5, 2017

MEGACON™ TAMPA BAY 2017 WRAPS ANOTHER YEAR WITH OVER $25,000 RAISED FOR HURRICANE RELIEF WITH STAN LEE AND KEVIN SMITH, PROVIDED FUN AND EXCITEMENT FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FANS

Highly Anticipated Fan Event Welcomed Celebrities, Artists and Locals, Raises Money at Live Auction, Hours of Family-Fun Programming

Tampa Bay, FL – October 5, 2017 – MegaCon™ Tampa Bay 2017, the Southeast’s largest fan convention, wrapped up another weekend at the Tampa Convention Center. The three-day multi-genre convention welcomed fans to revel in panels, shopping, celebrity fun and more. This year’s show was packed with exciting activities for fans of all ages and featured celebrity guests including Marvel Comic legend Stan LeeWilliam Shatner (Star Trek), Kevin Smith (Clerks), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Mewes (Clerks), Caleb McLaughlinGaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things), and many more.

Photo Credit: Rachel Parker for MegaCon Tampa Bay


Highlights from this year’s show include:
Stan Lee Auction for Hurricane Relief  
Friday evening, MegaCon Tampa Bay welcomed Stan Lee for a Q&A and live auction. Seven one-of-a-kind items were auctioned by actor/director Kevin Smith (Jay & Silent Bob, Clerks) with all proceeds benefiting Feeding Florida for hurricane relief. A one-on-one dinner with Stan Lee was auctioned for $3,000 with a fierce battle in the audience. Then a surprise item was announced when Kevin Smith auctioned a cameo in his upcoming movie Jay and Silent Bob Reboot for $6,000. Lastly, an all- expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to hang out with Stan Lee, have dinner and go to a Black Eyed Peas concert with him was auctioned for $10,000. There was even a proposal!

Between the auction and ticket sales, more than $30,000 was raised for Feeding Florida.  


Stan Lee Auction at MegaCon Tampa Bay to Benefit Feeding Florida on Friday, September 29 
 
Cylon Raider Ship from Battlestar Galactica
Why do the bad guys always have the coolest looking ships? This amazing display, a half scale model of the Cylon Raider ship from Battlestar Galactica circa 1978, is the only one ever built to scale as there were none built for the actual production of the show!

Booth Highlights
Tattoo Alley had 20 artists from The Ink-Fusion Empire lead by Marc Draven. Ink-Fusion Empire is the only professional Tattoo program that has a license agreement with Lucasfilm LTD and works side-by-side with the likes of Stan Lee, Dave Nestler, Arthur Suydam, James O'Barr, and countless other TV and movie celebrities. Artist alley was packed each day with eager fans waiting for their next tattoo.

Panels, Photo Ops, Signings, much more
Many panels and photo opportunities took place this weekend, including Q&A with Stan Lee where he answered numerous questions from fans, photo opportunities with William Shatner and Caleb and Gaten from Stranger Things and much more.

Can’t wait for next year’s MegaCon Tampa Bay? MegaCon Orlando 2018 will take place from May 24 to May 27, 2018 – tickets go on sale in late November. MegaCon Tampa Bay returns September 21 to September23, 2018. Check back at www.MegaConOrlando.com and www.MegaConTampaBay.com for ticket sales.

ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ

MegaCon Tampa Bay is owned by FAN EXPO HQ, one of the largest entertainment convention groups in North America. Collectively it hosts over 500,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO CANADA™, Boston Comicon, FAN EXPO VANCOUVER™, FAN EXPO REGINA™, FAN EXPO DALLAS™, Toronto ComiCon, Dallas Fan Days and MegaCon Orlando.