Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Jessica Roberts
The City of Auburndale is hosting its first Comic Book Convention called City Con. The event will be held Jan. 9-10, 2015 in the city’s downtown park. Majority of the activities will take place in the city’s downtown facilities. The two-day event includes an expo, gaming, double-creature feature, a Cosplay contest, parade of characters and a Superhero’s Ball.
Phil Moore, the former host of Nick Arcade, is the convention’s special celebrity guest. Moore, who won an Emmy for best host is also a writer for “Let’s Ask America” and has appeared on numerous shows including HGTV “Crowded House” and “Malcom and Eddie.” Moore has made his mark as a producer and writer in Los Angeles for several shows including on E! Entertainment, Style Network and G4. Moore recently made appearances at the New York Comic Con and Stan Lee’s Comikaze. Other guests include T. M. Powell, of the CW 44 Network, Dr. Paul Bearer II, Martial Arts and Security expert Larry “Stoney” Stone, Shawn Porter, paranormal investigator who has appeared on the SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters and the founders of Orlando Nerd Nite.
Special appearances will also include the Daytona Beach Ghostbusters Club, U.S. Haven Star Trek Club and the 501st Tampa Bay Squad FL Garrison.
Panel discussions will include experts such as sci-fi authors William Hatfield, Florida Polytechnic University Assistant Professor Christina Drake and Florida Polytechnic University Director of Curriculum and programs Mary Carpenter.
City Con’s primary comic book vendor is Johnny B’s Cards, Comic & Sports in Lakeland.
The Convention will also feature movie prop vehicles, such as the Delorean from ‘Back to the Future’ courtesy of Coulombe Enterprises. The convention will also include a concert.
Attendees must register for the event online. They will receive with their registration special access badges and an inaugural Comic Book, which will list activities for the two-day event, vendor information and sponsors.
Downtown Auburndale will be transformed into a fantasy world for attendees. “We want attendees to feel like they are in their favorite superhero or sci-fi fantasy film,” said Merissa Green, who is assisting with planning the event. “There will be plenty to do and see for this genre of enthusiasts.” Incredible sponsors, the events highest level of sponsorship, include the Florida Brewery Co., CenterState Bank and Custom Trade Printing.
For more information about Comic Con, visit auburndalefl.com.