TOP TEN US COMIC CONS OF 2015
What? Magic City Comic Con
Where?Miami Airport Convention Center
Guests: Karen Gillan, Sybil Kikili, Joe Acaba, Jim Decker, Caitlin Glass and many more
Events: Geek film festival, Comic Con costume and performance competition, video game tournaments: fighting game and classic speedrun, Hall of fame: autographs and photos with celebrities
With over 800 events, Magic City Comic Con has more programming than any of its kind in Florida. This Comic Con was designed to ‘celebrate Comic Books, Animation, Cartoons, Anime, Video Games, Cosplay, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Pop Culture and all things Geek!’.
Where?Crowne Plaza Hotel, Addison, Texas
Guests: Doug Jones, Cerina Vincent, Tim Lawrence, Stephen Constantino, Neil Caplan, Camden Toy, James Leary, Terry Naughton, Russ Adams, Heather Henry, Triston Johnson.
Events: Droid Hunt, Burlesque, Cosplay Contest, Maid Contest, Moulin Rouge, Imperial Gladiators, Texas Hold’em, Costume Contest, Dr Who’s Next Companion, Ms. Star Wars, Rocky Horror Picture Show.
All-Con has over 300 different events to experience in one weekend. The All-Con was first held in 2005. All-Con fills the entire venue, and Thursday is a free day open to the public!
3.11th and 12th April
What? East Cost Comic Con
Where? Meadowlands Exposition Center, NJ
Guests: Arthur Adams, Neil Adams, John Van Hamserveld, Steve Rude, Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Ann Nocenti, Larry Hama, Basil Gogos, Frank Brunner, Jim Salicrup, Phil Sloan and many more.
Events: Panels, Costume Contest
East Coast Comic Con is a ‘small show about the comics’. This started in 2012 with just 32 tables, and by 2014 had to span over 2 days with over 180 exhibitors. 2015 will have over 300 exhibitors. Kids under 12 go free.
What? Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo
Where?South Building at McCormick Place, Chicago
Guests: Amanda Connor, Humberto Ramos, David Finch, Dan Slott, Bill Willingham, Babs Tar, Gene Ha, Phil Hester, Scottie Young and many more.
Events:Panels, Screenings, Workshops, Interactive Classes, Drawing Demonstrations, Heroes and Villains costume contest, Cosplay championship
Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo is also known as C2E2. This convention is family friendly with the family HQ, has a floor packed with hundreds of exhibitors and brings you the most up to date and most popular Comic Con essentials
What?Fan Expo Dallas
Where: Dallas Convention Center
Events:Autograph Sessions, Cosplay, Celebrity Photo Sessions, Workshops, Seminars, Panels, Q & A
Fan Expo Dallas is HUGE- with over 600 retailers in over 20,000 sq foot! This is the largest sci-fi, comics, gaming, horror and anime event in Texas. Fan Expo HQ is one of the largest entertainment convention groups in the world.
Where? Hyatt Century City Plaza, LA, CA
Guests: Kyle Herbert, Andre Meadows, Ciji Thornton, Dominic Catrambone, Tay Zonday, Trisha Hershberger. More TBA
Events:Cosplay Contest, Gaming Zone, Panels
LA Cosplay is ‘the home for Cosplayers’. Enter competitions, attend talks about ‘how to turn your hobby in to a career’ and ‘choosing the right makeup for your costume’ whilst taking a break to game in between panels.
7. 25th-28th June
Where?Miami Beach Convention Center
Guests:Jim Shooter, Ivan Reis, John Beatty, Alan Bellman, Adelso Corona, Cosmic Times, Terry Cronin, Creature Entertainment and many more.
Events: Celebrity Autograph Area, Viewing room, Table Top Gaming, Gaming Lounge, Panels, Trivia, Short films, Cosplay and more TBA
Florida Supercon is the largest of its kind in Florida. This is their 10th annual event, with four whole days of Comic-Con fun!
8. 11th – 13thSeptember
What? Camp Anime
Where? Woodstock Valley, CT
Guests: Rainbow Bubble; Uncle Yo
Events: Panels, Workshops, Murder Mystery
Camp Anime is an intro to Comic Cons. It is a three day convention with a lot of indoor and outdoor fun. It is a camp, so you can stay for the weekend. This is a Con for the family, where the parents can come for a discounted price and be just as fun for the parents as it is for the children. Expect picnics, archery range, rock climbing, boating on the lake in Cosplay and much more.
9. 8th-11th October
What?New York Comic Con
Where?Javits Centre, NYC
Guests:TBA. Previous guests include: Adam West, Bill Nye, Charlie Cox, Elijah Wood, Lucy Liu, Seth Green and many more
Events:Panels, Screenings, Speed Dating, Costume Contests, Brooklyn Defender Bar
New York Comic Con is one of the hottest events on the scene. With a guaranteed star-studded line up of guests and panellists, and the biggest Comic Con in the country this is not one to be missed! 2014 saw NY Comic Con attract over 150 thousand guests!
10. 6th-8th November
Where?Kentucky International Convention Centre, Louisville, KY
Guests:Bruce Campbell, Louis Ferrigno, Michel Golden, Chris 51, Heather Miranda, C.S. Marks, Drew Blank and more TBA
Events:Autographs, Photo Ops, Panelling and more TBA – programme will be announced 10 days before
Wizard World is a widely popular Comic Con. The New Orleans Wizard World earlier this year sold out before the opening day. With 25 Comic Cons US wide, Wizard World must be doing something right!