Panama City Beach Comic Con 2015

Panama City Comic Con 2015

The Panama City Beach Comic Con 2015 is the first time this event has been held! It is the start of what will hopefully be a long running event for Panama City’s geek scene.

Venue: ✩✩✩ (3/5)

Entertainment: ✩✩✩✩ (4/5)

Visitor Information: ✩✩✩✩✩ (5/5)

Value for the Money: ✩✩✩ (3/5)

Pros:

The event is possibly the least crowded event of its type I’ve attended in recent years. That may change quickly as this event becomes better known.

The hosts were the crew from Chimichanga Talk, a geek podcast that has surely won new fans from their MC skills, as they introduced all the guests and ran the cosplay contests at the end of the day. There were fantastic costumes, interesting vendors, and some great celebrities on hand, including Lita (one of my favorite wrestlers) and the cult hero Ian Ziering from the Sharknado franchise.

The venue hand adult beverages, for those so inclined.

Cons:

At the last moment, the original venue cancelled on the planners, so they were able to get Club La Vela to allow the use of their night club. While it’s not a horrible choice, it is a maze of hallways and stairs, with many stages and sections stuffed with a few vendors or guests here and there.

The lighting in most of the rooms was great for a nightclub, but horrible for a photographer or someone showing off their costumes or artwork. I’ve always avoided carrying a flash into events like this, but I really wished I would have had one this time.

The entrance fee was pretty steep. At forty dollars, this was as expensive at a day at Megacon, which is an event that draws tens of thousands of people a day.

Recommendations:

It was the beginning of an event that will surely become a staple of Gulf Coast geeks. Event at the price, it was worth coming out and meeting members of the community. I’ve met some new friends, was introduced to some new entertainers, and enjoyed a weekend on the coast!

(All photos by Jeff O’Neal)

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Mystique
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Serious business
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Cross dressing, gender-swap, Joker cosplay? Sure.
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The judges deliberate over the contestants.
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Deadpool dance off? We got that covered.
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Say it three times…
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Eevee, Pikachu, a trainer, and Mystique (who apparently didn’t get the memo that Saturday was Pokemon day).
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Jessica Rabbit
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One of my Favorite Harley’s ever, Miss Day Cosplay.
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Artist Zach Rusnak’s awesome Fallout cosplay. (Yes, he won).
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Inside Out!
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Awesome
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The kid’s cosplay lineup.
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More Zack…
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Third place winners from Pokemon.
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Second Place Winner!
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Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds Cosplay!
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🙁 Sadness from Inside Out

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    1. Sorry! The contestants were fantastic, but they were not professionals. They literally ran across the stage, not stopping and posing for a good picture. The second place was also a Fallout costume, but I didn’t have a very good photo, and I didn’t catch her name. I added a photo today so you can see her. I appreciate your feedback. This weekend, I’ll be going to Night of Asia in Jacksonville Saturday, and we’ll try to also hit Daytona Beach Comic Con Sunday, so check back next week for more cosplay photos.

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