Tidewater Comicon

Date/Time Venue/Location
May 13 - 14
10:00am - 6:00pm
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street Virginia Beach VA 23451

Ticketing Information:

2 Day VIP passes are $100 before MAY 12th and not available in person at the door. *
2 Day passes are $30 before MAY 12th $40 in person at the door. *
Saturday Only passes are $20 before MAY 12th $25 in person at the door. *
Sunday Only passes are $20 and $25 in person at the door. *

VIP guests receive 2 extremely limited edition convention comics, our top secret goody bag, early admission to panels, and convention exclusives from some of our guest artists. A value of over $200.

Children 12 and under are FREE with an adult. Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
(We reserve the right to see ID for some questionably tall rugrats).


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EVENT DESCRIPTION

Tidewater Comicon is Virginia’s fastest growing comic book convention and returning to the Virginia Beach Convention Center with Celebrity Guests, Comic Book Creators, Arcade Room, Panels, and Events.

Tidewater Comicon is the brainchild of founder Mike Federali who sold his entire comic book collection at garage sales, flea markets (and even on AMC’s Comic Book Men) to make the show possible. The first show was a one-day hotel show with an over-capacity crowd. Fans gathered, met creators, had a blast, and left with only one complaint… More Space!

Thanks to the yard sales and fundraisers Tidewater Comicon moved to a 37,000 sq. ft. space at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Again the crowds came in, met creators AND celebrities, had a blast, and left with only one complaint… MORE SPACE!

In 2016, following an impressive Kickstarter campaign, the show reached its highest attendance so far with 23,000fans.

Event Schedule

SATURDAY

12:00pm – The Panel Party with Mark Mariano

You are cordially invited you to the Panel Party, where your imagination, storytelling ability, and art skills will be welcomed and celebrated. Simply put, we are going to have a blast making comics together! Warning: attending this party may result in you throwing your own Panel Party at home!

1:00pm – Sketchbook Daredevil Workshop with Laura Lee Gulledge

How can a sketchbook make you more daring as a visual storyteller? One page at a time! Strengthen your creativity in this inspirational workshop with author & artist Laura Lee Gulledge where she will share tips for overcoming obstacles, developing skills, taking risks, and staying inspired with your sketchbook practice. She will then demonstrate a couple of her favorite drawing dare exercises LIVE and invite you to draw along! Bring your sketchbook and a sense of adventure.

2:00pm- Draw A Little Dream with Chris Mariano

Chris Mariano interviews kids and parents about their strangest dreams. Professional artists bring their dreams to life on the drawing board.

3:00pm – Make a Pokemon with John Gallagher

Cartoonist John Gallagher helps you create and draw your very own Pokemon!

4:00pm – Cartoon Carnival

A fun series of drawing challenges that will spark your imagination and tickle your funny bone!

SUNDAY

12:00pm – Let’s go Lego! with John Gallagher

Cartoonist, John Gallagher, teaches you how to draw Lego versions of your favorite characters.

1:00pm – Superhero University with Chris Mariano

OPEN TO FIRST 20 KIDS

You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you super powers, but you will learn all the ins and outs of superheroics from the industry’s top professors.

PLUS you’ll have fun making your own cape and superhero mask! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!

2:00pm – Making Mini Comics with Laura Lee Gulledge

How do you get out your ideas using words and pictures?

Many cartoonists got their start by making comics in MINI form! In this workshop YA graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge will walk you thru her process for making comics while sharing original art and video shorts.

She will then demonstrate the process by developing a character and writing a six-panel story LIVE with the audience.

Guests walk away with inspiring handouts to create their own mini-comics!

3:00pm – Scribble Scramble with Mark Mariano

Eight artists chosen from the crowd compete in a series of quick-thinking drawing quests for the ultimate prize:

The Scribble Scramble Championship belt. Your doodling destiny awaits.

4:00pm – Creative Cartoon Characters with John Gallagher

Are you having trouble coming up with your own character?

This simple and fun creative exercise will have you filling your sketchbook with your own original and unique cartoon characters.


EVENT SPECIAL NOTICES AND INFORMATION

SHOW HOURS:

Sat 10-6
Sun 10-5

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR TIDEWATER COMICON

MembershipRules:

  • Membership Badges are required for entry into TWCC and must be visible at all times.
  • Membership Badges are non-replaceable, non-refundable,and non-transferable.
  • Acceptance of a Membership Badge constitutes consent to the use of the wearer’s image or likeness in any recording, transmission, or reproduction for use by TWCC.
  • Failure to comply with the published rules ofTWCC, including disruptive or inappropriate behavior, will result in the revocation of Membership and ejectionfromTWCC.
  • TWCC may revoke membership and eject anyone from the convention at any time for any reason without a refund.

General Convention Rules:

  • Follow requests and directions ofTidewater Comicon, Facility, and ConventionStaff.
  • Tidewater Comicon, and the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC),are not responsible for personal items. Unattended and lost items will be turned over to proper authorities(Convention Center Management).
  • Appropriateattire is required at all times, including shoes, pants/shorts/skirts,and shirts/tops.
  • Each eventroom haslimited spaceand seating.Seating isnot guaranteed toany persons. Standing room isallowed onlyatthe discretionof TWCCStaff.
  • Lining up is permitted no earlier than one-half hour prior for general events, and 30 minutes prior to autograph sessions.
  • Possession or consumption of alcohol is only permitted in designated locations.
  • The legal drinking ageinVirginiais21 years of age. Anyoneunder legal age found drinking or intoxicatedwill bereported.
  • Smoking is only permittedwithin designated locations outside the buildings.
  • Theft, assault, drug use, and other illegal activities will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
  • Discrimination and/or harassmentofany form willnotbe tolerated.
  • Do not hinder or obstruct the flow of foot traffic within the convention area.
  • Individuals may be asked to remove large or unwieldy bags, props, or other accessories from the convention areas.
  • Question or concerns should be brought to TWCC staff at either the InfoDesk, or Registration CustomerService.

CosplayPropPolicy:

  • We want a SAFE environment for ALL attendees so don’t bring anything that could hurt someone.
  • Real weaponsare banned in theconventionareas,regardlessif they are functional or not.
  • No explosives orfireworks.
  • No loudstereos, horns, or whistles.
  • All prop weapons must be inspected each day of the convention.
  • Any item found to violate city, state, or federal law may not be returned at the discretion of the VirginiaBeach PoliceDepartment.
  • TWCC Security cannot approve a prop prior to the convention
  • Members who do not comply with this policy or are deemed repeat offenders will be subject to removal from TWCC.
  • Foam and cardboard weapons are acceptable. Propfirearms are allowed provided they have brighttips.Prop bowsmusthave arrowswithoutsharp tips.

Prohibited Items:

  • Alcohol and illegal substances.
  • Wheeled items (excluding mobilityassistance devices), including butnotlimited to: Rollerblades. Skates. Skateboards. Wheelies. Scooters. Bicycles. Revealingand/or offensiveattire.
  • Asa general rule, if you can’t wear it at the beach, don’t wear it here.

WHAT’S NEW

Tuesday August 22nd, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Tomorrow! Don't miss out. Come see a movie with us 😀

Superman The MovieAugust 23, 2017, 7:00pmCinema Cafe at Greenbrier MallTidewater Comicon has teamed up with Cinema Cafe to show SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE on August 23rd. A portion of proceeds will be given to charity.
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Superman The Movie

Monday August 21st, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Wednesday August 23 come meet Larry Stroman for special meet and greet at Heroes and Villains! Larry will be available from Noon to 7 to autograph the all new Incidentals #1 from Lion's Forge.

Copies will go fast so message the Hereos and Villains page to reserve your copy.
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Monday August 21st, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Wednesday August 23 come meet Larry Stroman for special meet and greet at Heroes and Villains! Larry will be available from Noon to 7 to autograph the all new Incidentals #1 from Lion's Forge.

Copies will go fast so message the Hereos and Villains page to reserve your copy.
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Wednesday August 23 come meet Larry Stroman for special meet and greet at Heroes and Villains! Larry will be available from Noon to 7 to autograph the all new Incidentals #1 from Lions Forge. Copies will go fast so message the Hereos and Villains page to reserve your copy.

 

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He's the one who got me comfortable playing the ditch when I was improving my game for junior gold..... :'(

Friday August 18th, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Get on over to Zeno's this weekend for their big birthday party sale!This Saturday August 19th 2017
From 10am to 6pm
Zeno's is having a Birthday Party and Sale for our 43rd year serving Tidewater.1975 -2017
SAVE 43% OFF OF
TOYS,STATUES,POPS, AND GRAPHIC NOVELS !
Back Issues up to 75% OFF
Glass case Books 25-35 % OFF
NOTE SOME EXCEPTIONS!!!!!
20 plus Boxes of Dollar Comics!!!
COS-PLAYERs WELCOME !!!
AND We Have A PIRATE SHIP--- Weather permitting--
BRIAN LACY Will Be Here Showing off his Artwork
and his comic The ELUSIVE SHOT !!.
And CAKE and CANDY for All !!!!!
Help us Make this a great Day!
Thank You
Wayne
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Get on over to Zenos this weekend for their big birthday party sale!

 

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Thursday August 17th, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

OH SNAP!! GO GET SOME BOOOOOOKS!!!Atomic Comics Emporium "END OF SUMMER SALE" August 18th, 19th & 20th @ BOTH ACE locations in Hampton and Newport News! Huge discounts on everything in the store!!

-Back issues in bins - 50% OFF!

-New Comics, Graphic Novels, Star Wars Toys, Miniatures & Manga - 25% off

-Card Singles, RPG Games, Board Games & Dice - 20% off

-Silver Age Comics, Card Packs, T-shirts, Action Figures, Card & Comic Supplies - 15% off
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OH SNAP!! GO GET SOME BOOOOOOKS!!!

 

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Wednesday August 9th, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Come meet your favorite super heroes at Harbor Park and get a free comic book while supplies last.

Super Hero Night at Harbor ParkAugust 19, 2017, 6:00pmHarbor ParkCome meet your favorite super heroes at Harbor Park and get a free comic book while supplies last.
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Super Hero Night at Harbor Park

 

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Meredith, would Austin be interested? 🙂

Nikki Fiedler

Jason Hardee

What's the free comic?

Arley Baker, would you humor me for a free comic book?

You need to go meet your boy spidey James Kipler

Tony Rivera-Silva

Brandon Gay

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Monday July 31st, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Always some cool stuff happening over at the Slover Library!

Slover Draw Lab: Make Comics NOW!August 1, 2017, 6:00pmSlover LibraryThe Slover Draw Lab is a summer project created to give YOU the materials and the place to draw and create this summer. Visit the DRAW LAB anytime during library hours.

Be sure to sign up for one of our artist workshops during June and July by emailing andyharrisart@gmail.com. This week's theme is Make Comics NOW!

Harrington Comics and Rootbeer Comics have teamed up to bring you an inside look into comic drawing followed by some collaborative comic making awesomeness!

This program is free and open to the public but space is limited in the weekly artist workshops, so send your email today! (Teens & Adults) Room 375
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Slover Draw Lab: Make Comics NOW!

Friday July 28th, 2017

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OOOOOOO Get on out for a fun filled time 🙂

Get Pop-Cultured: Cosplay EventJuly 29, 2017, 2:00pmBarnes & NobleCosplay is quickly becoming a favorite pastime and way for people to celebrate their favorite stories and fandoms through character play. For this year’s Get Pop-Cultured event, customers are invited to our stores for a cosplay event.

This year, we are featuring a “How to” Workshop for Novice Cosplayers, a cosplay parade, and a cosplay costume showcase.

Local cosplayers are encouraged to reach out to Barnes & Noble Town Center Virginia Beach if they would like to participate in presenting to the crowd. You can reach Marian Atterberry at 757-671-2331 for information.
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Get Pop-Cultured: Cosplay Event

 

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Hey guys! We would love to have a volunteer give a cosplay 101 panel today at 2pm. If you would like to volunteer, call the store or message us here! Thank you!

Friday July 21st, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Something Super fun for everyone!

Superman The MovieAugust 23, 2017, 7:00pmCinema Cafe at Greenbrier MallTidewater Comicon has teamed up with Cinema Cafe to show SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE on August 23rd. A portion of proceeds will be given to charity.
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