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

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Tonight only!!

Fifth Element Movie NightNovember 22, 2017, 6:30pmCinema Cafe at Greenbrier MallThe cult classic Fifth Element back on big screen brought to you by Tidewater Comicon.

There is a 6:30 and a 9:30 showing. The 6:30 will have trivia.

Proceeds from this evening will be given to TOYS FOR TOTS so please come hungry.
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Fifth Element Movie Night

 

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Steve Deller

Pattie Seeger

Graham Hanson

Brittin Waldron

Paul Babineaux it’s thanksgiving week

Emily Isdell 👍

Leonie Rohlfs

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Jessica Sadler

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Susie Carroll if I'm there then this is happening 😜🤗

Audrey Lynn

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Thursday November 9th, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Come out for the premiere of Justice League!

Get your photos with a few Cosplayers and we'll be doing a few Funko Pop giveaways!

Justice League Movie Premiere at RegalNovember 16, 2017, 6:00pmRegal Cinemas Columbus 12Come out for the premiere of Justice League!

Get your photos with a few Cosplayers and we'll be doing a few Funko Pop giveaways!
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Justice League Movie Premiere at Regal

 

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Monday October 30th, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Hey Virginia Beach Peeps!

College Con

College Con October 31, 2017, 11:00amBarnes & Noble at TCC VA Beach CampusAre you hero or a villain? Show us by wearing your favorite comic book gear in the photo booth! We’ve partnered with student activities to bring you music, food, trivia and other activities! We run an in store promotion all month, buy two graphic novels or manga and get the third free!! We hope to see everyone here as a villain or hero!


*please remember no masks*
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Wednesday October 25th, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Applications for Tidewater Comicon 2018 are now open!

Don't delay, apply today!

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Applications for Tidewater Comicon 2018 are now open! Dont delay, apply today! https://goo.gl/forms/9lButuz7oBGWoXaf1

 

Comment on Facebook

Yikes. Email said 26th so I was waiting for tomorrow! I just sent mine but hope waiting until now didn't cause me to miss out. 🙁

What are the applications for?

Who do I talk to if I want to bring an actor to do meet and greets ?

I see Artists, Clubs, and Vendors. Where do Podcasts fit in?

WHEN DO TICKETS GO ON SALE?

Ugh, I hate that I already signed up to appear at a different that weekend since I had such a great experience last year Hopefully I’ll join you all again in 2019

Joshua Williams I want a table at this next year

Done ☺️

Done.

woop. sent!

...and DONE.

What about Staff openings?

Done!

Done and done.

Done! 😁

Sent!

Done!!!!

Done

Nikki Fiedler !!!

Christine Hiddles Wessling 😁

Jonathan Crespo

Rebekah Blanchard

Cole Gregory

Jessica Wiggleton

Lacey Vo Pham

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Tuesday October 17th, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

The cult classic Fifth Element back on big screen brought to you by Tidewater Comicon.

There is a 6:30 and a 9:30 showing. The 6:30 will have trivia.

Proceeds from this evening will be given to TOYS FOR TOTS so please come hungry.

Fifth Element Movie NightNovember 22, 2017, 6:30pmCinema Cafe at Greenbrier MallThe cult classic Fifth Element back on big screen brought to you by Tidewater Comicon.

There is a 6:30 and a 9:30 showing. The 6:30 will have trivia.

Proceeds from this evening will be given to TOYS FOR TOTS so please come hungry.
... See MoreSee Less

Fifth Element Movie Night

 

Comment on Facebook

Steve Deller

Pattie Seeger

Graham Hanson

Brittin Waldron

Paul Babineaux it’s thanksgiving week

Emily Isdell 👍

Leonie Rohlfs

Paul

Jessica Sadler

Get some before Halloween 🎃 squareup.com/store/BobMacabre

Susie Carroll if I'm there then this is happening 😜🤗

Audrey Lynn

+ View previous comments

Monday October 16th, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Hampton Comicon is THIS Saturday!

Get your passes now before they are Gone at www.hamptoncomicon.com
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Hampton Comicon is THIS Saturday! Get your passes now before they are Gone at www.hamptoncomicon.com

Wednesday October 11th, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Only ten days till the big show! Get your passes today before they are GONE!

Hampton Comicon 2017

Hampton Comicon 2017October 21, 2017, 10:00amHampton Roads Convention CenterHampton Comicon was a huge hit and is back for another year! Join us Oct. 21, 2017 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center for a full day of family friendly fun.

Full Guest list on the site with more being added all the time.

Adults only $10 in advance or $15 at the door
Kids 10 and under FREE with a paid adult
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Saturday October 7th, 2017

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So sad. I have class all day that day.

Thursday October 5th, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Hey all you musicians!! Be sure to check this out. And if you can't go please tell some friends!

2017 East Coast Guitar ExpoOctober 7, 2017, 10:00amVirginia Beach Convention CenterThe 2017 East Coast Guitar Expo is the first of it's kind. It will host Guitar and Music Exhibitors and Vendors from all over the East Coast.

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 10am – 6pm
Sunday, October 8th, 2017 from 10am – 4pm

The people of Hampton Roads have had to travel to North Carolina, New Jersey, Washington D.C. or New York to attend guitar shows in the past. With the 2 million people here, we are going to have a fantastic guitar show.

Bring your guitars, basses, pedals and more to sell or swap at the show. Take advantage of our knowledgeable dealers. Bring those vintage, cool and unique pieces and make a deal!
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2017 East Coast Guitar Expo

Monday October 2nd, 2017

Tidewater Comicon

Crayon Collection is an LA-based non-profit dedicated to reducing the amount of crayons thrown away each year and to reduce teacher spending on classroom supplies by collecting donations of both used and new crayons. These crayons are then donated to Head Start programs and Title 1 elementary schools.

To support this effort, Red Fish Rue Fish is bringing Crayon Collection to Hampton Comicon!

Drop by the Red Fish Rue Fish in Artist Alley and drop your donation in the collection box - and receive a free gift!*

Learn more about Crayon Collection at crayoncollection.org
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Crayon Collection is an LA-based non-profit dedicated to reducing the amount of crayons thrown away each year and to reduce teacher spending on classroom supplies by collecting donations of both used and new crayons. These crayons are then donated to Head Start programs and Title 1 elementary schools. To support this effort, Red Fish Rue Fish is bringing Crayon Collection to Hampton Comicon! Drop by the Red Fish Rue Fish in Artist Alley and drop your donation in the collection box - and receive a free gift!* Learn more about Crayon Collection at crayoncollection.org
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