Tidewater Comicon

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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).


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.

PHOTOS

WHAT’S NEW

Friday May 11th, 2018

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It’s Morphin time tomorrow at Tidewater Comicon with Walter Jones and David Fielding ... See MoreSee Less

It’s Morphin time tomorrow at Tidewater Comicon with Walter Jones and David Fielding

 

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Tidewater Con was a BUST! if you were a vendor or Artist you went hungry! they need to back off the mother's day show dates!! never again for us and all the friends that also did it!

Awesome!!!!! 💕 I knew the multimillion dollar Neptune statue would serve a purpose!!

Friday May 4th, 2018

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Let's talk about more cool stuff coming to Tidewater Comicon!

Kids Love Comics is a section of the show just for the younger fans to learn about comic books. Help your child start a great lifelong hobby. 😀

Kids Love Comics is run by the very talented Mark and Chris Mariano. This year they've bringing along even more super talented all age comic creators:

John Gallagher
Jamar Nicholas
Justin Garcia
Todd Webb

Get your passes now at:
purchase.growtix.com/e/tidewater_comicon_2018

Don't forget all kids 10 and under get in FREE with accompanying adult.
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Can you purchase tickets at door? If so, how much?

Anyone, please correct me if I'm wrong. If I would like the opportunity to get an autograph from any of the guests, I would need to purchase the Photo Op pass? I'm not really interested in a photo op with anyone, and just really want one autograph.

Can I get a pass for Saturday at the door and how much does it cost?

Friday May 4th, 2018

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Happy Star Wars Day!

Be sure to check out all the fun Star Wars events like watersidedistrict.com/event/may-the-4th-be-with-you/

Have a fun and safe night.
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Happy Star Wars Day!  Be sure to check out all the fun Star Wars events like https://watersidedistrict.com/event/may-the-4th-be-with-you/  Have a fun and safe night.

 

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Happy 13th birthday my son Michael Bisping

Thursday May 3rd, 2018

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Thanks to The Hampton Roads Show for having us on this morning and a big shout out to Viva Valentina and Zach Carr for rounding up all these great heroes and talking about the show.

#hamptonroads #757 #comicon #cosplay #marvel #dc #dccomics #batman #avengers #xmen #fantasticfour #starwars #tv #news #wavytv10 #worbla #superhero #supervillain #harleyquinn
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Thanks to The Hampton Roads Show for having us on this morning and a big shout out to Viva Valentina and Zach Carr for rounding up all these great heroes and talking about the show.  #hamptonroads #757 #comicon #cosplay #marvel #dc #dccomics #batman #avengers #xmen #fantasticfour #starwars #tv #news #wavytv10 #worbla #superhero #supervillain #harleyquinn

 

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Can I get my ticket in person how much would it cost

How can I buy tickets?

Thursday May 3rd, 2018

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Tidewater Comicon Celebrity Photo Ops are now on sale!

This is your chance to get a professional photo with your favorite TV and Voice Over Stars.

Gates McFadden (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Matt Ryan (Constantine)
Greg Cipes (Beast Boy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Walter Jones (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
David Fielding (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Rikki Simons

Get your Photo Op Passes now at:
purchase.growtix.com/e/tidewater_comicon_photo_ops_2018
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Do we have to pay to get a selfie photo with our phone or is it only a charge for the pro pic?

This is for professional pictures? What if we just want signatures and a selfie?

So here’s a fun fact. I missed the scheduled photo op time that I purchased with Matt Ryan (I had to finish a gelfling costume because kids...). Will I still be able to get it? There’s probably no one that is available to respond to this...I need to start today over again...🤦🏻‍♀️

What time are the autographs

Jessica Spurgeon Cardenas, are you doing photo ops? I’m thinking of purchasing one for the power ranger!

How much are autographs for Matt Ryan? And is there a schedule for it? Didn’t find the info on the website or here, thanks. Just trying to budget 😊

Holly Riahi Constantine will be at Comic-Con!

Ashley Green go see Gates ! She’s lovely!

Done, I've bought Gates, Walter, and David. I've saved up for this since I've heard about the event. I'm ready to go!

Gayle are you guys going to this?

Is Rikki Simons still going to be there?

Travis

David G. Carlson.

Dock Thelittleone Powell

Joseph Korbe

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Thursday May 3rd, 2018

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Local Game Guru Gordon Hunt is going to be the Game Master for our new Injustice 2 tournaments at Tidewater Comicon.

Come show off YOUR game skills. We're using this as a test to see if it's time for a bigger and better Game Zone at the shows. If this goes well we've got some ideas you'll love for Hampton Comicon.

TOURNAMENT RULES:
-Sign ups between 10am and Noon.
-Single Elimination
-No entry fee to play
-Bring your own controller (PS4)
-No Rage Quitters
-Judges Rulings are Final.

Prizes To Be Announced. Huge shout out to Cool Stuff for getting us the PS4 Systems and Games. For those of you in the Hampton area be sure to check them out for all their great used games and movies!

Register now for Tidewater Comicon at:
purchase.growtix.com/e/tidewater_comicon_2018
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Looking forward to seeing everyone come out and put their skills to the test!

Tuesday May 1st, 2018

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Tidewater Comicon 2018 reminds you to Celebrate Free Comic Book Day this Saturday at your local comic shop!

Be sure to check out:
Comic Kings Free Comic Book Day Sale 2018!
Zeno's Books
Trilogy Comics
Benders Books and Cards
Heroes and Villains
Fantasy Escape Comics & Cards
Atomic Comics Emporium I Atomic Comics Emporium II
Local Heroes

In addition to free comic book day a lot of these shops are having some awesome sales.

If you love all these amazing Marvel films this is your chance to check out all the fantastic source material. 😄
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Tidewater Comicon 2018 reminds you to Celebrate Free Comic Book Day this Saturday at your local comic shop!  Be sure to check out:
Comic Kings Free Comic Book Day Sale 2018!
Zenos Books
Trilogy Comics
Benders Books and Cards
Heroes and Villains
Fantasy Escape Comics & Cards
Atomic Comics Emporium I Atomic Comics Emporium II
Local Heroes  In addition to free comic book day a lot of these shops are having some awesome sales.  If you love all these amazing Marvel films this is your chance to check out all the fantastic source material. 😄

Friday April 20th, 2018

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Celebrity Photo Ops are now open!

You can now purchase your Professional Photo Ops for
Gates McFadden (Star Trek: TNG)
Matt Ryan (Constantine)
Walter Jones (Power Rangers)
David Fielding (Power Rangers)
Greg Cipes (Teen Titans Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Get yours here:
purchase.growtix.com/e/tidewater_comicon_photo_ops_2018

Photo Op times are listed on the schedule. Please be sure to be at the Celebrity Zone a few minutes early for your photo op.

You can still purchase autographs and selfies in Celebrity Zone during the day. This is just for pro photo ops.
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If I buy a ticket, can my children come for the photo also?

Will we get an idea of how much autographs will be?

Not going to lie, if it was only Greg Cipes being there I would still would go. But Doctor Crusher, Zack and Zordon?

Are you emailing Artists & Vendors the floormap soon?

Philip Vaughan yooooo

Edward Phillips we gotta get our photo op passes.

Freddy Castillo Jr.

Lelu White

Alexis Mendoza

Jason Blaufus Benjamin Joseph Red Atienza

Violet Staissney

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