Southern Cons 2019

Dirtdives

RXO & Keeper of Con Lists
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Southern Regiment Covering: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia



JANUARY:


Name: Wizard World
Date: Jan 4-6
Location: New Orleans, LA
Events: Guests, Autographs, Photo OPs, Artists, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Exhibitors, Celebrity Vehicles and Props, Games, Sci-Fi Speed Dating, Star Wars Fan Experience, Panels, Marvel vs DC: The Great Debate, Workshops.




FEBRUARY:


Name: Star City Anime
Date: Feb 1-3
Location: Roanoke, VA
Events: Panels, Dances, Formal Dance, Anime Screenings, Video Gaming, Autographs, Blood Drive, Guests, Cosplay, Cosplay Contest, Dealers, Artists.


Name: NotCon at Sea
Date: Feb 15-18
Location: Miami, FL
Events: In conjunction with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Cruise Planners travel agents, NotCon is setting sail for another out of the ordinary convention experience in the creation of NotCon at Sea. We are taking our favorite convention elements to the high seas for a unique, integrated event that brings the best of both Con and Cruise to our audience.

Taking place on the newly renovated Mariner of the Seas, NotCon as Sea embarks February 15, 2019 on a four day voyage to the Bahamas, stopping at two ports of call. Attendees joining us for the voyage will be treated to a singular fan experience, including exclusive events, up close and personal time with some of their favorite guests, and of course all the fun to be had on a cruise.



Name: Kami-Con
Date: Feb 22-24
Location: Birmingham, AL
Events: AMV Contests, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Dodgeball, Kami-Con Rave, Kazha Concert, Vocaliod Concert, Con Show Game, Special Guests, Photo OPs, Autographs, Anime Screenings, Arcade, Artists Alley, Dealers, Gaming Rooms, Kami Shop, Pokecenter and much much more......


Name: Con Nooga
Date: Feb 22-24
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Events: Anime, Comics, Authors, Live Music, Sci-Fi, Horror, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Fantasy, Media, Gaming, Assorted Contests, Panels, Star Wars vs Star Trek Debate, LARP Tournament, Charity Poker, Room Parties, Big Wheel Racing- Kids and Adults, Photo OPs.


Name: PensaCon
Date: Feb 23-25
Location: Pensacola, FL
Events: Media Guests, Artists, Photo OPs, Autographs, Panels, Special Activities, Artists Alley, Vendors, Exhibitors, Film Festival, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests.


Name: ConVoluted Con Cruise
Date: Feb 25 - March 2
Location: Miami, FL
Events:
[FONT=Varela Round, sans-serif]Ever wonder what would it be like to take all of your favorite CON Friends and stick them on a Cruise ship for 5 non-stop days of Parties and festivities?? Come join us and Find Out!! Entertainment, Daily Activities, Coctail Party, Costume Contest, Team Geek Trivia, Geek Themed Events[/FONT]​





MARCH:



Name: AnniCon
Date: March 2
Location: Anniston, Al
Events: Gaming, Anime and Manga, Asian Culture Activities, Special Guests, Music, Art and Artists Alley, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Vendors.


Name: CalusaCon
Date: March 2
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Events: CalusaCon brings all of your favorite pop culture genres to Fort Myers at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. As long time fans of comic books, toys, pop-culture, cosplay, animation, sci-fi, fantasy and featured vehicles, the promoters and Fort Myers welcome you to their world! The show will have a lot of exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, movies, television, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel plus much more. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related attractions are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. This will be one show not to miss! Meet the Over 100 Cosplayers, Guests and Attractions all under the same roof at CalusaCon!


Name: Comic Con Revolution
Date: March 2-3
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Events:panels, Exhibitors, Artists Alley, Guests, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests. We also welcome credentialed comic industry professionals, and those in the related industries of film, television, animation, gaming, etc with complimentary admission to our event.


Name: Retro Jax
Date: March 8-10
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Events: Jax Arcade & Pinball Expo and Retrorama Collectibles have formed a strategic partnership to deliver Northeast Florida’s premier retro pop culture exposition, RetroJAX. This alliance is designed to bring fan favorites from both shows together through a blend of classic pinball and arcade gaming, vintage collectibles, and pop culture fun! There is some cosplay but small scale.


Name: Amelia Con
Date: March 8-10
Location: Amelia Island, FL
Events: Amelia Con is Amelia Island’s premier anime, comic book, animation, video game, cosplay, sci-fi, and pop culture convention. The convention will be held on March 8-10, 2019. It’s three days of gaming and screenings and one Saturday packed with Special Guests, competitions, artists, exhibitors, and more! Nestled in the resort town of Fernandina Beach (on Amelia Island), Amelia Con offers a unique convention experience complete with white sandy beaches, lush and historical scenery for amazing photo shoots, a haunted past, and excellent local restaurants.


Name: Hero Hype Convention
Date: March 9
Location: Miami, FL
Events: Vendors, Exhibitors, Comics, Anime, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Gaming Tournaments, Panels, Laser Tag


Name: Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture EXPO
Date: March 9-10
Location: Huntsville, AL
Events: Are you ready? It’s almost time to come and enjoy the Return to fun with the 3rd annual Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo. This year we are moving the event forward a little, and introducing a lot of new things! We will be hosting the Rocket City Mayhem Smash tourney, screening some films, giving you the opportunities to meet creators and authors in person, plus having a cosplay contest, and a live auction to benefit charity. We will be having the original Red Ranger, Austin St. John; Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo; Johnny Yong Bosch, the Black Ranger, and later the Green Turbo Ranger; Fabian Nicieza, co-creator of the merc with a mouth, Deadpool; and we will have Mike Zeck and John Beatty, who will be available for you to meet – these two artists were instrumental in making the Punisher the icon that he is today! There will be lots to see and do, which means, you WILL NOT want to miss this! We are super excited to see you all there – get your tickets now!


Name: SC Comicon
Date: March 9-10
Location: Greenville, SC
Events: Hosted by Borderlands Comics and Games, SC Comicon is the Upstate’s premier comics and pop-culture convention.
This family-friendly event in Greenville, SC has something for fans of all ages—from the top creators in comics and celebrity guests, to games, toys and collectibles, and cosplayers…plus plenty of events and contests for the kids.


Name: MidSouth Con 37
Date: March 15-17
Location: Memphis, TN
Events: Guests, Panels, Art Shows, Masquerade, Cosplay, Gaming, Dealers, Signing, Rocky Horror Picture Show Viewing, Kaffeeklatsches (Traditional Breakfast), Guest Banquet, Charity Auction, Midnight Dance Party


Name: Omni Fandom Expo
Date: March 15-17
Location: Orlando, FL
Events: Guests, Shows, Masquerade, Cosplay, Lip Sync Contest, PJ Sleepover and Pillow Fort Building Contest, Video and Table Top Gaming, Exhibits.


Name: KaiyoCon
Date: March 15-17
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Events: Guests, Artists Alley, Panels, Cosplay, Meet & Greet, Photo & Autograph OPs.


Name: Dyersburg Comic & Pop Culture Con
Date: March 16
Location: Dyersburg, TN
Events: Dyersburg Comic and Pop Culture Con is dedicated to promoting the excitement and appreciation of comic art. Through the artists, writers, and creators of the comic industry, graphic novels, gaming and other forms of comic and fantasy entertainment.
Dyersburg Comic and Pop Culture Con will also bring to life the world of pop culture through cosplay contests, actors, TV stars, celebrities, Professional Wrestlers/personalities and other stars from a wide variety of backgrounds.



Name: My-Con
Date: March 16
Location: Orlando, FL
Events: MY-CON is a combination of a comic convention and anime convention, hosting a cosplay contest, local artists and exhibitors. Our show is the one day that will bring all of your geek needs to you without all the craziness or cost associated with other comic conventions.


Name: Lexington Comic and Toy Con
Date: March 21-24
Location: Lexington, KY
Events: Guests, Autographs, Photo OPs, Exhibitors, Vendors, Gaming, Toys and Collectibles, Artists Alley, Anime, Sci-Fi, Horror.


Name: Metrotham Con
Date: March 22-24
Location: East Ridge, TN
Events: Multi Fandom Convention Gaming, Cosplaying, Pop Culture, Music, Art, Virtual Reality, Table Top, Coin Op, L.A.R.P. Etc...


Name: Animazing Con
Date: March 30-31
Location: Savannah, GA
Events: SAVANNAH ANIMAZING CON IS A 2-DAY CONVENTION HELD ANNUALLY AT THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY SPORTS COMPLEX IN SAVANNAH GA! SAVANNAH ANIMAZING CONS PRIDES ITSELF ON OFFERING FAN EVENTS FOR ALL-AGES CELEBRATING THE ARTS AND CULTURE OF JAPANESE ANIME (ANIMATION), MANGA (COMICS), AND COSPLAY (COSTUME-PLAY). SAVANNAH ANIMAZING CON HAS THREE GOALS IN HOSTING ITS EVENTS: Provide a venue for fans of Animation and Manga to come together in a festive environment. Educate people about the history and culture surrounding anime and manga, by hosting guests from the industry. Learn about Japanese culture through animation and comics.



APRIL:


Name: Collective Con
Date: April 19-21
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Events: North Florida's Premier Anime, Comic Book, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, & Pop Culture Event returns for a 4th huge year! Collective Con will be returning to the Morocco Shrine Center in Jacksonville, FL. Children 10 and under are Free! Don't miss out on this weekend of fun with Celebrity Guests, Voice Actors from some of your Favorite Anime/Video Game, Vendors, Fan Panels, Video Game Tournaments, Cosplay Contests, After Parties and more.



MAY:


Name: MegaCon
Date: May 16-19
Location: Orlando, FL
Events: Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, Gaming, Guests, Autographs, Photo OPs, Artists Alley, Kids Zone, Family Lounge, Panels, Q&A, Workshops, Seminars.


Name: Tidewater Comicon
Date: May 18-19
Location: Virginia, VA
Events: Guests, Autographs, Photo OPs, Exhibitors, Panels, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest.


Name: MomoCon
Date: May 23-26
Location: Atlanta, GA
Events: With more than 31,000 unique and over 84,000 turnstile attendance in 2017, MomoCon is one of the fastest growing all ages conventions in the country. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, Comics, Video Games, and Tabletop Games come together to celebrate their passion by costuming / cosplay, browsing the huge exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows, games, and comics and much much more over this 4 day event.


Name: ConCarolinas
Date: May 31- June 2
Location: Charlotte, NC
Events: ConCarolinas is a general multi-genre multi-media convention. We call ourselves a sci-fi convention but in truth we cover all speculative fiction – science fiction, fantasy and horror. We host a variety of fandom related events and guests, including gaming, discussion panels, costume events, music events like SciFi Karaoke, concerts, a charity auction, a short film festival, SCA events, groups celebrating fandoms like Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and many more. We have a Dealer Room with vendors selling unique fandom related items. At ConCarolinas you will find something for everyone!



JUNE:


Name: Marble City Comicon
Date: June 1-2
Location: Knoxville, TN
Events: Marble City Comicon is a comic book convention located in Knoxville, Tennessee. MCC strives to be Tennessee's best and truest comic con featuring fandoms of multiple genres. As long-time fans of comic books, toys, animation, scifi and fantasy, the promoters wanted to bring that style event to Knoxville TN (originally known as the Marble City)! The convention has exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, movies, television, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel plus much more. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. As admission is kept reasonable for adults and FREE for children 10 and under, MCC is a family-friendly convention.


Name: NuCon
Date: June 7-9
Location: Gadsden, AL
Events: NuCon is a pop culture convention. There will be vendors, lecturers, panels, a costume contest and a plethora of other things to do. Vendors will include sci-fi, fantasy, cosplay, anime, steampunk and zombies (and so much more). Speakers and panels will cover costuming, film making, 3D computer art, leather work and zombie topics as well as many others


Name: Tricon
Date: June 8
Location: Huntington, WV
Events: Guests, Exhibitors, Vendors, Panels, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest.


Name: Heroes Convention
Date: June 14-16
Location: Charlotte, NC
Events: Artists Alley, Exhibitors, Guests, Photo OPs, Autographs, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Special Activities.


Name: Magic City Con
Date: June 21-23
Location: Birmingham, AL
Events: Guests, Special Events, KidsCon, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Tabletop and Video Gaming, Dealers, Artists, Panels, Fan Tables, Con Videos, Media, Workshops.


Name: Augusta Toy & Comic Show
Date: June 21-22
Location: Augusta, GA
Events: A comic book and toy convention with over a 100 tables in a spacious venue. Come out and enjoy the day playing games, shop and meet your favorite celebrities! Cosplay, Actors and Guests, Heavy G.I.Joe Memorabilia and Collectibles.


Name: Rob-Con
Date: June 29-30
Location: Kingsport, TN
Events: The 34th Annual RobCon is on its way! This year will see the convention return to the Meadowview Conference Resort in Kingsport, TN on June 29th and 30th!. RobCon is a regional tradition spanning 34 years, with a lifespan that has seen it grow from a single room with a few vendors to the huge Meadowview Conference Resort; always growing and evolving to the wants and needs of the long list of fans of both Mountain Empire Comics and all things Cosplay and nerdy! Mountain Empire Comics has been a staple of the comic and gaming communities in the Tri-Cities since 1984 and has helped countless people find fun and friendship through their stores in both Johnson City and Bristol.




JULY:


Name: Florida SuperCon
Date: July 4-7
Location: Miami, FL
Events: We'll take you on an adventure through your favorite fandoms! Florida Supercon brings special celebrity and creative guests for fans of comics, superheroes, science fiction, anime, cartoons, video games, wrestling and more. Get ready for the most fun you'll have all year. Bring your friends or come with your family. Anyone at any age can find something to 'geek-out' about at Supercon! Dress up in Costume or come as you are to Florida Supercon


Name: HALO Outpost Discovery
Date: July 5-7
Location: Orlando, FL
Events: WELCOME TO HALO: OUTPOST DISCOVERY, A TOURING FAN EXPERIENCE THAT BRINGS THE HALO VIDEO GAME UNIVERSE TO LIFE. THIS WEEKEND-LONG EVENT LETS YOU STEP INTO HALO’S BELOVED SCIENCE FICTION SETTING LIKE NEVER BEFORE, WITH IMMERSIVE THEMED ATTRACTIONS, INTERACTIVE IN-UNIVERSE ENCOUNTERS, THE LATEST PLAYABLE GAME RELEASES, Hall of History, The Ring Experience, Covenant Escape, Combat Deck, Training Ground (VR), Pelican Training, UNSC Kiosk, Target Range, MEGA Construx, Post Exchange and Marketplace.


Name: Fanboy EXPO
Date: July 12-14
Location: Knoxville, TN
Events: Guests, Comics, Dealers, Photo OPs, Autographs, Vendors, Exhibitors, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Assorted Contests, Special Events.


Name: GaCuCon
Date: July 15-19
Location: Miami, FL
Events: We’re getting ready to set sail for our 3rd GACUCon voyage! July 15-19, 2019 aboard the RCCL Navigator of The Seas Includes access to GACUBash VIP Party on July 14th in Miami, Fl. Anime Screenings, Art Show, Board Games, Collectable Card Games, Dance, Dinner, Formal Dance, General Cosplay All Over, Hospitality, Manga Library, Miniatures Games, Role Playing Games, Video Gaming, Workshops, Screenings.


Name: HAMACON
Date: June 19-21
Location: Huntsville, AL
Events: Guests, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, AMV Contest, Anime Viewings, Mamacon Idol Live, Video and Analog Gaming, Rave, CLAMP Formal Ball, Maid and Buttler Cafe, Dealers, Artists Alley, American Red Cross Blood Drive.


Name: Hero Hype Convention
Date: July 20
Location: Miami, FL
Events: Vendors, Exhibitors, Comics, Anime, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Gaming Tournaments, Panels, Laser Tag


Name: Mechacon
Date: July 26-28
Location: New Orleans, LA
Events: Artists Market, Dealers Room, Fan Groups, Charity Auction, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Mechamaid Clubhouse, Red Carpet Affair, Scavenger Hunt, Panels, Tabletop and Video Gaming.



AUGUST:


Name: Tampa Bay Comic Con
Date: Aug 2-4
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Events: Tampa Bay Comic Con is a comic book convention located in Tampa, Florida. Tampa Bay Comic Con is Tampa’s largest, true comic con. Featured are exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals, and comicdom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet.


Name: DragonCon
Date: Aug 29- Sept 2
Location: Atlanta, GA
Events: Live Performances, Artists Alley, Vendors, Gaming, Workshops, Assorted Contests, Walk of Fame, Photo OPs, Autographs, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Parade, Dragon Awards.



OCTOBER:

Name: Wasabi Con
Date: Oct 19-20
Location: Jacksonville, FL
 
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Elcorio

Member
Thanks for the list. Many of these are in reasonable driving distance for me........and I had no idea that there were so many! How do you decide which ones to go to?
 

Elcorio

Member
For most it depends on what’s in the wallet.
Yeah, monetary means kind of makes or breakers the trip....
I fully understand the monetary part, but if it wasn't necessarily for that reason, would you go to all of them, just some.....or are some cons different than others? I ask only because I have #1: never been to one and #2: have a full suit of ODST armor that I built and want to wear, but don't necessarily want to be the hulking elephant in the room of say an anime con. Does any of that make sense or does it even matter when it comes to con attendance?
 

Dirtdives

RXO & Keeper of Con Lists
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
You don’t have to worry about being a hulking elephant. You might find someone else with even bulkier armor or suit. The bigger the con the bigger the suits. So even if you go to a smaller con so what? Once you have your helmet on No one can see your face. So don’t feel self conscious. Just walk around and any weird feeling will just disappear.
 

TurboCharizard

RMO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
I fully understand the monetary part, but if it wasn't necessarily for that reason, would you go to all of them, just some.....or are some cons different than others? I ask only because I have #1: never been to one and #2: have a full suit of ODST armor that I built and want to wear, but don't necessarily want to be the hulking elephant in the room of say an anime con. Does any of that make sense or does it even matter when it comes to con attendance?
A lot of cons will have a maximum height/width for props and costumes so you can always check their guidelines if you're worried. Walking through a crowded hall you will feel like a refrigerator and the reduced field of view will make you maneuver like one but there are always costumes that are bigger and a lot of anime characters have giant oversized props. My only issue I've had in the past is storage for armour crates, check to see if there's a coat check or bag check if you plan on getting changed into your kit at the convention center.
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At nerd cons you get all sizes of costumes, usually Halo gear falls somewhere in the middle of sizing.
 

MajWood

Member
#1: never been to one and #2: have a full suit of ODST armor that I built and want to wear, but don't necessarily want to be the hulking elephant in the room of say an anime con. Does any of that make sense or does it even matter when it comes to con attendance?
Makes total sense, trust me, but just remember, EVERYONE will love a cosplayer regardless of the setting of the con. That’s why we are here.

#1. Not a big deal, if I could (not having to worry about money/ responsibilities at home) I’d virtually live at cons. Big thing to keep in mind is how far out you want to go, and prices. I like going to ones all over and plan to hit one in each state at some point.

#2. Really, don’t worry about it, heck I went to a renaissance festival in my chief suit, probably will again this year. The first group I ran into was a typical vacationing Asian family/group (Hawaiian shirts, cameras, the works) and they had a blast getting photos with me for like 20 minutes (might be exaggerating a bit) but that’s the whole point, people love this kind of thing, just go with it.
 

Elcorio

Member
Makes total sense, trust me, but just remember, EVERYONE will love a cosplayer regardless of the setting of the con. That’s why we are here.

#1. Not a big deal, if I could (not having to worry about money/ responsibilities at home) I’d virtually live at cons. Big thing to keep in mind is how far out you want to go, and prices. I like going to ones all over and plan to hit one in each state at some point.

#2. Really, don’t worry about it, heck I went to a renaissance festival in my chief suit, probably will again this year. The first group I ran into was a typical vacationing Asian family/group (Hawaiian shirts, cameras, the works) and they had a blast getting photos with me for like 20 minutes (might be exaggerating a bit) but that’s the whole point, people love this kind of thing, just go with it.
Thank you! Your reply is exactly what I was curious about. While I am not rich by any means, I am at at financial point in my life and career where I can travel a bit in moderation to different places that are within a days driving distance and stay a weekend. On #2, perfect reference to my question, so I'll take that, throw on the armor and just go have a good time wherever that may be.
 

Dirtdives

RXO & Keeper of Con Lists
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
New Con Posting:

HALO Outpost Discovery July 5-7. Check it out.
 

Dirtdives

RXO & Keeper of Con Lists
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
So I guess that makes me the equator.....I sit at work all day working on anything I can on the website, get in some actual work here and there, and when I get home, procrastinate on my builds and occasionally work on them. Confusing....right?
 
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