The second annual St. Pete Comic Con, on January 7-8, 2023 at the Coliseum, will be bigger and better than ever with more celebrity guests and activities as well as additional auditorium space for contests and panels. Tickets are available for St. Pete Comic Con 2023. Early bird prices are available until October 1: single day tickets for $20 and weekend passes for $30.
Last year’s event drew 3,500 attendees and earned positive fan reviews (and a cool fan-created music video) for the con that celebrates comics, anime, sci-fi, and cosplay. Additionally, Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine published a special edition on St. Pete Comic Con 2022, which shows the strong con vibe that was felt throughout both days of the event.
“We’re excited for fans to reunite for a second year in St. Petersburg,” said convention organizer, Dewey Caruthers. He noted, “the fandom response at last year’s event was wonderfully overwhelming!” The organizers of St. Pete Comic Con also operate Anime St. Pete and Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay.
2023 event bringing in top anime, comics, and cosplayer talent
St. Pete Comic Con 2023 features three amazing anime voice actors, three nationally-known comic artists, and four high-profile cosplayers from throughout the state (all four cosplayers have been featured in Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine). In addition, panels will be held across the street at The Sunshine Center, which includes an auditorium for larger attended topics.
“We listened to fans last year and expanded to include better rooms for larger and smaller panels,” he said. And St. Pete Comic Con 2023 is sponsored by Florida Comic Cons, Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine, I Love the Burg, That’s So Tampa, and Creative Loafing.
St. Pete Comic Con 2023 features five contests with $1,500 in cash prizes. Like last year, there are two cosplay contests (Craftsmanship on Saturday and Runway on Sunday). And new competitions include a lip sync contest, and a Tiktok film festival! Stay tuned for future competition announcements!
Anime voice actors
- Jacob Hopkins voices Gumball from the Amazing World of Gumball, and Fushi from to Your Eternity.
- Valeria Rodriguez voices Sucrose from Genshin Impact, and Parona from To Your Eternity.
- Chris Hackney who voices Illumi from Hunter x Hunter, and Dimitri from Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
- Mike Grell is a legendary comic artist widely known for Green Arrow The Longbow Hunters as well as for Green Lantern, Iron Man, and Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Christopher Jones is best known for his work on Young Justice, Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and Doctor Who.
- Third comic artist announcement coming soon.
- @Star_cos22, from Orlando, is known for intense makeup and cosplaying obscure characters, and in less than two years they has become wildly successful on TikTok.
- @Darklady.cosplay, from Tampa, is a prolific World of Warcraft cosplayer, having brought more than 25 characters from the popular game to life.
- @AmazonCosplayer, from Fort Lauderdale, is Florida’s tallest heroine cosplayer who stands at 6-feet 3-inches portraying characters like Wonder Woman and Red Sonja.
- @Avera_cosplay, an award-winning cosplayer from Fort Myers, Florida. She is known for her immensely detailed armor builds.
Need help finding comic cons in Florida?
Florida Comic Cons provides the Con Calendar — a curated calendar of upcoming comic, anime, horror, science fiction, fantasy and pop culture conventions in The Sunshine State. And event listings include con info as well as helpful links for things like buying tickets and registering as a vendor.
Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine, a free monthly mag full of cosplayer photos and interviews
Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine, published by Florida Comic Cons, is a free monthly publication that spotlights cosplayers in The Sunshine State. The magazine includes interviews, character backgrounds, and, of course, lots of cosplayer images. Here are the most recent 2022 issues, which also includes a special edition on St. Pete Comic Con 2022.