It appears that 2016 is already getting off to a phenomenal start. At least, that's the case for Miami-based comic book, sci-fi, video game and anime fans.
The annual Magic City Comic Con is happening once again, this time on MLK weekend – that's January 15-17 – and it's slated to be the best one yet.
Attendees inside the convention center's main exhibition hall — Photo courtesy of Magic City Comic Con
The convention, founded by Mike Broder (who's also responsible for Miami's other major comic convention, the Florida Supercon), is sure to attract large crowds this year thanks to their phenomenal guest star line-up, not to mention inventive activities that are sure to be a hit with Miami's collectors, cosplayers and otherwise cool folk who happen to love conventions.
This year's main headliner is none other than Bill Nye – science educator, actor and author of a new book, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World. Mr. Nye will be participating in a Q&A session and signing autographs.
Whovians will certainly be flocking to the event as well to meet Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), and the 5th Doctor himself, Peter Davison.
And Game of Thrones fans won't be outdone, as they'll have the chance to get their next selfie taken with Kristian Nairn (better known as Hodor) and Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell).
It doesn't stop there, though. Magenta (Patricia Quinn), Columbia (Nell Campbell) and Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) from the original Rocky Horror Picture Show will also be present to introduce a special 40th anniversary screening of the film on Saturday night.
Cosplayers outside Magic City Comic Con — Photo courtesy of Magic City Comic Con
Brent Spiner (known to Trekkies worldwide as Data) will also be in attendance, as well as Caroll Spinney (the original voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the voice of Disney's Mulan) David Prowse (Star Wars' Darth Vader), Irene Bedard (the voice of Disney's Pocahontas) and wrestler Ric Flair, among others.
TV and film celebs aren't the only ones who will be at Magic City Comic Con, though. This is a comic book convention first and foremost, and plenty of talented artists and writers will be there, ready to chat, sign artwork and take photos.
Italian comic book artist Sara Pichelli (Guardians of the Galaxy, Her-oes), indie comic writer Terry Cronin (Students of the Unusual, Horse Power G), Tula Lotay (Supreme: Blue Rose), Dick Kulpa (Cracked, Weekly World News) and local artist Vanesa Del Rey (HIT comic book series, The Empty Man) will be among those gracing the show with their artwork.
Between Q&As and signings, there's plenty more to do at the convention. Anime, film and cartoon viewings will happen throughout the weekend, as will video game tournaments ranging from Smash Bros to Pokemon.
The winners of last year's cosplay competition strike a pose — Photo courtesy of Magic City Comic Con
There'll be plenty of panels and workshops on everything from introductory cosplay and DIY jewelry to the history of Sesame Street and the darker side of Disney. Other creative events include a Kpop Dance Battle, Sci-fi Speed Dating and even a Cosplay Runway Contest – all in the name of a geeky good time.
Bring your kids (they'll love taking part in activities like Super Science with Miss Frizzle and the Super Kids Costume Parade). Or leave them at home and stay for the late night events like the Super Cosplay Dating Game, Drunk on Disney Karaoke and the PSL sketch comedy shows.
Whatever your fandom, Magic City Comic Con's got you covered.