Saturday, March 16, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Clearwater Comic Con is a FREE comic book convention organized by the Clearwater Library System and takes place in downtown Clearwater at the Main Library, 100 North Osceola Avenue. Come to share your interest in comics, manga, movies, and pop culture. There will be plenty of vendors, panels, and costume contests throughout the day. All ages are welcome!
Schedule of Events
|Costume Contest Registration & Prejudging (Ages 13+)||11:00 AM||1:30 PM|
|Pikabellechu: 20 Years of Pokemon Dicussion & Trivia||12:00 PM||1:00 PM|
|Costume Party Showcase (Ages 5 and Under)||12:00 PM||1:00 PM|
|Indie Advocates: Produce and Promote Your Self Made Comic||12:00 PM||1:00 PM|
|Wreck it Ralph Breaks the Internet Bellydance Performance presented by Lady Darjuxena||1:00 PM||2:00 PM|
|NASA Presentation:Caley Burke||1:00 PM||2:00 PM|
|The Female Image in Dr. Who||1:00 PM||2:00 PM|
|Youth Costume Contest (Ages 6-12)||2:00 PM||3:00 PM|
|Costume Contest (Ages 13+)||3:00 PM||4:00 PM|
|Cosplay Saftey for Minors - Parents Welcome!||3:00 PM||4:00 PM|
|Comics in the Classroom: Gateway to Reading||4:00 PM||5:00 PM|
|VARGAR: Therapeutic Role Play Gaming||4:00 PM||5:00 PM|
Guests and Vendors
Featured Guests & Partners
Charles "Chuck" Dixon is an American comic book writer, best known for his work on the Marvel Comics character the Punisher and on the DC Comics characters Batman, Nightwing, and Robin in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Emerald City Comics
Emerald City offers the pop culture merchandise you want in a clean and neat store staffed by a friendly and knowledgeable team! They carry a stellar selection of comic books, games, and toys for all ages and interests!
Home to hot independent comics like The Maniacal Smile, Hoof & Horns, Midwalker, and The Hearseload of Horror! Fierce Comics is Florida's premier independent comic book publisher.
Gamers on the Edge
Gamers on The Edge takes gaming to the next level by having donated over $60,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals while maintaining eight game rooms and over forty gaming consoles for their local children’s hospital.
NASA's Caley Burke
Caley Burke, Launch Vehicle Trajectory Analyst at NASA Kennedy Space Center, joins us to share what NASA is flying in the skies and space today.
Guest and Vendor Tables
Below you'll find information about our confirmed guests and vendors. Check back for updates.
501st Legion (website)
Anti-Matters Podcast (website)
Art by Jim Pinteralli (website)
Austin Janowski (website)
Bob Dixon (website)
Cosplaying for Christ
Costumers with a Cause (website)
Dave's Comic Box (website)
DeArmas Comics (website)
Devious Eye Entertainment (website)
Emerald City Comics (website)
Feed Your Imagination (webiste
Fierce Comics (website)
Fireblade Comics (website)
Gamers on the Edge (website)
Geek Freak Boutique (website)
Geek Traders (website)
Glasshopper Etchings (website)
Graveyard Offerings (website)
International Candy Company (website)
Javier Lugo (website)
Karl Moline (website)
Lavender Green Illustration (website)
Little Moon Whimsy (website)
NB Hobby World (website)
Psychedelic Snowflake (website)
Purple Narwhal Productions (website)
RockNoise Animations (website)
Slinky Horror Art/Comic Book 101(website)
Soda Pop Studios (website)
SPC Gaming Group
Suncoast Ghostbusters (website)
Take a Chance Cosplay (website)
TARDIS Riders of Pinellas (website)
The Art of Casty (website)
The Lab Comics (website)
The Pigcowtopus Project (website)
Top Deck Gaming (website)
UndRground Market (website)
Vargar Company (website)
Costume and Prop Guidelines
- Naked is not a costume; any illusion to nudity is strictly prohibited. If we can see through your clothes to your body parts, you will be disqualified from any contests.
- Dramatically plunging necklines and bare chests are not allowed.
- All participants must wear, at minimum, shorts or a skirt that completely covers the behind.
- Shoes, boots, or slippers are required (socks are not considered foot coverings).
- If your character does not wear shoes, footwear must still be worn.
- Portrayal of any real or fictional figure that advocates or endorses the dehumanization of any real group of people is prohibited.
- Hate symbols, even historical hate symbols, are prohibited.
- All participants must be able to move their costume on their own. This does not apply to ADA exceptions.
- Large costumes must be no more than 2 feet in all directions, due to the blocking of traffic flow and other hazards.
- All props must be checked at the Prop Check Table. Once checked, a piece of ORANGE YARN wil be tied to your prop.
- No real guns, even those that are no longer functioning.
- Realistic looking toy or model guns will be allowed only as long as they are clearly marked with orange on the barrel.
- No ammo of any kind (including nerf darts, etc.) may be brought into the building.
- Sharp-edged weapons are strictly prohibited.
- Large foam, cardboard, and plastic props are allowed as long as they are not being used inappropriately.
- For safety reasons, the following are NOT allowed: live animals, substances which might damage or soil the library, aerosol sprays, projectiles of any kind, and pyrotechnics of any kind.
Costume Contest (Ages 13+)
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM | Registration & Prejudging
2:45 PM | Participants Line Up
3:00 PM | Costume Exhibition Begins
- For ages 13 and up.
- One costume entry per person.
- All contestants must abide by the Costume and Prop Guidelines. Entries that violate any of the guidelines will be disqualified.
- Contestants must fill out an entry form and attend prejudging to qulify for the contest.
- At prejudging, the judges will be looking at the accuracy, originality and creation of the design. Contestants will also get a chance to show off any functions (parts that light up, move, etc.) that their costume has and role-play their character.
- In order to be eligible to win a prize, cotumes must be at least 50% handmade.
- Entries that do not meet this requirement will be allowed to participate in the exhibition, but will not be eligible to win a prize.
- Contestants will be eligible to win in one of six categories:
- Best Overall
- Audience Pick
- Most Creative / Best Original or Mash-Up
- Best Hero
- Best Villain
- Best Craftsmanship
- The process:
- The announcer will say your name and your character’s name.
- You will then walk on the stage and show off your costume.
- The announcer will then repeat your character’s name and that will be your cue to walk off stage.
- All stage activity must be family friendly and safe:
- Swearing, sexual humor, political or religious statements, and/or other inappropriate commentary should be shared at home, not on our stage.
- For safety reasons, no running, jumping, acrobatics, or throwing of props.
- Contestants who violate these guidelines will be immediately disqualified.
Youth Costume Contest (Ages 6-12)
2:00 PM | Contest Starts
- For ages 6-12 and up.
- Contest starts at 2:00 PM in the 2nd floor Youth Program Room.
- Register for the contest at the Youth desk on the 2nd floor.
- All costumes must follow the Costume and Prop Guidelines.
Youth Costume Party (Ages 0-5)
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM | Contest Starts
- For ages 5 and under.
- No registration required.
- Pop in at any time to do our costume catwalk, take shelfies, and dance in the Superstar Bubble Zone.
- Starts at 12:00 PM in the 2nd floor Youth Program Room and ends at 12:45 PM.
Parking & Directions
100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755
Parking will be limited due to ongoing demolition of the Harborview Center. It is recommended that visitors park downhill next to Coachman Park or at the City Hall lots when the Main Library lot is full. All street parking and City/County parking is free during the weekends, unless otherwise marked. Please see the map below for additional parking information.