The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
Parties with Character was created by a local South Tampa mom with one goal: bringing your favorite storybook characters to life. Every Parties with Character princess is a professionally trained vocalist/performer. With a little bit of magic, a lot of passion and a sprinkle of fairy dust, Parties with Character creates lasting memories through authentic character experiences.
The Little Mermaid Princess will be at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. The Ice Queen will be at the SouthShore Regional Library.
At the SouthShore Regional Library
Founder and CEO of iNerdia Entertainment Joey Logan is a writer, musician, actor and cosplayer. Residing in Tampa, Florida, Joey brings his fun and creative sense of style to surrounding conventions and events. With his love for video games and comic books, Joey portrays characters similar to his own personality and allows them to become part of him. His two favorite characters to portray are Wolverine’s son, Jimmy Hudson, and Gotham City Impostors Joker, which has a side kick named Emilio.
Guardians of Justice a 501c3 charity organization was initiated by local residents of Central Florida to merge their passion of costuming and combine it with a deep-rooted desire to give back to the community. Each member of the Guardians embodies the mantra to “inspire, support, motivate and empower” children and adults alike by fully bringing the characters they portray to life.
Legendary Knights Entertainment is a Central Florida-based character company that strives to provide the best character interactions for all ages. It is their mission to both entertain and inspire through the arts and literacy programs!
Nicola “Nick” Cuti worked as editor, artist and writer for such distinguished comic book companies as DC, Marvel, Charlton and Warren. He is a two-time winner of the Ray Bradbury Award for writing excellence and a 2009 Inkpot Award winner for his work in Comic Book Art. He spent 16 years as a background designer working on such projects as 101 Dalmatians, Gargoyles, Conan the Adventurer, The Mighty Ducks, and Defenders of the Earth.
Amy Christine Parker is the author of the critically acclaimed thriller Gated as well as Astray and Smash & Grab, all three published with Random House Children’s Books. She lives near Tampa, Florida with her husband, two daughters, and two very mischievous cats.
Kat Heckenbach spent her childhood in Riverview, FL, with pencil and sketchbook in hand, knowing she wanted to be an artist when she grew up. So naturally she graduated from The University of Tampa with a degree in biology, went on to teach math, and now homeschools her two children while writing. She is the author of YA fantasy series Toch Island Chronicles and paranormal romance Relent, as well as dozens of fantasy, science fiction, and horror short stories in magazines and anthologies. Website >>
Stefani Deoul is the author of the award-winning YA Mystery on a LARP, the first book in the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures. Along with being a School Library Journal “pick” for Pride. LARP has been short-listed for the Rainbow Awards and has been named the Delaware Press Association (DPA) Young Adult Fiction Book of the Year. As a television producer Stefani's resume includes series Haven, The Dead Zone, Brave New Girl, Dresden Files and Missing.
Mira is a lover of all things fairy tale and fantasy including the twisted ones. She believes in the power of following your dreams, magick, and pixie dust. Caffeinated beverages keep her fueled and a slice of key lime pie keeps her tart and happy. Mira’s lived most of her life in the southern United States and currently calls home to sunny Florida with her husband, two daughters, and her writing partner Finn (a yellow Labrador).
Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet. In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.
Tim Gibbons received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL. He discovered the love of art at a very early age when he became mesmerized by early Mayan and Aztec art, which continues to be a theme in his paintings. His art is also influenced by science, sci-fi, history and politics. His media is pen and ink, acrylic, oil, mixed media, print work and sculpture. His work has been shown throughout Texas and Florida and has been exhibited in one-man gallery shows at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, TECO Public Art Gallery, Stageworks Theatre, and more.
Lluhnar Dragon (Samantha Williams) is a self-taught artist who is striving to be notice in the art world. She started Lunar Sapphire Studio and has showed her art at MegaCon, LibCon, Megaplex, OmniExpo, Florida Anime Experience, and other conventions. She works primarily in digital art focusing on her favorite creature, the dragon.
The Florida Chalk Artists Association (FCAA) promotes chalk art through festivals and shows in the state of Florida. FCAA cooperates with service clubs, community groups, and art associations to showcase chalk as an art form. FCAA also takes part in demonstrations on the vast number of ways chalk can be used as a medium and educates the public about the history of street painters.
Lennard Robotics was founded in 2012 by a group of likeminded students. Those students beat USF Mechanical Grad students in a head to head open robotic combat competition four times and came in 2nd place in the NASA Egg Drop Challenge. Since that time Lennard Robotics has finished 1st or 2nd in every event they have competed in.
At the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
Chuck Dixon has more than twenty-five years of experience in the graphic novel field as an editor, writer and publisher. 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, Chuck is the co-creator of the iconic villain Bane during his run on Batman. He has contributed well over a thousand scripts to publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hyperion and others. His comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit continues to be an international bestseller. He is also the co-creator of an ambitious line of graphic novels based on the American Civil War available now through Dover books.
Sergio Cariello knew he wanted to be a comic artist when he was five years old. By the age of 11, his weekly comic strip, “Frederico, the Detective,” was being published in his hometown paper. While attending the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, where he would go on to teach for 7 years, he was hired as a Bullpen Letterer at Marvel, and has since worked as a penciller and illustrator on Daredevil, Marvel Comics Presents: Spellbound, Deathstroke, Guy Gardner, Steel, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Young Heroes in Love, Blue Beetle, Batman, and Azrael. He currently pencils and inks the Lone Ranger for Dynamite Entertainment, has finished the eighth installment of Son of Samson for Zondervan, and illustrated The Action Bible.
The Tampa Bay TARDIS is the official TARDIS of the Florida based fan group, the Whovian Order. It was built by the group’s founder, Leo Martin, who also accompanies it while in full cosplay as the 5th Doctor when attending events. The Tampa Bay TARDIS has appeared at many conventions, festivals and fan gatherings, as well as numerous charitable events throughout central Florida. Website >>
Middleton Robotics was established in 2004 as an extracurricular activity of Middleton Magnet High School, and now has members from 3 additional high schools, as well as home school students. Middleton Robotics exists to inspire their and future generations to become excited about science, technology, engineering and math through their four robotics teams.