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On the Town: Megacon Tampa Bay returns for 2nd year

  • Megacon Tampa Bay, now in its second year, started its three-day run at the Tampa Convention Center on Sept. 29, promising much for pop culture fanatics to enjoy, including appearances from the father of Marvel Comics and the actor most remembered for playing James T. Kirk.
  • We asked Shatner what he likes about these conventions, since years ago he got in hot water with Star Trek fans for spoofing convention goers, infamously telling them to “get a life” in a 1986 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
  • Stan Lee, best known to comic book lovers as the co-creator of so many of Marvel Comics’s most enduring superheroes, hosted a panel Friday evening and later an auction to raise money for victims of Hurricane Irma.
  • Items auctioned off included signed comic books, a dinner with Lee, a role in an upcoming Marvel movie and a trip to Los Angeles.
  • Earlier this year, Lee said he was done with convention appearances in Florida, changed his mind after Irma hit.

Now in its second year, the convention brings retailers, celebrity guests, panel discussions, cosplayers and, of course, a galaxy’s worth of fans.

TAMPA — 

Megacon Tampa Bay, now in its second year, started its three-day run at the Tampa Convention Center on Sept. 29, promising much for pop culture fanatics to enjoy, including appearances from the father of Marvel Comics and the actor most remembered for playing James T. Kirk.

Hundreds of comics and pop culture retailers have their booths ready to for the entire weekend. There’s comics, of course, but also toys, collectibles, and even a tattoo artist in the convention hall.

The long guest list for the event is topped by William Shatner and Stan Lee. We asked Shatner what he likes about these conventions, since years ago he got in hot water with Star Trek fans for spoofing convention goers, infamously telling them to “get a life” in a 1986 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

The original Captain Kirk said he’s touched by fans’ support of “Star Trek,” support that has lasted longer than five decades.

“This is, like, the 51st year,” Shatner said. “I’m in awe of the people’s passion for ‘Star Trek’ and I just go with it.”

Stan Lee, best known to comic book lovers as the co-creator of so many of Marvel Comics’s most enduring superheroes, hosted a panel Friday evening and later an auction to raise money for victims of Hurricane Irma. Items auctioned off included signed comic books, a dinner with Lee, a role in an upcoming Marvel movie and…

On the Town: Megacon Tampa Bay returns for 2nd year

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