Just what is Comic-Con for the novice? If one knows nothing about comic book heroes then, having never heard of Comic-Con it is easy to imagine the guy or girl next door suited up in their favorite character walking around a convention right? If not, then perhaps the Tampa Bay Comic-Con definition below will help:
The Tampa Bay Comic Con is a comic book convention located in Tampa, Florida. The convention has been in existence since 2000. As Florida’s premiere family-friendly and fan owned comic book convention, we provide a variety of exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of comic fandom interests. Be it comic books, magazines, toys, games, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches or apparel—the Tampa Bay Comic Con strives to make it available to convention attendees.
Comic-Con is not just a Tampa Bay event. There are countless venues on an international level. To see how seriously fans take their comic book characters have a look and listen to the video in this article.
Local Ronald "Spider" Seaman a Comic-Con Winner
Who better to depict the weaponry and military armor at the Tampa Bay Comic-Con Convention than Retired US Army SFC Sergeant First Class Ronald Seaman, a family man in Spring Hill, FL. There aren't many like Spider formerly on a team of Special Forces who jumped of planes to get to work. The high tech armor and weaponry complete with front medieval blade and fake blood Spider tasked himself to complete for Comic-Con may have been a small feat in comparison. It was no small feat, however, when Spider landed second place in the adult competition.
In reality, Spider poured his talents voraciously into his creation by the backyard barbeque, to manifest a prize winning costume, skillfully designed from materials that come from Lowes or Home Depot. By the time Spider put his expert touch into it, you could not tell the costume from the real thing, that is, if there is such a real thing anywhere else but in comic book land. Comic-Con participants were in for a real treat when Spider, who is wheel chair bound blasted sound effects from his armory, as seen on the news video from Fox Tampa Bay. Most inspiring was Spider's insane capability to pull of the entry which won second place while confined to a wheel chair with post military issues. "One week before the convention, " Spider says, "I lost complete use of my hands and could not do any more work on my project. By the time I recovered I was up doing marathon sessions until 3AM for 2 nights to get it finished" and he was victorious.
The highlight of Spider's experience was when he was approached by a woman with a son, also in a wheelchair, who stayed back in the hotel. "He didn't want to come over because he was in a wheelchair," she said. This mother went back with photos of Spider and her son was so happy he came over to the convention. "She was in tears," said Spider. We do not get to meet accidental heroes everyday but for this young, wheel chair bound son, who didn't want to come out to the Tampa Bay Comic-Con this was no ordinary hero. This was Spider. We are anticipating the new comic book series on Spider in his wheeled battlestation which would certainly inspire more youth to challenge their disability. Thanks Spider.