A Comic & Sci-Fi Expo for the Whole Family
Transport to a world where your favorite characters from comic books, TV, film and games come alive at Fandom Kissimmee. This fantasy, sci-fi and comic book convention features exhibitions that cater to a wide spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, cosplay and artwork. There will also be panel discussions and demonstrations from comic industry professionals.
Admission to Fandom Kissimmee is free so bring the whole family and come dressed as your favorite characters to this family friendly event.
Cosplay is encouraged at Fandom Kissimmee. Come dressed in your most creative costume and you could even win a prize. You can register for the cosplay contest during the event until registration closes at 4:30 pm. The contest for kids 13 and under will begin at 5:00 pm, immediately followed by the contest for teens and adults.
WHO: 2,000+ ⎮ Fun & family-oriented
WHERE: Kissimmee Civic Center | 201 E. Dakin Avenue, Kissimmee FL 34741
WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019 ⎮ 11 AM – 6 PM
COST: Admission is free
VENDORS: Complete the vendor application
Frequently Asked Questions
There are two parking garages within walking distance to the Kissimmee Civic Center with 800 parking spots. The SunRail/Civic Center parking garage can be accessed from Neptune Road via Tohopekaliga Avenue, and Toho Square parking garage can be accessed from Pleasant Street via Darlington Avenue or Ruby Avenue. There is additional parking at Kissimmee City Hall (101 Church Street) as well as on-street parking throughout Downtown Kissimmee.
11:30 AM @ Cypress Ballroom- Travis Gibb- “Crowd funding in 2019”
In this panel, we will learn about the ins and outs of crowd funding by Travis Gibb, who has raised over 18,000 dollars on KICKSTARTER in less than a year. Learn the difference between INDIEGOGO AND KICKSTARTER. Learn how to market your project to be SUCCESSFUL.
11:30 AM @ Oak Ballroom- Gary Roen- “Why I Write Science Fiction”
It is a question that is asked by readers of all genres. This panel will reveal reasons the panelists write in the field of science fiction. Some of the questions to ask are how is it different from other genres, are there rules to follow like others and who are some influences that lead to the author writing in the field.
12:00 PM @ Magnolia Ballroom- Nicole Jobin- “Comics in the Classroom”
Comics are being used across the country to promote reading in classrooms as well as bridging the gaps in skills felt by struggling readers and avid readers alike. This panel brings together educators, comic book retailers and avid comic book readers to discuss the need for students to delve into this media while thinking analytically and critically about global topics and the realization that pictures and art communicate ideas.
12:00 PM @ Sabal Ballroom- Jeff Carroll- “The Monster Panel”
The Monster Panel is a traveling sci-fi panel which has the energy of a Hip Hop event. It is a fun, entertaining and informative panel of Science Fiction creators who discuss the stories behind the big happenings in the world of Sci-fi. Television, movies, comics, video games and books will be a part of the conversation. It has been held at comic cons, book fairs and libraries.
12:30 PM @ Arena Stage- Trivia Round One
Join us at the stage inside the vendor hall for themed trivia rounds. Prizes will be given away to winners! Open to all ages! Trivia themes include: DC Comics, video games, Pokemon, and Star Wars!
1:00 PM @ Cypress Ballroom- Dwight L. and Rebecca MacPherson Publishers of Hocus Pocus Comics – “Making Comics in the 21st Century “
One of the questions I get asked the most at appearances is, “how can I break into the comic industry?” I’m always pleased to answer, “make a comic.” It has never been easier to break into the comic industry. Traditionally, one had to submit work for publication consideration, wait for a long period of time and then deal with the good or bad news. And many times publishers didn’t even respond to pitches that were rejected! In the 21st century, the industry has taken notice of webcomics and digital comics, even going so far as to create categories for best webcomic and digital comic in the industry’s most prestigious awards, the Eisner and Harvey Awards. We will be discussing the various options for publishing one’s work in the 21st century, such as webcomic sites, personal sites, digital publishers and print-on-demand publishers. It has never been so easy to get one’s work out there as it is in this digital age in which we live. You just have to make the comic!
1:30 PM @ Oak Ballroom- PikaBelleChu- “Pokemon Trainers Unite”
Come join PikaBelleChu as she discusses over 20 years of the Pokemon Universe from the manga, to the anime, video games, collecting and more. Partake in a game of Pokemon trivia for prizes and see if you’re a Pokemon Master. Grab your Pokeball and join PikaBelleChu to Catch Em' All.
2:00 PM @ Magnolia Ballroom El Guapo Comics- “Making Comics: The Art of Cesar Feliciano”
In this panel, we will look at being an independent comics creator. From making comics, crowd funding and creating commissions, to coming up with new ideas to provide new and interesting collectible art. We will discuss all these and field a few questions.
2:00 PM @ Sabal Ballroom- Gary Roen- “Why It’s Important to Promote your Work”
Promotion of the author's work is an important part of publishing that authors often do not like to address. The misconception by many is that you only have to write and things will come. Is it important to be interviewed? How important are reviews? Are there right ways to promote and are there wrong ways? Join us for a lively discussion of ways to promote that many may have never even thought of.
2:30 PM @ Arena Stage- Hanging with Web Show- Hogwarts Sorting Hat Ceremony"
Join the Hanging With Web Show as they host a Sorting Hat Ceremony. Children ages 13 and under can be sorted into their Hogwarts House from the Harry Potter series. Be sure to spot some of your favorite characters as well! It's guaranteed to be a magical time!
3:00 PM @ Cypress Ballroom- Roland Man- "30th Anniversary of Cat & Mouse"
Join comic writer Roland Mann as he talks about Cat & Mouse which celebrates its 30th Anniversary while also going over his career as an editor for Malibu Comics, Marvel Comics and as a creative writing teacher at Full Sail University.
3:30 PM @ Magnolia Ballroom- Mike Valentine— “A History of Superhero Comics”
Join Mike Valentine, a cartoonist, comic book artist, Disney caricature artist and book illustrator, for a lecture and demonstration on the superhero comics beginning from the golden age to the current popular comics of today. Enjoy watching a live drawing demonstration throughout the panel discussion. Some lucky audience members will even receive an original full color drawing from this well-known comic artist, whose work has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC. Great fun for the whole family!
4:00 PM @ Oak- Brian Wenzloff- “Evolution of Horror and Influence on Pop Culture”
Join us for a journey into the evolution of horror in cinema & television and how it has influenced other aspects of pop culture.
4:00 PM @ Sabal Ballroom- Izumi Sakurada- Origami Workshop
"Origami” means folding papers in Japanese. Japanese children learn how to fold a piece of paper into animals, flowers, boxes, etc. This folk art is taught hands-on style between friends and family members in Japan. Our trained Origami artist will show you step-by-step how to fold two traditional Origami art pieces. We will provide Origami papers and diagrams that you can take home. We will be showcasing Origami Heart (For beginner) and Origami Flapping Bird (For intermediate). Space is limited.
4:00 PM @ Arena Stage- Trivia Round Two
Join us for a second round of some of your favorite trivia. Round two will feature questions from Marvel, Anime, Harry Potter and Dr. Who. Open to all ages and prizes will be awarded to winners!
5:00 PM @ Arena Stage- Cosplay Contest- Hosted by Cosplay Dames
Children and adults are welcome to participate in Fandom Kissimmee’s annual cosplay contest. Children’s contest will be for ages 13 and under, and will be immediately followed by our teen and adult contest. Handmade or purchased costumed are welcome. Top three winners from each contest will receive a prize!
Cosplay is encouraged! Come dressed as your favorite comic book, tv show, movie or sci-fi character. As you prepare your cosplay and props please help us ensure the safety of all of our guests by not bringing any blades with sharp edges or weapons that shoot any type of projectile. Fake, plastic swords are allowed.
Fandom Kissimmee features a vendor hall for merchandise and craft vendors. Vendor booths are 10' x 10' spaces with pipe and draped displays. This event allows for vendor opportunities for businesses, groups and organizations. To be considered for a vendor booth, submit the vendor application. Once approved, our Events team will contact you for payment of the vendor fee.
Commercial Vendors: $50
Non-Profit Vendors: $25
Vendor applications will be available closer to the event.