A bigger venue apparently means bigger celebs for the Tampa Bay Comic Con, which announced a star-studded lineup for its Aug. 23 to 25 convention at the Tampa Convention Center. Maisie Williams and Rory McCann, best known for portraying Arya Stark and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane on HBO's “Game of Thrones” are set to be there, as is Willow Shields, who played Primrose Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” and the upcoming sequel. Lauren Cohan, who portrays Maggie Greene on AMC's wildly popular zombie series, “The Walking Dead,” is scheduled to make her second appearance at the twice-yearly sci-fi, fantasy and comic book convention. In April the convention announced it would move from its longtime home at the Westshore Doubletree hotel to a 25,000 square-foot space in the Tampa Convention Center.
That move came after a capacity crowd forced the fire marshal to halt ticket sales during the April convention and turn away hundreds of fans. Organizers said that crowd reached more than 5,000 people, the event's largest single-day attendance in its 13 years. Other scheduled guests include artist George Perez, known for his work on “Avengers,” “Teen Titans” and “Infinity Gauntlet,” as well as a long list of other comic book writers and illustrators. The convention will also feature its regular lineup of vendors, costume contests and panel discussions. Single-day admission will cost $20 and a three-day pass is $45. Admission is free for children 12 and under.
Lauren Cohan from "The Walking Dead" will return to Tampa Bay Comic Con when it moves to the Tampa Convention Center.