Magic city Comic-con hosts convention at Miami airport convention center

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Magic City Comic-Con brought three days of entertainment and learning to lovers of film, comic books, and video games.  From Jan. 15-17, the convention took place at the Miami Airport Convention Center, starting the new year for comic and film fans off with a bang.

Fresh off the critical acclaim of the new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the convention featured two big names from the Star Wars franchise: Mark Dodson and Dave Prowse.

Prowse portrayed the nefarious Darth Vader in Star Wars Episodes IV-VI and Dodson portrayed the despicable assistant of Jabba the Hutt, Salacious B. Crumb, in Star Wars Episode VI.

The convention also featured Brent Spiner from the Star Trek franchise, who played the android, Data in the Next Generation series.  Star Trek is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

From the “Dr. Who” Sci-Fi series, the convention hosted a cast of actors including Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper, and Peter Davison.

Also appearing were Kristian Nain and Finn Jones, famous for their work on the critically acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones as the House Stark servant Hordor and Loras Tyrell respectively, both of whom will return for the sixth season of the show which will premiere on April 24.

Both hosted several panels over the weekend to talk about their experiences on the show, although they were both tight-lipped about details on the upcoming season on the hit HBO series.

From Supergirl in the 1984 film and the Flash in the 1990s television series, the convention hosted Helen Slater and Jon Wesley Shipp.

The convention also hosted a reunion of the hit classic film Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring actors Barry “Brad” Bostwick, Patricia “Magenta” Quinn, and Nell “Columbia” Campbell, who appeared all weekend long. They were at their booths to meet with fans, plus they also had individual stage Q&As, as well as a special reunion Q&A on the main stage.

One of the guests of honor of this show was no other than famed scientist, Bill Nye, best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children’s science show Bill Nye the Science Guy. He only appeared on Friday, hosting a Q&A on the Main Stage 3 – 3:45pm.

The con was also selling copies of his new book, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World. Nye hosted a signing from 4-7pm. He would only sign copies of his book, which were pre-ordered online or bought at the convention.

Magic City Comic-Con held something for everyone. From bins full of discounted comics to tables and racks covered in rare and detailed figurines, Shoppers were enthralled to find every kind of item that their heart desired and for great prices, too!

For those into the art of cosplay, the convention hosted multiple costume and cosplay events,  including costume contests that let fans show off and decide whose outfits were the best! From the colorful world of comics from DC to Marvel, to the science-fiction gear of the Federation and a galaxy far, far away, there were outfits from every show, film, or franchise that one could imagine.

If unable to attend, there will be plenty of conventions to attend in Florida throughout the year, such as Megacon (May 26-29), and the Florida Supercon, already hosting a large guest list with names from Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter.

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