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Tampa Bay Comic Con

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When it comes to conventions, it doesn't get any more interesting than a comic convention.

The Tampa Bay Comic Con, with its cast of characters, hit the Tampa Convention Center this weekend.

Like any comic con, you need to keep your head on a swivel because you never know what you'll see.

This was the first year the gathering was held in the convention center.

It's a good thing they booked the big space because they needed it.

"We were expecting 20 thousand people over the course of three days, we had an unexpected huge turnout today, we haven't done a count, but probably 20 thousand in a single day," said event organizer Stephen Solomon.

Why the big turnout? Organizers say a combination of things packed the house.

"People like comics, people like toys. We have stars from the most popular shows here, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead and the Hunger Games films so I guess when you mix all that together it appeals to a large amount of people," said Solomon.

The big crowds meant big things for local businesses.

"The downtown restaurants and the downtown hotels, I mean, the hotels are sold out," said Solomon.

But more than anything comic-con is all about the fun.

"It's just been an overall wonderful experience, especially the crowd," said Patrick Smith, dressed as a mercenary with a unicorn head.

"I just love walking around, people taking pictures, it's great," said Matthew Martucci, dressed as Batman.

Organizers say the event's success will likely put Tampa on the map in comic-com world.

"This weekend we have established Tampa Bay Comic-con as a national level convention," said Solomon.

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