Hey you Geek Lyfers!
Normally the convention is hosted in Miami, Florida, but this year it was brought closer to Ft. Lauderdale. It was a great change since it needed to accommodate the mass amounts of vendors, guests, cosplayers, attendees, and artists who normally attend in addition to the new fans! At the Broward County Convention Center, there were three stories with a wall of windows facing the gorgeous bay in the mezzanine. Downstairs was a large hall for vendors and artists as well as guests to greet fans, while the second floor was devoted to panel rooms. Finally, the third floor was dedicated to large panels, the costume contest, and fun after parties.
The dress code was your usual bikini coverage minimum, and the weapons and prop policy was actually very agreeable. Security tagged obviously fake weapons and the ones that took second glances were meticulously inspected before tagged and released. Security was strict on realistic weapons, but diligent to determine acceptance to keep the flow of the line moving and to get attendees indoors quickly out of the humid heat.
Florida Supercon had a huge variety of what was being offered at the event. The ticket options alone gave you a ton of opportunities to get the most out of your convention experience. Offering evening specialty passes for both Friday and Saturday, VIP packages, and your usual daily and full event badges online, you could tell the weekend would be packed with nerdy fun!
Selling out in both 4 day badges and VIP passes, Florida Supercon had a ton of guests to occupy attendees time for four days. With guests like the whole RWBY ensemble, Mary Gibbs (Monsters Inc.), Tara Strong, the Overwatch ensemble, Monica Rial, and Josh Petersdorf, you could get more than your animation fix. With television and movie faces like Sadie Sink, John Wesley Shipp, William Shatner, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Lou Ferrigno, Rachel Leigh Cook, Nakia Burrise, and John Barrowman, you were bound to recognize someone there. Not to mention a dozen wrestling superstars like, Chelsea Green, Brian Cage, Kiera Hogan, and Shawn Michaels, there was a little bit of starstruck for everyone.
I was graced with new friends in the cosplay community! I was able to meet Danielle Beaulieu as well as lovely miss Kay Bear! Both had such sparkling presences in the room that I just had to grab a selfie or two! Thank you ladies for continuing to be inspirational for all of us fellow nerdettes!
Florida Supercon was actually huge. Halle and I needed an entire day to walk through the vendor hall alone and I definitely didnt have enough time to explore the entire convention location. With a rather large anime influence on much of the small booth merchandise, I have the craving to re-watch some of my favorite anime again.
After definitely spending more money than I should have, meeting new friends, and visiting Florida for the first time, I can officially say Florida Supercon is one to add to the books if you have not yet been! Know that even though it feels like you have a hair dryer blowing in your face, they do their best to accommodate everyone in weather as well as cover a variety of fan bases to appeal to multiple audiences. Their efforts are continuously rewarded year after year in badge and attendance sell-outs!