Hello Moviepilot and all who are reading! I was given a wonderful opportunity to attend Florida Supercon in Miami Beach with a press pass thanks to Andrew Marco. If you are reading this and have never heard of Florida Supercon click here!
So if you're reading this you understand that Florida Supercon is the largest nerd convention in South Florida. I call it a nerd convention because it's not only a comic or anime convention. It's a convention of all things nerdy and I say that as a compliment and with pride. Now I've been to Supercon since I was a freshman in high school, but going with the press pass comes with a couple of perks and I will obviously be talking about my experience this year at Supercon. Also, I have interviewed several strangers from the convention and will be writing an article about their experiences at Supercon as well.
Let me start off with this and I might get a little sappy but any convention, especially Supercon, is a place where you can be yourself. Away from all the judging. Away from all the dull work. You are literally away in a different world where one person can have the time of their life. Conventions are a fantasy come to life and with Supercon, your fantasy can become a beautiful reality. That is why I love Supercon and will always continue to go every year for as long as I can.
The people are nice and friendly, so much so that I have made several new friends and I only met them for a few days or even hours but we speak to each other like long lost friends and that is the beauty of Supercon.
Now, on to my experience.
The day before the convention there was a press meeting, which was basically a little meet and greet and them telling the press the rules and celebrating 10 Years of Florida Supercon. It was a terrific experience as I met two well known actors from the film Clerks. Brian O'Halloran and Marylin Ghiletti as well as famous voice actor and comedian Dana Snyder. With this came an awesome opportunity to just talk to them and enjoy their company.
As you can see, me and Dana took an amazing selfie, but enough about that, let me tell you about my experience at Florida Supercon, starting with Day 1.
I arrive an hour early to the convention before it even opens and as I walk through the entrance I am immediately entranced by the amount of people who have arrived before the doors even opens. The entrance of the convention was flooded with cosplayers of all kind.
What you may not know however is that this year marked the 10th anniversary of Florida Supercon! There was a special ribbon cutting ceremony right before the doors opened in which the man who started organizing Supercon named Mike, as well as his wife, cut the ribbon. In attendance were two well known actors from the film Clerks, Brian O'Halloran and Marylin Ghiletti.
As you can see the crowd erupted and Brian O'Halloran is pumped. The doors opened, starting a herd of nerds rushing to the front dooe. As soon as I walked through those doors, the adventure began.
I am a huge comic book/superhero nerd, as well as a big Star Wars fan so I'm always excited for these conventions. However, me personally I am not a anime, I say that because there were A LOT of anime cosplayers and even though I am not a fan of it, I was highly impressed with the cosplayers and the passion that all these fans have for their geekdom.
Being a huge comic book nerd I spent most of my money on comics but I like to collect figures and you can see what I purchased below:
You may have noticed that the Ezio POP figure is signed by someone. More on that later. (;
Basically I spent the first day, I spent my time walking around, talking to people and the highlight of the day was definitely seeing Manu's Bennett Q&A. Now if you are in any convention and there is a celebrity that you enjoy GO to their Q&A.
You get a lot of insight on the actor and what they that you begin to find a new found respect for them. Plus people ask hilarious questions, so that's always a plus.
Manu Bennett likes to talk a lot so he would go in great detail in the question, so much so that he forgot what the question was. He's comfortable asking any question and he spoke about his childhood tragedy and his rise to fame. Like previously stated, a very insightful look on the man.
Day 2 was just as much fun.
Let me start off by talking about the nightlife of the convention before anything. I stayed in the convention until 1 in the morning. At 7:30 the exhibitors close up shop for the day but there are a plethora of things to do outside of that. They're several comedy shows which are always hilarious to watch, especially with the one true comedic actor Dana Snyder.
I was also able to attend a female Cosplay competition where women would catwalk to the main stage and show of their Cosplay and the amount of work and detail these ladies put on their costume is quite amazing.
Speaking of Cosplay, here are some photos I took with the cosplayers!
Believe when I say that there are more photo's where that came from!
Now Miami wouldn't be Miami if it was for their parties. For 3 hours Supercon has a ballroom called EDM Dance & Rave. Where basically, nerds of all kinds go and party. Definitely one of the highlights of the Convention. Sadly it was late at night and I wasn't able to take pictures of the spectacle.
The second day also had several Q&A's and I went to two; the first one was with a legend. Peter Mayhew. Most people will remember him for playing Chewbaca.
Like I said, go to Q&A's. I've read a ton of books about the filming of Star Wars and the actors but I got more insight going to a 40 minute Q&A, then I ever have when reading.
My second Q&A was the Arrow Villain Panel. They had Manu Bennett who played Slade Wilson/Deathstroke as the main antagonist for Season 2 of the show Arrow Matt Noble who portrayed Ra's Al Ghul in Season 3.
That Q&A was the best I've ever been too. The banter between the two actors is hilarious and you can tell that they get along very well. Now the highlight of that day was Manu Bennett was talking about the original portrayal of Deathstroke in the comics and he was trying to remember the original artist for the comic. He forgot so he asked the audience what his name was. I immediately said George Perez, but he didn't hear me so I had to scream out his name, but he still didn't hear me so he said who ever say's it will get a free autograph from him so I stood up, screamed "George Perez!" And he heard it and asked "Who said that?" I raised my hand and the people around me were pointing at me saying "this guy!"
After that Q&A people were telling me to pick up my free autograph but I just thought he was joking because he left after the Q&A as soon as it was finished. But the people around me told me to go tomorrow and explain about the situation and he'll give it to me. I had everything to gain and nothing to lose, so I did.
This leads me to my third and sadly last day at the Convention.
I walked around for a while and early afternoon I decided to go to Manu Bennett's booth. I said hello and told him how big of a fan I am of him. I watched him in Spartacus and he was a fun villain as Azog but his most famous role is Slade Wilson/ Deathstroke.
I told him about the Q&A panel the other day and he actually believed me and gave me a free autograph which you can see below:
"Keep your promises"
The original prices for the autograph were $40 so I really saved my wallet there.
I also had the pleasure of meeting the very talented voice actor Roger Craig Smith who voiced Ezio fro the Assassins Creed franchise. Batman in Arkham Origins. Captain America in the animated series, Avengers Assemble. Sonic the Hedgehog and many more! He was giving free autograph and signed all these cool merchandise:
Such a nice and cool guy that we even took a quick selfie video:
I also met a group of friends from high school and took an awesome picture with everyone's favorite Wookiee, Peter Mayhew.
Also, here are so,r amazing artwork I got from comic artist Greg Kirkpatrick (Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen and Ultron) and Lim Savy (Deathstroke).
Day 3 was a huge success! By the end of the convention I had several great comics! mainly purchased at Crazy Ed's Comic Shop in the Convention.
Sadly I couldn't attend the fourth day because I had to attend a family trip, but I write to you as a fan and hopefully the people who set up Supercon read this, but I want to say thank you.
I've been to a couple of other conventions but Florida Supercon is by far my favorite. It's the closest to home and it's amazing. I'm not a journalist, I barely call myself a blogger. I'm just a geek who was given an amazing opportunity to go to Supercon.
If you are reading this and have never heard of this convention. Please. I urge you to go to Florida Supercon next year. You will not regret it, in fact you will love it.
That's my experience at this years Supercon. Expect to read more about it soon. I interviewed several people and what Supercon means to them, so I'll keep you posted!
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