Miami Beach Convention Center to host 11th annual Florida Supercon

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The summer A semester is coming to a close, as the actual summer season starts. Being a celebration hot spot for holidays such as the fourth of July, and not to mention tourist season, Miami Beach seems to be where all the excitement and entertainment happens. This does not exclude an event coming up in the Miami Beach Convention Center named, Supercon.

Supercon, a gathering place for geeks of all kinds, and declared the biggest convention in Florida, has been around for a while.

“This will be our 11th year” said Sara Mineo, communications coordinator on the Florida Supercon staff.

Their site states, “Florida Supercon was founded in 2006 by Mike Broder. The first Florida Supercon event was hosted on November 3-5, 2006 at The Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL. The first Florida Supercon had an estimated 1,500 attendees.”

From there, Supercon moved several times before finding a place to remain in, for some years to come. They switched locations in its first years from the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North, to the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure in Weston, then finally settling at the Miami Airport Convention Center its fourth year.

In its sixth year, the convention increased from three days to four. The convention got so popular, it had to be moved to the Miami Beach Convention Center, maintaining its four-day run period.

The convention, as their site states, is where you can “find the best in comic books, media guests, anime, animation, video games, fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture in South Florida.”

The convention’s organizers plan for and feature many things at the convention throughout the four days, such as “celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!”

Mineo says that last year they had over 50,000 attendees. Usually, the event takes place from Thursday to Sunday, but this year, the much-anticipated Supercon weekend has changed from Friday to Monday.

Mineo tells us “it is changed because Monday is a holiday and most people have that day off.”

With such a large convention, the obvious question is how they get everything done in a timely and organized manner.

“We have eight employees on staff year-round and about 20 that only work during our three shows.” Mineo says, “We have about 600 volunteers at the show. About half of our volunteers are university students.” Supercon provides volunteer hours for the students that need them for their school’s requirements.

Even with all the help and man-power, the event itself takes long days to plan out. An entire year, to be exact. Mineo points out, “we spend all year planning Florida Supercon. Immediately after the show ends and we unpack the truck, we begin planning for next year.”

Supercon, though their biggest event, is not the only event they spend their time planning. “On top of this, we have two shows in Fort Lauderdale that we also organize. Animate Florida in September and Paradise City Comic Con in December.” Mineo says.

Included in the event planning is reaching out and inviting all the media, comic/artist, voice acting, and television guests that are featured at Supercon every year.

“We have a bank of agents that we are familiar with and we reach out to these agents while planning each show. The agents then go over what guests are available to book.” Mineo says.

She adds, “Our headliners [this year] are William Shatner, the cast of Deadpool: Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), Stefan Kapičić (Colossus) and Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Ben McKenzie from Gotham.”

There are hundreds of guests and artist that will be attending Florida Supercon this year and Mineo invites anyone interested in checking out the guests, aside from the ones listed, to visit the Florida supercon website, as there are too many to list.

When asked about what the future plans for Supercon and its team, Mineo said, “We would like to expand our show into other areas. Next year, we will be hosting a Raleigh Supercon in addition to our other shows. We are extremely excited about this expansion and we have already begun planning for the show even though we have not announced it yet.”

Supercon 2016 will take place on July 1-4 in the Miami Beach Convention Center, with registration starting at 10:00 a.m. the first day.

 

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