Florida Supercon brings together more than just comic book nerds, though they will be in attendance.
Legendary comic book characters Batman and Spiderman will be in town this weekend, June 18-20, but not to fight super-villains. Instead of their super powers, the costumed heroes wield sharpie pens to sign autographs for fans at the fifth annual Florida Supercon.
The three-day festival will showcase the latest in comic books, anime, animation, video games, fantasy and science fiction. Comic fans will see a crowd dressed up as their favorite characters along with celebrity guests, voice actors and writers.
It's an opportunity for South Florida adults to relive their childhood memories and for youngsters to see their role models in person.
Last year, more than 5,400 fans showed up leaving Broder with no choice but to enlarge the area, which is three times bigger than the 2008 edition said Broder. He expects the crowd to be about 7,000 over the three days.
More than 100 vendors from across the state, the country and Canada will set up shop in the 150,000-square-foot of space.
Aside from admiring the fictional characters, fans can jam to the latest tunes of several bands like ska punk group Less than Jake, which will perform on the main stage along with other musicians.
Laughter will fill the air as legendary comedic actor Leslie Nielson, from movies like The Naked Gun and Airplane, will meet and greet fans. Making his first convention appearance, Richard Roundtree, best known for his role as SHAFT, will be hosting a questions and answers event.
Also on the list of celebrities: actor John Wesley Shipp, who played the Flash in the television series, and Dawn Wells who acted as Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island.
Festival goers also can compete in video game tournaments and costume competitions with over $3,000 in cash and prizes. There also will be the ever popular Smash Brothers 300 Super show, a live action video game performance.
The convention is not only goofy and wacky, but it serves as bringing families together.
For information guests hours and dates visit www.supercon.tv
Friday, June 18, noon-2 a.m.; Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, June 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami; www.supercon.tv.
Fees vary, but a one-day ticket for Friday and Sunday is $20, while on Saturday it's $25.
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