Created by Mike Broder, the con (or convention, for those not as familiar) is a celebration of comic books and comic culture, plus video games, anime, sci-fi, cosplay, animation and more.
It's the type of place where you'll just as easily find a Catwoman comic signed by Adam Hughes as you will a couple cosplaying as Mulder and Scully of X-Files fame. More to the point, it's the type of place where you'll find people who actually get both of those references.
More than 43,000 guests are expected at this year's Florida Supercon — Photo courtesy of Florida Supercon
For the last decade, Florida Supercon has been a safe haven for comic-lovers in South Florida. What began as a much smaller event held at the Hollywood Beach Resort – with just 1,500 in attendance – has exploded into one of the largest conventions in the country.
Supercon moved to its new home at the Miami Beach Convention Center in 2014, with a turnout of 43,000 guests! Even more are expected at this year's event.
One major reason for this is the amount of incredible big-name celebrities that will be in attendance. Whovians will be elated to catch a glimpse at Doctor Who cast members Paul McGann, Simon Fisher-Becker, Eric Roberts and Miss Amy Pond herself, Karen Gillan (a last-minute add-on to the guest roster).
The Supercon moved to its new home at the Miami Beach Convention Center in 2014 — Photo courtesy of Florida Supercon
With a new Star Wars film set for later this year, a trip to the convention will be in order for fans of the original trilogy or for youngsters who are just being introduced to the franchise.
Star Wars celebs Peter Mayhew (better known as Chewbacca) and Billy Dee Williams (a.k.a. Lando Calrissian) will be making appearances, each with photos ops.
Not to be outdone, Star Trek will make appearances, too. Fans won't want to miss the convention either, as several stars will be attending the con, including two from the original series (Walter Koenig who played Pavel Chekov and Nichelle Nichols, better known as Uhura).
Robin Curtis from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Marina Sirtis – the popular Counselor Deanna Troi, also from The Next Generation – will also be on hand.
Anyone who spent the '90s watching Kevin Smith films (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, etc.) won't want to miss the epic View Askew reunion panel happening on Sunday, with Joey Lauren Adams, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Brian O'Halloran, Jason Mewes and Silent Bob himself: Kevin Smith.
For the serious fans, Smith will also be appearing in an added event Sunday night.
Costume contest winners at the Florida Supercon — Photo courtesy of Florida Supercon
The main purpose of the con is to discover new (and old) comics, and there will be plenty of vendors, as well as industry professionals from Marvel, DC Comics, Valiant Comics and others, in attendance.
John Romita, Jr. (Iron Man, Kick-Ass); Neal Adams (Batman, The Avengers); Tom Bancroft (Pocahontas, The Lion King); Vanessa del Ray (HIT, The Empty Man); Jose Delbo (Wonder Woman); Terry Cronin (Students of the Unusual); Aya Knight (The Chronicles of Kale); and Dick Kulpa (Cracked, Weekly World News) are just some of the dozens of artists, animators and writers you might see and meet.
And then there are guests from the world of professional wrestling, such as Mickie James and Jerry the King Lawler; well-known voice actors like Charles Martinet (Super Mario), Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko's Modern Life, Family Guy) and Charlie Adler (Tiny Toons, Transformers); popular cosplayers like Meg Turney and Handsome Jordan; comedians like Lisa Corrao and Mike Drucker; and . . . well, you get the idea.
Check out the Florida Supercon website for details on all panels and special events happening at the 2015 event, including costume competitions and the Super Geek Film Fest.
The convention takes over South Beach June 25 through June 28, 2015, from 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, with Sunday's closing festivities ending at 9 p.m.