Looking for a crazy time this weekend? Crazy outfits, great music, and plenty of debauchery?There's no need to take your talents to South Beach. All the real freaky fun is at Florida Supercon, delivers your weekend entertainment all wrapped up in a pretty, geeky bow. Ad at $55 for a weekend ticket (including Monday) and $5-8 for parking, it might actually end up cheaper than whatever lame drunken fumblings you were planning in the 33139.
Read on for five reasons Supercon's the best place to be this weekend.
1. The Dress Code
Four-inch-heels, wigs, and spandex are not just for Washington Ave. anymore. Cosplayers deliver impressive costumes that would make Affliction nuts feel woefully under-bedazzled. Dressing to impress here means reproducing your favorite character's gear with accuracy. Considering that a lot of people's favorite characters are grossly underdressed heroines and muscle-bound heroes, you'll feel right at home.
2. The Characters
Plenty of familiar SoBe archetypes can be found in different permutations at Supercon: You can find the Fight-Happy Bro at the Florida Super Championship Wrestling bouts all weekend long. The Know-It-All/One-Upper can be found all around the con, even in the most unlikely of places: one fond memory from Supercons past is of an epic nerd fight that took place at the Revenge of the Nerds Comedy Show over which X-Men movies were better. This shit gets heated, y'all, and it's more than worth the price of admission.
3. Late Night Shenanigans
After the show is the afterparty. Once the exhibits close, the fun can get downright scandalous with burlesque shows and hentai movie showings. Hentai, for the uninitiated, is basically adult anime. One word: tentacles.
After the party, so we've heard, is the hotel lobby. The convention center is attached to the Doubletree hotel, where many convention-goers are staying. Who knows what kinds of trouble you (or your avatar) could get into.
4. The Music is Epically Better
Kicking off in the late afternoons, Supercon plays host to live music all weekend. Songs about popping bottles in the club? Pssh. Try epic battles with dragons, sorcerers, and zombies. Supercon is no slouch when it comes to straight-ahead bands, either: Less Than Jake headlines Friday night, and the rest of the con is littered with local darlings (Crimson, Saturday, 9:15 ; Stop the Presses! Sunday, 4:30, Ballroom 2). If you're scared you're going to miss your precious wubs, you can stop by the Dubstep Hour (Saturday, 7 p.m., Room 104) or hit up the late-night raves.
5. Geek is the New Cool
With D-Wade, King James, and even the Larry O'Brien trophy rocking thick-framed geek eyewear (and The Big Bang Theory inspiring people who would normally stuff geeks in their lockers to yell "Bazinga!" at at random), it's undeniable that geek is chic -- except now you can hang with the kids who were rocking the Urkel before it was cool. Let geek goddess Felicia Day (above) tell it like it is.
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For schedules and ticket info, visit www.floridasupercon.com.