Dust off that Batman costume. It's con season, and there's a new event in town!
The Hero Hype Con is the latest entry in the Miami geekiverse, debuting this Saturday, June 8. With all the awesome events going on in South Florida this weekend, it would be easy for an up-and-coming convention to slip through the cracks. Especially one that hasn't yet earned a great, geeky reputation.
But though Hero Hype Con's a Miami n00b, it's worth checking out. Here are five reasons you should give this one a shot:
5. Get your geek on the cheap!
Rather than having to shell out for multiple days' worth of tickets or a hotel room, you can get your geek on in one day. Hero Hype runs from noon-8 p.m. on Saturday, and tickets cost just $20 at the door--but you get a $5 discount for showing up in costume. Kids under 10 get in free with a paid adult. Did we mention free parking? There's free parking.
4. The cosplay contest!
As with most cons, there's a cosplay contest, and this one places an emphasis on crafts(wo)manship. No storebought entries are allowed for this one, but don't fret. A smaller con like this is a great way to get your feet wet if you're just getting your start, and there are professional cosplay crafters on site to help with your outfit or even take commissions for that much-needed piece.
3. Take a picture with Thor.
Seriously. This guy totally looks like Thor. And he's going to be there for photo ops. And he Prancercises. We're totally down with that.
2. Bronies, Assemble!
The Bronies of South Florida are having a meetup at Hero Hype. Meet with likeminded bronies and pegasisters and bond over your mutual love of the animated TV hit My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Not a Brony (yet)? Hang out with this hip crew and see what all the fuss is about. You might just walk away with your very own cutie mark and learn the true meaning of friendship.
1. You'd be supporting the growth of the Miami geek sphere!
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Last Laff, Inc,., the creators of the Hero Hype Con, see a bright future in store for SoFla fanatics: "The future of the geek community in Miami is growing and will continue to grow. it doesn't matter who you are, what age you are, or what profession you do, we all have a inner child that cheers our favorite super hero or villain...We all want to be a super hero for the day and have fun."
The only way to keep the scene going is to support our local cons, both big and small, so go ahead--give Hero Hype a chance.
The Hero Hype Con runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Ramada Hotel (1950 West 49th St., Hialeah). Tickets are sold at the door ($20, $15 if you're in costume). Visit theherohype.com.