Calling all manner of geek, dweeb, dork, and nerd! If national pop culture gatherings such asSan Diego Comic-Con
or thePenny Arcade Expo
seem out of reach, or if you're a convention n00b (that's nerd-speak for "virgin") looking for a place to get your feet wet, you're in luck: You can let your geek flag fly in our own backyard at this weekend'sFlorida Supercon
, held Friday through Monday at theMiami Airport Convention Center
(RIP, "The Mart").
With so many committed, costumed convention-goers competing for attention, the Supercon of South Florida can be a bit overwhelming for first-timers. But not to worry -- we're here to give you an idea of what to expect.
Push up those frames and take a gander at the con's offerings for your brand of fanatic.
The (Cos)PlayerAre you a (cos)player, or do you just crush a lot? Dress up like your favorite game, TV, movie, or comic book characters and get your picture taken at the various cosplay photo meet-ups. Meet-ups are divided by group (Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc.) and happen in half-hour increments. The Marvel and DC Comics photo sessions are back-to-back on Friday and Saturday -- worth checking out, if only for the chance to witness an epic nerd fight over which billionaire playboy, Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne, is more of a pampered prick.
The Gamer Geek
Whether you're into cards or joysticks, you will be able to test your l33t skillz with a variety of tournaments. Bring your best moves to the Dance Central 2 tourney (Friday, 10 p.m., Supercade), dole out the headshots with Halo Reach (Saturday, 6 p.m., Supercade), or try your hand at the various Yu Gi Oh! and Magic: the Gathering drafts going on throughout the weekend in Room 200.
The Drama Nerd
Your mom thinks you're talented. Prove her wrong at a variety of interactive events perfect for refining your, uh, craft: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live Shadow Cast (Saturday, 11:59 p.m., Ballroom 2), Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog Live Shadow Cast (Sunday, 7:15 p.m., Ballroom 1), and, a personal favorite, Whose Cosplay is it Anime?, a place where you can show off your cosplay AND improv comedy skills. Good luck with that one. Those judges are TOUGH MOTHERFUCKERS (Friday, 11:15, Room 104).
Comic Book Guy (or Girl)
Comic books are the lifeblood of this con, and it shows in the amount of events catering to the Avengers bandwagoner ("Screw you, I read Infinity Gauntlet before it was a Marvel movie Easter egg") and hoarder stereotype alike. Thinking of turning your Five Star notebook doodle stories into money-makers? Check out these panels: The Art of Writing Comic Books (Friday, 3 p.m., Ballroom 1); Breaking Into the Comic Book Business: How We Did It (Saturday, 2 p.m., Room 114); Digital Comics: The Future is Now (Sunday, 2 p.m., Room 101).
Creepy Stalker FanBreathe the same air as a celebrity (and perhaps get an autograph and a handshake) with the variety of photo ops, Q&As, and meet-ups at your disposal. Alex Kingston of Doctor Who and ER fame is the linchpin celebrity this year (Pro photo ops Friday, 6:15 p.m., Saturday, 3:45 p.m., and Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Hall of Fame East; Q&A Saturday, 1:15 p.m., Main Events Stage). No offense, sweeties, but for this Wesley crusher, this pales in comparison to last year's big get, Cary "As You Wish" Elwes.
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Other brushes with greatness: Dana Snyder of Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Q&A Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Ballroom 2) and WWF legend--it will always be 'F' for us, stupid pandas--Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake (Pro photo op Saturday, 1 p.m., Hall of Fame East; Meet him! Sunday, 1:45 p.m., Room 103).
Regardless of where you lean, do yourself a favor and visit the website, www.floridasupercon.com, where you can get your tickets, create your own schedule, and plan ahead. And please, for the love of Galactus, wear deodorant.