Despite the massive success of superhero films from both Marvel and DC, there's something to be said for the formats in which those characters first appeared. Comic books may not be as fashionable as they once were, but for those who still collect, the support is strong. Animation, a longtime cousin of the funny pages, still resonates with the young, the old, and the old folks still young at heart.
One offshoot of cartoons, the Japanese import of anime, enjoys a popularity in America that has never been higher than it is today. The nerds behind South Florida's biggest comic book convention, Florida Supercon, know this and return this fall with an old friend, Animate! Miami, a con that celebrates all manner of 2D adventures and the films, video games, and infinite number of elaborate costumes they've inspired.
Existing under different monikers, on and off, since 2007, Animate! Miami is the celebration of our favorite heroes and villains, princes and princesses, rock 'n' roll vampires and milkshake-shaped pathological liars, and the art forms that birthed them. The guest list includes cast members of Attack on Titan, Kill La Kill, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Sailor Moon, and various Disney voice actors among others.
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And because no comic con would be complete without cosplay and costume contests (especially not one this close to Halloween), Animate! Miami features dozens of events, many featuring cash prizes, for attendees to dress up in their best store bought outfits (n00b) or homemade artwork (better).
Taking things a little less seriously than those that spent many painstaking hours, meticulously stitching together epic costumes and preparing the perfect cosplay scenarios are Dana Snyder who hosts the Drunk on Disney podcast and the Revenge of the Nerd Comics comedy how. Alongside Guy Hutchinson, Snyder, the voice of the snarkiest frosted beverage on TV, Master Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, delves into all types of preposterous and ridiculous topics related to (mostly) Disney with plenty of drunken banter. Meanwhile, the Revenge of the Nerd Comics is a parade of dorks telling jokes that are actually funny.
A few mainstays from Florida Supercon also return. Game rooms dedicated to everything from Magic: The Gathering to Dungeons & Dragons to Pokemon are back as well as the video game arcade sporting a cornucopia of old school consoles, pinball machines, PC terminals, and all the latest gear from nearly every manufacturer. Various tournaments will pit the best South Florida has to offer in death-matches of Halo, Mario Kart, and Mortal Kombat X among others.
Friday, October 23, through Sunday, October 25, at the Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami. Doors open at noon on Friday and at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Three-day passes begin at $70 with options for two-day ($60) and single-day ($35) tickets also available; 954-399-1330; animatemiami.com.