Days after South Florida was awarded Super Bowl 54, a different kind of “super” event announced it would return to Miami.
Florida Supercon will return to the Miami Beach Convention Center in early July.
Supercon is “one of the largest comic cons in the Southeastern United States,” organizers said in the announcement Friday.
While the first Supercon attracted a mere 1,500 guests, the event’s 11th rendition is expected to live up to its name and draw at least 55,000 comic book fans, many of them in costume, from July 1 through July 4.
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Those 55,000 make up more than a capacity crowd at either AmericanAirlines Arena or Marlins Park, and could fill more than three-quarters of the Dolphins’ renovated stadium, which is expected to seat just over 65,000.
Only a small subset of the 55,000 attendees will be able to find seats in the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Headline guests and costume-clad comic book fans will grace the stage at the historic venue, which has been open since 1958.
“This is the year that cosplayers get to stand on the best stage in Miami’s history for our costume contest at the Jackie Gleason Theater,” Supercon President Mike Broder said. “They are as much an attraction as our biggest guests, and they deserve that spotlight.”
Supercon guests, both costumed and otherwise, will be able to visit comic book vendors, attend workshops and hear from several celebrity guests. William Shatner headlines a group of Star Trek celebrities that are expected to appear, and cast members from Deadpool, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Star Wars are among the other scheduled visitors.
Supercon will also host a reunion featuring four members of the cast and crew from the 1982 sci-fi movie Tron, several wrestling superstars and even a pair of Sesame Street cast members.
Tickets are available at the event’s website, floridasupercon.com