Pro wrestling is always well represented at Florida Supercon.
The premiere South Florida comic convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center welcomed the likes of newly minted WWE Hall of Famer The Godfather, Axe and Smash of Demolition, Mickie James, Mick Foley, Diamond Dallas Page and Road Warrior Animal in full-on face paint and shoulder spikes. Supercon regular and “Headlocked” creator Michael Kingston also participated.
Comic book illustrator and writer Jill Thompson made her debut at the ultimate SoFla geek gathering. Aside from other amazing work, the Chicagoan is also a big wrestling fan. Her love of the unique sports and entertainment genre led to many collaborations including with Kingston. She has designed T-shirts for CM Punk and ring gear for Daniel Bryan, as well as provided illustrations for Mick Foley children’s books. Thompson was a welcome addition to the Supercon lineup.
Independent wrestlers and personalities even have roles at Supercon like Edward Malken, Alex Chamberlain, Donovan Danhausen and Ronin ring announcer Chris Santiago. Blue Pants herself Leva Bates, recovering from injury, and the colorful Heather Kid Cadet hosted panels over the course of the four days.
Special guest William Shatner may be known for Star Trek and other projects, but he also has a connection narrating WWE Network’s “Breaking Ground” and his many appearances on WWE television over the years. Supercon guest Henry Winkler (Happy Days) was in the Adam Sandler movie “The Waterboy” with WWE’s The Big Show.
Fans lined up to meet Mick Foley, who was accompanied by Mr. Socko. The legendary performer was extremely personable, handing out hugs and taking time with each patron that came to his table.
Foley is lighter and healthier these days thanks to his decision to take up DDP Yoga. Interestingly enough, Diamond Dallas Page was also in attendance for the event.
The fitness guru has changed many lives of those inside and outside the wrestling business with his motivational programs. Among his biggest success stories are Scott Hall and Jake “The Snake” Roberts, whose struggles are chronicled in “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake.” Copies of the recently released Blu-ray were on sale.
Longtime wrestling fan Reese Beck enlarged a photo he took with DDP at a Heroes and Legends Convention in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The master of the Diamond Cutter remembered the meeting even though it occurred in 2009. Upon examining the photo, DDP noticed Beck was now looking slimmer. Beck mentioned he started using his DDP Yoga DVD and APP. So far, he has lost 25 pounds. This made the star’s day knowing the impact he made.
These scenes of interaction between celebrity and fan are what make Supercon special and a draw. The event actually sold out hours before doors opened for the Saturday (July 2) session. It’s amazing how Mike Broder’s event with humble beginnings has grown to, well, super proportions.
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About Florida Supercon
Florida Supercon is the largest Comic Con in South Florida.
Florida Supercon continues through July 4 at the Miami Beach Convention Center and Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1901 Convention Center Dr., 33139. Call 305-673-7311.
Find the best in Comic Books, Media Guests, Anime, Animation, Video Games, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture in South Florida. Florida Supercon is 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more.
Call Supercon at 954-399-1330.
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