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Get your geek on at Florida Supercon

Victoria Betancourt, 20, of Hollywood, dressed as “Harley Quinn” from Batman, walks with friends as Florida Supercon opens at the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
Victoria Betancourt, 20, of Hollywood, dressed as “Harley Quinn” from Batman, walks with friends as Florida Supercon opens at the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

If you found yourself glued to San Diego Comic Con last weekend, dust off your first edition comic books or Spandex supersuit, and head to Fort Lauderdale. Florida Supercon opened Thursday.

The four day convention — the largest in South Florida — promises 750 hours of activities dedicated to pop culture geekery. The conference moved to the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center this year.

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Dr. Michael Freimark, dressed as Time Traveler "Commander Percival Kensington Smythe", attends Florida Supercon’s opening at the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, July 27, 2017. PATRICK FARRELL

Last year, the conference, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, drew over 50,000 attendees in four days.

Highlights include cosplay competitions, video game tournaments, film screenings and Q&A panels with industry professionals. Allen Bellman, the oldest living artist who worked on comic book character Captain America, is a stalwart annual Florida Supercon guest.

Celebrity guests, available for photo ops for a fee, include LeVar Burton, actors from the original Karate Kids movies and Power Rangers show, and a ring of professional wrestlers.

Fans of long-running British sci-fi series “Doctor Who” will be pleased to note that actors Peter Capaldi and Karen Gillan will be in attendance. (DW alum John Barrowman canceled his appearance following an emergency appendectomy after San Diego Comic Con.)

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Sarah George, 26, "Poison Ivy" and Leah Groner, 26, "Harley Quinn" enjoy Florida Supercon as it opens at the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, July 27, 2017. PATRICK FARRELL

Capaldi, who plays the 12th iteration of the time- and space-traveling alien, announced he was leaving the show in January. His successor, Jodie Whittaker — best known for the British series Broadchurch — made history as the show’s first female Doctor when her casting was announced two Sundays ago.

Four-day adult general passes range from $85 to $395. Single-day adult general passes range from $25-$45.

For information on events, check out Miami.com’s sneak peak. A full schedule can be found on the Florida Supercon website.

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