A Comic Con is a festival that celebrates superheroes, anime, fantasy, science fiction, video games, pop culture, and more. Lots of people dress up as their favorite characters, and people come from all over to see and be seen. Paradise City Comic Con is South Florida’s second largest con with over 20,000 attendees at its last event. Florida Supercon is South Florida’s largest comic con, bringing in over 55,000 attendees over four days in 2016. Paradise City Comic Con 2016 will be held December 9, 10, 11 2016 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.
Who goes to a Comic Con?
Comic Con appeals to people who are inspired by superheroes, fairy tales, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, horror, and so much more. There’s a balance between the up and coming stars and the ones we remember from a nostalgic time. There are events for people of all ages! No matter what you’re in to, there will be something at the show that will appeal to you.
What happens at a Con?
Attendees enter through an exhibition hall which features art, collectibles, toys, posters, t-shirts, books, and more. Program guides will be handed out that will list all of the events and activities happening that day. The celebrities and artists have a place to meet fans in the exhibition hall, and they also appear on stage to discuss their projects with fans. Comic Con also features a variety of entertainment such as video gaming tournaments, costume contests, comedy shows, late night karaoke and raves, and workshops of all kinds.
Why do people go in costume?
There are two different types of people who dress up at cons. First are those who wear store-bought costume like they would for Halloween, usually with a geeky or fairy tale theme. Another kind of costuming is a more serious hobby called “cosplay” which is short for “costume play.” These are attendees who spend weeks making replica costumes of their favorite characters and even take on the personality of these characters while portraying them. Cosplayers often get treated like stars by other attendees due to the amount of workmanship that goes into these costume. A few hundred of the best compete in costume competitions throughout the weekend for prizes.
Paradise City Comic Con takes place December 9-10-11, 2016 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center – 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Tickets are available online HERE. For more information visit www.paradisecitycomiccon.com.
Florida Supercon takes place July 27-30, 2017 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center – 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Tickets are available online HERE. Supercon 2016 sold out for the first time ever last year so buy your tickets early! www.floridasupercon.com