Florida SuperCon

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The 2018 Florida Supercon brought a cornucopia of superhero and comic fans together inside the Broward Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

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Thousands flocked to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center for the 12th Florida Supercon last weekend. 

"It's pretty much a walking, talking rainbow of colors," said Nelson Francisco Jumelles, a Supercon volunteer in charge of supervising the line to get in. "I've seen a fair share of Spidermans, a Deadpool in a hotdog costume ... a few Power Rangers, several Sailor Moons, several Gokus, and an armada of Jokers." 

For Andrew McClary, this Supercon was an opportunity to show off the R2-D2 robot he built from scratch in his garage.

Amanda Rabines

There was some old mixing with the new at this year's first Supercon Retro event in Miami, a smaller version of Florida’s Supercon that celebrates comic books, cosplay, fantasy-lands and Japanese culture.

Six-year-old Cooper Burford was playing “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” on the classic 80’s SEGA Genesis game console at the Miami Airport Convention Center, where Supercon debuted in Florida about a decade ago.

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Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s longtime alter ego, is sharing the limelight with two other web-slingers: Spider-Gwen, a female character set in Spider-Man’s universe, and Miles Morales, a biracial teenager who will be the official Spider-Man in the new comic series this fall.

This diversity the “Spider-Man” comics are experiencing has become common throughout the industry.

    

There are more than 60 different conventions for comic book collectors, anime and Cosplay enthusiasts, toy collectors and science fiction fans in the state of Florida every year. They are relatively small affairs, nothing close to the mega-events such as Comic-Con International in San Diego, which attracts more than 100,000 fans annually.