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Some of The Best Costumes From This Weekend's Bigger-Than-Ever Florida Supercon

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At this weekend's FLORIDA SUPERCON, more comic and sci-fi fans than Miami's ever seen gathered to meet, greet, and costume play-- 'cosplay' for short.

The event at the Miami Airport Convention Center drew an estimated 20,000 fans and cosplayers from Thursday to Sunday. Attendance rose sharply from last year's crowd of 15,000.

Most of the crowd came from all over Florida, while some fans came from as far away as Denmark and Brazil. The event has been going strong for the past eight years.

The event featured a costume contest, a music festival and celebrity panels. Guests included actors George Takei and Adam Baldwin.

SUPERCON's renown has grown quickly over the past few years, several attendees noted.

Miami's event has developed a reputation for being very friendly, according to cosplayers Amandee Lee and Steven Haring of Port Saint Lucie, who have attended cosplay conventions all over the country.

"The people just seem a lot friendlier. They’re more apt to walk up to you and be like, ‘your costume’s amazing, can I take a picture with you?’ " Lee said of the Miami event. She and Haring entered the costume contest together.

Below are some of our favorite costumes from this year's event:

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Paying homage to the original "Star Trek" series, Corinne Martin dresses as Captain Kirk and Ruby Mountfort dresses as Bones. Brian Sinclair dresses as Captain America from Marvel Comics.

    

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Fans from Miami pose as characters from the Ghostbusters film series.
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Miami Ghostbusters, a fan group of the Ghostbusters film series, has attended Florida Supercon for the past three years.
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Brittany Morales and James Henderson of Live Oak, Fla. dress as fauns.
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David and Sorina Gonzalez of Miami dress as El Chapulín Colorado and La Chilindrina from the Mexican TV series "El Chapulín Colorado."
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Wade Lidner of West Palm Beach dresses as King Jeremiah from the video game Dark Souls.
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Travis Scotka of Coral Springs represents Bronies of South Florida.
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Adrian Valdez and Eduardo Gonzalez of Miami dress as Mario and Luigi, respectively, from the Mario video game series.
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Kevin Tanis of Miami poses as a Hot Sexy Fire Nun, a character of his own creation.
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Alexander Long of Hollywood poses as Vash the Stampede from the anime and manga series Trigun.
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Chris Dayton of West Palm Beach dresses as the Repo Man from the film Repo! The Genetic Opera.
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Rick Stafford of Orlando dresses as Aquaman of DC comics.
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Kaitlin Schwartz of Miami dresses as a Tartus from the TV series "Doctor Who."