Florida Supercon

Florida Supercon
Genre comic book, anime, science fiction, fantasy
Founded 2006; 14 years ago (2006)

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Founder Mike S. Broder
Headquarters ,
Area served
Florida, USA
Parent ReedPOP

Florida Supercon is an annual comic book convention held in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale metro areas of Florida.[1] The event takes place in early July. Florida Supercon is a subsidiary of ReedPOP, located in Norwalk, Connecticut, acquired in March 2019.[2] It was originally part of Super Conventions, or Supercon, which also had included events now branded as GalaxyCon.[3][4]

History of Supercon [ edit ]

Supercon logo from 2012-2018

The first Supercon was organized by founder Mike Broder in late 2006 at the Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, called Florida Supercon.[5][6] He was looking to bring a large scale convention to south Florida.[7] Another event, Anime Supercon, took place in Fort Lauderdale five months later.[8] Estimated attendances at each event averaged around 2,000 people.[5][6][8] As success grew, other conventions were added throughout the Fort Lauderdale and Miami metro areas.

An attempt was made in November 2008 to hold a longstanding Supercon outside of Florida, in Atlanta, Georgia, but it was not as prosperous as the Florida events.[9] Another try didn't take place until July 2017 with Raleigh Supercon in Raleigh, North Carolina, replacing the promotional Wizard World Raleigh Comic Con which eventually moved to nearby Winston-Salem after the 2015 event.[10] Raleigh Supercon 2017 drew in an estimated 30,000 people for the weekend.[3][11][12] Super Conventions later acquired the former Derby City Comic Con in Louisville, Kentucky, which was re-branded as Louisville Supercon.[13] The inaugural event took place in November 2018.[14][15]

Two other recent conventions, Animate! Florida (formerly known as Animate! Miami) and Paradise City Comic Con (formerly known as Magic City Comic Con[16]), were discontinued in 2018 so Super Conventions could concentrate on their three Supercon events.[3][4] Both of those had taken place in Miami.

Sale of Florida Supercon and convention name changes [ edit ]

On March 11, 2019, it was announced that Broder sold Florida Supercon and the "Supercon" trademark to ReedPOP of Norwalk, Connecticut.[2] The company owns a number of conventions around the world, including New York Comic Con and MCM London Comic Con.[2] Management for the events in Raleigh and Louisville would remain the same under Broder, but are renamed as GalaxyCon.[17][18] Two other events have also been added.[18] Florida Supercon, now managed by ReedPOP, will continue to have its annual event in early July.[1]

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b Florida Supercon, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c ReedPOP, ReedPOP Adds Florida Supercon To Its Family Of Pop Culture Conventions, March 11, 2019, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Super Conventions, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  4. ^ a b - Super Conventions, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  5. ^ a b - Florida Supercon 2006, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  6. ^ a b The Miami Herald, Florida Supercon expects biggest turnout in July, July 3, 2016, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  7. ^ The New Tropic, Mike Broder: The super geek behind Supercon by Elizabeth Fernandez, June 26, 2015, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  8. ^ a b - Anime Supercon 2007, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  9. ^ - Atlanta Supercon, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  10. ^ WRAL Channel 5, Out and About - Wizard World, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  11. ^ GalaxyCon Raleigh, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019
  12. ^ Visit Raleigh, 15+ Major Upcoming Events and Festivals in Raleigh, N.C., July 6, 2018, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  13. ^ Cision PRWeb, Supercon To Launch a New Geek Event in Louisville in 2018, January 8, 2018, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  14. ^ GalaxyCon Louisville, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019
  15. ^ Louisville Downtown Partnership, November 30 - December 2: Louisville Supercon, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  16. ^ Valys, Phillip (March 28, 2016). "Animate Florida, Paradise City Comic Con level up to Fort Lauderdale". Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on June 18, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  17. ^ GalaxyCon - Contact, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.
  18. ^ a b GalaxyCon, Retrieved Aug. 5, 2019.

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