Everything you ever wanted to know about Florida Supercon but were afraid to ask!
(1) What is a Florida Supercon?
Florida Supercon is a four day festival and convention each year (around July 4th weekend) meant to celebrate Comic Books, Animation, Cartoons, Anime, Video Games, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Pop Culture and all things Geek! The event takes up the entire Miami Airport Convention Center and Doubletree Miami Convention Center Hotel, including all the convention halls, ballrooms, event rooms and hallways. Highlights include:
- The Main Exhibition Room is 50,000 square feet and host hundreds of exhbitors, vendors, craftspeople, publishers, artists and writers. Located in the West Wing of the Convention Center on the ground floor.
- The Artist Alley is located on the 2nd floor of the convention center and features independent artists, writers and filmmakers. This area is directly accessible via the escalator at the far end of the Main Exhibition Room.
- Our Hall of Fame area is where you can get autographs and photos with some of your favorite celebrities and is located in the Main Exhibition Room.
- Our main events stage has seating for an audience of over 4,000 and is where our main events take place, including Celebrity Q&A's / Panels, Supercon Championship Wrestling, Costume Competition and Concerts. Located in the East Wing of the Convention Center on the ground floor.
- Our ballroom stage features more Celebrity Q&A's / Panels, Cosplay Contests, Gameshows and more! Located on the 2nd Floor of the Convention Center.
- Our Video Game ballroom is the place for video game free play and tournaments. Located in the Doubletree Hotel Ballrooms.
- Our Gaming rooms host tabletop gaming including: Roleplaying games and CCG's. Located on the 2nd Floor of the Convention Center.
- Our Music Festival will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in the Hibiscus and Palm rooms. Certain headliners may perform in the Main Events Room of the Convention Center (East Wing). Keep an eye on the schedule to see where your favorite musician(s) will be performing.
- Plus we have over a dozen additional event rooms featuring more panels, Q&A's, film festival screenings, anime viewings, anime music videos, cultural panels, workshops and much, much more! Located on the 2nd Floor of the Convention Center.
Florida Supercon is a truly unique event and has more events than any other show of its kind in Florida, with over 650 unique events in 2012 and approx. 1,000 more planned for 2013!
(2) When is Florida Supercon?
Convention Event Hours
Thursday July 4, 2013 - Sunday July 7, 2013
Thursday, July 4: 11:00am - 3:00amFriday, July 5: 10:00am - 3:00amSaturday, July 6: 10:00am - 3:00amSunday, July 7: 10:00am - 3:00am
Exhibition Room HoursThursday, July 4: 11:00am - 8:00pmFriday, July 5: 10:00am - 7:30pmSaturday, July 6: 10:00am - 7:30pmSunday, July 7: 10:00am - 6:30pm
(3) Where is Florida Supercon?
Florida Supercon takes place at The Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC) and Doubletree Miami Airport Convention Center Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL 33126. The show takes place in the convention center and the hotel, which is attached to the convention center. The Convention Center is less than 3 miles away from the Miami Airport, and all our official hotels provide free shuttle service to and from the airport.
(4) Where can I get a room to stay in town?
If you are coming to the show from out of town, or want to stay with us the entire weekend, there are several options on where to stay, including the Doubletree Hotel, the Springhill Suites (across the street from the convention center), the Hampton Inn and Suites (located down the street from the convention center), The Hyatt House (located down the street from the convention center) and more hotels to be named shortly. A full list may be found on the homepage of this website, www.floridasupercon.com.
Each hotel has a special rate for Supercon attendees if you reserve your room early. As well, each OFFICIAL hotel will provide FREE shuttle service to and from the convention center.
(5) How do I get to Florida Supercon?
From North: I 95 South, to 836 (west) to exit on 57th Ave. going south. Make a right on NW 7th Street and continue straight until you see the hotel on your right.
From South: I 95 North, to 836 (west) to exit on 57th Ave. going south. Make a right on NW 7th Street and continue straight until you see the hotel on your right.
From East: Take Hwy 836 East to exit on 57th Ave. going south. Make a right on NW 7th Street and continue straight until you see the hotel on your right.
From West: aka Hwy 836 West to exit on 57th Ave. going south. Make a right on NW 7th Street and continue straight until you see the hotel on your right.
As well, you can take the Florida Turnpike to Hwy 836 and exit on NW 72nd Ave or NW 57th Ave. There are several other ways of getting to the hotel. Feel free to check out Google Maps or Mapquest for more options.
Free shuttles run from the Miami Airport to the Doubletree Hotel, which is attached to the convention center.
Please check with the city for Bus and Train schedules for the best way to use public transportation.
(6) How much does it cost to get in?
You can attend the show for one day, two days, three days or all four days. There are discounts for advance ticket purchases. Go to http://floridasupercon.com/buy-tickets for all the info on tickets. There are significant savings for 3 and 4 day passes, especially if you get your tickets early.
Tickets are available as follows:
Single day tickets in Advance until July 2.
Thursday ($25), Friday ($25), Saturday ($30) and Sunday ($25)
Single day tickets at the show
Thursday ($30), Friday ($30), Saturday ($30) and Sunday ($30)
Four day full event tickets
$50 before Jan 2, $58 from Jan 2 to Apr 21, $65 from Apr 22 to July 2. $70 at the show
Three day (Fri/Sat/Sun) tickets
$40 before Jan 2, $48 from Jan 2 to Apr 21, $55 after April 22 to July 2. $60 at the show
Two day (Sat/Sun) tickets
$45 in advance. $50 at the show
V.I.P. tickets are $199 and include additional, more intimate events with our celebrity guests. All the information on V.I.P. tickets can be found on the tickets page of our website
(7) Where can I get tickets to the show?
Tickets are available in advance on our website on the tickets page at http://floridasupercon.com/buy-tickets. You may also buy tickets by mail (info is on the tickets page) . Tickets are sold at several retail locations that will be listed on the homepage of this website at www.floridasupercon.com. Tickets will also be available at the convention the day / weekend of the show. When you purchase your tickets online, you will get a ticket confirmation emailed to you. We do not mail individual tickets. Bring the confirmation with you to the show and that's your ticket. If you lose it, don't worry.... we'll have your name on the registration list, just bring your ID.
(8) What's there to do at the show?
A lot! There's over 200,000 sq. feet of events, vendors, artists etc.. With your paid registration, you get a copy of our program guide, containing a list of all the scheduled events and a show map. You can also see the schedule in advance on our website events page. To get the most enjoyment from the convention, we encourage you to review the scheduled events ahead of time and sort out your plan of attack. This will ensure that you don't miss anything you want to do in the rush of the moment. Some serious con goers plan out their entire weekend weeks in advance; the convention staff have organized their lives around it, so you can well imagine that a little forethought would be handy for everyone. Highlight the can't-miss events, realizing of course that your plans could change in an instant during the flow of events, depending on what your friends (old ones or new-found) have in mind. Count on having previously unknown interests piqued at least once during the convention. Also, please keep in mind that last-minute schedule changes can and will happen with little notice...but by the time we've printed the program guide, things are pretty much set in stone.
(9) What's the deal with parking?
There are several parking lots at the convention center, however the lots have been known to get full at certain times. We suggest you get to the show early, so as not to have any parking issues... and to get the most out of the show. Parking rates are $5 for Single entry, $7 for hotel guest overnight parking and includes unlimited in and out and $8 for Unlimited in and out for non hotel guests. The hotel attached to the convention center provides valet parking services as well.
Guests coming in from out of town who are staying at our overflow hotels (including the Springhill Suites, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hyatt House and more to be announced) may park at their hotel and take the free shuttle from their hotel to the convention center. There is no charge for parking at the overflow hotels.
In addition to the convention center and hotel parking options, an overflow parking lot will be announced down , which will have a free shuttle as well. There will however be a fee for parking in the overflow lot.
(10) Is there food at the show?
Yes... the convention center has a set up for burgers, hot dogs and other traditional convention center food. If you'd like something else, there's an Au Bon Pain in the hotel as well as a regular hotel restaurant. And for those on a Pocky / Ramune diet, we'll have Japanese Snacks at the show too. There are dozens of restaurants of all types within minutes of the convention center. We suggest you check out Yelp and UrbanSpoon online for local suggestions. We will have a list of local places in the convention program guide.
(11) Can I take pictures and video at the show?
Yes, you can...however there are some rules. Please use common sense. If someone doesn't want their picture taken... or put on video, please respect their wishes. The same holds true for our guests. They are our guests, and have a right to their privacy... so be nice. Many of our Vendors in the Dealer’s Room don’t like to have people take pictures of their set ups, so be sure to ask first. And some of our guests charge for pics, so be sure to ask first! Basically, the answer is, Ask First! Remember, trying to take a pic of one of our guests from a distance may seem harmless to you, but they may not want you to do it. Also, when taking pictures of people in costume, or your friends, please be sure to angle yourselves so that you are not taking a picture across an aisle. When you do that, everyone has to stop and wait for you to take the picture. If you move so that you are both on the same side of the aisle and take the picture in the direction of traffic flow, then people can move past you and you don’t stop the flow of traffic.Filming is prohibited during any film screenings... but all other events are generally good to fi
lm. We do reserve the right to limit filming of an event based on a specific guests wishes. Information on taking pictures with our guests is under our next subject, questions about our guests. If you do take some great pictures and video, let us know... send us a copy and we'll put it on our website for the world to see.
(12) How can I meet the guests at Florida Supercon?
You have several opportunities all weekend to meet our guests. Every guest will have a table or booth in the main exhibition area or celebrity hall of fame, where you can go up to speak with them all weekend and get autographs. In addition, most (if not all) of our guests will take part in Q&A's or panels. To find out when, just check out the events page on our website.
(13) How much are autographs?
Well, that depends. Our guest artists (comic book and otherwise) tend not to charge for autographs. Most of the Anime Voice Actors do not charge for autographs and will have scheduled autograph sessions posted on the events schedule. Celebrity guests at the show usually charge for autographs, usually in the $20 - $30 range. We do not have control over what our guests charge, however we do try to work with them to keep the costs as low as possible. Be sure to ask before you commit to buy one. For some guests we do set up pre-orders for autographs on our website, you can find all that information on our tickets page. As well, we do post autograph information on the guest pages as we have them.
(14) Can I get my picture taken with the guests?
Again, that depends on the guest. Some will gladly do it for free, others charge a nominal fee (sometimes donated to charity), and others won’t do it at all. We don’t tell our guests what to do or how to do it when they get to the show. It’s their call on what to charge, how much to charge, or even if they will charge. Remember, when you step behind the table to take a picture with the guest, it holds up the line, and for a very popular guest, that can really cause problems. That being said, we do encourage our guests to take photos with fans.
We now have a professional photographer at the show to do private photo ops. So now you can have a professional photographer take a photo of you and your favorite Celeb! There is a charge for this, but after the picture is taken, it is printed out in a glossy 8x10 that you can take home with you, or even go and get signed! Note that some guests charge to sign photos or items you bring.
(15) What times do your guests sign autographs?
Most guests sign autographs for the majority of the time that the Exhibition Room and Celebrity Hall of Fame are open. The exceptions to this are anime voice actors, guests who have a limited schedule at the show and celebrities that have specific scheduled autograph times. Be sure to check their bio and the Guest page to see what days they are attending the show and to see if there is any specific notes about their autograph schedules. As well, scheduled autograph sessions are always posted on the event schedule. Be aware that our guests take part in several events at the show and take breaks for lunch, and therefore may be away from their booth or table for extended periods of time. In most of these cases there will be signs on their tables letting you know when they will return.
(16) Do the actors have their own items to sign, or do I have to bring things for them?
Well, both! They have headshots and stills of their movies and shows. But you can usually bring your own items to get signed if you want.
(17) Will the Comics guests draw something for me?
You’ll have to ask them. Most artists do charge for sketches. You’ll have to check with them to find out pricing and availability.
(18) Will So and So be there all four days?
Be sure to take a look at the Guest Page. Most guests will be at the show for at least 3 days. We try to put a notation on their guest bio with a notation under their picture telling you what days they will be there.
(19) Can you get (Famous Person’s Name) to come to the show again?
It depends on a number of situations. Some people don’t like attending the same show too many times in a row and others are working on new projects. We also try very hard to bring in new and interesting guests each year. But if there is someone you would like to see again, feel free to ask.
(20) Can you get (So and So) to come to the show?
We can try. Let us know by emailing
with your suggestions. But remember, work deadlines, family obligations and other time constraints can keep many people from coming to conventions.
(21) I’m an agent or rep for an actor or comic artist who would like to attend your show as a guest, who do I contact?
Go to http://www.floridasupercon.com/guest-applications to get the information we require for potential guests and then contact Mike Broder at
(22) I'm interested in an Artist Alley table. Are there any available?
Head over to the vendors page. If the Artist Alley forms are still listed there, then there are still tables left. Once the tables are sold out, the forms will come down!
(23) What vendors will be at the show?
Check our vendors page. We try to list all the attending vendors. If there's a vendor you'd like to see at the show, let them know about us... tell them you'd like to see them come to Supercon.
(24) I want to set up a table and sell at the show, who do I contact?
You can reserve your booth(s) on our vendors page. All the information for vendors can be found there.
(25) Programming Questions
Is there a Costume Contest?
There is! Check the events Page to see when and where.
Is there a Cosplay Contest?
There is! Check the events Page to see when and where.
Are there any panels going on at the Convention?
Of course! Without panels, it’s just not a Convention! Check the events page for the Specific show for a list of panels and panel times.
Is there an extra charge to attend a panel?
Most events (99%) of the events at Florida Supercon are included with your general admission ticket. There are a very few workshops that require an additional fee.
I’m a guest, or Artist in Artist Alley, or Publisher, and I would like to host my own panel. Is that possible?
Absolutely! Go to http://www.floridasupercon.com/band-performer-application and send the information requested there to Mike Broder at
(26) Can I advertise on your website or in your program book?
Sure, go to the sponsors page on our website for more information
(27) Can I volunteer to work at the show?
Sure! We always need people! Check out our Volunteer page.
(28) Can you watch my kids?
No, Supercon does not provide Child Care services.
(29) What are your policies concerning minors?
We encourage people of all ages to come enjoy Supercon, as comic books, cartoons, anime, video games and pop culture has appeal for all ages. However, in order to make Supercon a safe and enjoyable environment for all, we do have a requirement that all attendees under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a registered attendee of Supercon at all times. Please direct all specific inquiries to the Registration staff at the convention.
(30) Is the show safe for minors?
Yes, absolutely. We strive to be a family friendly show, however there are a few things you should know. Our show floor is always safe for all ages during exhibition room hours
Thursday, July 4: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Friday, July 5: 10:00am - 7:30pm
Saturday, July 6: 10:00am - 7:30pm
Sunday, July 7: 10:00am - 6:30pm
Panels and events are generally all ages, however certain panels and events will be for older audiences. These events are noted on the website and in the program guide with age recommendations. Events that are 18+ will have security at the door to prohibit minors from entering. After hours events start when the main exhibition area closes and tend to be PG-13. Again, any events that are not appropriate for minors will be marked as such.
(31) Is there a dress code for the show?
Since many of our attendees come in costume, we only have a few rules. Keep it PG during the regular exhibition room hours. After hours keep it PG-13. We are a family friendly show. Use common sense. You must wear shoes at all times (no bare feet).
(32) Are bags and backpacks permitted into the show?
Yes they are, but they will be checked by security at the entrance of the convention center. We do ask that you use common sense when toting them around, as some backpacks are large, bulky and unwieldy and can block aisles or knock into things when you turn around.
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