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 June and July) meant to celebrate Comic Books, Animation, Cartoons, Anime, Video Games, Cosplay, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Pop Culture and all things Geek! It is the largest event of its kind in South Florida, and one of the largest events of its kind in the United States.
- Florida Supercon will take up the entire Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, which includes 3 floors of Exhibit Space, Ballrooms, and Break Out Rooms.
- The Main Exhibition Room is 190,000 square feet and will host hundreds of exhibitors, vendors, craftspeople, publishers, artists and writers. Located in Hall A, B, C, and D of The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.
- 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 2,500 and is where our main events take place, including our main Celebrity Q&A’s / Panels, Costume Competitions, and Concerts.
- There is a dedicated Concession Zone, with plenty of options for food on site, and lots of space for seating.
- Our ballroom stages feature more Celebrity Q&A’s / Panels, Cosplay Contests, Game Shows and more!
- Our Video Game Ballroom is the place for video game free play and tournaments.
- Our Gaming rooms host tabletop gaming, including Role-playing games and CCG’s.
- 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!
- Florida Supercon is a truly unique event and has more events than any other show of its kind in Florida, with over 750 unique events in 2016 and even more planned for 2017!
(2) When is Florida Supercon?
Thursday July 27, 2017 – Sunday July 30, 2017
Convention Event Hours
Thursday: 12:00pm – 1:00am
Friday: 10:00am – 2:00am
Saturday: 10:00am – 1:00am
Sunday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Exhibition Room Hours
Thursday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am –8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 6:30pm
(3) Where is Florida Supercon?
Florida Supercon takes place at The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center,1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. The Convention Center is less than 4 miles away from the Fort Lauderdale Airport, and Florida Supercon provides free shuttles between the designated Supercon host hotels and the convention center.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center is located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, minutes away from Fort Lauderdale Beach, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, and the Fort Lauderdale Airport.
The 600,000-square-foot, SMG-managed Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center is proud to be the convention center that meeting planners love! Hosting more than 5 million guests and 5,500 meetings since opening its doors in 1991, this Convention Center consistently exceeds guest and meeting planner expectations for five-star food service, state-of the-art technology, and outstanding service in a modern, eco-friendly facility in a spectacular location just five minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.
The Center’s flexible space consists of four exhibit halls, two ballrooms and 31 meeting rooms that can be configured in a variety of ways to meet the needs of any group. The size and layout of the Conference Center make it possible to host one large event or multiple, smaller events at the same time. The versatile facility is designed to offer the perfect space for conferences, trade shows, meetings and other events.
The Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center is the country’s premiere waterfront conference facility. Architecturally designed to take advantage of its location, the Convention Center is nestled on 17 acres of land adjacent to Fort Lauderdale’s prized Intracoastal Waterway. A 2,500 space parking garage is connected to the Center via two enclosed, air-conditioned skywalks. The building is a five-minute drive from the airport, within walking distance of many local hotels, and less than one mile from Fort Lauderdale’s famed Blue Wave beaches. With its year-round pleasant weather, Fort Lauderdale is the ideal location for your next meeting, convention, tradeshow or event.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center is proud to be the first convention center in Florida to earn LEED certification and the third nationwide to achieve LEED Gold for an Existing Building. From water conservation to energy efficient lighting, recycling and more, the Convention Center is an energy-efficient, environmentally sound, carbon neutral model of sustainability.
(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. Go to TBA for a full list of “official” Florida Supercon host hotels. ALL “official” host hotels will have a complimentary shuttle service to and from the convention center. Each hotel has a special rate for Supercon attendees if you reserve your room early.
(5) How do I get to Florida Supercon?
THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION CENTER is located at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Convention Center Phone: (954) 765-5900
INTERSTATE NORTH OR SOUTH:
Florida Turnpike or I-95. Exit I-595 East to US-1 North (Federal Highway). US-1 (Federal Highway) to SE 17th Street (East). Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Boulevard – (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.
FORT LAUDERDALE / HOLLYWOOD AIRPORT:
US-1 North (Federal Highway) to SE 17th Street (East). Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Boulevard – (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.
US 1 NORTH OR SOUTH:
US-1 (Federal Highway) to SE 17th Street (East). Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Boulevard – (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.
A1A FROM THE NORTH:
A1A South turns into to SE 17th Street. Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Boulevard – (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.
A1A FROM THE SOUTH:
A1A North to East Dania Beach Boulevard. East Dania Beach Boulevard US-1 North (Federal Highway). US-1 North to SE 17th Street (East). Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Boulevard – (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.
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 https://register.growtix.com/e/florida_super_con_2017 for all the info on tickets. There are significant savings for 3 and 4 day passes, especially if you get your tickets early.
JULY 27-30, 2017: 4 DAY FULL WEEKEND ADMISSION (THURSDAY-FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY)
SPECIAL EARLY PRICE: $65 if purchased before 12/24/2016
$70 before 4/15/2017
$75 before 6/1/2017
$80 before 7/26/2017
$90 at the show
SPECIAL NOTE: 4 Day Weekend Pass Advanced Ticket Holders get an admission badge instead of a wristband for entry.
JULY 28-30, 2017: 3 DAY FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY ADMISSION (Not valid for other day combinations)
$60 before 12/24/2016
$65 before 4/15/2017
$70 before 6/1/2017
$75 before 7/26/2017
$82 at the show
JULY 29-30, 2017: 2 DAY SATURDAY-SUNDAY ADMISSION (Not valid for other day combinations)
$55 before 4/15/2017
$60 before 6/1/2017
$65 before 7/26/2017
$72 at the show
THURSDAY JULY 27, 2017: SINGLE DAY ADMISSION
$25 before 7/1/2017
$30 before 7/26/2017
$35 at the show
FRIDAY JULY 28, 2017: SINGLE DAY ADMISSION
$30 before 7/1/2017
$35 before 7/26/2017
$40 at the show
SATURDAY JULY 29, 2017: SINGLE DAY ADMISSION
$35 before 7/1/2017
$40 before 7/26/2017
$45 at the show
There are NO REFUNDS on admission tickets.
SUNDAY JULY 30, 2017: SINGLE DAY ADMISSION
$30 before 7/1/2017
$35 before 7/26/2017
$40 at the show
There are NO REFUNDS on admission tickets.
CHILDREN’S TICKETS (AGES 4-9)
$8.50 for Saturday July 29th
$3.50 for Sunday July 30th
$12 for Any Multi Day Pass
CHILDREN 3 AND UNDER get into the show for FREE every day.
CHILDREN 9 AND UNDER get into the show for FREE on Thursday and Friday.
VIP FULL WEEKEND PASSES
$225 before 12/24/2016
$250 before 7/1/2017 or until they sell out.
V.I.P. PASSES ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED. These passes will sell out in advance. They will not be available at the event. V.I.P. Passes come with the following benefits:
(A) Special registration table to avoid the registration lines.
(B) Early Exhibitor Room Access – 30 min. before official open
(C) Laminated V.I.P. Badge, unique to V.I.P. badge holders.
(D) Full Admission to the festival for all 4 days.
(E) Entry to the Thursday Night Opening Night Cocktail Party. Featuring celebrity and professional guests, music and more! This is a cash bar event, open to VIP’s only.
(F) Entry to the Friday Night V.I.P. Cocktail party: Featuring celebrity and professional guests, music and more! This is the BIG V.I.P. Party, with 2 hour open bar.
(G) Limited Edition Florida Supercon Folder.
(H) Florida Supercon 2017 11×17 Limited Edition Art Print.
(I) Exclusive Supercon Variant Comic Book
(J) Florida Supercon Tote Bag.
(K) 20% Discount on all Florida Supercon merchandise at the FSC store booth.
(L) Fast Lane for Autographs and Photo Ops with media guests / celebrities. V.I.P.’s will have Fast Lane privileges, and will not need to wait on Autograph and Photo Op lines for media guests / celebrities. Guests with big lines for autographs will have a separate line for Fast Lane holders. Photo Ops will always have a Fast Lane. If you do not see a Fast Lane, please ask a volunteer for assistance.
(L) More benefits may be announced at any time.
(7) Where can I get tickets to the show?
Tickets are available in advance on our website on the tickets page at https://register.growtix.com/e/florida_super_con_2017. Tickets are sold at several retail locations that will be listed on the homepage of this website at www.floridasupercon.com. Tickets may also be available at the convention the day / weekend of the show if we don’t sell out. 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 500,000 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 around the convention center, and Florida Supercon will provide shuttles to and from the host hotels, in addition to some remote parking lots, to make sure everyone has a place to park. We will post detailed parking information on the homepage by July 1st.
(10) Is there food at the show?
Yes. The Convention Center is serviced by Savor, which has multiple food court areas and stations set up around the show.
If you’d like something else, there are many restaurants within close walking distance from the convention center. And for those on a Pocky / Ramune diet, we’ll have Japanese Snacks at the show too.
(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 photos, 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 film. We do reserve the right to limit filming of an event based on a specific guest’s 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 long 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 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, in the $25 – $50 range, with some of our headliners charging a little bit more. 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 8×10 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 head shots 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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://floridasupercon.com/guest-application/ to send us the information we require for potential guests and then contact Mike Broder at email@example.com
(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 a list of panels and panel times.
Is there an extra charge to attend a panel?
Most (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://floridasupercon.com/do-you-want-to-host-a-panel-or-event/ and submit an application!
(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! Go to http://floridasupercon.com/volunteer/ for all the info.
(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: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday: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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