FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you ever wanted to know about Supercon but were afraid to ask!

What is Supercon?

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.

Highlights include:

  • 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 seats 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!
  • 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!

When is Supercon?

Thursday July 27, 2017 – Sunday July 30, 2017

Convention Event Hours
Thursday: 1:30pm – 1:00am
Friday: 10:30am – 2:00am
Saturday: 10:30am – 2:00am
Sunday: 10:30am – 8:00pm

Exhibition Room Hours
Thursday: 1:30pm – 8:00pm
Friday: 10:30am –8:00pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 8:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am – 6:30pm

Where is Supercon?

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 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.

Where can I get a hotel to stay in town?

Click Here for a list of Official Host Hotels for Supercon. 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.

How do I get to Supercon?

THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION CENTER is located at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Convention Center Phone: (954) 765-5900

DIRECTIONS:

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.

Where can I park?

There are several parking lots around the convention center, and 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.

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.

Get Tickets

Where can I get tickets to the show?

Tickets are available in advance on our website on the tickets page at http://floridasupercon.com/supercon-tickets/, we have a new webhosting so let us know how our site is running. 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.

What happens 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 has 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. You can download the Supercon App in the app store for up to the minute info.

Is there food at the show?

Yes. The Convention Center is serviced by Savor, which has a variety of snack and meal options for attendees at affordable prices.

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.

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 setups, 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 must 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 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.

How can I meet the guests at Supercon?

You can meet celebrities at the VIP Cocktail Party, at their booth for Autographs & Selfies, at Q&As, and at Photo Ops. Click here for more info.

How much are autographs?

Comic Creator autographs could be free or available for a fee. Info is available at their booth.

Anime Voice Actors occasionally offer up to 2 autographs for free and charge beyond that. Some Anime Voice Actors charge between $20 to $50 for any autograph. Info is available at their booth.

Celebrity guests usually charge for autographs in the $25 – $50 range, with some of our headliners charging a little bit more. Celebrity agents set the autograph pricing. Some autographs are available for pre-purchase online, but all will be available for sale (cash only) at the event.

Can I get my picture taken with the guests?

Most guests will take a photo with fans either at the booth under one of the following scenarios

  1. Complimentary with the purchase of an autograph
  2. If you purchase a selfie/tableside photo
  3. If you purchase a photo op

What times do your guests sign autographs?

Autographs are available when celebrities are at their booths during Exhibition Hall hours.

Do the actors have their own items to sign, or do I have to bring things for them?

Celebrities have head shots and glossy photos from their movies and shows. But you can usually bring your own items to get signed as well.

Will the Comics guests draw something for me?

Most artists will do sketches for a fee. You’ll have to check with them to find out pricing and availability.

Will So and So be there all four days?

Be sure to look at the Guest Page. Most guests will be at the show for at least 2 days. All of the images for our guests include information on the bottom right about their appearance days.

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 us at florida@floridasupercon.com

I’m interested in an Artist Alley table. Are there any available?

Head over to the exhibitor page. If the Artist Alley is available for sale, then there are still tables left. Once the tables are sold out, the exhibition sales page will say that Artist Alley is sold out.

What vendors will be at the show?

Check our exhibitor’s 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.

I want to set up a table and sell at the show, who do I contact?

You can purchase space directly from our website here, or if you have questions, you can email florida@superconventions.com or call 954-399-1330.

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 Supercon are included with your general admission ticket. There are 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 apply!

Can I advertise on your website or in your program book?

Go to the sponsor’s page on our website for more information.

Can I volunteer to work at the show?

Sure! We always need people! Go to http://floridasupercon.com/volunteer/ for all the info.

Can you watch my kids?

No, Supercon does not provide Child Care services.

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 with an appeal for all ages.  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.

Is the show safe for minors?

Yes, absolutely. We are 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.

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. Shoes must always be worn(no bare feet).

Are bags and backpacks permitted into the show?

Yes, 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.

Have some questions you think should be on here but aren’t? Email them to florida@superconventions.com