Offers events for LGBT fans of sci-fi, anime, comic books & more
Things have been busy in the gay superhero-verse. Green Lantern came out. Northstar married his boyfriend. Who knew that comic books would become one of the most outspoken advocates for LGBT rights and same-sex marriage?
It is a good time to be an LGBT comic book fan.
But this weekend in South Florida promises to be even better.
From June 29 to July 2 at the Miami Airport Convention Center, Florida Supercon will present comic books as well as events, celebrity guests and merchandise covering the sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and video game realm. Sailor Moon, Magic The Gathering, Torchwood, Dr. Who, The Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer—even the Rocky Horror Picture Show. There will be Florida Supercon events featuring all of them. Want to see actors from The Hunger Games and Battlestar Galactica? They will also be here.
In 2006, organizer Mike Broder started Florida Supercon as a two-day show in Hollywood.
“There was a gap in South Florida for these types of events…we didn't have our own comic-con…,” Broder said.
Florida Supercon has since evolved into a major convention with 650 scheduled events and over 10,000 attendees expected for 2012.
When asked about how fans have reacted to gay comic book characters, Broder replied: “You'll always have people who have prejudices, but most comic fans are cool as long as it’s a good story, they'll be happy.”
He also reflected on the representation of LGBT characters in comics: “We saw Marvel dip their toe in the water back in the 90s when Northstar first ca.me out. DC publishes Batwoman featuring a strong gay lead character. Archie received massive press coverage [in 2010] for… [their first gay character] Kevin Keller. Comic books need to be more representative of the real world. You may have men and women running around in spandex throwing cars at each other, but they should be men and women that are straight, gay, black, white, Latino, and Asian. I would hope that we will soon get to the point where gay storylines are not treated as an ‘event’ but something that is commonplace. A part of the natural process of telling a good story.”
Broder also shared what he likes best about organizing Florida Supercon: “Thousands of fans get to geek out for the weekend. They get to play dress up as their favorite character. They get to meet other fans, stars from their favorite shows, creators from their favorite comic books.”
As far as Florida Supercon events that appeal to an LGBT audience, Broder referenced several of them: “Our Crossplay Contest, where boys dress as girls and girls dress as boys, our big costume contest on Saturday night. We have [a panel] Out of the closet and into the Tardis: Sex and Sexuality in Dr. Who. Our headlining guest, Alex Kingston, stars as River Song in Dr. Who, a character that is openly bisexual.”
Another notable appearance includes Dan Parent, the creator of Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the Archie Comics. Parent will participate in two panels: Archie Comics: 70 Years of an Icon and Archie Comics Panel.
Appearances by Miami Vice City Rollers (Roller Derby Girls), anime voice actor J. Michael Tatum, and several Steampunk panels may also appeal to an LGBT audience. However, a young LGBT person could be wary of stepping out into this new world. Broder offered his assurance that “they’d be as accepted and welcomed as much as everyone else who comes to the show.”
He added: “It’s [four] days where we can all celebrate our love of geek culture. It doesn't matter if it's comic books, cosplay, anime, video games, science fiction or fantasy. As long as you're into one of those things, your age, your sex, your sexuality, your ethnicity or your religion [doesn't matter]. We are friendly to everyone who is friendly to us.”
To purchase tickets, visit http://floridasupercon.com
FLORIDA SUPERCON EVENTS WITH LGBT THEMES/ INTERESTS
MEET THE MIAMI VICE CITY ROLLERS (ROLLER DERBY GIRLS)
Friday June 29, 6:15 p.m. – 7:15p.m. @ ROOM 114
Saturday June 30, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. @ ROOM 202
Sunday July 1, 7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. @ ROOM 210
DAKOTA HOOD & ETHAN JAMIESON: HUNGER GAMES Q&A
Friday June 29, 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. @ FSC MAIN EVENTS STAGE (East Wing, 1st Floor)
TARA MACKEN & SAM TAN: HUNGER GAMES Q&A
Friday June 29, 2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m. @ FSC MAIN EVENTS STAGE (East Wing, 1st Floor)
ARCHIE COMICS: 70 YEARS OF AN ICON
Featuring Archie Comics Legend Bob Bolling (creator of Little Archie), Archie Comics Marketing Chief and Writer Alex Segura and Archie Writer/Artist Dan Parent (creator of Kevin Keller, first openly gay character in Archie Comics)
Saturday June 30, 1p.m. - 2p.m. @ ROOM 210
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Q&A: MICHAEL HOGAN & NICKI CLYNE
Saturday June 30, 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. @ FSC MAIN EVENTS STAGE (East Wing, 1st Floor)
FSC COSTUME CONTEST
Saturday June 30, 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. @ FSC MAIN EVENTS STAGE (East Wing, 1st Floor)
OUT OF THE CLOSET AND INTO THE TARDIS: A DISCUSSION OF SEX & SEXUALITY IN SCIENCE FICTION
Saturday June 30, 9:45 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. @ ROOM 202
DAKOTA HOOD, ANNIE THURMAN & MACKENZIE LINTZ: HUNGER GAMES Q&A
Sunday July 1, 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. @ FSC MAIN EVENTS STAGE (East Wing, 1st Floor)
SAM TAN, TARA MACKEN & ETHAN JAMIESON: HUNGER GAMES Q&A
Sunday July 1, 3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. @ FSC MAIN EVENTS STAGE (East Wing, 1st Floor)
ARCHIE COMICS PANEL
Featuring Bob Bolling (creator of Little Archie) & Archie Writer/Artist Dan Parent (creator of Kevin Keller, first openly gay character in Archie Comics)
Sunday July 1, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. @ ROOM 103
THE HUNGER GAMES Q&A
Dakota Hood, Mackenzie Lintz, Ethan Jamieson, Sam Tan, Tara Macken and Annie Thurman
Monday July 2, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. @ EXHIBITION ROOM STAGE (WEST WING)
June 29 – July 2,
To purchase tickets, visit http://floridasupercon.com
Friday (Single Day): $25.00
Saturday (Single Day): $25.00
Sunday (Single Day): $25.00
Monday (Single Day): $15.00
3 DAY PASS (FRI/SAT/SUN) PAID AFTER 4/16/12: $50.00
4 DAY PASS (FRI/SAT/SUN) PAID AFTER 4/16/12: $55.00
CHILDREN (under the age of 10) w/PAID ADULT: FREE
Miami Airport Convention Center
711 NW 72nd Ave
Miami, FL 33126