Comic-cons are the mecca for anyone who is a fan of sci-fi, anime and cosplay. This is where you can dress up as your favorite Sailor Moon character, trade Pokemon cards with friends or get to rub shoulders with your favorite sci-fi star.
Florida Supercon is one of the best conventions currently running. It is the largest event of its kind that runs in South Florida, and it is a beautiful backdrop for you to celebrate your pure love of all things animated and outlandish.
It runs over 3 days, starting on September 10th and ending on the 12th.
They have plenty of stalls as well as amazing comic-themed guests. You can pick up some amazing limited-edition merchandise that you just can’t find in your local comic book store.
You can also dress up as your favorite character from various animes and enter a competition to see which is the best.
So what is the best method of getting into this comic con? What rules and procedures should you have to follow? Where can you get your ticket? What should you do if nobody gets what you are trying to do with your costume?
How best to get there? What hotels are in the area? How much should you be looking to spend at your first comic con?
Well, if you want answers to these questions and a whole lot more, then we would recommend that you keep reading.
We have all the info that you will need to make sure that you have a great time at your first comic con and will be able to take everything that these fun-packed events have to throw at you.
Buying your ticket/badge
If you are over the age of 6, then you will definitely need to buy a badge to attend this comic con. If you have a child that you are accompanying, then you will need to purchase a parent’s badge in addition to your child’s badge.
If your child is over 12 years old, then you will need an adult badge. Any child under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult. You can buy all of your tickets on the website and you must wear your badge when you come into the venue.
Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, your badge will have to be delivered to you in the post. Badges cannot be supplied at the venue itself. Make sure that you are wearing your badge and that it is visible for the entire duration of your visit.
What to bring to Rose City Comic Con (Include things such as snacks, chargers, books, autograph book, etc.)
We would recommend that you prepare for a long day at your comic con, as there will be thousands of people and things to see.
Make an itinerary of things that you want to see before embarking upon your journey, as this will make everything a lot more efficient. Here is a list of some of the things that you might need:
- A decent backpack – you might be planning on getting lots of goodies, such and toys and other merchandise. You’ll need a roomy backpack that you can be sure will have all the space that you’ll need for all your accessories. Make sure that it has strong straps and that it is comfortable to wear for the whole day.
- A cardboard tube – you should use this to keep all your posters in. The last thing you’ll want is for your limited edition poster to get crumpled in transit. Make sure that the tube is durable and compact and that you won’t mind carrying it the whole day.
- Snacks – there is no guarantee that this convention will have food that you can purchase from a kiosk, so make sure that you have everything that you need to keep your energy up through the day. This comic con has rest and eating areas, all of which are socially distant.
- Drinks – Florida can be pretty hot at the best of times, so you’ll want to be sure that you stay hydrated. Make sure that you quench your thirst often, as this will be a very crowded area and some people have been known to faint at these events. If you are wearing a costume, then this will count twice as much.
These are just a few things that you should think about taking to your comic con. Remember that this is one of the largest events of its kind, so make sure that you have enough to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
What to wear to Rose City Comic Con (Include obvious things such as costumes, but also things such as comfortable shoes, etc.)
The Florida Supercon has no strict rules about clothing and you can wear your own costume if you like. We would recommend that you avoid wearing any offensive clothing and they do have a strict policy on nudity.
Make sure that you wear comfortable shoes, as you will be on your feet for most of the day. It is also important that if you are not wearing a costume, that you have comfy clothes that are not restrictive and will allow you to breathe.
Florida is a hot country and will cause you to sweat a lot.
If you are wearing a costume, make sure that there aren’t any elements that might be chafing to you. You should make sure that any areas of movement are free and do not cause your skin to rub up against itself.
Easy Rose City Comic Con Costumes Ideas
If you are running out of time and have decided that you want to wear a costume, then you’re in luck. We have everything that you will need to lash together a costume very quickly without having to spend that much money. Here is a list of a few:
- Wednesday Addams
This is a very simple costume that can be worn by both men and women. All you have to do is put your hair in a long ponytail and wear a tight-fitting black dress. Men with short hair should simply get a wig.
- Ash Ketchum From Pokemon
Another very simple outfit for both boys and girls, all you need is a red baseball cap, a dark green T-shirt, along with some denim jeans and some sneakers. If you can, then we would recommend that you go out and grab some Pokeballs, although these are not essential.
- Link from Zelda
This is another very simple costume, all you need are some elf ears and a green wooded elf costume. This can be bought from most costume stores. You may need to borrow some knee-length brown boots from your mom, along with a plastic sword.
- Debbie Thornberry
Why not dress as your favorite character from the Wild Thornberrys, Debbie Thornberry? This is a very simple costume, requiring an orange top and dark green chequered shirt. All you need are some ripped denims and the outfit is complete.
- Marty McFly from Back To The Future
Grab your dad’s favorite sports jacket and orange puffer vest and hit the comic con dressed as everyone’s favorite time traveler, Marty McFly. Add some of those distinctive snow-white pumps and you can be sure that people will be asking you if you’re chicken or not.
This is a very common costume that you can source from most Halloween or costume shops.
This one-piece lycra suit might be slightly uncomfortable on a hot summer’s day, but make sure that you bring a backpack and a carry-on, as this thing does not come with pockets!
These are just a few of the most simple ideas. You can dress as Wolverine or The Incredible Hulk for equally as cheap. All you need to do is make a quick trip to your local costume or hardware store to get everything that you need.
Can you go to Rose City Comic Con without a costume?
You can indeed, in fact, many people decide to go to these conventions purely to soak up the atmosphere and hoover up some of their favorite comic books. The only thing you need to make sure is visible is your entry badge, as this is essentially proof that you have paid to enter the comic con.
What to do when nobody gets your cosplay
The chances are that of all the thousands of people attending this comic con that there will be one or two that don’t get what you are trying to do or are simply not familiar with the character you are dressing up as.
This is natural, but don’t be upset that all that time and effort you’ve put into your costume has been wasted.
You should simply look at your costume as a chance to start a conversation. If a person doesn’t understand the character that you are trying to be, have a chat with them.
Maybe you can recommend a few episodes and that person will gain a newfound appreciation for your costume and your favorite show.
Guide to Rose City Comic Con Lines and Crowds
You should be able to purchase photo opportunities from the website, which will cut down on waiting times once you get to the venue.
This venue, like a lot of other large-scale events that are reopening after the pandemic, are having to conform to certain guidelines. You have to be sure that you are obeying the social distancing rules in place for this event.
There are also plenty of aisles for scooters and wheelchairs and the organizers of the Florida Supercon have taken pains to make sure that this event is still fully accessible.
There are also specially designated quiet spaces and rest stops that you can utilize to have a snack and get your energy back.
This team is dedicated to making the experience of comic con the best that you can imagine. There are also designated spaces that you can use to change into your cosplay outfits.
There is a first aid station that you can use if you are feeling ill or have suffered an injury.
This convention also prohibits you from taking pictures in places where there is heavy traffic, that is mainly on stairs, escalators, lifts and areas where a large crowd will gather.
Again, this is because the organizers are committed to prioritizing the safety of the participants and their staff, as well as abiding by local Covid guidelines.
Getting your comics signed
To make sure everyone is safe and to avoid congestion, you’ll have to buy an autograph session online before you turn up at the venue. It will be up to the guest’s discretion as to whether or not they want to sign your comic book or not.
You should make sure that when handing your comic book to the guest that you are maintaining your social distancing rule. You must always ask permission before looking to get a hug from a guest or asking them to sign anything.
How much money do you need?
We would recommend that you take at least $200 to your comic con, to make sure that you have everything covered.
As we mentioned earlier, a lot of these comic books are limited edition, making them much higher priced than some of the comics that you might get at your local comic book store or supermarket.
You should make sure that you do your research before going to your comic con to make sure you know exactly the prices of everything and what exactly it is you want to get out of your experience.
Don’t forget to bargain
One thing that you can do with comic booksellers and artists is to haggle for a decent price on their merchandise. However, you shouldn’t be too pushy when you are trying to get a good price for their merchandise.
As with a lot of situations in life, politeness and good manners will get you a lot further than rudeness. We would recommend that you try and be cordial with the seller and they will be more likely to cut you a bargain on your merchandise.
You should always do your research on comic book prices, as this will give you much more leverage when you are trying to bargain with them.
There’s going to be nothing more off putting to a seller than someone who is asking way below the regular price of their merch. They’ll usually be offended and not inclined to give you the items.
Other tips for Rose City Comic Con-goers
We would recommend that you have plenty of carrying space that you can use to store all your merchandise before going to your comic con.
These events are large and they last a long time, so make sure that you have enough money to get there and back, especially if you are out-of-town.
If you are coming from another state or even internationally, then you should research the areas thoroughly before going to the comic con.
The last thing you’ll want to happen is to be stranded in the middle of an unfamiliar city holding hundreds of dollars worth of comic book merchandise.
Make sure that you are complying with all the social distancing rules of the venue. One way that you’ll guarantee a quick ejection from the building is if you are deliberately flouting the rules and getting too close to other people or pushing into the queue.
If you are looking to meet a specific guest, make sure that you bump them to the top of your itinerary.
These events will usually be packed with people and long lines, so there is no guarantee that if you leave it to the last minute you will get an audience with a guest that you want to see.
You can be certain that there will be plenty of hotels in the vicinity. We would recommend that you research these beforehand and get a comprehensive list of cheap hotels and the distance that they are from the venue itself.
Car rental nearby
There are plenty of car rentals nearby, all you have to do is either contact the Florida Supercon venue or ring the companies directly.
Parking at the event
The Florida Supercon building offers plenty of parking, as well as safe and secure garage parking on site. Make sure to book a spot at the venue so that you can guarantee yourself space.
Public transport to the event
There is plenty of public transport to the event, with most buses dropping you off right outside the venue.