Calling all manner of geek, dweeb, dork, and nerd! If national pop culture gatherings such as San Diego Comic-Con or the Penny Arcade Expo seem out of reach, or if you're a convention n00b (that's nerd-speak for "virgin") looking for a place to get your feet wet, you're in luck: You can let your geek flag fly in our own backyard at this weekend's Florida Supercon, held Friday through Monday at the Miami Airport Convention Center (RIP, "The Mart").
With so many committed, costumed convention-goers competing for attention, the Supercon of South Florida can be a bit overwhelming for first-timers. But not to worry -- we're here to give you an idea of what to expect.
Push up those frames and take a gander at the con's offerings for your brand of fanatic.
The (Cos)PlayerAre you a (cos)player, or do you just crush a lot? Dress up like your favorite game, TV, movie, or comic book characters and get your picture taken at the various cosplay photo meet-ups. Meet-ups are divided by group (Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc.) and happen in half-hour increments. The Marvel and DC Comics photo sessions are back-to-back on Friday and Saturday -- worth checking out, if only for the chance to witness an epic nerd fight over which billionaire playboy, Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne, is more of a pampered prick.
The Gamer Geek Whether you're into cards or joysticks, you will be able to test your l33t skillz with a variety of tournaments. Bring your best moves to the Dance Central 2 tourney (Friday, 10 p.m., Supercade), dole out the headshots with Halo Reach (Saturday, 6 p.m., Supercade), or try your hand at the various Yu Gi Oh! and Magic: the Gathering drafts going on throughout the weekend in Room 200.