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Whether you're a furry, a Trekkie, or just into comic books, there's a festival to fulfill your fandom needs no matter what time of year it is.
America's "nerd culture" is on the rise. Comic conventions, which used to be small events that catered to only the most hardcore fans, are now selling out tickets within hours. But if you couldn't get a coveted ticket to this year's
Our very own Sunshine State has a convention for every type of fan boy and girl. Even if you've never played a game of Dungeons & Dragons or watched an anime film, attending one of these conventions could prove to be a fun time.
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Nerdy characters aren't just limited to the big screen either. During the 2012
If you're hopping on the nerd bandwagon for the first time, know that the comic con attire is anything but casual. These events serve as a fashion show for cosplayers with handmade replicas of some of the most elaborate getups seen in movies, comic books and more.
Know, too, that some ladies tend to make their costumes a little risqué. In fact,
Depending on how confident you are in your costume-crafting skills, you can enter one of the character contests. Participants are invited to take the stage and showcase their ensembles, at some conventions contestants are even asked to embody their character for a short skit.
So grab your costumes and your comic books and be sure to check out one of Florida's many events meant to cater to fans of every type.
Jan. 3-5, 2014, Sukoshicon, Fort Walton Beach: Sukoshicon is the "social anime convention," there will be anime panels, console games, contests, cosplays and exhibitors. Visit sukoshicon.com/index.html
Jan. 12-13, 2013 GatorCon4,
March 21 - 23, 2014 MegaCon, Orlando: Megacon will be coming to the
March 17 - April 1, 2013 "The Nerd," Panama City Beach: "The Nerd" is a comedic performance which will be performed at the Kaleidoscope Theatre. The play is about a 34-year-old man whose house guest, described as a nerd, outstays his welcome making for funny situations. Visit www.kt-online.org/shows.php?id=256
March 19-23, 2014 IAFA 35, Orlando: The purpose of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts is to promote and recognize achievement in the study of the fantastic, guests of honor at this year's convention are Nnedi Okorafor and Ian McDonald. Visit www.iafa.highpoint.edu/
March 2, 2013 Sun Coast CGA Show, Punta Gorda: This show is devoted to anime and gaming of all types. It will be held at the Charlotte Harbor Events Center. Visit www.suncoast.cgashows.com/home.php
May 3-5, 2013 Khaotic Kon,
May 17 - June 9, 2013 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando: This is an annual event at Disney that highlights the Star Wars series. Several characters will be present, and there will be Star Wars-themed events like Jedi Training and a Hyperspace Hoopla dance party. Visit www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/hollywood-studios/star-wars-weekend/
May 24-26, 2013 Oasis 26, Orlando: Events for this convention include panels and signings, gaming, filking, masquerade, a charity auction and a video room. Tickets can be purchased by the day or as packages with discounts provided for children. www.oasfis.org
May 24-26, 2013 Florida Anime Experience,
June 1-2, 2013 Knightrokon,
June 15, 2013 Hurricane Who's Summer Night, Orlando: Fans can get autographs and photos at this "Doctor Who"-themed event. Visit www.hurricanewho.com
July 26-28, 2013 Megaplex, Orlando: Megaplex has been Florida's furry arts and entertainment convention since 2002. Performances at the convention will focus on fursuiting, puppetry and improvisation. Visit www.my.megaplexcon.org
Aug. 16-18, 2013 Anime Festival, Orlando: This festival, described as Florida's favorite Japanese anime convention, will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at
Sept. 6-8, 2013 UmiCon, Daytona Beach: UmiCon will be held at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. It is an up and coming anime and gaming convention with deep roots in the local community, as well as other anime conventions. Visit www.umicondaytona.com
Sept. 14, 2013 CGA Nature Coast, Crystal River: This show is devoted to anime and gaming of all types. It will be held at Double Tree Oceanfront. Visit www.naturecoast.cgashows.com
Oct. 4-6, 2013 ShadoCon,
Oct. 18-20, 2013 FANdom, Pensacola: This convention will be hosted at the University of West Florida and will feature costume contests, raves, panel discussions, quidditch, a masquerade ball and more. Tickets range from $8-$45. Visit www.fandomcon.com/
Oct. 18- 21, 2013 Necronomicon,
Oct. 19 - 21, 2012 The Vampire's Ball, Orlando: A vampire-themed dance performance put on by the Orlando Ballet. Tickets range from $15-$75. Visit www.orlandoballet.org/performances/vampires-ball
Oct. 19, 2013 Furloween, Orlando: This year's mascot for the furries dinner dance party is the hyena, but furries of all breeds are welcome. "Visit www.floridafurs.com/furloween
Fall, 2014 (Date TBA) Away Mission, Tampa: This Star Trek convention, hosted by Vulcan Events, will return with celebrity guests after a hiatus in 2013. Guests can pay to get an autograph or get a photo with any of the celebrities. Prices vary. Visit www.away-mission.com