When South Florida geeks assemble for the pop-culture emporium known as Florida Supercon, they may count among them a brand of nerd more power-hungry than any house in Westeros: the dreaded "Game of Thrones" fan.
"They like to bite, punch and swing swords," jokes Mike Broder, founder of the annual video-game, cosplay, anime and comic-book convention returning Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. "But seriously, it'll be intense fandom, just like the old 'Star Trek' conventions."
Highlights of this year's convention include appearances from actor Jason Momoa, the guy-linered Dothraki dude Khal Drogo in "Game of Thrones," who was recently cast as Aquaman in the forthcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" film; and Esmi Bianco, who portrays the prostitute Ros. Both will partake in Q and As and sign autographs on Saturday and Sunday.
"Lots of actors don't give a damn about conventions, but [Momoa] is a guy who gets it," Broder says. "Jason is forever attached to 'Game of Thrones,' just as he is to shows like 'Stargate.' He gets that fandom is our weird, modern-day mythology, our Greek and Norse myths. People fall in love with the characters and the universe, and fans will follow because these actors represent what they enjoy."
Other diversions competing for your attention are cast reunions from Starz's canceled fantasy-drama "Spartacus" and 1990s TV show "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"; actor Ernie Hudson of "Ghostbusters" fame; Nichelle Nichols, best known as Uhura from the original "Star Trek" series; and Caroll Spinney, the actor who plays Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street."
New this year is the Interactive Department, a room where video-game developers will unveil and demo upcoming PC and console releases; and a Super Geek Film Festival, with 60 short and feature-length films, one of which is the Florida premiere of "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1" from Troma cult-horror director Lloyd Kaufman.
Broder says he expects 40,000 Supercon-ites to make the pilgrimage to the convention center, a venue that represents a sharp upgrade over last year's digs, the Miami Airport Convention Center.
"There's so much to do it's overwhelming," Broder says. "It's a huge, overblown nerd fest."
Florida Supercon will take place noon-midnight Thursday, 10 a.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday at Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive. Tickets cost $25-$30. Call 954-399-1330 or go to FloridaSupercon.com.