Miami Airport Convention Center
July 1-4, 2011
They say first impressions are everything; I can definitely vouch for that. Outloud’s Street Team spent July 1st-3rd at this year’s Florida Supercon hosted by the Miami Airport Convention Center, promoting, interviewing and interacting with the bizarrely-dressed-up passers-by, unleashing the inner geeks some of them didn’t know they had, myself included. Completely new to the nerd world, I found myself immersed in the throws of the biggest nerd convention I could have imagined—a place where nerdom was celebrated and embraced. As a Toonami fan from back in the day, I was convinced I would only know of Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z; I didn’t think I’d be able to relate with any of the character-obsessed attendees.
The convention was a weekend retreat from reality for those who attended in their full-on elaborate costumes; they not only dressed the part but assumed their respective roles. There were characters from every far-reaching corner of the anime, manga and comic book universe. On the first floor, booths were packed in for people to scour the merchandise, view the speakers onstage, and check out the artwork and fan fiction, among other things. For someone who swore she wouldn’t spend a dime, I fell so far into it, I drew money out of the ATM and blew it all to satisfy the imminent geekish cravings unlocked by Supercon. I was just one of many.
Completely new to the nerd world, I found myself immersed in the throws of the biggest nerd convention I could have imagined—a place where nerdom was celebrated and embraced.
The second floor consisted of sessions hosted in the convention rooms for just about every interest, from tips on improving drawing techniques to panels with actors and voice actors of some of the most beloved shows in the nerd world, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Charmed.” There were also panels held by the some of the convention’s talented musical guests including Honor Society,Action Item and Katelyn Tarver, for the fans to ask whatever questions they were burning to ask. Supercon was more than just the unleashing of guilty pleasures, it was the chance to watch performances of rising stars and be part of the thundering crowd before them. Throughout the convention, there were lineups of plenty of bands, including Motion City Soundtrack, The Ever Afterand Jacobs Ladder, along with so many others.
On Friday night at the West Wing Concert Stage, the silence that filled the room was interrupted by the sound of acoustic guitars and an angelic, enthralling voice poised to allure all the girls in the crowd. Ohio natives HeyHiHello were ready to give an unforgettable acoustic performance in Miami.
The performance was bare and lead singer Jakub Andrews held nothing back. With no set list in place, HeyHiHello found themselves singing songs from their latest EP, Goodnight Moon along with a cover from the Shrek soundtrack.
HeyHiHello put on such an enchanting performance that when their time was up, the audience begged and screamed for more.
Backup vocalist and guitarist, David Beaver contributed to the engaging performance the band put on with smooth vocals and chilling guitars skills. Bass guitarist and on-stage eye candy Evan Davis kept the young girls gazes glued to the stage.
As the unplugged performance continued, the crowd swayed from side to side to the sound of their beautiful harmonies and melodies. HeyHiHello put on such an enchanting performance that when their time was up, the audience begged and screamed for more. Not one person walked away from the stage, forcing HeyHiHello to feed the crowd’s craving for catchy love songs.
Not only was HeyHiHello easy on the ears, but the band was genuinely heartfelt and, not to mention, easy on the eyes. Move over The Ready Set and We the Kings, because these newbies are ready to take control of the pop-rock world.
From performances to panels, Florida Supercon’s four-day event offered up something for everyone. If you missed it this time around, check out Supercon next year and be part of the crowd to come out and celebrate everyone’s inner dweeb.
By Aura Altamiranda and Janice Carrillo
For more on Supercon visit: www.floridasupercon.com
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