Miami

Geek Out at Florida Supercon in Miami with Panels, Cosplay, and More

Here's everything you need to know before the three-day convention.

Florida Supercon
Florida Supercon
Florida Supercon

Florida Supercon-the three-day event celebrating comic books, pop culture, movies and TV, and more-is an opportunity to be your authentic self. Whether you want to collect autographs from the people behind your favorite anime or test your k-pop knowledge, you’ll find it when this comic comic book convention rolls into town Friday, June 30 through Sunday, July 2.

Florida Supercon will bring over-the-top cosplay costumes, informative panel discussions, and plenty of opportunities to nerd out to the Miami Convention Center in South Florida. No matter which fandom you belong to, here’s the ultimate guide for how to tackle Florida Supercon from the best panels to attend to how to dress up like your favorite character.

Don’t be afraid to dress up

Before you even leave the house, here’s what you need to know: At Florida Supercon, everyone has a chance to dress up and show off their own version of a beloved character. From Harley Quinn and Star Wars characters to niche characters from your favorite anime series, you’ll see people showing off their creativity and their fashion sense from different fandoms. Supercon also hosts contests with prizes for the best costumes and creations, so don’t be afraid to dream up a costume and dress up yourself or take in all of the great people-watching opportunities.

Geek out at informative panels

Florida Supercon is known for a stellar selection of panels covering all topics under the sun. From information about how to create cosplay outfits that help you unleash your creativity to panels about specific tiles in comics, anime, gaming, and literature, there is something for everyone.

You can check out the full panel list and schedule online or download the official Supercon app to make plans. Before you go, be sure to check out the full schedule and map out your ideal day. There’s a lot going on, and you won’t want to miss it.

Stay for the star-studded guest list, autograph opportunities, and more

Some of the greatest comic book artists will take over the show floor, known as Artist Alley, giving visitors a chance to purchase a signed piece of artwork or comic book.
Artists like Babs Tarr, the creator and artist behind the Batgirl of Burnside, and Ryan Ottley, who oversees the animated series Invincible, will be on site. The show also features an array of vendors with collectibles, jewelry, and other goodies unique to the show from local and national creators.

As for photo opportunities, attendees will have a chance to take pictures or to snag an autograph from celebrities that have been in shows such as the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Supernatural. There will also be comic book movie celebrities such as Zachary Levi with the cast of Shazam: Fury of the Gods.

Tickets for Florida Supercon start at $55 for single-day adult passes and can be purchased online.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Aurora Dominguez is a Thrillist contributor.

Miami

Bad Bunny and David Grutman's Sexy AF Miami Steakhouse is Finally Here

The rapper does whatever he wants.

Photo by Michael Stavaridis
Photo by Michael Stavaridis
Photo by Michael Stavaridis

David Grutman is back at it again, and this time the hospitality guru is bringing a new partner into the fold-award-winning recording artist, Bad Bunny. Located in Miami’s trendy Brickell neighbourhood, Gekkō, which translates to “moonlight” is a Japanese-inspired steakhouse that will serve fancy cuts of Wagyu alongside a bevy of sushi offerings. In true Groot Hospitality form, this isn’t your basic steakhouse, it’s also got a lounge that very well may play the sounds of Bad Bunny and the like into the wee hours of the night.

“Gekkō is the result of so many of my obsessions in food,” says David Grutman, Founder of Groot Hospitality. “It’s a steakhouse inspired by Japanese cuisine. There are delicious, innovative sushi rolls. There’s a lounge. I knew I wanted to do something that combined these worlds, and once I started speaking with Bunny, I knew he’d be a great partner. Gekkō is about having an incredible meal while having an equally incredible night.”

Photo by WORLD RED EYE
Photo by WORLD RED EYE
Photo by WORLD RED EYE

To celebrate the opening of Gekkō (not so coincidentally the same weekend Bad Bunny has two shows scheduled in South Florida), the crew hosted a massive grand opening party that attracted dozens of A-list celebrities and friends of both Grutman and Bad Bunny. Upon arrival, in his white Bugatti, mobs of fans who spent the entire evening swarming the restaurant began chanting “Benito! Benito!” as he exited his car in an all black suit paired with black sunglasses.

The night went something like this. A-list artists of every genre came out to celebrate. Future and Lil Wayne were seen on a couch in deep conversation and catching up with Mack Maine. Bad Bunny and Karol G were spotted running from table to table together, while DJ Khaled was seen embracing Bad Bunny and congratulating him on such a beautiful new restaurant. Timbaland and Andy Garcia were spotted hanging out for a long period, while Sophie Turner and her husband, Joe Jonas, hung with Victoria and David Beckham. Amidst that hundreds of average joes mixed and mingled while attempting to make their way to the bar so they could get a peek at some of the restaurant’s cocktails and sushi bites. It was quite a scene.

Photo courtesy of Michael Stavaridis
Photo courtesy of Michael Stavaridis
Photo courtesy of Michael Stavaridis

Okay, so back to the restaurant. Gekkō was designed by New York City-based architecture and design firm, Rockwell Group, and is made up of three different rooms with seats for up to 185 diners. It’s centred around sultry jewel-toned decor with plush and stylistic elements like a custom gold and red dip-dyed rope installation, graphic wall coverings, and velvet drapery.

Now you might be wondering about the food, because that’s really why we’re going to a restaurant, right? Gekkō’s menu begins with shared plates where diners will find things like a signature Japanese milk bread, “Lava and Ice” Kumamoto Oysters, lobster dumplings, and a wedge salad. When it comes to raw plates there’s sushi and sashimi classics as well as an opulent 24k Otoro, that’s exactly what it sounds like-deliciously tender fatty tuna covered in a layer of 24k gold leaf.

Photo by Libby Vision
Photo by Libby Vision
Photo by Libby Vision

Then there’s the steaks which include a Tomahawk cut, an olive-fed filet mignon from Kagawa, Japan, and a snow beef strip from Hokkaido, Japan. Specialty preparations include Wagyu skirt steak and a bone-in ribeye. And because Grutman is always sure his restaurants cater to the tastes of everyone, there’s even some plant-based chicken options and more.

“Sitting down with friends to enjoy a good meal is one of the moments I value the most,” says Bad Bunny. “I am thrilled that now I will have a hand in creating this experience for others.”

Gekkō opens tonight at 8 SE 8th Street in Brickell. The dining room and lounge serve customers from 6 to 11 pm Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 6 pm to 12 am Friday and Saturday. Valet parking is available for $20 or you can attempt to find a street parking on Brickell. Visit gekko.com for reservations.

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Amber Love Bond is a contributor for Thrillist.

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