Shock Pop Comic Con Features Icons from Cult Classics & Horror Films

“It was my hope to not only create this huge convention with a broad spectrum of pop culture and comic guests but also to break down barriers within the fan community, and establish a safe haven for everyone to enjoy pop culture.”

– Shock Pop organizer Mark Heller

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Florida Supercon 2013: Sci-Fi, Anime, & Comic Books Convention Connects LGBT Fans & Allies

George Takei speaks to the audience at The 8th annual Florida Supercon 2013 at Miami Airport Convention CenterTrekkies, Bronies and a revered pop culture icon who says “Oh Myyy.”

The 8th annual Florida Supercon 2013 took place July 4 to 7 at the Miami Airport Convention Center, where thousands of fans came to celebrate sci-fi, anime, comic books, and other pop culture genres.

Generally the mood was upbeat on Saturday, July 6 – how could it not be when people dressed as fantastical characters such as Aqua Man, Nightwing, and The Great Gazoo?

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Florida Supercon: George Takei, David Yost and More to Appear

Florida Supercon has often featured comic book/ sci-fi/ anime guests and events that appeal to not only mainstream fans, but also to an LGBT audience.  This year, Florida Supercon 2013 promises to exceed expectations.

The Eighth annual comic con event returns to the Miami Airport Convention Center on July 4-7, with George Takei, as one of the headliners.

Science fiction fans know Takei as Mr. Sulu from the original Star Trek television series,which aired from 1966- 1969.  In recent years, Takei has become a social media favorite, particularly on Facebook, and he has written about this experience in Oh Myyy!  (There Goes the Internet).  However, some of his fans may not know that as a child during World War II, Takei was incarcerated in Japanese-American internment camps in the U.S.  He has also starred in a musical, Allegiance, which explores this often untold part of American history.  A Broadway debut is anticipated for 2014.

In 2005, Takei publicly came out.  Since then, he’s become an LGBT activist, one who often uses humor to communicate his message—see Takei’s recent Buzzfeed response to same-sex marriage protestors.

In a phone interview with SFGN, Takei reflected, “When I was a teenager, marriage equality was an unthinkable thing.  Now it is inevitable.  I’m very optimistic about the [upcoming] Supreme Court ruling.”

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.