GalaxyCon, formerly known as Super Conventions or Supercon (legal name GalaxyCon, LLC), is a privately owned company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that organizes comic book and anime conventions in the United States. Events currently include GalaxyCon Raleigh (formerly Raleigh Supercon) in Raleigh, North Carolina, GalaxyCon Richmond in Richmond, Virginia and GalaxyCon Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
|Limited liability company|
|Genre||comic book, anime, science fiction, fantasy|
|Founder||Mike S. Broder|
As of 2019, the "Supercon" trademark only applies to Florida Supercon. All other conventions have been renamed GalaxyCon. Florida Supercon, held in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale metro areas, was sold to ReedPOP in early 2019.
The first Supercon was organized by founder Mike Broder in late 2006 at the Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, called Florida Supercon. He was looking to bring a large scale convention to south Florida. Another event, Anime Supercon, took place in Fort Lauderdale five months later. Estimated attendances at each event averaged around 2,000 people. As success grew, other conventions were added throughout the Fort Lauderdale and Miami metro areas.
An attempt was made in November 2008 to hold a longstanding Supercon outside of Florida, in Atlanta, Georgia, but it was not as prosperous as the Florida events. Another try didn't take place until July 2017 with Raleigh Supercon in North Carolina, replacing the promotional Wizard World Raleigh Comic Con which eventually moved to nearby Winston-Salem after the 2015 event. Raleigh Supercon 2017 drew in an estimated 30,000 people for the weekend. Super Conventions later acquired the former Derby City Comic Con in Louisville, Kentucky, which was re-branded as Louisville Supercon. The inaugural event took place in November 2018.
Two other recent conventions, Animate! Florida (formerly known as Animate! Miami) and Paradise City Comic Con (formerly known as Magic City Comic Con), were discontinued in 2018 so Super Conventions could concentrate on their three Supercon events. Both of those had taken place in Miami.
Sale of Florida Supercon and convention name changesEdit
On March 11, 2019, it was announced that Broder sold Florida Supercon and the "Supercon" trademark to ReedPOP of Norwalk, Connecticut. The company owns a number of conventions around the world, including New York Comic Con and MCM London Comic Con. Management for the events in Raleigh and Louisville will remain the same under Broder, but are renamed as GalaxyCon. Also added are GalaxyCon events in Richmond, Virginia and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Florida Supercon, now managed by ReedPOP, will continue to have its annual event in early July.
List of current GalaxyCon eventsEdit
|Name||Location||Venue||Dates of Next Event||Year First Started|
|GalaxyCon Minneapolis||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Minneapolis Convention Center||November 6–8, 2020||2019|
|GalaxyCon Raleigh||Raleigh, North Carolina||Raleigh Convention Center||December 10-13, 2020||2017|
|GalaxyCon Richmond||Richmond, Virginia||Greater Richmond Convention Center||March 19–21, 2021||2019|
Notes: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, GalaxyCon Raleigh has been rescheduled for December 10-13,2020. Due to economic conditions and issues with the venue, GalaxyCon will not be returning to Louisville for 2020.
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- GalaxyCon - Contact, Retrieved May 6, 2019.
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- GalaxyCon Raleigh, Retrieved Jun. 17, 2020.
- GalaxyCon Louisville, Retrieved Apr. 17, 2020.