I’ve attended various comic cons as a youngster since the 1980s. What was once a cool experience buying comics and getting autographs in a small hotel ballroom has now exploded—overtaking entire convention centers involving long lines and an almost intolerable mass of humanity. As a fan, I loved that experience, but what about behind the scenes? Running a convention should be easy…right? Steven Shea’s documentary Surviving Supercon takes you backstage to one of the largest Cons in North America, Florida Supercon.
Surviving Supercon follows Supercon owner Mike Broder, his wife and partner Sandy Martin as well as third-in-command Josh Catron, a “mom & pop” duo, as they run their four-day convention over a weekend of monumental victories and disasters.
“…takes you backstage to one of the largest Cons in North America, Florida Supercon.”
Surviving Supercon is fairly typical according to documentary standards. The film opens with owner Broder and goes through the history of the con beginning in 2006. Broder talks about his vision and passion for conventions that led to the creation of Supercon, finding inspiration from Atlanta’s Dragon Con. We also meet his wife and partner, Sandy, who helped bring the convention to its current prominence, falling just shy of San Diego Comic Con’s attendance numbers.
Quickly, the documentary shifts to the preparation and launch of the 2018 Florida Supercon. Here we see how Broder and Martin are perfectly suited to run a convention of this massive scale. Broder has a broad vision and eye for what the event should do and represent, while Martin is a meticulous planner regarding the details of how to pull it all off.
"…catches all the glorious and gruesome details beautifully."