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Surviving Supercon

By Alan Ng | February 6, 2020

To me, she has the toughest job. She’s detailed oriented and demands perfection. Her main job throughout the weekend appears to be “putting out fires.” She is in a constant state of frustration as convention management decided to hire a large group of untrained workers and staff, as well as having to deal with inadequate metal detectors designed to detect assault rifles and not small handguns or knives.

The way they describe the convention in the film is perfect. It’s like a “circus” as they are constantly juggle one act after the other—always needing to keep the crowd occupied or entertained. There’s always something exciting going on. Broder is a fan of professional wrestling, and a ring is set up where wrestlers cosplay as various heroes settle their age-old rivalries in the ring. This year, Broder purchases a Toy R’ Us Geoffrey the Giraffe costume and proceed to have him beaten by a wrestler with an Amazon Prime package.

“It’s like a ‘circus’ as they are constantly juggle one act after the other.”

After watching Surviving Supercon, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d never want to run a convention…ever…in my life. The job is way too stressful. It requires working with massive amounts of people, along with workers/contractors that don’t always know what’s happening. Then dark forces arrive in a potential theft ring and illegal scalping operation going on under your nose. Filmmaker Shea catches all the glorious and gruesome details beautifully.

Surviving Supercon offers so much detail behind putting on one of the largest fan conventions in the world. The stress on Broder and Martin is incredible, and these two somehow pull it off and still willing to do it all over again. You see the passion in the pair that motivates them, and their service to fans, celebrities, and the community is admirable. You’ll walk away feeling admiration for the organizers and gratefulness that it’s them and not you.

Surviving Supercon (2020)

Directed and Written: Steven Shea

Starring: Mike Broder, Sandy Martin, Josh Catron, etc.

Movie score: 8.5/10

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"…catches all the glorious and gruesome details beautifully."

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