Monthly Archives: June 2015

Florida SuperCon

Time for another convention in Miami. Same deal, just me and my son. And like I promised myself, a better hotel. Or so I thought. We picked a boutique hotel (I guess that’s what those damn things are called) about two blocks from the Miami Beach convention center. Seemed like a nice place, and then the music started blasting up and down the street.

BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP!

Midnight passed.

BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP!

2 a.m., 3 a.m., 4 a.m. …

BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP!

Finally at 5 a.m. it shut down. Until 9 a.m.

BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP BOMP!

So I was freaking exhausted when we went over to the con. At least the night after the con (and 11 miles of walking according to my phone, including treks to lunch and dinner and a boatload of late-night panels while my kid went to a dance) I was tired enough to sleep through it all.

hardcaseThere were a couple of dozen comic dealers at the show, but not a lot of Ultraverse. I scraped a few out of some cheap bins, including four Ultraverse Premiere 0s and some UPC variants (although not nearly as many as the last time I was in Miami).

But I did bring a few things for Mike Zeck to sign, including a full run of Eliminator and a couple of Hardcase cards. Then someone in his booth told me he was charging $5 a signature. I have no problem at all with that, but I decided to just get a couple … Eliminator 0 and a Hardcase card. Really nice guy.

I actually would recommend this convention to anyone who can deal with South Florida in July. The guest list was great, it was never that crowded and there was a really diverse set of dealers on the floor. I’ll probably go back next year, and just stay in a bigger hotel.

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Retailer kit

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This is a package I picked up off eBay a while back. Apparently these kits were put together in the Malibu offices as something of a “thank you” to retailers who went above and beyond promoting the brand.

There are some nice touches, including a Rune Ultra 5000, some pins, stickers, cards, posters and a copy of the Jumpstart Effect ashcan (which is really hard to find).

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I’m glad I was able to get this in its original state. And I’m not sure, but I think this might have been the only way the Jumpstart Effect book was distributed. Even though it has a 99-cent cover price, I can’t remember ever seeing one in a store.