Smash-Con Combined Nightlife and Nerd Life at Green Room in Fort Lauderdale

Last Friday night, Smash-Con took place at Green Room in Fort Lauderdale.

Most other vendor-centered events that consist of comics and crafts usually take place during the day on a Saturday or Sunday. But Green Room's idea to combine nightlife with nerd life proved to be a smart one.

Definitely more comic than craft, though, the vendors were selling

everything from prints to jewelry to graphic novelettes. The event was

brought to Broward fanboys and -girls by Tate's Comics, a favorite local shop of any

South Floridian with even a remote interest in geek culture.

The beginning of the night was a little slow with only

vendors filling the Green Room space and a few early birds who were there when

they opened the doors. But that is par for the course at any Fort Lauderdale

club, and it became more packed as the night progressed. Cosplayers showed up

dressed in a variety outfits, a fan fave being sexy Velma from Scooby


There was a scheduled stage show and it yielded some

interesting reactions. Burlesque performances from a lady Riddler and Harley

Quinn had people looking simultaneously entertained, confused, aroused, and weirded out. Which are pretty standard reactions at most comic conventions. But then

again, most comic conventions don't take place at a nightclub. And most

Cosplayers who intend to be scantily clad normally arrive that way instead

of stripping down to house music.

Was it necessary for a striptease burlesque show that

included nipple tassels so long that I was surprised the gyrating Harley Quinn

didn't accidentally propel herself off the stage? Probably not. But in trying

to find a solid mix of nightlife and nerd life, there were bound to be a few

oddities. Regardless of reaction, no one could take their eyes off the stage.

The thing this burlesque show probably accomplished was keeping people around. The only problem with a comic-centric vendor event is that once

people circle the area a few times and browse all the tables, they need something

to keep them from getting bored.

Normally in nightclubs, it's alcohol and the

space to act drunk that does the trick, but that space was filled up by the

very vendors people came there to see. So there were a lot of "Now what?" looks being passed between friends once they'd made the rounds. The good thing was that while they were making those rounds, there was a lot to keep them amused.

If they do SMASH-Con again (and I hope they do), I'll be excited to see if and how they change it up. Maybe pyrotechnics? Superhero smackdown? Fetish queens and power tools?

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Tana Velen