The line reached from the entrance to the packed parking lot. Inside, the center reached near capacity as it brimmed with costumed fanatics dressed as their favorite anime, comic book and film heroes and villains.
Comic book company CCP Comics was there to meet and greet old and new fans alike, as well as to review the portfolios of future would-be comic artists.
Cosplay cutie Maridoll was on hand to sign headshots and pose for photos with fans. WWE superstar and actor Kevin Nash towered over the enthusiastic crowd as they clamored for a chance to meet and take photos of the famed athlete.
The cosplay contest was clearly the most popular event of the day. There were two categories in the event—one for children and one for adults. The event was judged on both originality and creativity.
It was a close call in the children’s category, between a young girl dressed as ’80s cartoon icon Rainbow Brite and a young boy dressed as ’90s film cult favorite Edward Scissorhands. Eddie ended up with the first place trophy, with his homemade costume nearly identical to the film.
The adult category got a little more complicated, as Nacho Libre made a grand appearance along with DC comic superhero Green Arrow, Mortal Kombat’s Mileena and Adventure Time’s Flame Princess, among others.
The crowd surged to the stage as the cosplayers cheered and jeered all the entrants, which nearly blew the roof off the community center.
The event coordinators are already hard at work on the 2015 Comic Con, which might tie into next year’s Victoria Film Festival, merging the two popular events that are well within driving distance.
Just don’t forget your tights.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.