You could call it Comicon the Little, except that this baby is already growing at a tremendous pace and may not be in diapers much longer.
As many as 9,000 fans andfellow nerds showed up for the 2nd annual Nerd-Con at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
All four of the Center’s facilities were used andhundreds of people flooded out onto the grounds and the adjacent Grape Day Park. The event was assisted by the extremely salubrious weather.
Last year about 3,000 fans of comic books, sci-fi,cosplay, video games and anime came to the California Center for the Arts for a one-day convention of nerds. The second year spanned three days, and for many attendees it was like a more manageable Comicon, an event where you could see just about everything in a couple of days.
Costumes! Oh there were costumes everywhere that the eye wandered. Costumes from comics,science fiction, fantasy, or any genre where it’s appropriate to dress up—and many where it’s not!
There were, in fact, many panels and programs on Cosplay, which may be a newterm for some people. Basically it means having fun in costumes, often with a theme, such as Doctor Who, cartoons, and anime, not to mention Star Wars and Star Trek. There was an extremely intimidating villain Kylo Ren striding about, posing for photos and looking evil.
In one panel they featured characters who “mashed” characters from Disney cartoons such as Snow White withthe Star Wars character Boba Fett.
Posing for photos is a big thing for the Cosplay crowd. You did not see camera shy individuals in this crowd. Everyone in costume was alwayswilling to stop for a moment and pose for a photo.
Not to mention pose for the crew filming a documentary about the con.
Next year, who knows how big this baby will grow!