A nerd’s paradise

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Photo by Hollan Rainwater

Story by Andrea Loredo, staff writer

Walking in, you see the stands of endless comics, observing gloss in the pages of new books and others so old you can see the dust on the protective bags. Cosplayers dressed as warriors looking as if they’d just come out of an old film. The cosplays of creatures that look like they could only exist in comics and mangas walk around right in front of you. It’s like all of your worries are slipping away without a care in the world and suddenly you realize the fantasy land that you’ve walked into.

Comic-Con, a diverse event filled with different people with all kinds of backgrounds, took place Sept. 2-3 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Convention center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is an event for people to bond with others, and at the same time, to get to know other people better. This is an extraordinary event that can bring people together through the smallest things.

During the event, there are a number of different things that are used to entertain the participants, such as games. There are different types of people selling and buying merchandise, especially artists looking for potential revenue.

“I looked around at the booths and I mainly went to go support the artists who are trying to get some positive feedback,” sophomore Atlas Hines said. “There was a multiplayer game that you could join that was neat about space people.”

Stephanie Elaine Smith is an artist that creates watercolor, acrylic and color pencil art. She attended the event to sell some of the art that she had created.

“I chose Comic-Con because this is where I connect with people— more people that are like me that have the same interests that I do. I just feel comfortable at Comic-Con or any convention that’s like an anime or fantasy convention,” Smith said. “To me, it’s about connecting with people.”

Comic-Con brought people together, not only through comics but though other things, as well. Differences among participants did not seem to matter because a community of people came together not to judge but to enjoy the amazing event that is Comic-Con.