Granite State Comicon brings enthusiasts to Manchester
Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin, Capt. Jack Sparrow, Boba Fett and the Phantom of the Opera were among those celebrating the opening day of the 10th annual Granite State Comicon, which has grown in both size and diversity.
"It's just kind of cool. Everyone gets to dress up and experience the magic of ... entertainment," said Dana Powers, who was wearing the orange flight suit of a Rebel Alliance fighter pilot from Star Wars. "Everyone's meshing all the worlds, and that makes it fun because it gets kind of boring if everyone keeps doing the same thing."
The terms "geek" and "nerd" were used frequently and with pride throughout the convention, which for the first time in its 10-year history has been expanded to two days.
"I've never gone to a 'con' without dressing up," said Joy Powell, a 24-year-old from Boston who was "Princess Peach" from the Mario Brothers game franchise. "It helps people approach you. It helps make new friends, and it helps kind of get the conversations going with other fans. I've always thought that was really fun."
She was describing the various costumes she has made over the years when a little girl tapped her on the arm, complimented the Princess Peach ensemble and asked if she could get a picture with her.
"The scene is growing enormously," said Anderson, who tries to attend 10 to 15 conventions every year. "I like to see the variety. It's good seeing a lot of different things."
A musician who once played in a KISS cover band, MacLeod said dressing up for a performance is nothing new, although he did have to dye the leather pants and jacket he was wearing to make them the character's color of green.
Proulx said the comicon growth comes from several different factors. He said about 49 percent of comics are read by women now, as opposed to 10 years ago, when it was only about 20 percent. Superheroes overall have also become more popular with more and more featured in movies.
The convention features a vendor floor, media guests, panels, a mini-arcade courtesy of Weirs Beach gaming center Funspot, an artist's alley and a gaming area. Also in attendance are famous props from television and film, including the DeLorean from "Back to the Future Part III."
Granite State Comicon wraps up today at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire, located at 700 Elm St. in Manchester. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
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