What is a Comic Con?

A Comic Con is a festival that celebrates superheroes, anime, fantasy, science fiction, video games, pop culture, and more. Lots of people dress up as their favorite characters, and people come from all over to see and be seen. Raleigh Supercon is Raleigh’s largest multi-genre comic con, bringing in over 15,000 attendees over three days in 2017. This Comic Con will feature activities and celebrities from the realm of comic books, anime, animation, fantasy, science fiction, video gaming, and more!

Fans wait for the Exhibition Hall to open at Florida Supercon 2016. SKYP3R Photography | www.SKYP3R.com

Fans wait for the Exhibition Hall to open at Florida Supercon 2016.
SKYP3R Photography | www.SKYP3R.com

Who goes to a Comic Con?

Comic Con appeals to people who are inspired by superheroes, fairy tales, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, horror, and so much more. There’s a balance between the up and coming stars and the ones we remember from a nostalgic time. There are events for people of all ages! No matter what you’re in to, there will be something at the show that will appeal to you.

Fans can go to celebrity Q&As. Bill Nye answers questions at Magic City Comic Con 2016 (Now Paradise City Comic Con). SKYP3R Photography | www.SKYP3R.com

Fans can go to celebrity Q&As. Bill Nye answers questions at Magic City Comic Con 2016.
SKYP3R Photography | www.SKYP3R.com

What happens at a Con?

Attendees enter through an exhibition hall which features art, collectibles, toys, posters, t-shirts, books, and more. Program guides will be handed out that will list all of the events and activities happening that day. The celebrities and artists have a place to meet fans in the exhibition hall, and they also appear on stage to discuss their projects with fans. Comic Con also features a variety of entertainment such as video gaming tournaments, costume contests, comedy shows, late night karaoke and raves, and workshops of all kinds.

A group of attendees cosplay as their favorite characters.

A group of attendees cosplay as their favorite characters.

Why do people go in costume?

There are two different types of people who dress up at cons. First are those who wear store-bought costume like they would for Halloween, usually with a geeky or fairy tale theme. Another kind of costuming is a more serious hobby called “cosplay” which is short for “costume play.” These are attendees who spend weeks making replica costumes of their favorite characters and even take on the personality of these characters while portraying them. Cosplayers often get treated like stars by other attendees due to the amount of workmanship that goes into these costume. A few hundred of the best compete in costume competitions throughout the weekend for prizes.

Raleigh Supercon takes place July 14-16, 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center – 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601 •  Tickets are available online HERE.

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