Comic-Con for Every Skill Level

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From its humble beginnings in 1970, Comic-Con has risen in popularity to become one of the most beloved and anticipated comic book, gaming and sci-fi conventions every year. Its first event in San Diego drew a modest 300 attendees and featured a handful of stars. But, it quickly exploded into the star-studded, costume-packed extravaganza it is today. With hundreds of events, dozens of presenters and attendance topping 130,000 fans in San Diego alone, regular Comic-Cons have sprung up all over the world.

But what makes this event so popular? Aside from the opportunity to meet your heroes and hear from the stars, writers, directors and creators themselves, comic book conventions give people the chance to jump into the life of their favorite character for a moment in time. So, if you're ready to be transported into your favorite world, here are a few suggestions for how to make your costume whether it's your first time or you're a Comic-Con expert:

For the Novice
Many novice attendees have a genuine love of the world of sci-fi and fantasy, but generally don't do anything in the way of costumes or character adoption. They just show up as themselves. They are there to see all of the amazing transformations that take place, to listen to their favorite stars and developers and to visit the booths and events. They prefer to fly in under the radar and observe rather than participate, and there's nothing wrong with that.

For the Intermediate Attendee
This group probably contains the most exuberant attendees. These are the people who show up not as themselves, but as their favorite characters. Whether they come as a hero or villain from their favorite comic book, a memorable person or species from a top-selling video game, a popular character from a movie or anime, or someone they made up entirely on their own, they are always dressed to the nines. And, today it’s easier than ever to fit into this group. If you fit into this category, you can either take some time and effort to make your own costume or take advantage of popular stores like MorphCostumes to buy the perfect outfit for you.

For the Experts
These are the die-hard, over-the-top, not-to-be-outdone pros of the convention world. They spend months or sometimes even years making the perfect costumes and completely delve into the persona of the character they are portraying. They often attend as many conventions as they can throughout the year, and, in many cases, have their own websites or blogs devoted to their Comic-Con lifestyle. When you see these conventioneers, be sure to approach them and appreciate the work they have done. They usually are willing to take pictures and love being a part of making your favorite fantasy creatures come to life.

In the end, one of the greatest things about attending Comic-Con is the acceptance of all attendees. Whether you show up in your everyday clothes and wander the booths or jump in 100 percent, you will be welcome. So, don't be afraid to have a little fun and you may end up attending every year.

Article by: Cherie Nelson

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