Fort Collins Comic Con took over the Northside Aztlan Center for the weekend, attracting over 2,000 pop-culture enthusiasts, cosplayers, gamers and artists.
Created by Nick Armstrong and Nathan Scott, Fort Collins Comic Con aims to improve youth literacy through engaging attendees in comic con activities and to provides an affordable comic con experience.
This year, Fort Collins Comic Con showcased a large variety of vendors selling a wide range of products including plush toys, artwork, anime wall scrolls and droids.
Far Away Creations, a company created by Kal and Kathy Pierce, displayed a fully functioning R2D2 model, a replica of Tatoonie from Star Wars and a life-sized Jawa figure that attendees could take photos with.
Mountain States R2D2 Builders Club gave an inside look into the creation of droid models. The complete piece took four years to construct and cost around $15,000 to create.
Leah Bellamy showcased various plush hats and plush toys from her business Bliger Studios. Her products included many themes such as Pokemon, Zelda, Inukami and Super Mario Bros.
Nova Dog Creations also showcased plush toys. Using hand-sewing techniques, each piece took three to six hours to create. Nova Dog Creations has been in the costume business since 2008, but they only began making plush toys 18 months ago.
“I love it when people get excited about my work,” said Dana Viola, Nova Dog Creations designer.
The company has also sold plush toys in Germany, Finland and Australia.
In addition to vendors showcasing comics and collectables, the Colorado Game Designers Guild showed attendees various board and card games they have been play-testing. The company showcased their games upstairs in the board game room, which allowed people to try out the games for themselves.
Artists also used the convention to show off their latest works to the attendees. Joe Oliver displayed his mix of comic book styled pieces and cartoon drawings, which were used as the image on the convention passes.
Many cosplayers showcased their talents, depicting popular characters like Fairy Tail, Naruto, Durarara, Harley Quinn and the Joker.
Another big aspect of the convention were the panels. Professional cosplayer Kayla King discussed her original designs. Her mainly panel focused on gender bent cosplaying, where people dress as a character that is opposite of their gender. She also discussed cosplaying characters from books and making non-human characters into humanoid characters. The latter half of her panel discussed her own cosplay and the thought process she goes through when deciding fabric, looks and design.
Fort Collins Comic Con gave every fan something to geek out on.