Characters come out to New Orleans Comic Con

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 12:40am

New Orleans went a little nerdy as comic book lovers, sci-fi enthusiasts,gamers, and fans of pop culture came out for the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con. The three day event featured chances to meet stars from T.V. shows, cosplayers, movies and more. Convention goers said it was a great way to have fun and feel like you fit in.

"It actually makes me feel really happy. I'm like I can be involved in this and not have anyone make fun of me or anything like that. I'm have a great time," Vivian Street, who cosplayed at the convention, said.

It was a celebration of "nerd" chic.

"It helps definitely it's like taking the nerd culture then injecting a little New Orleans in to it," Shannon Kitchens, Director of the web comic series "The Adventures of Keith Flippen," said. "It's great!"

Some fans dressed to impressed with costumes. Others came in street clothes, but still had tons of fun.

Fans got to play games; check out artwork; and get new gear. Some fans just couldn't get enough of the fun.

"Too so much that I can't even tell you how much," Logan Bankston, super hero fan, said.

The convention also gave local artists a chance to show off their work.

"It's really great exposure first and foremost. Especially Wizard World is so big and epic and there are so many people in the fandom that we get to access one on one with our audience," Kitchens said. "That is awesome we get to talk to them interact. "

Local convention goers say they love the chance to get to interact with people and artists who understand them.

"It's more lively, and I know from other ones that I've actually been too it's more settled down," Street said. "The people you know, but the others are not so open like here."

"Because, it's New Orleans, so we kind of fit in," Shay Chairs, convention goer, said.

She and her son dressed up like "Batman" villains.

"Yeah we are excited. There are a lot of people there are a lot of nerds out here like us," She said.

The three day long convention was held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center.



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