Thousands of superhero fans headed to the Sacramento Convention Center Friday for the opening of the inaugural Wizard World Sacramento Comic Convention.
Celebrity guests such as Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), James David Frank (aka Green Power Ranger), James Hong (Kung Fu Panda), and Ralph Macchio (the original Karate Kid), took photos and signed autographs for super fans at designated booths.
“When you come to a smaller or a mid size city, there is a real embrace,” Macchio told FOX40. “You feel an appreciation that you don’t always get in the big towns that think they know.”
Vendors sold specialty items and custom goods for collectors and Cosplayers attending the three-day event.
Cosplay is a compound word, made up of “costume” and “play.” A cosplayer is someone who not only dresses up in costume, they embody and become a fictional character.
“For me, it’s about getting into costume, making the costume, commissioning a costume, and just having fun and embody that character, emulating that character, and showing your fandom,” Ivy Doomkitty, a professional cosplayer said.
While some wore ready-made costumes they purchased online, most made their own. Some told Fox 40, their costumes took seven years to complete.
“The best feeling is when you tell somebody that you made it, and they are completely dumbfounded, they’re like, ‘You made that?’ And you tell then, ‘Ya, I did.’ And you can do it too,” said Rena Garcia, manning the Tandy Leather booth.
Saturday’s headliners will be Stan “The Man” Lee of Marvel Comics, William Shatner of Star Trek and the Cosplay Contest.