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Cosplayers Enjoy Successful First Year At Central City Comic Con

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YAKIMA, WA - Yakima's first annual Central City Comic Con wrapped this afternoon and thousands of visitors from all over the pacific northwest traveled in for it.

Over 70 vendors have come to display and sell their work. For the growing cosplay community here in Yakima, the exposure gave me a little insight on juts how they work to make costumes like this one come to life.

One could assume there would be plenty of entertainment at a comic con convention...

"We weren't sure if there was a culture here for the cosplayers, but once we started getting everything going, it kind of just immersed from the crowds and it ends up that we have a ton of cosplayers, that are so excited and willing to be at every event" says convention coordinator Jamie Burns

These conventions have become something bigger for people than just a hobby.

"I was always into sets and props... it's a lot of fun to make these costumes and show them off and inspire other people..."

Ryan wells is cosplayer out of Portland and for a living, he makes costumes and displays them at conventions."...my job is just to inspire people on building costumes... People might have questions on 'how do i build things?'... I brought a couple of my pieces to walk around and take pictures with people and kind of get people motivated to build things of their own."

Ryan and his team are just one of the vendors in Yakima this weekend. The big turnout shows how significant this even could become in our area

“We don't have official numbers yet, but possibly the 3000 range. We are very pleased with how many people came out and supported.” continued Burns

In only 3 days, thousands of people have come and gone. For the cosplayers of Yakima, it's weekends like this that they work so hard for..

"I think it's pretty much what you out into it, you get out of it... Just to talk and make friends and inspire people..." added Wells

Central city has been met with overwhelmingly positive response. With ticket sales at 2500, we can definitely expect to see a bigger and better comic con next year.

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