DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Comic, gaming and movie fans packed the Durham Convention Center Friday afternoon for the kickoff of NC Comicon 2016.
For the sixth year in a row, the event offered fans a chance to dress up as their favorite comic characters.
Comicon officials say they’re expecting more than 10,000 attendees this weekend.
Cliff Bumgardner said the convention comes at a perfect time to forget about this week’s past election.
“It’s been a stressful time for everybody I think lately with the election and everything else that has been going on,” he said. “You can come here and forget about that and just be around stuff that you love. That’s what I like most about it. It’s about loving things and loving each other. Anyone is welcome. All are equal at a comic con.”
Klaus Janson, who has drawn comics for Marvel and DC Comics, is attending the event for the first time this year. He’s looking forward to connecting with fans and fellow artists, he said.
“It’s a really interesting time in the business right now,” he said. “Comics are going really well. Publishing is doing really well. It’s a really good way to stay in touch with what’s happening.”
Greensboro artist Matari Bain loves to sell his art at events like Comicon, he said.
“The thing I love about Comicon is, number one, the people,” he said. “There is nothing like someone looking at something that you worked on so hard and sleepless nights in. And they are so happy about it when they see it and they want to put it right on their wall. That’s the biggest joy for me.”