RocCon 2012 Draws Hundreds to Main Street Armory
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Rochester's own version of the popular convention Comic-Con turned out to be a big hit for sci-fi, comic book and video game fans this weekend. Hundreds attended the second annual Roc-Con.
It may look like Halloween came a little early to the Main Street Armory.
"I'm Freya from 'Chobits,'" said anime fan Sharise Hazlett.
But dressing up in your favorite anime, sci-fi or comic book character is part of what Roc-Con is all about. This is the second year the comic book crazed convention has been held in Rochester and it's the first year the RocCon has grown into a weekend long fan fest.
"Compared to last year we are two and a half times its side," said organizer Alicia King.
King says more than two thousand comic, anime and science fiction fans attended this year to check out the more than a hundred vendors and meet more nationally known celebrities in the comic book and television world.
"I just felt that Rochester didn't have a full Comic-Con. We have anime events. We have other horror events and sci fi events but nobody put together a full Comic-Con that you would find in New York or San Diego," said King.
For former professional wrestler turned recent comic book creator Brimstone, the event is a great way to gain new fans.
"Rochester fans, they came out in droves, happy to take pictures, sign and obviously pick up some of our stuff," said Brimstone, who is President and CEO of Hound Comics.
"It's one of those places where everyone belongs and no one is left out. You can dress up you don't have to, people still love you," said attendant Christina Lindner.