PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thousands of Portland’s nerds came out this weekend for the 5th annual Rose City Comic Con at the Oregon Convention Center.
Guests this year include dozens of comic artists, voice talent, gamers and celebrities like Stan Lee, who is making his final appearance in Portland.
Organizers hope to see 40,000 people at the convention this weekend, which would be 5-10,000 more than last year. Marketing director Aaron Colter says the 5th Rose City Comic Con is bigger and better than ever.
“Comic Con used to be kind of a small thing where creators would come together and sell their comics and art to fans, but it’s grown into this whole pop culture phenomenon with cosplayers and celebrities and video games and it’s just a celebration of all things geeky and fun,” Colter said.
He says it’s a great chance for people to get together with their “core group of nerds” and maybe see people they usually only interact with in an online community.
“So it’s one weekend where they can come together and be whoever they want to be they can dress up however they want to dress up and find a lot of support,” Colter said. “We hope people find new artist they wouldn’t know about unless they came to the convention we hope they fall in love with comics and just grow and expand.”
At an event like Comic Con, it’s no surprise to run into the likes of Rogue and Mystique hanging out together. Convention-goers dressed as the “X-Men” enemies put together their own elaborate costumes for the occasion.
“Costumes are actually a lot more fun to make,” “Rogue” said. “And then you get to show them off and let people see what you’ve done and show that you’ve put your heart and soul into an effort.”
“I love her character. She’s independent and a little bit screw-y,” “Mystique” said. “She did some things.”
And it wouldn’t be a nerd convention without plenty of “Star Wars” characters running around, like an Imperial Storm Trooper from the 501st Legion.
“We raise a lot of money for charities such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation and other charities like that, so it gives me a chance to give back to the community and I get to play dress up every day,” he said. “I really like the helmeted character because it really allows me to actually be an Imperial Storm Trooper.”
The convention continues Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center.