WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Don't be alarmed if you see big crowds in costumes swarming the Washington Convention Center this weekend. Each year, Awesome Con attracts tens of thousands of fans of comic books and sci-fi movies.
If you're thinking about attending, you might feel under-dressed without a costume. Organizers estimate about half the attendees wear some so-called cosplay or special apparel and accessories.
Last year, the event was held on Father’s Day weekend; the event this year falls on Passover and Easter weekend. Organizers plan to hold an Easter egg hunt with a special appearance by the Easter bunny.
Instead of Easter bonnets and spring suits, expect kids in superhero suits and adults in all kinds of costumes. The sixth annual Awesome Con is a celebration of comics, sci-fi and pop culture.
“All of the above – anything you're a really big fan of,” Awesome Con founder Ben Penrod said.
Penrod said the event has grown from 7,000 people in 2012 to 70,000 last year.
Mindy and Benjamin Groves came dressed as Mary Poppins and Bert. Completing the theme, their five-month-old daughter was wearing a penguin costume.
“I think the most fun is just seeing other people who like to dress up and have fun and be nerdy,” Benjamin Groves said.
Awesome Con 2018 features photo-ops with all sorts of celebrities. The Smithsonian and NASA have booths, where visitors can learn about the real science behind sci-fi movies and television shows.
Netflix is showcasing it's new "Lost in Space" series. And Lucasfilm is promoting its big franchise with an appearance from “Star Wars” stars like John Boyega.
“It's one thing to see them up on the screen but actually here. Oh my gosh. And it's really exciting,” said fan Charlie Mann.
There are lots of activities for kids, coloring and video games. There are also panels for adults only like one session focused on cosplay sexuality.
Thanks to Awesome Con vendor Chicago Costume Company for providing multiple props for Mike Carter-Conneen’s live shots.