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Superheroes, science fiction capture fantasies at MonsterCon

By Jonathan King,
Published on Sunday, July 20, 2014

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A Ghostbusters mobile made an appearance at MonsterCon.
 

Jonathan King

A Ghostbusters mobile made an appearance at MonsterCon.

 



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MonsterCon, held at Timmons Arena at Furman, featured monsters, superheroes, video games, science fiction, fantasy and a lot of nerdy displays.
 

Jonathan King

MonsterCon, held at Timmons Arena at Furman, featured monsters, superheroes, video games, science fiction, fantasy and a lot of nerdy displays.

 

A little girl in a sparkly dress and fairy wings gazed in awe at a robotic dog made from a foam ice chest and duct tape. Her eyes were wide as she pats K-9’s nose as if it were a living puppy.

She wanders through the arena past racks of comics and action figures until she toddles up to Tinker Bell, who kneels to give the girl a hug. For three short days, this little girl has the magic of Disneyland in her own backyard.

This past weekend, MonsterCon came to Timmons Arena at Furman University. Don’t let the name fool you. While the convention emphasized monsters, lovers of superheroes, video games, science fiction, fantasy, and anything nerdy were all welcome.

Guests enjoyed activities such as panel discussions on subjects ranging from “Doctor Who” to drawing comics with children, meeting with special guests like actor Doug Jones and Eddie and Marilyn Munster, shopping for comics and toys, and even competing in a costume contest.

The amount of creativity put into MonsterCon was astonishing. Several of the vendors repurposed old comics and T-shirts into jewelry, coasters and pillowcases. The costumes were phenomenal as well, as Upstate-based professional cosplayers and casual attendees alike showed how much thought and effort they put into their detailed outfits.

Best of all was the passionate community. Almost everyone there loved some story, character, or profession enough to share it with others through panel discussions, merchandise or costumes.

They weren’t shy about sharing. Some hugged or pretended to fight over complete strangers because they were all dressed as characters from the same show. This community offered attractions for everyone, from children to adults.

 

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