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Nerds and Geeks Unite at YumaCon

There’s a popular meme that once the calendar turns to October, even the most mild-mannered person brings out their ghoulish side for Halloween month. 

That appeared to be true for many costumed characters doing cosplay at YumaCon at the Yuma Civic Center. 

YumaCon organizer Lindsay Benacka said about 1,550 people attended the event Oct.2 and 3 with about 100 vendors and special guests, most from out of town who attend this and other “cons”, or conventions displaying comic books, costumes and pop culture memorabilia. The most famous con is the San Diego Comic Con, which has been held online the past two summers due to the pandemic.

On Sunday, Kai Massey from Yuma was dressed as Wattson from the video game Apex Legends and said she liked to see other fans who shared her interests.

“I really like this (event)," Massey said. "It really does bring people together and they can show their own uniqueness through their cosplay and it brings people with shared interests together.” 

YumaCon also included esports from the Arizona Western College esports team, Live Action Role Play or LARP and table games including Pokemon and Dungeons and Dragons.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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