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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. 

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Comic book fans in Yuma County have options to attend nearby conventions, also known as comic-cons. The most famous is the annual event in San Diego and there are others in the Phoenix area. But for the past six years, San Luis has hosted its own comic-con.

Stephanie Sanchez

Phoenix-Despite record triple digit weather, thousands of people attended this year's Phoenix Comicon in full costume and put forward their best effort to showcase their creativity.

The four-day event which ended Sunday showcased TV stars, authors and comic-book creators including panel discussions on pop-culture.

It also attracted thousands of cosplayers portraying their favorite pop-culture icons.

As KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports, the event which grows larger every year is a great way for some local artists and cosplayers to showcase their work and network their way to organize future comicons in rural Arizona.

Comic-Con isn't just for big cities anymore

Mar 16, 2015
Christian Zaragoza

AZED-International comic-con conventions in metropolitan areas such as the one in San Diego tend to attract around 200,000 people.

Tickets badges for the celebration of popular arts sell out quick within an hour.

But for those who are into cosplay, but are unable to make it to the largest trade shows in the world have other opportunities.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez tells us why similar conventions in rural areas are becoming increasingly popular.