MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Fans of comic books, cosplay, board games and all things geek are invited to the second ever Superior Con at Northern Michigan University this weekend.
Tabletop games, video games, comic books, anime, cosplay; over the course of the last two decades all of these things have forced their way into mainstream culture.
"We're constantly getting people into the store who are like 'hey, we're just learning about these things,' it's awesome, it's fun, it's exciting,” said Bob Towers, owner of Taiga Games. “This is just a really cool opportunity to share that excitement with the local community."
As the culture grows, so too, do the amount of people participating. Superior Con was created as a Comic Con for the U.P.
"Being able to come and have something to connect with people about and make friends is a really big thing that we don't get in the Upper Peninsula, so a lot of people feel isolated,” said Rose Stierna, assistant coordinator of Superior Con. “It's really amazing to have Superior Con."
Like Comic Con, you're encouraged to dress up in a costume from your favorite fandom. There will be games, movie screenings, panels discussing issues like representation and a couple of celebrities.
"It's definitely a big part of real conventions around the world and we're taking that step to get to that point by getting these guests to come," said Superior Con coordinator Emily Shirilla.
There will even be vendors present. The Game-Well and Taiga Games will be on hand to show off their products and introduce people to table top games they may have not tried yet.
"I'll have some card games like the Transformers trading card game, Star Wars Destiny, and some smaller ones like The Mind, which if you're looking for just a quick fun card game to play with friends, I’ll have demo copies of that there teaching people how to play," said Towers.
Superior Con runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Saturday, April 13, at NMU's Jamrich Hall and is completely free for all who wish to attend.
"There isn't really any need for us to charge at the moment, so we'd like to avoid that as long as we can," said Shirilla.
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