Dover celebrates pop culture with Comic Con

Graham ‘Spencer’ Quimby shows his ghost blaster to Dominick Matterese at a previous Comic Con in Dover. (Delaware State News file photo)

DOVER — Don’t be surprised if you bump into Captain Marvel or some other character out of a comic or show next weekend in Dover.

The streets will be filled with people with a passion for pop culture at Dover Comic Con from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

About 10,000 people are anticipated for the free event, now coordinated by the Delaware State News in partnership with the Dover Public Library.

The event features artists, panels, crafts, food trucks and more.

The many people who come in costumes make the event unique and welcoming.

“Some people who aren’t familiar with this community will see Comic Con and immediately think just superheroes,” said Bailey Williams, event coordinator for the Delaware State News. “That’s true, and something that is big right now is Avengers.

“But Comic Con is a place where pop culture kind of thrives,” said Ms. Williams.

She said the event may attract passionate fans of the animated series “Bob’s Burgers” or “Veronica Mars” now that it has returned on Hulu.

For many, these are shows that fans watch on their own, said Ms. Williams. But at an event like this, you may find out there are many others with the same interests.

“When you come to something like this, you can see people living out that fandom and understand there’s a whole community that maybe you haven’t been introduced to,” said Ms. Williams.

There will be a costume contest as well as unique opportunities to meet people who have taken cosplay to big-time levels.

Among this year’s guests is Sharon Rose who sports an incredible Captain Marvel costume.

On the Dover Comic Con Facebook page, there is an interesting “Becoming Marvel” video that features Ms. Rose.

In it, she describes her start in cosplay after going to cons with her husband. “I’d go to these events and see these amazing people walking around in things that they made,” she said.

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Dover Comic Con’s origin dates to 2013 when the Dover Public Library had a summer program to boost interest in its graphic novel collection and its teen library program.

In a just a few years, it grew into one of the city’s biggest events, spilling out onto Loockerman and Federal streets.

The Dover Comic Con is just a taste of what passionate fans seek at big, ticketed events in metro areas.

“This is kind of like a beginners con, an introduction to what it looks like to put it on for free and accessible to everyone,” said Ms. Williams. “If you find what you’re looking for and what you like about this, then the further you get into that community, the more you’ll know how you want to spend your time or spend your money at bigger events.”

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In today’s edition, there is s promotional piece with some details on the event.

You can learn even more by visiting the following websites:

•Event information, tickets and volunteer registration can be found at Delmarvaevents.net;

•Social media updates, links and more cool announcements at facebook.com/DoverComicCon;

•An event program in the Special Sections link at DelawareStateNews.net.

Admission to the event is free, but a new opportunity this year is VIP access.

For $25, VIP guests will have access to a lounge at the CenDel Foundation building on Loockerman Street and receive exclusive event lanyards and pins, a T-shirt and tote bag.

A limited number of VIP tickets remained, as of Friday.

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Ms. Williams said there are still opportunities and needs for volunteers to pull off the big community event. She said volunteers will help with set up, tear down, information sharing and more.

Send inquiries about this to dsnevents@newszap.com or sign up on the delmarvaevents.net. In the Comic Con section, click on “Details” to get more information.

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Dover Comic Con is just one of the events the Delaware State News organizes and promotes to bring the community together.

Another big one coming up is the third annual Senior Spree Friday, Aug. 23, at the Villages of Noble’s Pond in Dover.

The free event, designed to promote active lifestyles for seniors, features vendors, demonstrations, information sessions and more.

Look for more details in coming editions.

Reach Executive Editor Andrew West at awest@newszap.com

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