Crowds join the fun at Comic Con

DOVER — There was no looking out of place, it just wasn’t possible.

For seven hours on a hot Saturday the sixth annual Dover Comic Con drew waves of costumed heroes, heroines and villains, one and all.

Pushing a stroller, Kayla Ruhm dressed as the fictional Poison Ivy from DC Comics. She was joined by her son adorned as the dastardly Joker of Batman fame.

Siblings came as Eleven from the science fiction-horror Netflix series “Stranger Things” and as Captain America.

“We’ve been every year, it’s fun for the kids,” Ms. Ruhm said of her children ages 3 to 12.

“It’s a community event and we don’t see enough of those here. It’s nice seeing all the creativity, plus the vendors. There’s a lot of amazing artists and I always go away with more than I need.”

The Pattersons — Jamal and Rachel — enjoyed watching 5-year-old daughter Shayna walk across the stage as Supergirl in the first of three costume contests.

“She’s been talking about it all week,” Mr. Patterson said.

Mrs. Patterson interjected, “she woke up this morning saying ‘I’ve got to put my costume on!’ “

Scaring up a crowd.

Sporting a top hat and clutching a cane while striding in a mostly green outfit speckled with black colored question marks, Dover’s Randy Waters debuted as The Riddler of Batman fame.

“I haven’t dressed up to come here before, I’ve always said ‘No, it’s too hot, forget it,’ “ Mr. Waters said. “Seeing everyone in so many types of costumes last year I decided to join the fun.”

Inspired by 2018 experience, the Dover resident spent months pulling together outfit pieces before going public.
“I wore it last Halloween but get more compliments here,” Mr. Waters said as he strolled through a crowd expected to reach 10,000 or more between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Vendors displayed offerings along Federal and Loockerman streets, with exhibits and presentations on display throughout The Green and Legislative Mall nearby.
Mr. Patterson said the event compared well to his Comic Con experience in New York City, albeit on a small scale.
“It’s different, of course, but it’s very nicely spread out here and well organized,” he said.

Dressed as a 13th century Irish Viking, Frederica’s Shawn Davis intermittently sewed time period clothing under a tent as friends swung and jousted with faux weapons while weapons while wearing real armor.

“Obviously we’re not trying to kill our friends,” Mr. Davis said. “It’s all in good fun, right?”

Citing an interest in sword fighting and weapon history, Dover’s Drew Phelan anticipated a walk through the vendor areas.
“If you happen to have cash you can buy some neat stuff,” Mr. Phelan said. “If you find an area or activity you like, you just hang around there.”

Mace Zimmet, 11, of Millsboro, spent 10 days or so collecting enough felt to create a pinkish Pink Diamond get-up from the Steve Universe Series, along cardboard for a sword.

She found a wig and old slippers, tissue paper, beads, pom poms and an old T-shirt too.
“She’s childish, she’s outgoing,” Mace said of Pink Diamond. “I wouldn’t say she’s a weird character but an interesting character.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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