Comic Con in Greenville

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Comic Con in Greenville

Junior Ben Ogles poses for a picture with 501st Star Wars troopers.

Junior Ben Ogles poses for a picture with 501st Star Wars troopers.

Junior Ben Ogles poses for a picture with 501st Star Wars troopers.

Junior Ben Ogles poses for a picture with 501st Star Wars troopers.

River Herron, Staff Reporter

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Comic Con is an annual convention for comic book lovers all over the United States. This includes all genres of animated or realistic comics, games, movies, TV shows, etc. There is more to the tradition than just comics. Anything imaginable that relates to these celebrated forms of entertainment are sold at stands flooding the entirety of the convention. There are prints sold of fan-favorite characters drawn, painted, or airbrushed that are created by  the fans themselves. The trading and selling of old figurines plays a huge part in the convention, some of which have sold at recent Comic Cons for as much as $4,000 each. According to Forbes, Comic Con is the “largest convention of its kind in the world.” Even the voices and actors of world renowned superhero movies make an appearance, like Ben Affleck who played Batman in the “Batman v.s. Superman” movie. When there are superheroes, there are super fans, people from all over the city come dressed up in their DIY costumes that range anywhere from six-foot-tall human-like trees to regular humans with the hands, head, and tail of a cat.

2019’s comic con was a blast. As always the TD Convention Center was home of the Greenville Convention, hosted by Borderlands Comics. The 501st made an appearance, a widely known group of Star Wars enthusiasts who use costumes to bring the franchises fans together to raise money for charity. Their costumes can range anywhere from $500 to upwards of $1000 and there are hundreds of members that act out the role of each and every character, even every trooper ever to appear in a movie or show. Ben Ogles, a Wade Hampton junior has collected Star Wars action figures since he was a baby. “It was fun,” he says, “I had a good time being around people that have the same interests as me.”