Costume Culture: Comic cons provide a chance to show off

For Eddie Getty, a thrift store VCR and a colander from WalMart did the trick. Gail Wagner tried out four suits before being satisfied with a purchase off eBay.

They were searching for the right pieces for their costumes, both making first time visits to a comic convention dressed in costume, in this case the Galactic Con in Middletown.

They were joined by dozens of other fans in dressing up as characters from sci-fi, anime, video games, comics and pop culture that flooded the second year ‘con,’ one of a handful of similar events that have drawn thousands around the state.

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Episode #4: “Hi, I’m in Delaware” podcast

The fourth episode of our entertainment podcast “Hi, I’m in Delaware!” is fresh out of the oven.

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This week we chat about:

Middletown’s first comic con.

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Comic book fans attend Galactic Con in Middletown

Posted Mar. 19, 2016

DOLORES M. BERNAL
Thousands of people from across Delaware and out of state are expected to attend at Galactic Con 2016 in Middletown this weekend. Here are some of the few we saw on Saturday.

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Darth Vader visits Delaware

Posted March 19, 2016 6:14 p.m.

From a far, far away galaxy Star War’s Darth Vader paid a visit to his fans at Galactic Con in Middletown on Saturday. Our reporter decided to follow this mysterious and quiet character around and see how people reacted to him.

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Proud fans of geek art flood Middletown

, The News Journal 10:40 p.m. EDT March 19, 2016

Proud fans of “geek” art, as they called it, flooded into Middletown Saturday dressed as the comic book characters Harley Quinn, Captain America, Hell Boy, and others.

The second annual Galactic Con – a cultural convention for fans of art forms such as comic books, video games, and Japanese animation – began Saturday at the MTown Sports Complex on U.S. 301. Organizers expected 4,000 people for the two-day event, which will continue Sunday. At least 3,000 people attended the event Saturday.

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Podcast: ‘House of Cards,’ Galactic Con & more

“Hi, I’m in Delaware!” hosts Sarika Jagtiani and Ryan Cormier talk about binging “House of Cards” (no spoilers!), this weekend’s Galactic Con in Middletown, Firefly Music Festival act The 1975, Joan Baez coming to The Grand and more.

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Super-sized Galactic Con returns to Middletown

, The News Journal 9:56 a.m. EDT March 17, 2016

If you ask Galactic Con co-founder Joe Manzo how many people he expects at the second-year comic book convention in Middletown this weekend, he lets out a sigh.

You would too.

Manzo unveiled Middletown’s first comic con last year with the thought that there was a market for low-cost, family-friendly conventions. He thought it might draw 500 people.

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Comic Book Art Now at the Gibby

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Comic book art lovers should head over to the Gibby Center for the Arts on Main Street in Middletown for “Influences of the Comic Book Artist” now through March 31. On display at the exhibit is comic book style art from many local artists as well as some student art. The exhibit is part of the many events related to Galactic Con — the two-day comic book convention coming to Middletown on March 19 and 20 at the MTown Sports Complex.

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