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Photos: Cosplay fever returning to downtown Salt Lake City

Photos: Cosplay fever returning to downtown Salt Lake City

(John Mabunga)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The art of cosplay continues to grow as fans of video games, comics, movies and television discover the joy of donning a costume and transforming into their favorite characters.

One of the best events to show off these creations is the Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2016, which is approaching quickly and will take place on March 24th through 26th at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Fans of all ages will converge downtown Salt Lake City in full persona to show off their costumes and admire others. There are even dozens of "Cosplay Meet-ups" where cosplayers of a certain genre, like Marvel or Harry Potter, can meet and take photos.

The event culminates on the last night with the Cosplay Celebration and Competition where the best of the best will compete. To determine the best, prejudging started last Saturday at Fitness on 7th. The fitness center, normally filled with Zumba dancing, was filled with cosplayers in colorful and sometimes elaborate costumes, all hoping for a chance to show their talents on the stage this Saturday night.

A young man, Sage, showed off his cosplay from the Halo video game series, demonstrating the craftsmanship that went into his prop rifle from the game. A young woman, cosplaying as Rapunzel from Disney's "Tangled," had the support of her whole family there. Her mom proudly commented that she had previously completed an internship at Walt Disney World. Another cosplayer took his love of Tron and Flash and creatively integrated them together into one costume.

There will be a lot more to see at the convention. A tip for the kids wanting a picture with their hero: Cosplayers love posing for photos.


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