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(PHOTOS) Cosplay, collectibles and special guests at Casper Comic Con

PAYDAY: The Web Series' Dallas (Dax), Teen Titans' Raven (Lacey) and Batman's Harley Quinn (Macklyn). (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — A multitude of fandoms converged at the Ford Wyoming Center on Friday and Saturday for Casper’s fourth annual Comic Con. The event will continue on Sunday, lasting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cosplayers showed off their creations, and many different vendors offered toys, comics, art and other collectibles at booths. Oil City Axe Company offered an axe-throwing activity in a caged booth, hosted by a pirate. Patrons could also play laser tag.

Several panels were hosted at the event. Saturday’s panels all pertained to cosplay, and Sunday’s will include both cosplay topics and collectible investing. The Con will also host two cosplay contests, one for adults and one for kids, and two giveaways — one for a framed photograph of Frodo autographed by Elijah Wood, the other for a still of Pickle Rick from “Rick and Morty,” signed by co-creator Dan Harmon.

Several celebrity guests attended the Con, including:

  • Comic book artist Sam de la Rosa.
  • C. Andrew Nelson, who is best known for playing Darth Vader in the Special Edition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as in many other games, shows, commercials, prints and live appearances.
  • Alan Fernandes, the only living Tusken Raider from “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”
  • Alfred Trujillo, an independent comic book artist and the co-owner of 183 Degree Studio.
  • Lexi Morales, a Colorado cosplayer who specializes in portraying underrated characters.
  • Online cosplay sensation, model and educator Cara “Powergirl.”
  • Colleen Cole, cosplayer and model.
Casper Comic Con 2022. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Sonic the Hedgehog’s Tails (Milo), Danny Phantom’s Sam (Ash) and Pokémon’s James (Leo) at Casper Comic-Con. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Selection of comic books at Mike’s Comics’s booth. Mike buys and sells comics from the Golden and Silver ages. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Alan Fernandes, one of the original Tusken Raiders, poses while talking to a fan. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Dominick returns, cosplaying Batman’s Bane. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Don and Leisa as Star Trek’s Vulcan Science Officers (Tribbles included). (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Stilt spirit costume, inspired by the film “The Dark Crystal” and the works of Hayao Miyazaki. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
“I’ve been doing business for about 15 years, starting in the Renaissance festivals,” said David LeRoy, owner of Feather In Your Cap. “About six years ago I started doing the crossover vests, and that got me into the cons; it was something that was more comic book–oriented.” He brings his wares to about 30 events a year, and hopes to grow into running his business full-time soon.
Hatsune Miku poses at Casper Comic-Con. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Attendees playing laser tag. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
C. Andrew Nelson, who began portraying Darth Vader in 1994, recounts a story to fans at his booth. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
ComicWise’s booth at Casper Comic Con.
Kuroshitsuji’s Ciel Phantomhive, Jujutsu Kaisen’s Itadori and One Piece’s Shanks. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Alan Fernandes signs an autograph at his booth. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)


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