SoDak Con Converges On Civic Center
Local anime fans don't always have to travel to L.A., Atlanta, or New York to celebrate their fandom.
Rapid City, South Dakota has its own regional version of Comic-Con.
If you didn't know any better, you might think that Halloween came early this year. But these cosplayers are in costume for the 5th annual SoDak Con.
One attendee says, "I get into it because you get to be someone who you can’t always be every day."
This mini version of Comic-Con is held so that locals can enjoy all things anime, and to not feel like they have to hold back their fandom.
Shareece Tatum, Executive Director and Founder of SoDak Anime Con, says, "They are pretty happy and accepting people. Once you walk through the doors – pretty much by walking through the door, you're accepted."
SoDak is in its fifth year, and each year hosts a larger and larger audience, with over 700 people walking in the doors Friday, and over 1,000 participants expected on Saturday.
The three-day events has more than enough to offer for everyone, with costume and cosplay contests, a fashion show, and discussions including the classic argument on which is better: pirates or ninjas.
Kristen Cooper says, "We did a panel last night, and we basically blew the roof off that one table.
Another attendee says, "Unlike other Anime Cons, we are open to all other fandoms. Because we don't have an outlet here, we want everyone to know no matter what fandom you're into, you're welcome here."
So it doesn't matter if you're a nerd, geek, brony, or Pokemon master; there is sure to be someone who shares your interests at SoDak Con.
Those who attended SoDak Con could register to give blood in memory of Lady Chris, a member of the SoDak community.
Everyone who gives blood gets a $10 discount for next year's event.