Rapid City hosts the first Black Hills Convention
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Fans of comic books, anime and sci-fi were welcomed to town for Black Hills Con.
The Central States Fairgrounds Fine Arts building opened its doors for the first Black Hills Convention. The convention was open to all Fandoms including pop-culture, anime and sci-fi. A Fandom is considered a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia were among the many cosplayed characters present for the event. There were also venders selling fan-based goods and even a pop-up virtual reality arcade.
“I think that the biggest thing, is that they’re trying to get them into people’s households, so they’re getting less expensive, they’re getting more mobile, and I think in the future it’s gonna kinda take over the entire industry of gaming.. they’re starting to use it in medical practices too, they’re using it in training, education, I also feel like they’re gonna be in hospitals too to help with kids and people that are stuck inside small rooms to kind of experience the world so, there’s a lot of applications, and I have a feeling that it gonna kinda, eventually, once it becomes more affordable, eventually take the world by storm.” said Brian Dwyre, owner of Tempest VR.
Vendor Jocelyn Davis of Desert Rose Designs also shows off her adorable anime character Retsuko, and the original crochet design.
“But yeah, I wanted to, there’s no patterns for her out there, and so I wanted to be able to bring her here and I wanted the details to be the way I wanted them to be and I loved when she’s doing that rock on feel and so I tried to design all four fingers and the thumb with the nails and everything, you just have to play with it until you get it right.” said Davis.
Throughout the day there were also many panels ranging from costume crafting challenges and contests to a character dating game and karaoke.