'Costume-Con' returns to San Diego after 30 years

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Not long after a group of comic book fans founded San Diego Comic-Con, a like-minded band established a celebration of all things cosplay.

"Costume-Con" is returning to San Diego for the first time in 30 years. The convention will be held May 11-14 in Hazard Center at the DoubleTree in Mission Valley.

Since its start in 1983, Costume-Con has traveled the world every year. The event brings fans of costuming and cosplaying together for a weekend of panels, workshops, contests, and fun meet-ups.

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"Costume-Con is for everyone, from the youngest novice to the most wizened veteran, for every skill level, for teaching, and for learning," organizers say. "It’s a chance to see some of the coolest creations in costuming around, an opportunity to showcase your latest projects, to pick up new tricks, or share your knowledge.

"Most of all, it’s a chance to come together as a community and be part of a celebration."

The convention's theme this year is "Ports o' Call," likely to inspire portrayals of service members from different eras or intergalactic travelers of the future.

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Guests will be able to see presentations from special guests, including Karen Schnaubelt, an award-winning costumer for over 30 years and co-founder of Costume-Con; Bob Mogg, a historical and steampunk costumer and writer; and textile expert Susan Lazear, a designer of wearable art and head of San Diego Mesa College's fashion program.

Tickets for the four-day convention begin at $25 for children 5 to 11 to $100 for adults. Kids under 4 -years-old get free admission.

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