It didn’t take Steve Winkelbauer long to pick out his outfit Friday morning.
Like many fans in the crowd, he had been waiting for an opportunity to bring it out.
“Well I have my Mystery Machine on display and I’m dressed for the part as Fred from Scooby Doo,” said Winkelbauer.
No comic book brings together this assortment of characters, but for the first time they found a home at the Bayfront Convention Center.
“We did our research. We traveled around to different Comicons and we thought that it would be the perfect place to start one so this is the first annual but it won’t be the last,” said Whitney Rambaldo from Erie Promotions.
Fans didn’t just dress up like their favorite characters. They also got to feel a part of the scene.
“They love that character. They put time and effort into it, so what we do is complete that by giving them an environment that they fit into and if their character is someone that casts magic spells like Harry Potter, why not let them actually cast magic spells and that’s what we do with this photography,” said Dan Silverman, the owner at Sci-Fi Photo Guys.
Any guest can leave the festival with an interactive photo from their favorite movie, show or book.
Some fans said that’s just one reason thousands of people travel from one of these festivals to the next and now Erie’s on that list.
Vendors told us as long as comic book fandom grows, there will always be a market for ComiCon Conventions.