On Saturday morning, hundreds of people lined up around downtown Saratoga Springs because Saratoga Anime Park began the spring show.
Among them was Sky Dejong, an eighth grade student from Scotia-Grunerville Middle School, who anxiously waited for her first anime festival.
“This is overwhelming,” she said while standing in a supplier’s room. “There are many great things in one area.”
Dejong played Mal in the comic book “Lumberjanes” and was introduced into the world of wholesale Christmas costumes comics in the fourth grade.
“My friend brought me into it and was very happy to be surrounded by people who were equally interested,” she said.
Dejong’s mother, Marnie, who was tagged on Saturday, said the comic book helped promote her daughter’s creativity and her daughter created her own original character work.
“She and her friends read comics and share them when they are done, very neat,” Marnie said. “She is also a writer, so she thought of something like this.”
Milton’s Darbie Clegg has attended the Saratoga Comic Con for the past five years.
On Saturday, Clegg walked on to play Little Red Riding Hood.
“I did some cosplays and I bought some,” she said of her costume. “It’s fun to be able to dress up any role I want.”
In past shows, Clegg wore Sally from the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” and Freddy Kruger.
“It may take a few weeks to a year to put my costumes together,” she said. “When I get praise and people want to take pictures with me, that’s fine.”
Clegg said she hopes Saratoga Animation will expand.
“I hope to see more activities and groups,” she said. “Maybe it is a karaoke game.”
Chase Con Expo president Samuel Chase (Samuel Chase) said that the company will hold the event over the weekend and is expected to have 6,000 participants.
Empire State Animation Corporation also held this weekend at the Albany Capital Center.
Chase said that although the Albany incident was unexpected, it was a good opportunity for those who traveled from the field to the capital area.
“We have attracted a lot of people into the community,” he said. “This is a great place, Saratoga is a great place.”
For the past four years, Jesse Forte has traveled from Lincoln Park to Saratoga Comic Con.
He opened his company Kyoto Animation in 2003 and sells imported animation and video game collections.
He said: “I was working in a dead end at the time and I was interested in this thing.” “I have no place to buy it, so I have to buy it online.
“I started to study how to open a store, and then I realized that the convention would be more profitable and require less overhead.”
Forte stated that since he launched Kyoto Animation in the past 15 years, the industry has grown exponentially.
“There are more things available now than they are now,” he said. “Everything is getting better and better.
“You used to have to watch anime in a shop in Chinatown, but now they sell it at all major retailers.”
Forte said he hopes more people will join the anime and wholesale Christmas costumes comic books.
“Most comic shortcomings are growing every year, so it makes me believe that it will continue to grow in the foreseeable future,” he said.
For Anna Leue of East Hampton, Massachusetts, preparing the Saratoga Comic Con is a long process.
Leue wrote her own comics and worked with four different artists to get them alive. She said comic books take six months to complete.
Before creating Leue’s comic book for her company Constellation Comics, she said she talked with each artist about how she depicted characters.
She said: “For the way women are portrayed in comics, it is important for me to make more socially conscious decisions. “From an artist’s point of view, diversity is a reflection of reality. Without diversity, we have no space. Rethink the world we know.
“Readers are diverse, so creators also need to be diversified.”
Leue said she hopes that independent comic book creators will have the opportunity to grow.
She said: “Independent comics now have more support than 10 or 15 years ago.” “I hope to continue to support.”
Saratoga Comic Con will be held on Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Saratoga Springs Center at 522 Broadway Street.