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[Kevin Crittenden looks over merchandise for sale from The Gaming Goat in DeKalb at the Sycamore Public Library's ComiCon event Saturday.]
Jasmine Jackson, 16, said she’s a big fan of anime because it’s an escape from real life. She was dressed as one of her favorite anime characters.
“This is awesome, and I definitely will come next year,” she said. “I get excited to see other people dressed up, and I get to meet people like me.”
Charlotte Sharp, 13, described herself as “a huge nerd” because she loves anime and comics.
“There was no way I was passing this up,” the Sycamore Middle School eighth-grader said. “I like how you can make friends within the different fan bases, and there’s something about the fantasy that just hits me. I wish the library had thought of this sooner. It’s fun to watch people nerd out.”
Kevin Crittenden, 31, showed off his Death Trooper costume to the many "Star Wars" fans in attendance. The Sycamore resident said he enjoys dressing up because it makes kids happy.
“I get to be a kid for a day. I love anything geek-related, like 'Star Wars,' anime and sci-fi,” he said. “I think it’s fantastic the library hosted this, and I think it will grow each year. It gets the community out, and kids can show off their costumes and see their favorite characters brought to life.”