FORT WAYNE – Saturday afternoon, you might have bumped into Batman in the lobby of Fort Waynes Grand Wayne Center.
Or Robin, his sidekick. Or a couple of General Greviouses.
Or the entire Spider-Man family, including Spider-Girl, a not-quite-2-year-old blonde clearly pleased with her pink satin dress with its glittery bodice.
All the time she wants to wear it. She loves it, said her mom, Mrs. Spider-Man, known in real life as Jasmine Ray, 31.
A cake-decorator from Indianapolis, Ray was with her husband Glen, 30, an armored-car driver.
We decided to dress up because we thought it would be more fun – for her, Jasmine Ray said.
Yes, it wouldnt be a comics convention without a certain number of people engaging in cosplay, dressing up as favorite comic-book characters is called, says Zack Kruse of Fort Wayne, organizer of Saturdays Appleseed Comics & Arts Convention.
Its really no different than the guys who go out and buy a Colts hat and Peyton Manning jersey and go out and wear them to the games, Kruse said.
Its just showing your appreciation, that youre excited about a character and like to spend time letting people know about it.
Kruse said he expected about 1,000 people, costumed or not, to attend the event, which featured vendors selling back-issue comic books, original art, costume accoutrements and much more.
Robin, aka Sayge Kortenber, 15, of Fort Wayne, dressed up with her crusader boyfriend, Malakai Valdez, 16, of Ossian, and said the two made their own costumes as a way of honoring their favorite characters.
Everybody was always obsessed with Batman, and I felt, when I was young, Robin didnt get enough love, she said.
I always liked Robin better because of his acrobatic skills, Kortenber added before Batman led his sidekick off to find someone he saw dressed as The Joker for a photo op.
The Grievouses, from Star Wars, also in home-made costumes with rubbery, rodent-like masks, were actually mother and daughter Tammy and Eulajean Helvie from Huntington.
Tammy Helvie, 51, says she started going to comics conventions after becoming enamored with Japanese anime art.
She and Eulajean, 30, are really just ordinary people, she said.
In fact, we both work at Wal-Mart, she said.