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Elaborate outfits, vendors, activities and more at 2024 Kelowna ComiCon

After having to postpone the 2023 Kelowna ComiCon event because of wildfires, organizers decided to host the event in June this year – and locals made sure to show up on opening day.

“It certainly feels like it's been busier than it was two years ago,” said organizer Perry Krogfoss.

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Fans of anime, comics and various forms of entertainment made their way to MNP Place on Saturday for the first day of the weekend event.

Dressed in elaborate outfits, attendees enjoyed numerous vendors and booths for celebrity guests, including David Sobolov, the English voice of Kaido in One Piece.

Alongside the vendors were photo booths, video game stations, a stage, panel rooms and other interactive areas.

“I love the atmosphere. I love the energy. I love watching people come out of their shells (and) just be who they want to be. There's no judgment, it's safe, it's friendly (and) it's welcoming,” explained Krogfoss.

“You watch people dressing up in cosplay and they'll meet somebody who's a fan of that series and all of a sudden they've made a friend.”

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For the organizers, It was a welcome sight to hold a large event at MNP Place after having to postpone last year’s showcase the night they were due to set up the 2023 event.

The postponed event was then held in November at the Rutland Centennial Hall.

When planning for this year’s occasion, a decision was made to hold the expo in June, joining a familiar trend of local organizers moving to earlier dates in the summer because of wildfires.

“We moved the event to June because we were concerned about fires … it seemed like just a smart decision to move it out of the fire season,” added Krogfoss.

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The organizer explained that moving the event also made sense because there seemed to be not much competition at this time of year.

“June is actually a really good time to host this event as well,” said Krogfoss.

“We work with other conventions in trying to keep our schedule so that we're not stepping on each other's toes and there wasn't really much going on in June.”

The event is open until just before 5 pm Sunday and more information can be found online at this link.

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