Thursday, July 12, 2018

On June 30, 2018 sci-fi and anime fans alike gathered at the E.H. Hereford University Center at UTA for the Arlington Public Library's annual free pop-culture convention.


Throughout the day, attendees could browse a vendor and author hall filled with local artists, crafters, and businesses selling a variety of goods. The main stage in the Rosebud Theatre included performances from the Circle of Peace band, and Dondoko Taiko, a Japanese drumming group. Kids activities were available throughout the day and included storytimes, origami workshops, and kids cosplay contests.


The second floor of the University Center was home to a variety of panels and workshops, covering topics such as painting techniques for cosplay, how to overcome creative block, the history of cosplay, paranormal investigations, and much more! When you needed a break from the crowds and recharge, the second floor also housed a cosplay hideaway room, a quiet reading room, and a board game room with Wild West Games.


Cosplay is a standard sight at any convention, and ArlingCon was no exception. From cosplayers walking the runway parade style, to both kids and adult contests, amazing costumes are abundant at this family-friendly event! ArlingCon was thrilled to have some of our very own local cosplay talents as guests this year, hosting panels and judging our main cosplay contest. Winners of the cosplay contest were awarded cash and foam prizes by
TNT Cosplay Supply, with the grand prize winner also taking home free movie passes for a year from Studio Movie Grill.



ArlingCon attendees can provide their feedback and share their experience by taking a brief online survey.


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