Pictures: People of Tidewater Comicon

  • Deadpool and Thor at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    Wade Wilson (left) from Virginia Beach dressed as Deadpool in Ironman's suit. Mark Andrew (right) dressed as superhero Thor during a previous Tidewater Comicon. (Staff/Southside Daily)

  • Black Cat and Poison Ivy at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    "I'm just really inspired by female villains," said Bethany (left), who dressed as comic book superhero Black Cat. Logan Gonzales (right) said he had no choice in dressing as a male version of Batman villain Poison Ivy. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Sith lord and jedi at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    Anthony Miner (left) dressed as a sith lord from "Star Wars," and Matthew Slate (right) dressed as a Jedi. "I just love the franchise and everything 'Star Wars,'" Slate said. "I've been a fan since I was like five years old." (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily News)

  • Steven Stainback said he dressed as television show Dragon Ball Z character Vegeta because

    Steven Stainback said he dressed as television show "Dragon Ball Z" character Vegeta because "he's ruthless." (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • The Witcher at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    "I'm Geralt of Rivia, the Witcher," Scott Wegner said. "He is a total bad a** monster slayer who takes no prisoners, just like me." (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Clark Kent at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    Ed Roads, from Norfolk, dressed as Clark Kent, a look he said is inspired by the 1930s journalist aesthetic. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Keith Hurson at the Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    "The area is a lot bigger than people give it credit for," Virginia Beach resident Keith Hurson said. "I think it's kind of a huge deal for Virginia Beach to have something like this going and it's really kind of a long time coming."

  • Brotherhood of Steel agent from Fallout at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    Roger Fournier said he's dressed as a "Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel" agent from the video game series Fallout. "They need someone sneaky," Fournier said about the fictional organization. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Pokemon gym leader at Tidewater Comicon in Virignia Beach

    Kirsten Kauffman, of Chesapeake, dressed as a Pokemon gym leader. "I saw my Pokemon deck on my counter, and I looked at an old costume I had, and I decided to change it up completely," Kauffman said.

  • Yuna Darling (right) dressed as superhero Blink from "X-Men: Days of Futures Past." "I've always wanted to do it. I've done cosplay for 16 years," said Darling. Riley Schmigey (left) dressed as a multiplayer character from video game series "Call of Duty." (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Elizabeth Cruickshank (left) dressed as Groot from "Guardians of the Galaxy," and her brother John (right) dressed as Robin from the Arkham Knight video game series. "

  • Deandre (left) dressed as the Marvel superhero Black Panther and Bryant (right) dressed as Han Solo from Star Wars.

    Deandre (left) dressed as the Marvel superhero Black Panther, and Bryant (right) dressed as Han Solo from "Star Wars." (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Jay and Silent Bob at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    Two attendees dressed as characters Jay and Silent Bob from films like "Clerks," "Mallrats" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Garnet and Mystery Girl from Steven Universe at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    Two ladies from Hampton dressed as television show "Steven Universe" characters Garnet (left) and Mystery Girl (right).

  • Gundam Wing Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    A comicon goer dressed like a Gundam from the television show "Gundman Wing." (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Mega Man at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    Two comicon goers dressed as video game character Mega Man exchange contact information. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Cosplayers at TIdewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    Comicon goers dressed as a ladybug (left), a vampire (middle) and a Harajuku girl (right). (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Virginia Beach teens dressed as Captain Planet, Deadpool, Doctor Zoidberg and other characters

    Virginia Beach teens dressed as Captain Planet, Deadpool, Doctor Zoidberg and other characters. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

  • Comic books at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach

    A man dressed in a comic-themed jacket passes an illustration vendor. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Beach Convention Center was full of characters this weekend – people wearing vivid hues, masks and makeup in the name of pop culture.

The reason? The annual Tidewater Comicon, which once again opened the floodgates for local fans of comic books, movies television shows, cartoons and video games on Saturday.

This year, the event featured vendors selling everything from comic book covers to “Magic: The Gathering” cards and photo ornaments, like the TARDIS from the television show “Dr. Who.” Its organizers also brought famous guests like Jason Mewes of “Jay and Silent Bob” and wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts to Virginia Beach.

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