Central PA Comic-Con draws crowd

Christopher Dornblaser

Superheroes and super villains could be spotted around the York Fairgrounds on Saturday, where comic book fans came out in full force for this year's Central PA Comic-Con event.

Shannon O'Connell, dressed as Harley Quinn, works on a commissioned drawing during Comic Con Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Old Main. Amanda J. Cain photo

The convention kicked off Friday at the Old Main Building at the fairgrounds, and on Saturday the convention was packed. The line to get in  ran out the door, with enthusiastic fans eager to see what the convention offered.

The convention:  The event was packed with comic book fans dressed as characters such as Deadpool, Captain America, Daredevil, Batman, Joker, Spider-man and many more. Booths lined the hall with anything a comic book fan could want, such as custom drawings, action figures, vintage comics and board games.

Make Up Artist Toshi Salvino, poses for a photo at her  Comic Con booth Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Old Main. Amanda J. Cain photo

York's own Comic Store West, at 2111 Industrial Highway, had a booth at Comic-Con. The store was hosting Magic: The Gathering card games near the booth. Owner Brian Waltersdorff said he saw a lot of people were in the market for items such as popular card game "Cards Against Humanity" and POP vinyl action figures.

There was a long line Saturday to see voice actor Billy West, whose voice people might recognize as coming from many "Loony Toons" characters and Fry from "Futurama."

Actor Billy West, sign autographs for fans during Comic Con Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Old Main. Amanda J. Cain photo

Attendees could also get autographs from actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura in the original "Star Trek" series, comic book artist Bob McLeod, Red Power Ranger Steve Cardenas and Ming Chen and Michael Zapcic from the show "Comic Book Men."

The fandom: People dressed as various characters from different comics, movies and television shows. Xavier Gibson, of North York, was dressed in a full-body Spider-man costume. Gibson, a self-proclaimed Spider-man fan, was having a good time.

"This is my first one ever, I plan to go to a lot more," he said. Gibson, whose costume was from the most recent Spider-man film, took pictures with fans during the event.

"This is a blast," he said.

Waltersdorff encouraged anyone interested in Comic-Con to come out Sunday because there may be some bargains to be had. He said exhibitors may not want to haul the merchandise back home with them at the end of the event.

The even't final day is Sunday. Hours are10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com