7th Annual Cabo Comic Con

BY: FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ

The crowds at Cabo Con, now in its 7th year, have featured everything from parents and their young children, to an all-inclusive family event that has attracted everything from teenagers, grandparents and their grandchildren.

Since its debut in 2012 at the Cultural Pavilion, Cabo Con has continued growing and evolving in which the Japanese Anime event now includes games of Magic The Gathering, video game competitions, and Pokeman card games.

Ever since the worldwide popularity explosion during the early 1990s of comic book and science fiction conventions, Comic Cons have been appearing all over the North American landscape in cities that never held them before; places like San Antonio, Texas, Fargo, North Dakota, Emeryville, CA, Memphis, Tennessee, Shepherdsville, Kentucky, and Providence, Rhode Island; just to name a few. The Los Cabos Cabo Con continues bringing that American comic book convention magic found in the U.S. here to the Los Cabos community who love and are passionate about their connection to this style of events.

According to Forbes Magazine, the Annual San Diego Comic-Con comic book convention is the "largest convention of its kind in the world." Publishers Weekly wrote that "Comic-Con International: San Diego is the largest show in North America;" Known worldwide simply as "Comic-Con," The San Diego Comic Convention is responsible for an estimated annual Southern California regional economic impact of more than $160 million.

And while Cabo Con will never generate that kind of economic impact in this Southern Baja California Region, the event has continued to grow ever so slowly and gradually. The San Diego Comic-Con was originally founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention in 1970 by a group of San Diego comic book shop owners that included Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, and Mike Towry. The original "San Diego Comic Book Convention" is now a four-day event starting on Thursday and ending on Sunday;  held every summer (in July since 2003) in the southern city near the U.S.-Mexican border.

In 2012, the first Cabo Con comic book convention made its exceedingly humble debut premier, held as a one-day event at the Cultural Pavillion Center. Last year's 2018 version of Cabo Con attracted an estimated 1,200 teenage youngsters and a few parents. The festivities included an on-stage live performance from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., which was organized and presented by co-Cabo Con founder, Ixchel Estefania Murillo.

It was noted that 92 percent of the 2018 Cabo Con vendors were mostly Japanese Anime'-related memorabilia tables. An affinity and attraction that is shared by a great percentage of U.S. comic book convention party-goers, as well as the millions of fans that are known to exist in Mexico.

For anyone and everyone who isn't even slightly familiar or aware of what Cosplay is or means; it is the act of dressing up as one of your favorite comic book, and/or Japanese Anime' characters.

The Cosplay competition usually consists of superheroes and Anime characters. People get really serious about this Cosplay dressing competition and its popularity is at a staggering worldwide participation in the millions.

One of the artists featured at the 2019 Cabo Con was Mariana Draws Stuff, who was part of the Artists Alley, which showcases local artists from as close as nearby San Jose del Cabo and from as far away as La Paz, the state capitol.

Merary Gusman Hernandez, a recent college graduate, was one of those dedicated comic convention Japanese Anime fans who journeyed the two-and-a-half hours from La Paz to promote her artwork that she sells for as little as $100 pesos and as high as $400 pesos. Other guests included singer Mauren Mendo. Dibujos de Pam joined a small host of young female comic book artists that has increased this past autumn in comparison to year's past. A great deal of whom drove the 92 miles from La Paz, representing the state capitol.

Tickets for this annual October Cabo Con one-day event have remained at an affordable $80 and $100 pesos ($4 - $7 USD).

"My daughter has been here every year for the past three years, once as a participating dance entertainment group of junior high girl classmates," said Los Cabos dentist Clara Hilda Godines Llanes of Clinica del Sol in San Lucas. "We've had a good and fun time every year," added Dr. Godines Llanes.