Comic Convention Comes To Cabo

This is a surprisingly big event
BY: FERNANDO BALDERAS RODRIGUEZ

In 2012, the first Cabo Con comic book convention made its humble debut, held as a one day event at the Pavillion Cultural Center. This year's newest version of the Cabo Con Deluxe attracted an estimated 1,200 teenage youngsters, and a few parents. The festivities included an on-stage live performance from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM, organized and presented by Ixchel Estefania Murillo. A young local singer and community arts and cultural leader, that led a song and dance routine which mesmerized the crowd of excited teens. A musical dance act eerily reminiscent of a female version of The Back Street Boys and Nysnc.

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92% of the Cabo Con Deluxe vendors were dominated by Japanese Anime'-related memorabilia, an affinity and attraction that is shared by a great percentage of USA American comic book convention party-goers. While the Japanese like and adore so much of Western Culture, the American and Mexican comic book fan boys, love their Japanese Anime'. Comic book animated action series that include Speed Racer, Poke'man, Dragon Ball Zero, Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist, Hell Girl, and the extremely popular, Ghost in the Shell.

The 2018 Cabo Con Deluxe also held a cosplay Contest, and featured a popular movie star, Maggie Vera, the Spanish-language voice-over actress who is credited as the voice of Snow White, Pocahontas, and Princess Jasmine from Aladdin. A drawing course was also offered that featured Japanese Anime' comic book character artist, Eileen Merary, of La Paz.

Cosplay is the act of dressing up like one of your favorite comic book, and /or Japanese Anime' characters and often times entering and winning hundreds if not thousands of dollars for the best costume. People get crazy serious about this cosplay thing and its popularity is at staggering world wide participation numbers.

And while the attendance numbers of Cabo Con Deluxe, will never challenge the incredible magnitude of Comic Con San Diego (167, 000), LA Comic Con (100,000),New York City Comic Con (130, 000), or the growing popularity of the Latino Comix Expo;Nation's Largest Gathering of Latino/a Comic Book Creators and Animators comes, the increased annual attendance is testament that the love and passion for comic books is alive and well and Baja California Sur, Mexico as well.