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Yuma, Ariz. – Comics, anime and pop culture will collide as YumaCon returns to the Yuma area for the fourth time on Saturday, Oct. 6. Yumans are invited to come out –whether dressed in character or not – and meet up with fellow fans between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. that day at the Yuma Civic Center to attend panels, play video games or tabletop games, and show off their costumes.
An event that outgrew its original venue literally the first year it was held, YumaCon draws more than 1,500 annually. Attendees are invited to participate in the closing costume masquerade where they can show off their cosplay and compete to win one of the dozens of prizes available. The event is complete with a red carpet, which is open for a selfie or to spot your favorite character icons.
Tickets for YumaCon are $12 each at the door. However, tickets purchased by end of the day on Sunday, Sept. 30 are just $10 each. Advance purchases can be made at www.yumashowtickets.com. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission and do not need a ticket to enter.
YumaCon favorites will return to the event including tabletop games, panels, Geek Elite Radio live broadcasting and dozens of merchants in the vendor hall. In addition, the event will have classic arcade games from the Golden Cue available to play (bring your own quarters).
New this year
- For the first time YumaCon-branded gear will be for sale, including T-shirts, buttons and lanyards.
- Several new vendors and guests will be attending for the first time including professional cosplayer Angi Viper and comic artist Mike Maihack, who is the creator of the Scholastic Cleopatra Series.
- Also, Meta Human Comics will be releasing a YumaCon-branded Special Edition of “Illegal Alienz” issue 1 by cover artist Dave Garcia (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Tick, Panda Khan) and writer Ruben Najera and artists Sheyla Valencia and Tim Clayton.
- The event will also have two new lounge areas this year on either side of the stage in the Main Hall. The lounges are generously provided by Aaron’s furniture.
Reminders for attendees
YumaCon follows comic convention standards to ensure the safety of all attendees.
- While cosplaying is definitely encouraged, organizers want to remind attendees that no functional props or weapons, or props made out of metal, are allowed at YumaCon.
- All props must be inspected and tagged at security upon entrance to the convention.
- All costume props must conform to state and federal law.
- Projectile costume props and costume weapons must be rendered inoperable.
- No outside food or beverages are allowed at the event. There will be food vendors and a concession stand with food and beverages available for purchase.