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UPDATE: Thousands gather at Oregon Convention Center in Portland on Saturday, April 14, for celebrity event.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Alaina Sargent, a resident of Scappoose, poses for a photo at the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. The 25-year-old is dressed as Black Window. Styrofoam, papier-mache and buckets of elbow grease.

That's what it takes to create one of the eye-popping costumes seen here at the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14. The celebration of geekiness in all its glory lured thousands to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland's Lloyd District

The festival offers an opportunity to meet comic book creators, directors and actors — with fans queuing up in epic lines for the chance to snag a pic or an autograph with celebrities including Jason Momoa, Sebastian Stan, Ezra Miller, Bonnie Wright, Billy Boyd and Henry Winkler.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - The logo for Wizard World Comic Con. But even if you can't tell the difference between an Aquaman and an Arthur Fonzarelli, anyone can appreciate the skill and craftsmanship of the customed attendees known as "cosplayers."

"Two hours to get into it, six months to make," nonchalantly noted Aurel BockNelson, an 18-year-old Portlander who used green skin, foam muscles and a purple leotard to portray She-Hulk.

"I put mine together on Monday," added her friend, Alaina Sargent, a Scappoose resident dressed as the superhero Black Widow. "I've been such a huge nerd my whole life. This is one of my easier cosplays."

About 250 vendors hawked sci-fi lightsabers, blasters and everything else during the three-day event that started on Friday. So many people bring faux arms that there's a special "weapons check" station at the entrance.

Harry Jensen disguised himself as the superhero Nova using a yellow breastplate and helmet made out of EVA foam. It was his second costume, as he previously appeared as Deadshot from the Suicide Squad.

"It took a couple of weeks, mostly due to money and time constraints," the Hillsboro local commented. "It's trial and error."

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Lightsabers and figurines from the 'Star Wars' universe were on display at Wizard World Comic Con. Not everyone splurges on fantastic accoutrements or handmade apparel.

Clara — a 17-year-old Portland resident who declined to give her last name — said her Loki costume cost "a hundred bucks on Amazon." Loki was accompanied by The Grandmaster, though underneath it was a Milwaukie Academy of the Arts student named Toni Harrison.

"It's a good way to connect with people who have similar interests to you," Harrison said.

Children are encouraged to get in on the act, with a separate costume contest for kids and workshops held to teach the basic rules of trading cards games like Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering.

"I didn't have the suit for Luke Skywalker, but I do have a white suit," explained stormtrooper Thelonious Wheeler, age four and three-quarters, who lives near Mt. Tabor.

Malakai Contreras, who attends Deer Creek Elementary in the Tigard-Tualatin School District, said he knew Iron Spider was a good guy because "he's always on Spiderman's side." The 6.5-year-old's favorite part of the event was buying several illustrated posters.

His dad, Raymond, 33, said a lady friend helped him fashion the question-mark suit made famous by the Riddler.

"She thought I would look good in green," he joked.

Emcee Kato Kaelin — the actor best known for his testimony during the O.J. Simpson murder trial — said hosting the kid's contest is the day's high point for him, because "they actually believe they are the characters."

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Kato Kaelin, an actor made famous for his testimony during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, served as emcee for Wizard World Comic Con. Some dedicated cosplayers hand out slips of paper with their Instagram information, including the Lindsay family from Troutdale. Geoff and Tiffany dressed as Link and Zelda, while their son Maddox appeared as Colin, another character from the videogame who often gets into mischief.

"I like seeing the panels, and there's some (parts) where I'm like, 'Can I get this? Can I get this?!'" the fourth-grader at Sweetbriar Elementary reported.

The answer from the parents? "Maybe."

Amateur photographers converged at Comic Con to capture the costumes, and it's one of the few events where attendees expect strangers to walk up and take their picture.

Dott Campo of Woodburn was one such willing participant, her head covered with a foam dome painted to look like the "Star Wars" droid R2D2. A blinking flashlight completed the get-up.

"I got to shake hands with a lot of celebrities yesterday," the 42-year-old highlighted, "but it's more to commiserate with my world, my fellow nerds."

PHOTOS FROM COMIC CON

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Aurel BockNelson of Portland poses for a photo on Saturday, April 14 at the Wizard World Comic Con in Portland. The 25-year-old is dressed as the She-Hulk.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Jacob Vallie, a resident of The Dalles, poses for a photo at the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Vallie is dressed as the Phantom of the Opera.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - FROM LEFT: Antonio Cordero and Brodie Marlatt, both residents of Grants Pass, pose for a photo on Saturday, April 14 at the Wizard World Comic Con in Portland. Cordero is dressed as a hunter from the video game 'Bloodborne,' while Marlatt is dressed as a character of his own design.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Erin Cahill, a resident of Corvallis, poses for a photo at the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. The 27-year-old is dressed as Lady Loki.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - James Powell, a resident of Springfield, poses for a photo at the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. The 29-year-old is dressed as an 'alien from another planet.'

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Alice Leask, a resident of Camas, Washington, poses for a photo at the Wizard World Comic Con in Portland. The 17-year-old is dressed as Batgirl.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Raymond Contreras, 33, poses for a photo with his son Malakai Contreras at the Wizarld World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. Raymond is dressed as The Riddler, while his son is dressed as Iron Spider.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - FROM LEFT: Geoff, Tiffany and Maddox Lindsay poses for a photo at the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. The Troutdale family is dressed as Link, Zelda and Colin.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Syndey Child, of Vancouver, Washington, poses for a photo at Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. The 21-year-old is dressed as Toudou Heisuke, a Japanese samurai who appears in the video game Hakuoki.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Thelonious Wheeler, age four and three-quarters, poses for a photo at the Wizard World Comic Con in Portland on Saturday, April 14. Wheeler is dressed as a stormtrooper from 'Star Wars.'

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - FROM LEFT: Clara poses for a photo next to Toni Harrison during the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. The 17-year-olds are dressed as Loki and the Grandmaster.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - FROM LEFT: Wesley and Jeremiah Stirn, both of North Albany, pose for a photo at the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. Both are dressed as Mandalorian warriors from the 'Star Wars' universe.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Harry Jensen poses for a photo at the Wizard World Comic Con in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. The Hillsboro resident is dressed as Nova from the movie 'The Guardians of the Galaxy.'

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - FROM LEFT: Michele and Talia Gant poses for a photo during the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. The Vancover residents are dressed as Myriam and Leah from the video game 'Diablo.'

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Carson Davis, 7, shows off his superhero facepaint at the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. The Veneta resident is excited to see Bucky Barnes from the movie 'Captain America.'

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Michael Wallis, of Vancouver, Washington, poses for a photo at the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. The 17-year-old is dressed as Dr. Fate from the DC Comics universe.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Dott Campo, a Woodburn resident, poses for a photo at Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday, April 14 in Portland. The 42-year-old is wearing an R2D2-inspired costume.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - FROM LEFT: Wilford Harris and his wife, Cindy, pose for a photo during the Wizard World Comic Con in Portland on Saturday, April 14. Wilford is dressed as Gandalf the Grey from 'The Lord of the Rings', while Cindy is dressed as Boushh from 'Star Wars.'

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