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Cosplayers gather, celebrate fandoms

Students dress  in costumes to portray various characters as if they were at Comic Con. According to Forbes, 70,000-80,000 people attended Salt Lake’s first Comic Con. KELLIE DEMENT | Scroll Photography
Students dress in costumes to portray various characters as if they were at Comic Con. According to Forbes, 70,000-80,000 people attended Salt Lake’s first Comic Con. KELLIE DEMENT | Scroll Photography

On Oct. 19, Student Activities held an event called Fan Faire for students across campus to come and celebrate their passions.

“Fan Faire is like Comic Con for Rexburg,” said Tiffany Crocker, a junior studying English who was in attendance Saturday night.

Crocker said Fan Faire is a way for students to come and celebrate the TV shows, movies, characters and other things they love. The first Fan Faire was Spring Semester 2013.

“Fan Faire is a celebration of everything geeky and nerdy,” Crocker said.

At Fan Faire there were different activities for students to participate in, such as viewing trailers for coming movies and watching an animated steampunk film.

Students were able to show how well they know their fandom by participating in a quote game, where quotes from popular TV shows and movies were read and the audience could yell out the answer.

The night ended with a costume contest, and each person in attendance had a chance to win a prize for his or her costume.

Students who are interested in Fan Faire and similar activities were encouraged on Saturday night to join the Japanese Association, the Writer’s Workshop and the Film Workshop. Information for these clubs can be found on the Social Activities Facebook page.

Kayti Mayfield, a junior studying English, said Fan Faire should be a regular event held on campus.

“It is so much awesome squeezed into a small space,” Mayfield said.

Sean Cochrane, a sophomore studying physics, said he was interested in going to Fan Faire because there would be other students who share the same interests.

“I wanted to come because I thought there would be interesting conversations with interesting people,” Cochrane said.

Troy Smith, a freshman studying exercise physiology, said that Fan Faire is a great atmosphere to meet new people, because everyone in attendance is so committed to their own fandom.

“Fan Faire is a great gathering of people who are not afraid to show what they love,” said Cameron Clements, a freshman studying art.

Richard Stockham, a senior studying computer engineering, said that Fan Faire could be a good way to meet people who share similar interests, but he said it could also cause conflict.

“Most people here have a clear interest, and that interest could be very different from another person here, which may make them clash,” Stockham said.

Smith said when everyone is able to show what they love, it makes it easier to talk and get to know them.

This was Cochrane’s first time attending Fan Faire, but he said he would attend it again because of the people he met who share similar interests.

“The best way to enjoy this event is to go to someone and say, ‘Hey, I love your outfit. Can you tell me about it?’ That will really get people talking about their passion,”  Crocker said.

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