Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cosplay Event Draws Crowds for Charity

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cosplay Event Draws Crowds for Charity

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Fans of cosplay, or costumed play, gathered in Topeka on Saturday for the successful first day of Empower Comic Con.

This is the first year for the event -- designed to raise money for a fledgling nonprofit effort called Connie's Closet. Organizer Charity DeLay said she was pleased with the turnout.

"Topeka's come out and been really supportive not only for the Empower Con but also for the fundraising dinner last night," DeLay said.

More than 60 people came to the dinner, where actress Lindsay Wagner, who played the "The Bionic Woman" in the 1970s television series, was keynote speaker. Delay says the dinner and Comic Con have brought in more than $2,000 so far. She will release final tallies later.

The cosplay event attracted participants from across northeast Kansas and farther. Asked to explain their love of the hobby, some said it is a chance to meet other fans and share their appreciation of storybook, comic book, fantasy and science fiction characters.

"It's interesting to put a costume on like this because it changes the way you carry yourself, it changes the way you speak to people, the way you interact with children," said Kristina Davis, of Lawrence, who dressed as the character Elsa from the Disney movie "Frozen." "Cosplay isn't just about putting on a costume -- that's Halloween. Cosplay is about embodying the character."

And cosplayers often revel in the challenge of creating their intricate getups. …

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