Move Over San Diego, Palm Springs Comic Con Is Here

Comic Con Palm Springs 2016

PALM SPRINGS (CNS) - Cosplayers unite for the fifth annual Comic Con today at the Palm Springs Public Library featuring costume contests, swag stations and makeup workshops.

Officially sanctioned by San Diego Comic Con, the Palm Springs version will be chock full of priceless goodies from Interstellar Comic Books & Collectibles, alongside the expected array of superhero fandoms, according to organizers.

The usual rainbow of colorful costumes are also expected to be in full- force as fanboys and girls dress to impress the judges of six contests divided by age groups, according to library spokeswoman Julie Warren. Contestants up to the fifth grade will be judged starting at 12:30 p.m., while older competitors will get the chance to shine at 2 p.m. in front of the discerning panel.

All aspiring champions must be present at the end of each judging hour to be crowned top cosplayer.

In addition to the costume contest, organizers said more games and workshops will be added to the fantasy fun this year with a new special effects makeup workshop opening at 10:30 a.m.

Fans will also be able to meet special guests from the 501st Legion and sign a special condolence books for the recently passed Stan Lee -- the legendary leader of Marvel comics -- and Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” films.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the six-hour event will also host Leenie's Weenies Food Truck outside the library for hungry comic fans.

The event taking place at 300 S. Sunrise Way is free and open to all ages.

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