Fairplex hosts first SoCal Anime con

Keanu Bernal and Faith Edano of Irvine dressed in cosplay for the first ever SoCal Anime convention at the Fairplex in Pomona. SoCal Anime was a three day-event Sept. 16-18, which featured a cosplay competition, anime-themed food, and  performances.
Keanu Bernal and Faith Edano of Irvine dressed in cosplay for the first ever SoCal Anime convention at the Fairplex in Pomona. SoCal Anime was a three day-event Sept. 16-18, which featured a cosplay competition, anime-themed food, and performances.

Local anime enthusiasts attended the first-ever SoCal Anime convention, which ran for three days this week at the Fairplex in Pomona.

The event included anime-themed clothing, artwork, collectibles and more. 

Participants could enter the cosplay contest for a chance to win Disneyland tickets. 

Featured food and drinks included dumplings and anime-themed boba.

Some booths offered free stickers, though some items for sale were on the pricier side. 

“It’s a really good event because it brings a community together, especially people who like anime,” said cosplayer Ruben Calderon.

Calderon, who dressed as Bondrewd from “Made in Abyss,” won a second-place award for his costume. 

Vendor Dick Dorken sold replicas of weapons.

“We have a better set up than anybody really,” Dorken said.

—Emmanuel Garibaldi Stevenson

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Emmanuel Garibaldi Stevenson is a sophomore journalism major.

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Hailey Martinez is a junior journalism major with a photography minor. She is a staff writer for the Campus Times and a staff photographer for the Campus Times and La Verne Magazine.

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