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