Updated: Saturday, 15 May 2010, 9:42 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 15 May 2010, 9:42 PM EDT
North Haven, Connecticut (WTNH) - Comic book and sci-fi fans from across the state gathered for an eagerly anticipated and extraordinary event in North Haven. Many of them were costumed up like their favorite characters.
Fans started lining up around 5 am on Saturday to get into ComiCONN , Connecticut's Comic Book and SciFi Convention. It is the state's first large-scale event of its type.
Josh Eannarino of Bethel was the first in line for the first ticket sold.
News 8: “How does it feel to be the first person at the first ComiCONN?
Eannarino: “I'm loving it. Just great to be a part of it."
This "first king-size annual" event of comic book collecting, costume contest having and high-energy fan gathering has been a long time coming to the state where the comic book was first printed.
ComiCONN 2010 organizer Mitch Hallak said, “This is a New York-San Diego-type atmosphere and we've never had that happen earlier.""
Fans young and a bit older came out in droves. Exhibiter space sold out in January and hundreds pre-registered online.
“The Force” was really with ComiCONN’s maiden voyage. In fact next year they plan on the event being twice as big with twice as many people.