SOUTHINGTON - When people walked into the Southington Library Saturday they were instantly transported into their favorite comic, movie or video game.
The third annual Comic Con was in full swing and swinging in were a bunch of Spider-Man fans.
Greyson Humphrey, 11, said his favorite superhero is Spider-Man.
“Since I’ve been little I’ve always loved him,” he said.
“There’s so many great things to do - make crafts, the scavenger hunt,” said his mother, Jenn Humphrey. “It’s just awesome that the library offers things like this for kids to do.”
Almost all the Avengers assembled at the Comic Con, from the classics like Captain America and Thor to the newer characters Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man.
“I like the fact that they have all the Avengers. It’s like recreating the movie experience in real life,” said Eliud Sanchez, Jr., who was dressed as Tony Stark from the movies. His son, Cameron, was dressed as Spider-Man.
When asked what his favorite superhero was, Cameron replied “Black Panther.”
Children’s librarian Molly Virello said she has been planning superhero and princess programs for last seven years and the Comic Con for the last three.
“This one is pretty awesome,” she said. She added that the day is all about getting the community together and “sharing our love of superheroes and princesses.”
The event had superhero bingo, a costume contest, face painting and even a panel on costume making. Virello, whose Hela outfit from Thor: Ragnarok was featured as an Artist of the Month display at the library, participated in the panel.
The Avengers weren’t the only ones to pay the library a visit. A number of Jedi from the Star Wars movies taught kids how to use the force and fight with lightsabers.
“We’re hoping they’re going to have a really good time,” said Peter Malishchalk, who was dressed as a Jedi. “We hope to build more Star Wars fans.”
Pikachu, Deadpool, Owen from the movie Jurassic World and even Moana roamed through bookshelves snapping photos with fans and entrancing them with tales of their adventures.
“I think it’s wonderful,” said Linda McFetridge, who was there with her 8-year-old grandson. “The library is doing so many great things. The kids love all the characters.”
Visitors could buy superhero cupcakes, head to the ice cream truck out back or purchase hot dogs and snacks from the Southington Boy Scout Troop 45.
“I just like helping out my troop,” said Boy Scout Calvin Vance. “Captain America is my favorite superhero.”
Also outside was a trailer filled with video games for guests to play. Adults and kids alike built things in Minecraft or showed off their moves in Super Smash Bros.
“I like that they have a variety of activities,” said Aubrey Quinlan whose 7-year-old son, Stephen, was dressed as Thanos, the villain from the Avengers. Stephen said his favorite movie is Avengers Endgame.
“I think he enjoyed getting the attention and interacting with the other characters,” Quinlan said.
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