Sunday, May 7, 2017

Abilene's Lib-Con Cosplay Contest Celebrates Creativity | Abilene Reporter-News

Article by Brooke Crum with the Abilene Reporter-News

Josie Medina's hard work paid off Saturday.

After spending four weeks creating her costume, Medina won first place in the adult cosplay contest at the Abilene Public Library's fourth annual Lib-Con.

Lib-Con celebrates comics, manga, anime and more, and ran Monday through Saturday.

Although exact attendance numbers were not available, Ann Mount, Lib-Con coordinator, said she expected the week's count to reach more than 1,000 people.

The cosplay contest had 37 entries in three different divisions: child, teen and adult.  More than 100 people attended the contest.

Medina spent roughly 140 hours working on her costume, which was Mercy from the video game "Overwatch," a team-based online first-person shooter game.

Medina said she chose the female character, who possesses the ability to heal, resurrect and strengthen her teammates like a guardian angel, because she relates to her

"A lot of times I struggle, but Mercy is a character that keeps getting back up to fight," she said.

Medina won out of 12 adult entries.

Siblings Cossette and Cami Alldredge won first place in the child and teen categories, respectively.  Cossette dressed up as Sally from the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas," while Cami wore a Jade Harley costume from the web comic series "Homstuck."

To win, contestants had to make or alter at least half of their costume, according to the contest rules.

Winners received a bag of "swag" from the library, and first place winners received a trophy.

People dressed up as characters from "Ghostbusters," "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars," in addition to "Pokemon," Disney movies and various video games.

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