Characters Come to Life at Comic Con in Minneapolis

Updated: 05/04/2014 10:37 AM
Created: 05/03/2014 2:53 PM
By: Kate Renner

As if stepping off the pages of comic books, superheroes, zombies and action figures came to life at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday.

Comic Con welcomed some very famous heroes - like the Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio, and the original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno.

For some Twin Cities residents, Comic Con is a chance to take on a new identity.

"I don't have to be a mom, I can be dead," said Anna Hoy, who dressed as a zombie from "The Walking Dead."

Jesse Huber lived his 5-year-old fantasy by acting like a Ghostbuster, with a proton pack made from kitchen items. Huber also paid $100 to meet a real life Ghostbuster, Ernie Hudson, and get Hudson's autograph and a picture.

"It was worth it," said Huber.

Comic Con is also a futuristic art gallery. Original artists are commissioned on the spot to draw their illustrations as the customers watch on. But art doesn't come cheap.

"I've had a commission on my table for $1,200," said Doug Wheatley, an illustrator.

There is a lot of money to be had in comic book sales, with big ticket items like a collectable first appearance of Spider-Man priced at $10,000.

"Between my store and the shows we do about $1 million in sales a year," said Keegan Conrad, owner of "Comics to Astonish," a comic book store based in Maryland.

So chose wisely superheroes, picking the right print can earn you some real hard cash.

"In five years it's going to be (worth) $15,000-$16,000," said Conrad.

But for most that's not what this is about, it's about meeting your childhood idol and acting childish again. 

Comic Con continues Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. A one-day ticket costs $50 at the door.

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