‘It’s a Place to Be Yourself:’ Cosplayers Take Over Silicon Valley Comic Con in San Jose

Everyone from superheroes to villains to Jedi masters were in attendance at San Jose's nerdiest event of the year: Silicon Valley Comic Con.

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[L-R] "The people - everyone is open. You can dress up and pretend to be something your not:" Milan Casarubbia and Deniele Cade explain their favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"I'm a cosplayer and this is the most attractive cosplay I have! Comic Con is just such an equal environment to be yourself:" Matthew O'Connor explains his favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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[L-R] "ALL THE COOL COSTUMES! All of the detail in those costumes - people are pretty good at this:" Natalie Valles, Michael Main and Mariah Main explain their favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"Comic Con is just honestly the place where people get to be themselves:" Nathan Tammar explains his favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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[L-R] "Meeting new people and connecting with others:" Isaiah and Kenneth Daniels explain their favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"We get to meet so many new people here, make new connections and experience everyone else's artistry, it's really cool:" Hannah Terwilliger explains her favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"All of the vendors and learning about what's out there:" Cherrie Randle explains her favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"I love going out there and seeing all the new art and memorabilia that I remember of as a kid:" Michael Malliarys explains his favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"This is my first Comic Con and my favorite thing would be meeting my heroes like Ray Park:" Mukesh Ram explains his favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"I like comic con because of the culture. It's the place that everyone loves the same thing you do:" Tan Le explains his favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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[L-R] "I love being a part of a community of awesome nerds! It's a lot of fun:" Clark Smith, Carolyn Smith, Ashlyn Smith and Greg Beattie explain their favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"People put so much love and passion to the work that they do - it's just an amazing way to see everyone's expression of what they love:" Christina Chapman explains her favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"Comic Con is open for everyone to be themselves and I love it. I get to be a nerd and it's okay:" Shaunte Daniels explains her favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"Seeing everybody's interpretation of their favorite characters:" Erik Lopez explains his favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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Bryan Ardonson dresses up as Lieutenant Commander Data from Star Trek for Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"Dressing up!:"Khailen Yi explains his favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2108)
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[L-R] "Getting to meet people who share the same interest:" Lindsay Silva, Katie Tran, Jen Greenfield and Steven Santana explain their favorite thing about Silicon Valley Comic Con. (April 7, 2018)
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"The people, the camaraderie and getting together to celebrate a shared interest:" Kyle Boockholdt explains his favorite
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