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Nerds take over Mid-Michigan

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“I love dressing up and being with fellow nerds,” said a woman dressed as Batgirl.   

Mid-Michigan became nerd central with the first Fantasticon here in the area. Fans of a wide range of franchises “geeked” out at the things to see, from rows of comics, to a real-life recreation of Optimus Prime.

“Everyone is like ‘Oh my God that's Optimus Prime,’” said Joe Fiducca, the creator of the iconic looking truck, “It's the first fan built replica; it never comes to Comic-Con, so to say you've sat inside it is a dream come true for so many people.”

Some of the exhibitions traveled from all over the country, but this group of Ghostbusters are from right here in the Great Lakes State. With a new franchise that came out this past summer, their display is more popular than ever.

“If anything, it's given us a couple more Members and more of a highlight,” said Eric Milkman of the Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition, “Before, everyone loved Ghostbusters, but now we've got a whole new generation that's coming to us.”

This was the first of its kind event here in Mid-Michigan, and it exceeded organizer’s attendance expectations before the second day was over.

“We noticed there isn’t really a show up in this part of Michigan,” said organizer Joe Nieport, “so we picked this facility to cover the Flint, Bay City, Saginaw markets.”

Some visitors who travel to Comic-Cons all over the country, enjoyed the smaller atmosphere at this new event.

“They all seem very pleased to have something like this show up,” said actor John Armijo, “I've done big markets and smaller ones, and I like the smaller ones because it's more intimate.”

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