Kids, Families Conquer 2016 Rhode Island Comic Con

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
Rhode Island Comic Con

The weekend has quickly become the biggest draw in the smallest state — and a major magnet for families. Comic book conventions (or cons, as they’re more typically known now) have extended their reach from the stereotypical “nerd in the basement” to feature kids, adults, and families of all constellations. As “geeks” have become more mainstream and respected in popular culture (witness the success of comic-book movies and the TV showThe Big Bang Theory), so have the cons, with young and old alike enjoying the collectible shopping, meeting celebrities, and dressing up as their favorite characters (known as “cosplay,” or costume-play).

Kids Con officials Jillian Aldrich and Maggie Bloomer reported a steady stream of families over the three days and “booming” business. In the jam-packed event, which spanned the Convention Center and the Dunkin Donuts Center, the Kids Con area was a welcome respite for many and offered a less-crowded place for families to relax, have fun, and take a break from the bustling crowds.