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Port City Pop Con takes over the Wilmington Convention Center

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- For the first time, Wilmington is hosting a pop culture event at the Convention Center.

Port City Pop Con opened its doors Friday night to over 40 celebrities and fans who came dressed for the occasion.

“It’s so awesome to see everyone all dressed up,” Megan Martinez said.

Pon Con fans say coming to these kinds of conventions is liberating.

“It’s a good chance to get everyone out and show your inner nerd,” Collin Kelley said.

Fans came dressed as characters from Assassin’s Creed, Star Wars, and Silent Night for opening night.

The real stars of these blockbusters are taken aback by how many people admire their work.

“They build their own costumes and make their own backpacks,” said Ernie Hudson who played Winston Zeddemore in “Ghostbusters”. “It’s a real honor to see how people still respond to the movie.”

If you are searching to bring some of that on screen magic home with you, Earl Stokley specializes in creating movie quality masks.

“A lot of the people are fans of the films from the time they are young, and they want something that duplicates the film. What I try to do is duplicate the characters in the film exactly how they are in the film,” Stokley said.

Celebrities say they are grateful their work is still appreciated years later.

"I've had so many people come up and tell me how much Ninja Turtle meant to them growing up, that the cartoon show got them through some very difficult times,” said Renae Jacobs, the voice of April O’Neil of “Ninja Turtles”.

Saturday, Pop Con will be run from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. There will be a contest for the best costume.

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