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Big Wow! ComicFest and Maker Faire this weekend in the SF Bay Area

Big Wow! and Maker Faire costume photos
Photos by Christopher Erickson (above) and Jean Martin (below)

There are two events of interest to costumers this weekend. One is the Big Wow! ComicFest in San Jose and the other is Maker Faire in San Mateo.

Big Wow! ComicFest
May 17, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
May 18, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
San Jose Convention Center

The convention will feature several big name comic book writers, artist and celebrities such as Mike Mignola, Neal Adams, Greg Rucka and Jane Wiedlin. There will also be a Famous Monsters Film Festival and a live-stage presentation of the famous show “Creature Features” hosted by John Stanley and Lord Blood-Rah.

For costumers, there will be several panels on costuming including creating costumes on a budget, making movies, starting groups and others. There will also be a costume contest on Saturday. Any costume from comics, science fiction, fantasy and pop culture is acceptable. Advance tickets are available online at:

Maker Faire
May 17, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
May 18, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm.
San Mateo County Event Center

This popular amalgam of a science fair and a county fair is back this year with a vast array of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors sharing what they’ve made. Attendees can opt to enjoy the offerings on display in any type of costume they want with more common ones including DIY and upcycled clothing as well as Steampunk attire.

There are sections for costumers such as the Steampunk area in the West Green and the Swap-O-Rama-Rama in the South Lot. Swap-O-Rama-Rama has a fashion show on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at the Pedal-Powered Stage in the Midway. Advance tickets are available online at:

Whichever one you go to, you will be sure to have a great weekend costuming and seeing people in costumes. Or you can go to one on one day and the other on the next day and double the costuming fun!

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