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Superheroes, Zombies and Villains Turn Out for Colorful ConnectiCon 2011

One of New England's largest pop culture events takes over the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Columbus Boulevard in Hartford started looking a little surreal at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

It started with the Joker jumping out of a Taurus, a group of zombies filing into the Convention Center and Harley Quinn skipping down the street ahead of a scantily clad Poison Ivy. It could only mean one thing — ConnectiCon 2011.

The annual event attracts thousands of fans, connoisseurs, artists, enthusiasts and creators in the realms of anime, manga, horror, computer and video games, card games, internet culture, comics, science fiction, fantasy and so much more.

The three-day event was held from July 8-10 this year at the Convention Center in Hartford. Events throughout the weekend include a masquerade, a dating game, and themed Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. There are also stations where skilled artists paint faces and anime art works are for sale.

Hundreds of tables are set up to accomodate small groups who compete in card games and miniature table games. Not all competitions are at a table, though. There is also a NERO tournament in which participants can gith each other with sword and shield. Another option is to compete in the multitude of console tournaments, such as Gears of War 2, Dance Dance Revolution and Halo 3.

There were also various film screenings throughout the day, such as MADOX-01, Moonlight Mile, Planetes and Riding Bean.

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Tami Zawistowski July 11, 2011 at 11:46 AM
My niece, Echo Chernik [Echo Nouveau] is one of the exhibitors. I didn't go this year, but have been there in the past. Echo, who was born in Ellington, exhibits her art (www.echo-x.com) at several of these shows throughout the year (she's off to San Diego ComicCon next week). ConnectiCon is a lot of fun, and there is a spirit of playfulness and acceptance that makes anyone feel welcome.
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