Life is filled with new experiences coming in many shapes, sizes and costumes, and this weekend was no exception.

Upon arriving at the Radisson Hotel, I knew I was in the right place due to the amount of cosplayers in the vicinity.

“Cosplaying? What is cosplay?” you may wonder.

Cosplay, as defined by Urban Dictionary, is “literally ‘Costume Play.’ Dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character (usually a sci-fi, comic book, or anime character).”

So, imagine, a multitude of people — ranging all ages — decked out in bright colors, dressed as various comic book, TV show and movie characters and trekking about a Branson hotel on a bitterly cold February weekend.

This was my first experience at a convention of this sort and, let’s just say, I’m hooked. From the various vendors to different panel speakers, there was always something going on for everyone to enjoy, no matter what level you were in a fandom.

Former Chairman of VisionCon David Blanchard and current Chairman Brandon Shane said they greatly enjoyed the weekend convention.

“We had a great response,” Shane said.

The response raised over $5,400 for C.A.R.E. for Animals and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, Blanchard said.

Compared with last year, Shane said social media helped reach even more people. About 1,500 people attended the event, Blanchard said, including folks from California, Florida and Toronto.

Although Blanchard is retiring after 19 years with VisionCon, that won’t stop him from attending.

“It’s just going to get bigger and better,” Blanchard said.

Suffice it to say, I can’t wait for the next VisionCon. I may even cosplay as Wonder Woman.

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