HANNIBAL (WGEM) — Organizers of the first-ever Big River Comic Convention in Hannibal said they were shocked this morning when over 800 people came to the event in just the first hour.
They say around 4,200 people in total came out, many wearing costumes. The event featured gaming tournaments, and people got to check out comics, toys, and other items. Tourism officials said events like these generate sales tax revenue for the city. Organizers said the event went so well, they're already working on planning 2020's event, which could be two days instead of one.
"It's been a huge success, the support from the community was just overwhelming this morning," said Event Co-Founder Debbie Louge.
"[The best part has been] the pictures a lot of people have asked me to take with them, a lot of the masks are really cool especially the solider one, yeah just like everything here," said first-time cosplayer Donovan Briscoe.
Hannibal Mayor James Hark presented co-founder of the event Darin Louge with a key to the city and made a proclamation naming April 13th 2019 Hannibal Superhero day.