17 Feb 19
At one point Domino from X-Force was kissing Wolverine. Of course, she had a gun to his head and he had claws against her throat.
Then there was an incident when the Predator — all 7-foot, 5-inches of him — buried “Mrs. Deadpool” inside his servo-motorized arms, cradling her head beneath hands meant for ripping and tearing.
Of course, Predator also took time to pose for a selfie with Wonder Woman.
As did Wolverine and Domino, he baring sharp fangs while she had her leather outfit strategically unzipped just enough to display a lot of powder-white skin.
Fortunately, it was all in good fun on a brightly lit Sunday afternoon at the Eagles Hall just west of Woodland as the Ohana Comic Con hosted its first event in the community.
In addition to the real-life “action heroes,” there were also comic books for sale, anime creations, toys and more.
Organizer Ziggy Star earlier said he was hoping to see between 200 and 300 attendees, but judging on the line of cars along Hwy. 16, the people and “creatures” strolling outside the Hall and dozens and dozens more inside that was an underestimate.
“We’ve done shows around the area in Auburn and Marysville and a lot of people traveled from Woodland to there, so we decided to bring it to town,” Star told The Democrat.
Held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, the event was an opportunity for adults and children to play dress up. Star said there would be as many as nine categories and that a popular cosplaying couple, known as the Fresno Deadpools would serve as judges.
Matthew Hernandez and Andrea Manjarres, who play the Deadpools, were decidedly into the occasion, cracking jokes, posing for photographs and generally enjoying themselves.
While some vendor booths featured authors, sports cards, comics and other items for sale, still more gave people a chance to get “outfitted” for the occasion.
A number of children were dressed as anime characters, or simply wore what looked to be their Halloween costumes from last year. A number of teenagers were also present, attired as ninjas, or comic book characters from the Marvel Universe. There were also a dozen or more Wonder Woman’s, some very young, some teens and some much older.
Then there were those who enjoyed getting others into character.
Paige Jenkins of Medesto, for example, has been a makeup artist for four seasons for Terror of the Night Productions, and while could easily have been mistaken for a green- and white-faced clown — we’re talking one radically evil-looking clown by the way — she was more focused on affixing bloody horns to the head of Kat Quinn of Woodland.
Others were standing in line, ready to be transformed.
Jeff Weigel, who’s day job is being a buyer for Nugget Market in Woodland, explained that he and others members of Terror of the Night work much of the year helping people dress up for parties or special events and parties along with attending cosplay gatherings such as the Ohana Comic Con.
Weigel himself was dressed as a clown, well, sort of. With white and orange face he could also have been a zombie, a plague victim or something else. Take your pick.
Last year, Weigel and others with Terror of the Night were at eight Ohana Comic Con gatherings. He said some are in small venues and others are in larger auditoriums. Most are well attended.
Star earlier said that Woodland’s event was the 55th he’s had in a little over two years in business.
“We just want families to come out and enjoy a fun, geeky day,” he said.
He had that right, at least as far as Domino and Wolverine were concerned.
Lacie and Michael Streets, who portray the X-Force couple, have been married for about 18 months and got together initially at a cosplay event. She’s a MAC make-up representative and he works for a solar company when they’re not in character. They live in Sacramento.
“It’s a cool thing to do,” Michael explained. “We spend time together making the costumes and preparing for events like this.”
As for being the Predator, Danny Zuno of Sacramento, who normally works at a warehouse, said playing the merciless out-of-this-world murderer is a bit of a trip.
To “grow” his height to more than 7 feet, Zuno has to wear short stilts, which then have to be covered up. That’s in addition to the body armor, makeup and hideous face mask he also has to put on.
It looked like hours of work, but Zuno said it really takes him about 15 minutes, assuming everything fits. Navigating the narrow walkways is the real challenge, more so for those very small children who only see legs before straining their necks to see his face.
Nonetheless, Zuno says he always has a good time and can rarely take more than a few steps before someone wants a photograph or a selfie, such as Mrs. Deadpool.