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Photos: The Glittery, Gory Cosplay Of WonderCon

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WonderCon, Comic-Con International's sister event, moved from Anaheim to Los Angeles this year, and LAist was there to check it out. The massive comic book convention, which started on Friday and ends on Sunday, features panel discussions and presentations from authors, artists, directors, and actors, workshops, film and TV screenings, and even a masquerade ball. Of course, the attendees came dressed in elaborate costumes honoring their favorite characters.

The roughly 60,000 expected WonderCon attendees are estimated to bring about $32 million to the city. According to the L.A. Daily News, officials with the Los Angeles Convention Center predicted that WonderCon attendees would spend $20 million over three days at hotels, restaurants and at the event itself.

As Mayor Eric Garcetti told the Daily News, "Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world and a city that captures the imagination, which makes it the perfect place to host WonderCon."

WonderCon continues from today until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.