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Brothers Dimitri Stavros and George Stavros pose for a picture with Chewbacca and Stormtroopers at the Long Beach Comic & Horror Con on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

From Darth Vader to princess warriors, there was no shortage of comic book heroes and horror characters at this year's Comic Con at the Long Beach Convention Center Saturday.

Some characters even found themselves intertwined into one - like a zombie Snow White.

"We're at the Long Beach Comic and Horror Con. I love princesses and I love Disney, so why not be a zombie Snow White," said Santa Monica resident Melanie Delia. "I've been going to Cons since 2009, and I've been slowly going to more and more. I love the community of Cons."

Delia's favorites - the Blackest Night and Wonder Woman.

"I love the stories and the story lines," she said. "Books with pictures - it's just awesome. I'm a huge Wonder Woman fan.

WANT TO GO?

    What: Long Beach Comic & Horror Con

    When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012

    Where: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

    Info: longbeachcomiccon.com

I have my own Wonder Woman costume I made, but I wanted Snow White today."

The event, which has seen a steady growth in attendance since it began in 2009, was co-founded by Phil Lawrence, who is also the principal sales director for the event.

"We've seen some pretty good growth in the four years since we started this in Long Beach," he said. "We hope people have a fun experience and a true going back to kind of basic Comic Con because I think people are yearning for that old school kind of comic book convention and I think that's what we are kind of bringing to the fans."

Character artist, Aiden Casserly, was one of the many vendors at the event.

"I realized I worked really hard at what I do and eventually people take notice if you work hard enough," he said.


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"...then you start making money and you start paying your rent with your drawings, which is every artist's dream."

With 15 to 25 percent growth each year, Lawrence is quite pleased with the outcome of his dream.

"It's been a nice surprise and a nice welcoming in the community. The fact that it's grown that way and we haven't been stagnant - considering the way the economy is - kind of tells a little bit," he said. "We really have put on a really good, really fun sort of back-to-basics show and the fans are embracing it."

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