Characters gather for West Branch CosPlay

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Six-year-old Hadara Pearson, as Hermione from Harry Potter, and Lexie Reed, dressed as a comic book character, pose for a photo after arriving at CosPlay.
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Esme Taylor, of Lupton, skims through some comic books.
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Nick Retherford and Brock Vermillion, both of West Branch, compete in a game of Magic: The Gathering.
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Terri Bensinger holds the youngest CosPlayer at the event, her 1-month-old daughter Kairen.
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Bay City's Rachel Nadrowski checks out some products from Alpena company Seth Immortal. Pictured on the right is Seth Immortal employee Joey Grzeskowiak.
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Violet Walchak-Coates, Dylan Steinley and Emily Elowsky show off their costumes and accessories. Steinley is from Turner, and Walchak-Coates and Elowsky are from Alpena.
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Dakota Barr and Katelynn Haser of Houghton Lake pose for a photo with Marissa and Joseph Zerod of Roscommon.
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Lucas Swietynowski, 6, tries to finish putting on his zombie costume by adding a hat.
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The Adamczyk girls, Talene, 5, Kaire, 9 and Faile, 12, show off their costumes. They are from West Branch.
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Mad Hatter impersonator Caelin Card, of Bowling Green, Ky., poses for a photo with West Branch’s Courtney Schaiberger, dressed as Alice, and Holden Olsick, of West Branch, dressed as Luke Skywalker.
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Logan Nuttall, 6, dressed as The Flash, takes off running from his brother Michael Nuttall, 8, dressed as a Ninja Turtle.
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Rose Stewart, of West Branch, visits with Sara Raymond, who was representing the Cadillac comic book store, Wargames North.

Posted by Tim Barnum
Associate Editor Community News |


It was a gathering of wizards, superheroes, animals, zombies and even a Jedi during the second annual West Branch CosPlay May 11. The event was held at the West Branch Community Center on Page Street, and gave area residents a chance to dress up as their favorite characters from science fiction, fantasy, comic books and video games. CosPlay, short for costume play, featured a costume contest, a Magic: the Gathering card game tournament, an outdoors battle arena and several vendors.


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