No need to travel to San Diego or New York to get your dose of the convention scene.

On Thursday night, RAH-Con took over the Chamberlain Student Center in a flurry of costumes, comic books and caricatures.

The event, inspired by Comic-Cons across the country, offered Rowan students the opportunity to represent their favorite works of fiction. Pop culture merchandise was raffled off and a $100 prize in Rowan Bucks was awarded to the winner of a costume contest.

Among the costumed was junior writing arts major Laura Kincaid.

Junior musical theatre and history major Laura Foley (left) as Princess Merida and junior writing arts major Laura Kincaid as Taako. -Contributor/Victoria Todorova

Kincaid’s cosplay of choice was Taako the Wizard, a character from a “Dungeons and Dragons” podcast called “Adventure Zone,” and was represented in an outfit including a brightly patterned shirt, tinted circular glasses, pointed hat and various gemstone pendants.

“I’ve been working on this costume for a while and I wanted an excuse to wear it,” she said. “I think [the other costumes] are all really cool. I saw a Kid Icarus, which is from a video game, and Princess Merida is just beautiful.”

The student dressed as Kid Icarus, sophomore theatre major Nathan Benson, ended up victorious in the costume contest, taking home the Rowan Bucks.

Sophomore theatre major Nathan Benson as Kid Icarus. -Contributor/Victoria Todorova

Junior musical theatre and history major Laura Foley went as Princess Merida. Foley’s costume, complete with bright ginger wig, rendered her the likeness of Disney’s “Brave” heroine.

“I heard [RAH] was offering a hundred Rowan Bucks for a costume contest and I need textbook money,” Foley said. “I actually purchased this costume. I used it for Comic-Con and that’s actually how I got it.”

For students not participating in the costumed events, there was a velcro climbing wall to scale, airbrush tattoos and a midnight food bar sampling selections from the Philadelphia Pretzel Factory.

The DIY craft of the night allowed students to make comic book letters by pasting comic cutouts to the surface of wooden letters.

“It’s fun, they have a lot of comic books,” Kincaid said. “But the glue is kind of weird. It’s not working super well.”

Overall, RAH-Con provided a fun microcosm of Comic-Con, replete with recognizable costumes and comic-themed events.

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