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Sophia Bare, Reporter

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Romics is a biannual comic convention, or comic con for short. Comic cons, in general, are a gathering of vendors, artists and consumers, all who have a shared passion for, as the name suggests, comics. However, more often than not, the shared passion goes beyond just that, not just for comics, but for all things considered “nerdy” by today’s society.
What would that entail? Nerd culture covers everything from video games to films, superhero comic books to anime and card collecting to figurine collecting. Think of any words associated with the terms “nerd” and “geek”, and Romics, and other comic cons around Italy (and around the world) have probably got it. Not only that, but comic cons like this are all-inclusive — no matter where you come from, how old you are and what gender you are, there is most definitely something for you. There is also the aspect of cosplay (costume play) — that many people find appealing. Like what a typical child would do to dress up for Halloween, people of all ages and body types choose to dress up as their favourite character — either buying or making their own costumes, and even props.
But what does one do at a comic con — or specifically, at Romics? Well, at Romics, there are about six different warehouses, all converted into mini markets. Each warehouse has a separate specialty in items being sold — one sells comics, while the other sells merchandise — and activities that you can participate in — one has a panel for guests, and the other has a video game competition (it was a LoL, or League of Legends competition the day I had gone). The point is, there is something tailored specifically for every kind of nerd.
The whole event lasts for about 10 hours in total, starting from 10:00 AM and ending at 8:00 PM and occurs over the course of four days, starting on Thursday and ending on Sunday and is hosted at the Ponte Galeria Roma. Since I was only able to go for the one day on Saturday, I decided to go for the full day. There was a lot of walking involved and since I had worn pin heels (as I was dressed up as the Cruiser Skin D.Va from Overwatch) my feet were utterly destroyed in the end. Not just that, but my wallet was almost empty, where at the beginning I had a substantial amount.
Though the event is over for this calendar year, next year, at around April time, there will be another Romics event hosted. So if you consider yourself a “nerd” of any kind, I highly suggest you go! And if you are planning to, remember to wear shoes you are comfortable walking in all day, and a wallet full of cash (cash that will eventually disappear).

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