From a gold tiara to a wound-up lasso by her side, Alex Thrailkill is preparing to transform herself into the most authentic Wonder Woman she can.

"This is kind of like getting ready for a wedding or prom," she said. "You have to make sure your face and hair look good. You know people are going to take pictures of you."

Thrailkill is one of the many in the Crossroads anticipating this year's two-day Victoria Comic Con.

Thrailkill said she has spent about $400 on her elaborate superhero costume.

"It's a 12-piece set," she said. "It's a Wonder Woman Cosplay replica; there's a difference between that and a regular costume."

Promoter Megan Hons, 22, said extravagant costumes are just part of the fun at this year's Victoria Comic Con.

"There's just so much that's going to go on," she said. "It's going to be jam-packed with vendors, artists and food. It's really something for the whole family."

Hons and her husband organized the event for the first time last year, which marked the beginning of comic con for the Crossroads.

She hopes for many more to come.

"We went into our first show blind," she said. "In one day, we had over 3,000 people. This year, we have doubled everything to accommodate larger crowds."

Victoria Comic Con will take over two venues this year - the Victoria Community Center and Jaycee Hall.

"I think this year is going to bring in even more people," she said.

Many celebrities will be signing autographs, including Naomi Grossman from "American Horror Story" and Ernie Hudson from "Ghostbusters."

Victoria resident Jessica Benavides said she is anxious to see David Yost and Walter Jones, two of the original Power Rangers.

"I was in their fan club when I was in elementary school," Benavides said. "This is really going to make me so nostalgic."

Benavides has been steadily working away on her Pikachu costume, with an added flair.

"I am making a dress with elbow-length long sleeves," she said. "I love the '70s, so I added leg warmers, too."

Benavides, who attended the event last year with her son, said dressing up gave her a newfound confidence.

"I get really nervous in large crowds," she said. "But everyone was dressed up, and I felt really awesome in my costume. I ended up having a great time."

Hons said the community has had such a great response to Victoria Comic Con because of its originality.

"We have these big music festivals, but I really think everyone just wanted something different," she said. "Now, people don't have to travel to big cities to go to one of these conventions."

Thrailkill agreed.

"I've been to a lot of other comic conventions, so I've gotten to know a lot of the vendors," she said. "They were here last year and said there was something really special about Victoria. The atmosphere is just good people having fun."

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