Crossroads residents can dress as favorite character for Victoria Comic Con
Jan. 8, 2014 at 3:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 7, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.
Emery Veliz said watching her face transform from a human being to the beautifully destroyed clone Mileena from "Mortal Kombat" is freaky.
Freaky in a good way.
Mileena is vicious.
She is evil.
But she kicks serious butt in the video game, and that is exactly what drew Veliz, 26, of Victoria, to the character.
As the tall, thin and seemingly beautiful Veliz adorned her body with a skin-tight, shiny, pink almost-a-bikini costume, the connection to the character was a bit muffled; but as she outlined Mileena's grotesque mouth and hand glued a set of sharp, stained teeth to her face, everything fell into place.
She was Mileena.
"She is known for having a deranged personality, but she is a very strong fighter," Veliz said. "Some characteristics that could describe myself."
Veliz will unveil her latest costume Saturday at the first ever Victoria Comic Con.
"You can pretty much be anyone you want," she said. "Just getting to be a character from a game you play and show people why you like them - it's just fun."
The convention, which is brought to the area by two 20-something locals who simply wanted a toy store to shop at, is bringing in talent from all over the state, including up-and-coming artists Bonn Adame, Dan Price and Dale Carroll.
Event planners Bryan Hons, 24, and Megan Booth, 21, both of Victoria, say it's insane how well this convention has been received.
As far as how it all came together, Booth said, "It was just one of those nights."
She said the two were sitting around, thinking about how cool it would be if Victoria had a toy store, and next thing she knew, they were planning Victoria's first comic convention.
Within 24 hours, the concept had 500 likes on Facebook. A little more than 2,500 people have now liked the page.
"It was scary," Booth said about putting the convention together. "We're really young, but we did it completely by ourselves, and I think we did a great job."
Chelsea Carroll said she's always enjoyed dressing up in costume.
"My mom told me to watch Cinderella, but I was more interested in Batman," she said.
That is where her love for Harley Quinn began. However, her passion for cosplaying hasn't been well-received in town, she said.
"We've been asked not to go into stores at (Victoria) mall, and my friend was called a demon," Carroll said. "The weird looks used to really bother me, but my friends are really reassuring. You meet a lot of great and awesome people in the cosplay community."
Veliz said for her, it's all about having fun and being who she is, and if someone doesn't support it, so what?
"People here have never seen anything like this before - they need to see it," she said.
"Victoria is ready."