Katie Warner (left), of Biddeford, dressed as Leeloo from the science fiction movie "The Fifth Element," and Kristen Remaly of Winthrop, dressed as Kandy the Steampunk Nurse, pose at the PortConMaine anime convention last weekend in South Portland. Buy Photo
Abigayle Johnson (left), dressed as Grell, and Lea Nolette as Madam Red, from the Japanese anime series "Black Butler," walk in a parade from the Doubletree Hotel to the Maine Mall last Saturday in South Portland, where more than 100 PortConMaine convention-goers participated in a fashion show. Buy Photo
Kennedi LeBlanc (from left) of Sydney, Justin Cochran of Bowdoin and Liana Richardson strut across the Maine Mall Road following a PortConMaine fashion show last Saturday in South Portland. It was one of the events during four-day anime and gaming convention held at the Doubletree Hotel. Buy Photo
Amanda Dunham (left) of Boston, dressed as Rainbow Dash and William Speed of Rockland, painted up as Mudkip from Pokemon, were just two of the colorful characters at last weekend's PortConMaine anime convention in South Portland. Buy Photo
Dennis and Carol Ranger of Gorham watch a parade of geeks march through the Maine Mall last Saturday in South Portland. More than 100 people from the PortConMaine anime and gaming convention participated in a fashion show at the mall. Buy Photo
Posted June 28, 2012, at 12:08 p.m. Last modified June 28, 2012, at 5:38 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — What is going on, and who are these people?
More than a few shoppers were caught off-guard last Saturday morning, wondering if they had stumbled onto an impromptu Halloween parade at the Maine Mall.
No, it was just a bunch of fun-loving geeks who had marched over from the PortConMaine convention at Doubletree Hotel for a fashion show in the mall’s garden court. More than 100 people dressed up as their favorite science-fiction character participated in the event.
The show, which was sponsored by Newbury Comics, one of the mall’s newest tenants, was part of a four-day convention celebrating anime and gaming.