MODESTO - Crowds of comic book and pop culture fans flocked to the center plaza Saturday afternoon for the first ModestoCon.
The event featured vendor booths, artists, writers and guests like Sam J. Jones who played Flash Gordon.
Carrie Shea, Vice President of Modesto Convention Corporation, said that the event is the result of a year of collaboration and planning.
"We just wanted to bring all sorts of fandom here to Modesto," Shea said.
The two day event also features panels with comic book artists and writers like Dez Demise, who had her first story published by pronto comics.
"I did my first comic con in Arizona and I had my books," she said. "This one is my second and it's in my hometown which is good."
The event also attracted many cosplayers, who dressed as their favorite hero or villain.
"It's been a lot of ooohs and ahhs," said Fred Arollo, who was dressed along with his family as very convincing orcs from the Warcraft franchise.
Much of his costumes were hand crafted with authentic materials, including horns and skulls.
"Everyone out here just loves us," he said. "It's really fun, everyone has been really great."
The event continued Sunday, and organizers say ModestoCon will make a return in 2017.