Silicon Valley Comic Con

Silicon Valley Comic Con returned for it’s second year at the San Jose Convention Center from April 21-23. Like last year, the convention included panels, photo ops, signings and meet-and-greets with popular science fiction and comic book stars.

People also took the opportunity to dress in various costumes. Surprisingly enough, there was a large amount of cosplayers dressed up as anime or video game characters but the people dressed up as iconic Star Wars characters and superheroes were by far the most noticeable.

The event was put on by Steve Wozniak, who used the weekend event as an opportunity to raise money to build a dog park in San Jose.

One panel that returned from last year was “Back to the Future: Adventures in a DeLorean Time Machine.”

The panel focused on Terry and Oliver Holler telling the story of how they turned their own DeLorean sports car into a time machine replica. The panel was propelled by the Hollers’ desire to raise awareness and promote the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disorder.

Other stars who made appearances included Pam Grier, John Cusack, William Shatner and Steven Yuen from “The Walking Dead.”

The convention also featured a large auction room and artist galleries where visitors could purchase comic book products and prints from artists.

One intriguing gallery, belonging to artist Owen Gildersleeve, featured-size replicas of Ironman and the K-2SO droid from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” that were made entirely of paper.

The convention outside of the center extended into Plaza de César Chávez and the surrounding streets.

Now over, the festival will return to the Convention Center once again next spring along with all the venues and celebrities that embody the fun spirit of Comic Con.