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Inaugural Geeks at the Beach in Lewes

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LEWES, Del. - People who live in or near Lewes may now have new annual comic-con to look forward to every year.

Vendors were set up at Cape Henlopen High school from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, showing off their best work and products. 

"We're running a pop culture event with artists and vendors and a lot of great people from the local community, celebrating all things geek," says Heather Reed. 

Reed's talent booking company ACES brings 20 vendors to this new event. Sean Ahrent is one of the artists. "I just wanted to try to start something new, try to get the community involved," he says.

The local beach community is involved, like the Chillemi's who own Comics and Games in Bethany Beach. "We brought a sample of all the different types of products we have, board games, card games, pop figures," says Tom Chillemi.

Chillemi got his friend Pop Mhan to show his art at the event, like his work for the first issue of Marvel Comic's Aero."It has a Chinese character. She's an air power female character. She's really cool," he says. 

Meanwhile ACES employees dressed as Stitches, Lacy Gwynn, and Rellik came all the way from New Jersey to judge the cosplay contest. 

"We need more willing victims," says Gwynn." "I mean participants." 

The trio says their biggest battle to get to the beach was of course the traffic.

Actor Christopher Inlow, on the other hand, is not in costume at the event. He tells WRDE about his role in Snake River, the world's first movie shot for virtual reality viewing. "You could look around, look up, down," he explains. "You could see the world that was around you and it was neat because in one of the scenes I actually walk up to you and start talking to you."  

Event officials like Reed are now happily geeking out at the turnout and say they have plans to make this comic-con bigger when it comes back to the beach next year. 

Even though Geeks at the Beach is a new event, it's already giving back to the local community.  Donations to Grassroots Animal Rescue could be made during the comic-con in return for discounted tickets. 

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