James Gorden intended to dress up as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock to take part Saturday in the TopCon Geek Expo 2017 at the Kansas Expocentre’s Agriculture Hall.
“But the ears and hair didn’t come out right, so I’m just a science officer,” he said.
Gorden and his wife, Michelle Gorden, who live in Ottawa, wore the blue science officer’s outfits as they took part in that Expo’s first day.
The event continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, with admission being $15 for ages 13 years and older, $12 for children four to 12 and free for children 3 and younger.
Many attending the pop culture-themed event Saturday wore costumes to portray characters from comic books, fairy tales or movie series, including Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Incredibles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pirates of the Caribbean.
James and Michelle Gorden, who go to about five Comic-Con-type events each year, said they initially didn’t wear costumes to those but have made a lot of friends since they started dressing up.
“We went from being spectators to being participants,” James Gorden said.
Spectators and participants at Saturday’s event enjoyed various offerings that included exhibits, panel discussions, comedy performances and a costume contest.
Catherine Sutherland, who played the second pink ranger Kat Hillard on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show, and Nakia Burisse, who played a yellow ranger, sat greeting passersby at tables that stood side-by-side.
This year’s TopCon guests also include Deep Roy, a diminutive Kenyan-English actor who appeared as an Oompa-Loompa in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and as Scotty’s alien friend Keenser in the 2009 movie “Star Trek” and 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
Deep Roy will appear onstage to answer questions at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Gordens, who initially attended Saturday’s event dressed as Marvel Comics characters Wolverine and Rogue before switching to the Star Trek science officer’s outfits, indicated they plan to participate Sunday dressed as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.
The couple said they like that at TopCon — which is smaller than some of the other Comic-Con-type events they attend — they get more time to talk to their friends without being interrupted by people asking to get their pictures taken with them.
Still, the Gordens said they love posing for those pictures — especially with happy children.
“We do it because of the smiles on the kids’ faces,” Michelle Gorden said. “That’s what hooked us.”
Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.