Mini Con: Color, Costumes and Characters

  • Arion Rashad, 15, of Pembroke Pines, center, uses the Wacom Bamboo program to draw Ziggs the Hexplosives Expert for Carlos Pelaez, 20, of Plantation, during Mini Con on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 in Plantation. Pelaez commissioned Arion to create the drawing (to become a printout) for his 7-year-old brother, who asked Pelaez for a souvenir from the event. The comic book- and pop culture-based convention was at Quality Inn Sawgrass, 1711 N. University Dr. Part of of the proceeds will benefit Drops of Hope, a nonprofit organization that transforms the bedrooms of needy children with cancer into "magical healing" spaces, with new furniture and decorations. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Dressed as the Cecile Palmer character from Night Fail, Justine Canzonetta, 17, of Davie, sells artworks, including some of her own, on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 during Mini Con, a comic book- and pop culture-based convention at Quality Inn Sawgrass in Plantation. A portion of the proceeds from the Mini Con will benefit Drops of Hope, a nonprofit organization that transforms the bedrooms of needy children with cancer into "magical healing" spaces, with new furniture and decorations. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Akemi Mori, 14, left, and Melanie Osorio, 10, both of Miami, laugh at contestants' antics in "Mini Baggage," a dating game, during Mini Con on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 in Plantation. Akemi dressed as Luka, a character from Vocaloid. Melanie dressed as Teto from the same series. The comic book- and pop culture-based convention was at Quality Inn Sawgrass, 1711 N. University Dr. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Drops of Hope, a nonprofit organization that transforms the bedrooms of needy children with cancer into "magical healing" spaces, with new furniture and decorations. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • During a dating game at Mini Con on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, Jamie Vega (dressed as "Hit Girl), 17, of Pembroke Pines, center, points out a contestant to Jason Laureano, 17, of Miami (dressed as the Marvel Comics character "Deadpool"), left, and game host Travis Scotka, of Coral Springs (dressed as "Army Pinkie Pie"). Mini Con, a comic book- and pop culture-based convention, was at Quality Inn Sawgrass, 1711 N. University Dr. in Plantation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Drops of Hope, a nonprofit organization that transforms the bedrooms of needy children with cancer into "magical healing" spaces, with new furniture and decorations. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Artist and cosplay prop maker Jessie Melero of Tamarac holds up a small skull prop he made, during his Cosplay and Prop Making presentation on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, during Mini Con, a comic book- and pop culture-based convention at Quality Inn Sawgrass in Plantation. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Wearing a fur costume she crafted by hand, Nicole Ruffini (Fur affinity: Elocin Nakamoto) swings her tail as she walks with Lia Mitchell, 17, on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Mini Con. The Boynton Beach friends were among several hundred people at the comic book- and pop culture-based convention, at Quality Inn Sawgrass in Plantation. A portion of the proceeds from the Mini Con will benefit Drops of Hope, a nonprofit organization that transforms the bedrooms of needy children with cancer into "magical healing" spaces, with new furniture and decorations. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nicole Ruffini of Boynton Beach, left, an attendee of Mini Con in Plantation, gives a thumbs-up to the All Things Disney panelists on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. The panelists are Duy Truong, 20, of Plantation, left, dressed as the animé character Prince Ashitaka, Becky Meza, 19, of Plantation, dressed as Snow White, and Sabrina Martinez, 17, of Plantation, dressed as Snow White's Prince. Truong, a photographer and DisneyBound event organizer in the fandom, led a discussion on Disney films, characters and parks, among other topics. Mini Con is a comic book- and pop culture-based convention . Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit Drops of Hope, a nonprofit organization that transforms the bedrooms of needy children with cancer into "magical healing" spaces, with new furniture and decorations. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF