ConnectiCon Returns to Hartford

The event grows year by year.

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    Fans of comic books, board games and video games gather at the convention center.

    The ConnectiCon convention is returning for the tenth year and thousands of people are expected in Hartford for the event that covers all grounds in the world of pop culture.

    The convention began Thursday at the Convention Center and goes through July 14.

    This is the only event of its kind in New England and people arrive from all over in elaborate and often expensive costumes depicting characters of mainstream and underground series.

    Anime and video game-related material typically are the main attractions, but there is also Cosplay and the schedule includes screenings and lectures on graphic novels, movies, television series, video games and literary works.

    Jim Cummings, best known for the voice of Tigger and Winnie The Pooh. is returning for a second year.

    Other guests include James C. Burns, who is Sgt. Frank Woods from "Call of Duty: Black Ops;"  Tahmoh Penikett, Lt. Karl "Helo" Agathon from "Battlestar Galactica;" Neil Grayston, from "Eureka;" Michael Trucco, of "Battlestar Galactica" and "Fairly Legal;" and Marina Sirtis, of "Star Trek."

    A group of University of Hartford students who were involved in a Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild club founded ConnectiCon in 2002 because other hobby conventions were far away from Connecticut.

    Panel discussions include Steampunk on a tight budget, budget zombie makeup, Burlesque 101 and much more.