Arts & Entertainment

Anime Expo wraps up wide-eyed, robot-filled convention

This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
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The 21st annual Anime Expo wrapped up in Los Angeles Monday. Nearly 50,000 people passed through the L.A. Convention Center during the four-day festival.

Many convention-goers were sporting anime-inspired costumes. Mark Alvarez spent three months making his Blue Frame costume — a full robot-type suit complete with shoulder-mounted rocket engines.

"I've met a few people here," Alvarez said. "I've actually introduced a lot of people to this convention and they love it. They've never seen anything like it. It's basically like Halloween in July, and hey, why not, lets go for it!"