Comic Con a boost for those in the costume business

Posted at 9:08 PM, Sep 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-04 15:58:10-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utahns are stitching together their Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and the Incredible Hulk costumes in preparation for the start of Comic Con this weekend.

Costume stores are nearly cleared out of Jedi costumes, outrageous hats and princess dresses, which is why costume shops like Mask Costumes in Murray see twice the business the week of the convention.

"With Comic Con you know you are going to be in an entire world of geekdom, and you have to show up knowing your stuff," said Laura Bedore, who owns Mask Costumes. "People will be like, 'That's totally the wrong era for that particular Wolverine.' People research it, and they go so crazy, which we love."

Last year, the costume shop didn't know what to expect, but this year they planned ahead and added extra staff.

Super heroes, masked men, and characters from video games are the top sellers this year. The store owner says come in with an open mind.

"Sometimes last-minute you might not always have the thing you want, because that went out a week ago, two weeks ago, but we are really flexible and we love being creative," she said.