PHOTO CAPTION: Treasure Coast Comic Con attendees enter the inaugural event Saturday morning at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. (CHRISTOPHER ARNOLD/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)

The thousands of people dressed like their favorite fictional characters who swarmed into the Port St. Lucie Civic Center over the weekend helped make the Treasure Coast’s inaugural Comic Con a success, according to organizers.

John Mangan, CEO of South Florida Event Management, said more than 10,000 attended the two-day event. He estimates 50 percent were locals and said 25 percent of ticket sales came from Vancouver, Canada.

Mangan said there was a need for a fun, different event, catering to a younger crowd and it was reflected in the attendance.

There were a few snags in ticketing and getting people in the venue as quickly as they would have liked, but the event organizers said Comic Con was a huge success. “We knocked it out of the park,” Mangan said.

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