Comic Con to return to Indianapolis in 2015
Thousands packed downtown Indianapolis over the weekend for the city's first Comic-Con convention.
Organizers hosted the event with dozens of different vendors for three days inside the Convention Center. Some people in town for the Big Ten also came over for the event.
"We're big fans of the Michigan State team so we made the drive so that we could come here and watch the tournament and as things turned out, we did pretty well," said Steve Muth of Michigan.
While downtown, he and his son Cort noticed characters everywhere on the streets, which led them to Comic-Con.
"I've never been to one of these before. It's like a little bit of Halloween in March," Muth said.
His son Cort bought a couple of things.
"It's a fantasy or a dream for him to be honest because when he saw that the convention was here he was like, 'Oh, wow, we've got to do this," Steve Muth said.
So many people felt that way that show organizers experienced some growing pains this first year in Indianapolis.
"We expected a big turnout, but we didn't expect as big of a turnout as we had [Saturday]," said Kailee Baylor with Comic-Con.
Leaders had to turn people away that day when they reached capacity of 6,000. That includes Madelynn Ryle from Greensburg.
"It made me mad. It was like a tease. We were here but we couldn't get in," Ryle said.
Comic-Con organizers say they learned an important lesson.
"We've already secured more space for next year when we come back," Baylor said.
Dates and other details are still being worked out for 2015, she said.
With so much to offer this weekend, the Muths said they'd happily make the four hour drive again.
"One of the real benefits of it being in Indianapolis is that there's a lot of activity in a very closed-in area, so within a few blocks you've got a gazillion restaurants, you've got the mall, you've got the movies, you've got all kinds of things to do," Steve Muth said.