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Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con flying high in first year

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's not Halloween, but capes and spandex are on parade at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

While the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con isn't as big as San Diego's Comic-Con yet, organizers are hopeful it will bring super-sized revenue to the local economy.

Comic books, along with their countless movie and video game tie-ins, have become big business. The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con is a place where fans can experience it all.

The overwhelming success of recent comic book-inspired movies is a big reason organizer Jimmy Jay brought the convention to Las Vegas.

"[We have people attending from] northern California, Arizona. Heck, we have people coming in from Mexico, people coming in from Malaysia," he said.

Jay said he expects more than 20,000 people to attend over the weekend. He's hoping that in time his convention will rival San Diego's behemoth Comic-Con.

"The San Diego Comic-Con is the Super Bowl of comics, and this would probably be a week one playoff game," Jay said.

The South Point is providing better access to industry legends such as Marvel's Stan Lee.

"This is definitely a more intimate [convention]," fan Al Niuman said.

"This one by far blows that one [Comic-Con] out of the water," another fan added. 

Local comic artist Jamie Tyndall has been to his share of conventions, and he was impressed with the turnout in Las Vegas.

"When a comic book con starts off this well for its first year, it will only get bigger and bigger," he said.

The organizers have been putting on the Amazing Arizona Comic Con for the past three years. They said that already more people and bigger names have shown up for the Las Vegas version.

Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con runs through Sunday. Kids 10 and younger get in free.

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