Cousins Peyton Brooks (left), 12, and Cassidy Miller, 14, sit in the hallway as they wait to participate in the costume contest during Dallas Comic Show at Richardson Civic Center in Richardson, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News)

Cousins Peyton Brooks (left), 12, and Cassidy Miller, 14, sit in the hallway as they wait to participate in the costume contest during Dallas Comic Show at Richardson Civic Center in Richardson, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News)

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The Dallas Comic Show in Richardson brought comic fans, enthusiasts, creators and more together for a day of appreciation for the medium. The usual convention fare is here, with costume play contests, signings and sales, but the real fun comes in the community. 

In recent years, especially since the release of 2008's Iron Man film, comic books have taken the pop culture spotlight, and events like the Dallas Comic Show are no longer places for just diehard fans to hang out, but kids, families and everyone in between.

Fans this year took to recent films like Suicide Squad and Deadpool for their costume inspiration. Pairs danced as Joker and Harley Quinn, vigilantes quipped as Deadpool and comic creators from series like Star Wars, Teen Titans and more signed books and made prints, with special appearances made by Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars) and artist John Romita Jr. (Superman, All-Star Batman). The comic show runs through Saturday, August 7. 

Check out some of the photos from the Friday's events below:

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