Mirufodocon brings characters to Milford

MILFORD — Two mad hatters, Wario and an elf were seen walking the stage at the Milford Senior Center Saturday, Oct. 29. And they weren’t the only characters, or cosplayers, in the room.

Milford’s first Anime convention, Mirufodocon, has come and gone and event organizers say they hope to see its return again next year, although they plan to make some changes.

“I think we’ll go for a one-day event,” Mike Perfetti, co-organizer and co-owner of Delaware Branding Company in Milford, said. “It’s great because sometimes these kids don’t really have anyone to talk to. But here, people get them.”

His wife and fellow business co-owner Cat Perfetti said the event sold close to 300 tickets.

“The costume contest was the highlight. It was a learning experience,” she said.

Panels discussing a wide variety of topics could be found inside the senior center, as well as nearby Arena’s. Anime screenings could also be seen at Arena’s.

Abbott’s Grill got in on the new action in town by hosting bands during Mirufodocon.

Local vendors, such as Mispillion River Brewing, came out to support the first-of-its-kind convention, along with Screams at the Beach and others.

“I think what they really liked though were the panels,” Mr. Perfetti said, which were hosted by multiple actors and enthusiasts.

Katie Coe, a professional cosplayer from Greenwood, was on hand throughout the weekend for panels and other activities. She also helped judge the costume contest.

“This was so hard that we decided to add a couple of places,” she told the crowd when announcing winners of the costume contest.

“They worked really hard on their costumes,” she added. “It’s great to see their work and the fun they have doing this. It’s just a fun time being at things like this, especially so close to home.”

New Jersey resident Michelle Knotz, voice actress for Pokemon and other Anime shows, was also found at the senior center during Mirufodocon.

“I like smaller conventions like this one because you get to talk to the people and get to know them a little bit,” she said. “I’ve been to conventions with thousands of people, and conventions like this one. I just think it’s nice. It’s a nice change of pace. Look at how much fun they’re having.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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