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Vidalia man enjoys Comic-Con escape from reality

VIDALIA — The Mississippi Comic-Con will come to Jackson this weekend for a two-day event at the Mississippi Trade Mart.

Mike Jouban of Vidalia will be one of the many people in attendance dressed in his costume, which he refers to as a “Marvel Cross Over.”

Jouban’s costume, he said, features different details taken from Captain America, Winter Soldier, Iron Man and Thor.

Jouban said he became interested in Comic-Con, because of his love for movies.

“I enjoy the background behind the movies,” Jouban said, “the costumes, special effects, stunts and everything in between.”

While Jouban said he loves science fiction and has always been a comic book fan since he was a child, that isn’t a perquisite for attending a Comic-Con event.

Jouban said Comic-Con offers an experience for everyone.

“It’s an experience in itself,” Jouban said. “You’ve got people who like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and everything in between, even memorabilia from movies.”

It isn’t just movie fans who show up, either. Jouban said through Comic-Con he has met many different types of actors and actresses. He even met comic book writer and Marvel Comics primary creative leader the late Stan Lee.

“The people there are really amazing,” Jouban said.

Jouban said he plans on competing in a Comic-Con competition in New Orleans in November in which amateur competitors can win up to $600 or $700.

“It’s a way to escape and have fun,” Jouban said.

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