Animania boosts economy and promotes local artists

Animania contributes to WF economy

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - On Saturday and Sunday, close to 5,000 people will be in Wichita Falls for "Animania," an event where people can dress up in costumes to support their favorite anime character or superhero.

The event will also boost the Wichita Falls economy and promote local artists.

Caleb Brown is one local artist that will be attending.

"I can maybe get a job as a graphic artist or some other artist job with this event," said Brown.

In 2017, he landed a job with Animania Wichita Falls as a t-shirt designer.

"The organizer handed me their logo and told me just do whatever you like to do," said Brown.

This year, he's coming back as the main poster designer and showing off some of his work with a booth.

It's the second year for the event.

2017 was a trial run to see how successful something like this could be in Wichita Falls.

"Organizers had no idea what would be going on or how big they were going to be until they got the results and just, wow," said Brown.

A year later, the booths for artists and vendors are filled.

"People may be coming from different places maybe outside of Texas," said Brown.

Brown along with other artists use opportunities like this as a way to network with one another.

"I am trying to get my name out there," said Brown.  "Maybe a big business will be walking around and see it.  My goal is to try to have fun, show my art work to anybody, maybe sell off some, and just try and get my name across to people."

The event will run Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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