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“Love the collecting:” Milwaukee Comic Con 2016 draws thousands to Serb Hall

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MILWAUKEE -- American Serb Hall on Sunday, July 24th played host to "Milwaukee Comic Con" 2016 -- a show billed as bigger and better than ever!

More than 200 vendors took part in "Mighty Con's" Milwaukee Comic Con and took place from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Serb Hall.

Milwaukee Comic Con

Milwaukee Comic Con

People excited for the event lined up an hour before the doors opened on Sunday.

"'In the nice weather like this? No, we don`t mind," John Bartlot said.

Bartlot and Jerry Olsen come to Milwaukee Comic Con every year.

"I just love the collecting. I love being here to meet the artists. They`ve got a few artists here," Olsen said.

Milwaukee Comic Con

Milwaukee Comic Con

The artists taking part in this year's event included Jeff Balke, an award-winning colorist.

"The coloring just comes to me. I can see something black and white and I can see what colors it already is. It`s like a sickness," Balke said.

Philo Barnhart

Philo Barnhart

His skill has landed him gigs with Marvel and soon he'll work with Philo Barnhart.

"It just becomes natural to you. It`s like any other thing you do. It makes you live," Barnhart said.

Barnhart spent several years as a Disney animator. One of his most well-known characters is Ariel.

"That was the first time and it was intentional," Barnhart said.

Philo Barnhart

Philo Barnhart

Barnhart on Sunday shared his talent with Milwaukee Comic Con attendees -- drawing requests.

The event attracted thousands of all ages -- with gaming tournaments and a cosplay contest.

Milwaukee Comic Con

Milwaukee Comic Con

Organizers said they're pleased with the event's growth each year.

Milwaukee Comic Con

Milwaukee Comic Con

CLICK HERE to take a look at a complete list of special guests, vendors, artists and gaming tournaments that were a part of this year's Milwaukee Comic Con.