Cosplayers Arrive in Maine for Inaugural Sci-Fi & Superhero Show

PORTLAND, Maine — The caped crusaders stepped out of the shadows of the narrow, graffiti-marked alley and into the sunlight on the busy Old Port sidewalk. Pedestrians did double takes, their hands instinctively searching their pockets for camera phones.

A woman sipping drinks with friends on a sidewalk patio let out her surprise.

“Holy crap, it’s Batman,” he said. “Can I take a picture of him?”