Cosplayers descending on Maine for inaugural science fiction and superhero extravaganza

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

A woman sipping drinks with friends at a curbside patio blurted out her surprise.

“Holy f—, it’s Batman,” she said. “Can I take your picture?”

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