Bak-Anime wrapped up today and the weekend-long event featured panels, demos and plenty of cosplay costumes.
But many of the attendees said that the event is more than just dressing up and hanging out with friends.
It is a place where they can be themselves.
"A lot of these kids, they get judged by their parents, they get judged by their friends, they get judged by their big sisters and big brothers that go that's stupid," said Steve Wyatt, promoter for Bak-Anime.
"They walk in this door and no matter what everyone is dressed like, everyone else goes, that's cool."
Wyatt says that the convention has had a positive effect on anime lovers since it started seven years ago.
"I've seen so many people come up to me like this is my best friend and we met at your show four years ago," Wyatt said.
"Because here they are not judged. They aren't the stupid nerd kid that's going to get kicked walking down the school hallway. Here they're cool."