By Michele McDonald Globe correspondent,January 31, 2015, 10:23 a.m.
The thriving worlds of science fiction and fantasy fandom are on display at Arisia, an all-volunteer-run convention founded in 1989 in Boston. The annual Arisia Masquerade is a prime feature of the convention, which from Jan. 16-19 this month drew more than 4,000 people to the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel. Entrants in the masquerade perform short vignettes to show off their costumes, and Julia Hallam-Baker, 9, of Boston, who has wanted to be in the masquerade since she was 6, knew she wanted to be a minion.
Minions are cute creatures made popular by the movie “Despicable Me,” and they like to wear costumes. Julia saw the original Batman series on TV and just knew she had to be a Batman minion. She made the costume with her dad, using foam mats for the structure. He did the cutting and gluing, and she did the directing and painting. She’s thinking about being the No-Name Superhero next year.