The comic book industry is HUGE. The Beat — a news blog of comic culture — reported a jaw-dropping $1 billion in comics and graphic novels sales alone in 2015. But for how big this industry may seem, it still isn't fully representative of people from different communities and it isn't that accessible to them, either. Hector Rodríguez decided to launch Texas’s first Latino Comic Con for this very reason.

Rodríguez explained to Remezcla, "Now more than ever, with some of the struggles our community is facing, especially in Texas with SB4 and the attack on sanctuary cities, for me, it seems like a big opportunity for us to have a showcase for our community, for our comic book artists." 

The event was held on July 29 at the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas and entry was free — and for a great purpose, too. "[Comic conventions normally take] a lot of money. It’s between $22 and $44 per ticket. And if you have multiple kids, that’s a week’s groceries. So one of the great things about Texas Latino Comic Con is it’s free, and it’s in Central Dallas. It’s a in a place where it’s accessible, and we don’t discriminate on the basis of income, socioeconomic status, because a lot of these conventions cost a lot of money and they tend to discriminate on who’s able to afford to go in," he said

It looks like it was a success, and we're crossing our fingers that it's the beginning of something incredible.

Here are 14 pictures from this much-needed convention down south:

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To see so many Latina creators in one space is so inspiring.

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They were out there doing the damn thing.

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There was some seriously cool stuff.

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And it looks like everyone was about it.

But we know what snapshots you're waiting for...

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There was some epic cosplaying that went down.

Hello, princess Elena of Avalor!

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This take on Wonder Woman is EVERYTHING.

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Nacho Libre and El Chapulin Colorado absolutely nailed it.

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OMG, IT'S SAILOR MOON.

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These Chapulines won our hearts.

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Let's take a moment for La Chalupa.

Too good!

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Rapunzel was repping for Venezuela.

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It's so important for kids to see themselves reflected in any and all media.

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We're so happy Rodríguez was able to turn his vision into a reality.