A well-known presence in the Magic community, Christine Sprankle cosplays as Magic: The Gathering characters to the amusement of fans. However, when she began attending events she was only one of few women, she said. "The backlash was unreal. Pure hatred." In the last few years she has seen significant improvements. "There are growing pains," she said, "but it's changing for the better."
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