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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A group of superheroes gathered on the National Mall at noon Friday in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for mass comic book character photo.

At 237 characters, the attempt fell 1,294 short. The current record of 1,531 was set in China in 2011.

The record attempt is part of Awesome Con, "a comic-con that embraces all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more."

Special events include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests, gaming tournaments, and tons of activities for kids.

Awesome Con is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Friday.

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