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Monster slayers

Armed with cards and cunning, young competitors gather Friday nights at Lodi’s Comic Grapevine to battle mystical creatures — and one another.

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Jason Paglia and his brother, Brandon, play Yu-Gi-Oh! at Comic Grapevine on Friday, May 31, 2013. The brothers often stop at the shop to play and buy cards.

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A towering, hairy bull with two sets of viciously curved horns stepped onto the open field, energized by the power of the earth itself. A flying demon swooped in, pointed ears standing on end and whip-like tail swinging back and forth.

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Maggie Creamer/News-Sentinel

Jason Paglia and his brother, Brandon, play Yu-Gi-Oh! at Comic Grapevine on Friday, May 31, 2013. The brothers often stop at the shop to play and buy cards.