With the level of excitement generated by the release of Wonder Woman this week in theatres, the chance to spend a day chatting about comics and superheroes, meeting local artists, and competing in a cosplay contest dressed as your favourite hero or villain sounds like an amazingly good time. The Crossings Branch has planned a packed day of enticing events, including an artist alley of special guests in the atrium on June 10th
–welcome to LPL’s Comic Con!
“Fandom is a big deal in Lethbridge, and we wanted to give the community somewhere to celebrate the things they love, whether it’s comics, TV shows, movies, or other favourites. Fans show their love through art, cosplay, and movie marathons – all things that the Library can support. Not to mention that many of our staff are pretty nerdy, and wanted to share their love of geekdom, too,” says Paige McGeorge who is organizing the Comic Con.
Comic Con at The Crossings Branch offers something for everyone: – A superhero storytime for the younger fans at 10 a.m.;
– An all-ages screening of Marvel’s The Avengers at 11:00 a.m., (with popcorn!);
– Panels for local groups to share their expertise at 1:00 p.m.,
– And a cosplay contest starting at 2:00 p.m. The cosplay contest is open to anyone who wants to dress up as their favourite character with two categories based on the age of the cosplayers (12 and under, 13 and over).
Paige says, “We’re also super excited to showcase local artists in our Artist Alley. We’ll have guests like Eric Dyck (author of Slaughterhouse Slough), Natalie Asplund (author of Redcoat West), and pop-up shops from Kapow, the University of Lethbridge Bookstore, and Round Table Board Gamerie. There are artists and artisans covering all sorts of other fandoms, too: Harry Potter, vintage comics, anime, manga, steampunk, and more!”
The Library’s comics collection will also be featured, both in print and digital format: comics from all the major publishers (Marvel, DC, Image, Boom!, Dark Horse, etc.) as well as a broad collection of indie comics. Paige notes “for long-time comics’ fans, we have all their favourites, and for those that have never tried reading comics, we are more than happy to help them find something perfect for their reading tastes. Between Hoopla and Comics Plus, we also offer plenty of comics online – all free to access at any time with a Library card. They’re great for reading on a tablet, and allow us to offer a massive selection of titles.”