Every spring, your Abilene Public Library celebrates nerdom in all its glory during Lib-Con. Our fourth annual week-long mini comic convention begins today, May 1st and goes through Saturday, May 6. There are programs for all ages at all three library locations throughout the week, and a full day of programs and events on Saturday, including "Free Comic Book Day." A complete calendar of events can be picked up at any library location, or found online.
Lib-Con celebrates anime, manga, comics, superheroes, and all things pop-culture, and this year's version is bigger and better than ever. Gamers, cosplayers, movie buffs, and live action role players will all find something to interest them during the week. We even have two special guests this week! Mark Crilley, graphic novel author/illustrator, will be our guest, courtesy of the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, on Friday, May 5 at 4 p.m. at the Main Library downtown. Crilley will talk about his works and show off his skills to guests.
On Saturday, anime voice actor Terri Doty will join us at 1 p.m. at the Main Library. If you're into anime, you may have heard her providing the voice to a host of popular characters. Come hear her presentation and participate in a signing for the last 30-minutes of her visit. It's an exciting opportunity to connect with talented people working in an industry you're a fan of.
Monday night, come to Doctor Who Night (Ages 13+) from 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the new South Branch in the Mall of Abilene. From 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., also at South Branch, learn more about making basic Amigurumi (Ages 18+). Participants will need basic crochet skills to make these cunning little creatures. Tuesday evening, the fun is all at the Mockingbird Branch, 1326 N. Mockingbird Ln., with a Trip to Harry Potter's Diagon Alley (Ages 8+) beginning at 4 p.m., then you can learn about Dungeons & Dragons 101 (Ages 16+) beginning at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, the Mockingbird Branch is again the place to be, with retro game Pop Up Cards, a Pokemon coaster craft session and a chance to learn how to do horror themed special effects makeup during a Face Off challenge. Thursday, head to the South Branch once again for Star Wars themed programs all day (May the Fourth Be With You!) including a Jedi Academy and a showing of a Star Wars movie.
On Friday, the Main Library is the place to be, with anime themed crafts and two cosplay sessions, one for basics and a more advanced session to help cosplayers who have been around for a while and are looking to go to the next level. We'll discuss working with thermoplastics, competing in cosplay contests, branding your cosplay, and turning your hobby into a business!
Saturday, the fun begins at the Main Library with retro anime and cosplay life-sized chess at 9:30. Tabletop Gaming with the Gathering Place begins at 10. A Make & Take crafts program will feature all the crafts of the week, in case you missed one. You can see some awesome swordplay techniques from the Barony of Skywatch, a local Live Action Role Playing group beginning at 4 p.m., and more Dungeons & Dragons and other retro gaming sessions will be held throughout the day.
Vendors will be available from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and food trucks (this year we've got London Express, Rock'n Roller'z and the Sweet Side) will be on hand from 11 until 2, unless they run out of food like they did last year because of the demand!
Last but not least, the Cosplay Contest winds up the day at 3 p.m. at the Main Library. We'll have a new "Triforce Tots" age group, as well as child, teen and adult divisions. Registration is required, so bring your registration forms by the Main Library by 2:30 to enter. Guidelines for costumes and props are available online at the Lib-Con site.
This column hasn't even scratched the surface of all we have to offer for Lib-Con this week, so remember to pick up a program at any library location, or take a look at our webpage. Let your nerd flag fly proudly! We'll look forward to seeing you here.
Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager