Library Comic Con 2015

See 2015 Drawing Contest Winners Here!


FlyingStax2sml.pngSaturday, August 29

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Main Library & Vicinity

Slip into the nearest phone booth, don your cape, tights, and mask, then head downtown for a fun filled, all-day celebration of comics and comics culture at this FREE family-friendly event.  In case you haven’t figured it out, costumes are encouraged!  Printable event schedule

2014-PeriscopeStudios.jpgAnnouncing the 2015 Guest Creators!

We're proud to welcome a host of comics writers and illustrators to Library Comic Con 2015, including Nate Powell, Steve Lieber, Victoria Jamieson, Joëlle Jones, Farel Dalrymple, Theo Ellsworth, Emi Lenox, Leila del Duca, Natalie Nourigat, Sara Ryan, Terry Blas, Joe Keatinge, Ben Dewey and Lukas Ketner. 

Library Comic Con 2015 Schedule

We're still finalizing details, but here's a look at what's coming:

Artist's Alley + Comics/SciFi Book Sale


Over 35 comic creators are slated to appear in the Artist’s Alley, held in the Friends’ warehouse during the Con.  See the full list of creators and their bios here!

  • Meet comic creators, get their autographs, find original artwork
  • Check out the drawing contest entries   
  • Buy comics from our Friends group & local businesses

Be sure to check out our Friends Book Sale in Artist's Alley.  All proceeds benefit the Library.   Even if you're not looking to buy, be sure to stop by to say "Thanks!"  The Friends use funds raised through their sales to sponsor many library services, collections and programs - including Library Comic Con!

Main Library:  Costume Contest, Creator Panels, Programs & More! 


Costume Contest & Photos

2014-costumecontest.jpg10:00 - 1:00 p.m.  Contest Photos.  If you'd like to be in the costume contest, please come up to the Second Floor Lounge Area at the Main Library for your entry photo.  RedZone Fandom has kindly agreed to take them for us!  You're welcome to use our props and take your own photos, too.

  • Prizes will be awarded at the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in the Hayes Auditorium.  
  • Check back to see who will be our awesome Celebrity Judges this year.  And, be sure to thank them for donating their time! 

1:00 p.m.  Group Costume Photo.  Join us on the front steps outside the Library for a group photo, whether or not you enter the contest.  

1:00-5:00 p.m.  RedZone Fandom Photos.  Tim & Kim Boothby of Red Zone Fandom will be taking digital photos of interested individuals and groups during Library Comic Con, both on a roaming basis and on 2nd floor.  Digital photos will be available online for download at no charge. (There will be a small charge for prints, with a portion of proceeds donated to the Library's Friends group.) The Boothbys may also be able to squeeze in some non-costume contest pix in the morning during slow times. 

Special Programs 


Victoria Jamieson Roller Girl cover.jpg10:00-11:00 a.m.  Star Trek:  Beam Me Up, Scotty!  Get ready to be transported to a starship in the Star Trek universe.  Imagine what life is like in the future with fun activities at five Starfleet stations for all ages!

11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  The Making of Roller Girl, with Victoria Jamieson.  Meet Victoria Jamieson, creator of the hit graphic novel Roller Girl!  Learn how her love of roller derby inspired the book, and how she writes her stories, creates her characters, and turned them into a graphic novel.

12:45-1:45 p.m.  World of Miyazaki. Explore the world of renowned animator, Hayao Miyazaki!  Discover his culture, nature, and spirits with crafts and activities for all ages to enjoy. 

2:00-3:00 p.m.  Featured Creator Panel:  Periscope Studios: The Creative Spectrum.  Join Periscope members Steve Lieber, Ben Dewey, Lukas Ketner, Leila del Duca, Joëlle Jones, Natalie Nourigat, and Terry Blas for a look into the inner workings of an art collective.  Periscope Studios is a collective of cartoonists, illustrators, writers, concept designers, graphic novelists, and storyboard artists based in downtown Portland, Oregon. 

3:30 p.m.  Awards Ceremony.  Join us as we wrap things up with an awards ceremony for the winners of the Library Comic Con Costume Contest and Drawing Contest!  Be sure to stop by Artist's Alley at 762 River Street to see the drawing contest entries! 

Creator Panels & Magic



10:15 a.m.  Professor Algernon, Steampunk Magician.   Set in the late Victorian age, this unique show is a combination of magic, slapstick comedy, and occasional historical trivia, with ghosts, time travel, and more! 

11:15 a.m.  Natalie Nourigat & Emi Lenox – Drawn from Life.   Explore how life affects art. 

12:15 p.m.  Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca – SHUTTER Sessions: Creating Creator-Owned.  Do you think comic books are the greatest? Have you ever considered making your own creator-owned comics? Maybe you like panels full of in-jokes and the panelists not staying on topic? Well then, my friends, join SHUTTER (yes, THAT Image Comics series with a robot cat baking cookies) creators Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca in their first-ever Shutter Sessions panel! Leila and Joe will discuss putting together Shutter's weird world, why the comics medium is the best way to do so and discover if Leila's right about the title "Shutter Sessions" being too much of a tongue twister. Featuring free giveaways of cool stuff!

1:15 p.m.  Nate Powell – Marching Onward.  Best-selling graphic novelist Nate Powell talks about his work, from the earliest comics, to March and beyond.   (March is the popular graphic novel biography of civil rights icon John Lewis. ) 

2:15 p.m.  Catherine Kyle – Comics as Literature.  Can comics count as literature? You bet! In this panel, we’ll learn a bit about the history of comics and how that history shapes people’s ideas about the limits of comics as an art form. Then we’ll look as some examples of graphic novels that are smashing those preconceptions. We’ll question what defines “literature” and its similarities to comics. Finally, we’ll discuss the ways schools, publishers, and literary journals are opening their doors to comics and their creators. 

3:15 p.m.  Farel Dalrymple & Theo Ellsworth – Creating Worlds.  




11:00 a.m.  Attack on Titan Meetup.  Are you ready to offer up your hearts to humanity? Join Commander Erwin Smith for photos, discussion, and more!

12:00 p.m.  Star Wars Meetup.  Does the Force beckon you or is the Dark Side’s pull stronger? Regardless how you side, being a fan of Star Wars is stellar! Meet with fans of all ages to talk about womp rats, droids, parsecs, and more!

1:00 p.m.  Doctor Who Meetup.  Dress up as your favorite doctor and pose in front our Tardis! Chat with other Whovians and discuss these questions and so much more! Who is YOUR Doctor? What companion did you have the hardest time letting go of?

2:00 p.m.  Zombie Meetup, Zombie Walk.  Join the zombies, walkers, and biters for our inaugural zombie walk and showcase your inner zombie! Meet the horde of man-eating monsters at the front entrance; the dead will roam around the Main Library. Costumes and make-up are highly encouraged.

Special Attractions


10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Table Top Gaming with All About Games.  Drop in any time with family and friends and try out a wide variety of games!  

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Amtgard – The Shire of Rusty Gauntlet.  The Shire of Rusty Gauntlet is a local chapter of Amtgard based in Boise, Idaho. They are a Live Action Role Play (LARP) game that uses a high fantasy setting and safe foam weapon combat. If you have ever dreamed of being a Warrior or a Wizard, this is something you should see! 


2014-501st.jpg501st Legion Appearance - Timberline Garrison.  Since 1997, the 501st Legion has been dedicated to re-creating film-quality costumes of the “villainous” characters of the Star Wars galaxy and entertaining Star Wars fans with their public appearances, and has become a leading force in fan-based charity events around the world. The Timberline Garrison serves as the local "Chapter" of the 501st for Idaho and Montana.

R2-D2 Builders Club. Founded in 1999 by Dave Everett, the R2-D2 Builders Club is an internet fan based club with over 5000 members worldwide, using the web as a common means to gather information and share thoughts and ideas with one common goal... to build their very own life size R-Series astromech. 

Nerd Effect.   NerdEffect is a Podcast hosted by four friends from Boise, who meet once a week and talk about all things nerdy. Weekly show topics range from discussions about video games, science, movies and comics, to interviews with local businesses and coverage of events. Nerd Effect also has an ongoing steampunk pathfinder game,The Initiative, and hosts a YouTube channel featuring fan interviews and discussions with random people about all things nerdy. 

Pikture Booth.  Stop by to get your very own mutant mona lisa, random drawings on demand and other goodies. All donations/proceeds will go directly to the Friends of the Boise Public Library.


10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Wandmaking Workshop.  Join Dave Ultis from Citizen Scientific Workshop and craft a magical wand harnessing simple, creative materials and 21st century tools such as 3D printers and laser cutters. You'll also have the opportunity to make a few of your own foam battle spells. Materials for basic wands are free.  Kits for a full wand, including cast and 3D printed parts, and three battle spells are $15. (A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Library's Friends group.) In the Gates Room, 1st floor

10:30 a.m.-4:25 p.m.  Movies!  Big Hero 6 (PG, 10:30 a.m.); Wreck-It Ralph (PG, 12:30 p.m.); The Incredibles (PG, 2:30 p.m.)  In the Simplot Room on 1st floor


10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Food Trucks!  FanciFreez, PieHole, and St(r)eam Coffee! 
On River Street and in front of the Library. 

Be Sure to Thank Our Sponsors

We love our Friends! Library Comic Con 2015 is completely funded by the Friends of the Boise Public Library. Captain Comics also supports our event.





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