Library Comic Con 2016


Saturday, August 27

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.  In case you haven’t figured it out, costumes are encouraged at this FREE family-friendly event!  

Special Guests:  See which creators are coming this year!  Check back often - we'll add more names as they're confirmed.

Main Library Programs: Check out special Pokémon and Superhero programs; hear lively panel discussions, join the costume contest and learn who won the Comic Con drawing competition.

Artists Alley: Leap across River Street to the Friends warehouse to meet comic creators, get autographs and original artwork, buy and trade comics and show off all your costumed finery!

Comic & Science Fiction Sale: While you’re there, be sure to check out this special sale, conducted by the Library’s Friends group to benefit the Library.

Library Comic Con Drawing Contest:  There's still time!  The deadline is 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 31.

Library Comic Con 2016 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 their bios and photos 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! 

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Costume Contest & Photos

10:00 - 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. You're welcome to use our props and take your own photos, too.

  • Prizes will be awarded at the awards ceremony in the Hayes Auditorium (time TBD).   

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.  

Special Programs 


Please check back.

Creator Panels


Please check back. 

Special Attractions


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. 


10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Citizen Scientific Workshop.  Join Dave Ultis from Citizen Scientific Workshop for the debut of his new augmented-reality game, Spelltag.  In the Gates Room, 1st floor


10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Food Trucks!  
On River Street and in front of the Library. 

June 1- July 31: Draw or Paint Your Favorite Character!

DrawingContestBrochureCover.jpgWarm up for Library Comic Con!  Draw or paint your favorite comic book, television, or movie character, or even invent a character of your own.  Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in adults, teens and kids categories. Winning entries will be displayed at Library Comic Con on August 27! 

Here's the scoop:

  • The contest is open to all ages. You do not need a library card to enter.
  • Entries must be your own work, and no larger than 11” x 17”.
  • They may be black and white or color, and in any 2-dimensional medium.
  • Entries will not be accepted in frames and/or in glass or acrylic holders.
  • All art must be submitted with an entry form.  Limit of one entry per person, please.
  • Take your art and entry form to the checkout desk at any Boise Public Library location starting Monday, June 1.  (Note that branches are closed on Mondays.)
  • The entry deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.  

Be Sure to Thank Our Sponsor

We love our Friends! Library Comic Con 2016 is completely funded by the Friends of the Boise Public Library. FOBPL_4clr.jpg






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Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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