Library Comic Con
Library Comic Con 2015 is scheduled for Saturday, August 29. Check back for details!
Last Year's Library Comic Con (2014):
Printable Library Comic Con Schedule
We're proud to welcome artist and writer Paul Pope to this year's Library Comic Con!
Library Comic Con Book List: See some of the work from our visiting artists and writers here!
Cartoon College Screening
Friday, August 29, 7:00 p.m.
646 Fulton St.
We're kicking off our second Library Comic Con with the inspiring documentary, Cartoon College, presented in partnership with The Flicks. The film follows students trying to achieve their creative dreams while earning a Masters from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Watch trailer.
The event is free, but advance tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the Main Library in downtown Boise starting August 1.
2014 LIBRARY COMIC CON!
Saturday, August 30 - 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
at the Main Library & the Friends Warehouse*
(*762 River Street, across from the Main Library)
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!
Check back for more information. We'll be updating frequently with details about panels, programs and visiting artists as they're finalized.
Main Library: Artist Panels, Programs & More
715 S. Capitol Blvd. in downtown Boise
10:00 - 1:30 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 so we can take your photo. 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.
1:00 p.m. - Group Photo: Join us on the front steps outside the Library for a group photo.
Our awesome Celebrity Judges this year are Amy Atkins from The Boise Weekly; Adam Cotterell from KBSX; and Ken Bass from The River. Be sure to thank them for donating their time!
Special Programs & Paul Pope
HAYES AUDITORIUM (1st Floor)
10:15 a.m. - Tolkien Time. The one event to rule them all! There will be activities for all ages and prizes showcasing Tolkien’s Middle Earth.
11:30 a.m. - My Little Pony Friendship Extravaganza. Join us for an all-ages My Little Pony celebration, featuring guest writer Georgia Ball, who has worked on the IDW Publishing comic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. We'll also have games, activities, and prizes.
1:00 p.m. - Whedonverse: From Buffy to the Avengers. Celebrate the worlds of creative genius Joss Whedon with games, crafts, trivia, and special prizes. It will be five by five and shiny!
2:15 p.m. - Working Together, Alone—with Paul Pope. Paul Pope has made a name for himself internationally as an artist and designer, working primarily in comics since the early '90s. His many award-winning works include Batman : Year 100, Battling Boy, Escapo, and Heavy Liquid. Joining Pope will be Chris Hunt and Shay Plummer. They’ll discuss the nature of their shared projects, friendship, collaboration in the 21st century, and what it means to be part of a comic’s lineage.
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!
MARION BINGHAM ROOM (3rd Floor)
10:15 a.m. - Luchador Comics, with Al Asker. This panel will cover a brief history of comic books in Mexico, with an emphasis on the cultural phenomenon of luchadores in comics, looking at their appearance in both Mexico and the United States. Lucha libre is a form of professional wrestling that developed in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries. Lucha libre wrestlers are known as luchadores.
11:15 a.m. - Home is Where the Internet Is, with Natalie Nourigat. Do you enjoy visual travelogues? Are you interested in making your own? Natalie Nourigat explains how she gets the most out of travel by sketching on the go and making comics from her experiences.
12:15 p.m. - A Look Inside Periscope Studios, with Joëlle Jones, Terry Blas & Natalie Nourigat. Periscope Studios is a collective of cartoonists, illustrators, writers, concept designers, graphic novelists, and storyboard artists based in downtown Portland, Oregon. Join Periscope members Joëlle Jones, Natalie Nourigat, and Terry Blas for a look into the inner workings of an art collective.
1:15 p.m. - Mutating Comics into Movies, Books & Opera, with Shannon Wheeler, T Lewis &Todd Clark. National Cartoonist Society members push beyond comics. Shannon Wheeler of Too Much Coffee Man jumps into mainstream publishing and (weirdly) opera, Todd Clark of the comic strip Lola does kid's books, T Lewis of comic/movie Over the Hedge explores Hollywood & YA graphic novels. Moderated by Georgia Ball.
2:15 p.m. - The Voyage of the Temptress, with Dame Darcy. Dame Darcy shares lessons learned making comics independently, and discusses her experience creating in a variety of media. Her latest project, The Voyage of the Temptress, is a multimedia continuation of her acclaimed Meat Cake series. Darcy acquired her initial skill set as a child and teen working as an apprentice to her father in his sign painting studio, Green Tree Graphics. She began her own career at age 17 when she won a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute. She is now known worldwide as a sequential artist, (cartoonist/ illustrator/ writer) fine artist, musician, and animator/filmmaker.
3:15 p.m. - Witchfinding: Drawing the Scary Stuff, with Tyler Crook. As the artist on acclaimed titles such as BPRD, Bad Blood, Witchfinder, Petrograd and the upcoming Harrow County, Tyler Crook is responsible for some of the creepiest, freakiest and most terrifying monsters in contemporary comics. Join us for a discussion with Crook as we uncover his techniques, his inspirations, and what it's like to work in the long and storied Hellboy universe. Moderated by Tully Gerlach.
Other Main Library Attractions
10:00 - Noon: 501st 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 the states of Idaho and Montana.
10:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Table Top Gaming with All About Games. Drop in any time with family and friends to try out a wide variety of games! In the tents behind the Library on 8th Street.
10:15 - 4:00 p.m. - 3D Printing & Foam Forge. Citizen Scientific Workshop will show examples of recent prop works and concepts and share expert advice on making things. Stop by for costume repairs and maintenance! Kits to build your own play-safe relics and props will also be available for purchase. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Boise Public Library. In the Gates Room on first floor.
10:30 - Noon - Doctor Who Meetup. Calling all Doctors and Companions! Meet your fellow Doctor Who enthusiasts at this drop-in program in the first floor seating area to swap stories, take photos, and save the universe. Again.
Noon - 2:00 p.m. - Anime/Manga Meetup. Are you a Manga and Anime addict? Make time to drop by the first floor seating area to hang out with other fans, discover new series to binge read/watch, and maybe even watch some AMVs!
Right Next Door: Artist's Alley
762 River Street (across from the Main Library)
- Meet comic creators - See the guest list here!
- Get their autographs
- Find original artwork
- Check out the drawing contest entries
- Buy comics from our Friends group & local businesses
We'll also be introducing our brand new LOLA library cards, courtesy of Todd Clark, creator of the LOLA cartoon. Be sure to stop by his table to get a free LOLA library card mini-poster, and tell him thanks for supporting the Library!
Over 35 Comic Creators
Over 35 comic creators are slated to appear in the Artist’s Alley, held in the Friends’ warehouse during the Con. We're proud to welcome Paul Pope, a New York City cartoonist whose work includes Heavy Liquid, Batman: Year 100, Escapo, and Battling Boy, winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens. See our list of creators here.
Book Sale! Comic Books, Lord of the Rings, & Science Fiction
Check out our Friends Book Sale in Artist's Alley - Comics, Lord of the Rings, and Science Fiction! 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 book sales to sponsor many library services, collections and programs - including Library Comic Con!
Be Sure to Thank Our Sponsors
LIBRARY COMIC CON is sponsored by the Friends of the Boise Public Library, with support from Captain Comics and The Flicks.
Library Comic Con Drawing Contest
The drawing contest ended July 31. First, second and third place winners and honorable mentions will be selected for each age category, with the number of age categories determined by the age distribution of entries. Winners will be notified by phone. Prizes will be awarded and winners will be announced at the Main Library during Library Comic Con on August 30. All art entered in the contest will be displayed in the Artist's Alley during Library Comic Con on August 30.