Library Comic Con 2017


Calling all superheroes, supervillains, super friends and super foes – your summer just got a whole lot better.

Thanks to your enthusiasm and support, the Boise Public Library’s annual Comic Con is now a TWO-DAY affair!

Slip into the nearest phone booth, don your cape, tights, and mask, and head to downtown Boise for a fun-filled
celebration of comics and comics culture. Costumes are strongly encouraged at this FREE family-friendly event!


Library Comic Con 2017 Schedule

Making and Playing



  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Nano Pokemon Terrarium
  • 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Galaxy Slime


  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Nano Pokemon Terrarium
  • 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Monster Slime



  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Fire-breathing dragons
  • 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. DIY Lightsabers


  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  DIY Lightsabers
  • 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Minecraft Pixel Art



  • 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Dress up Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head



  • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Pac-Man Chompers
  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Unicorn Horns
  • 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Golden Snitches
  • 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Make your own fluffy tail!


  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Mario Balloons
  • 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Wonder Woman Cuffs
  • 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Corner Bookmarks
  • 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Card Bowtie

2ND FLOOR - (Library)


  • 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Button and Magnet Making

3RD FLOOR - (Library)


  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Craft Stick Monsters
  • 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CD Mandalas
  • 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Make Your Own Comic Book
  • 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Perler Beads


  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Soot Sprite Make-and-Take
  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Perler Beads
  • 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Cassette Wallets
  • 2:00 p.m-5:00 p.m. CD Mandalas




10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. LEGO® Extravaganza. Join the Idaho LEGO® Users Group, South West Idaho LEGO® Users Group, Bricks and Minifigs, and more, for a display of talent, patience, and precision engineering. LEGO creations from around the Treasure Valley will be exhibited, and attendees are encouraged to participate in a massive group build project. Founded in 2014 by Greg Fastabend, the Idaho LEGO® Users Group (or SpudLUG) has grown in leaps and bounds.  With members from all over the state, the group meets regularly to share the love of LEGO bricks, plan events and encourage builders and collectors to have fun and be creative.  The group is open to builders of all ages and skillsets. SpudLUG is committed to sharing the joy of LEGO with the community and members have participated in local exhibitions, STEM classes, leadership training workshops and other events.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Condor Art. Daniel Gerber is a Boise area sculptor, mold maker, and diorama builder. He is a graduate of Boise State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Sculpture Emphasis. In 2006 he started Condor Art to produce his own work for sale. Several of his creations are part of the World Center for Birds of Prey gift shop. He is Known at local Conventions for his Star Wars action figure Dioramas. With experience in mold making with silicone rubber, resin casting and epoxy putty, he creates custom work of fandom and pop culture pieces. Daniel specializes in found object sculpture and custom toys and models.

Performance and Presentations



10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Krav Maga. Have you ever wondered which of the actors playing your favorite super hero actually possess the fighting skills of the character they play on screen?  Did you know Gal Gadot trained in Krav Maga and was a combat instructor for the Israeli Army?  Come explore more about the reality of fighting on screen and off with Idaho Krav Maga's chief instructor, Tracie Ide.  Tracie is a Krav Maga Alliance instructor certified to teach civilians, law enforcement officials, and military personnel in hand-to-hand combat as well as a Krav Maga Alliance brown belt level firearms instructor.  Tracie and her team will take you through some of the best fight scenes in Wonder Woman, Daredevil (that hallway scene is epic!), and John Wick from a real life standpoint and help you decide who the real super heroes are!

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Starbelly School of Dance. The Starbelly Dancers have been performing locally for 6 years, and the featured Dancers Cecilia, Sarah, and Tracy have been dancing both locally and nationally for over 20 years. They will be performing pieces from their last big theatrical show, Belly Dance Fantasy. Dancers will be costumed as comic book super heroes and villains, dancing to both traditional Arabic music, and also some familiar classics, like Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. There may also be an appearance by the Rainbow Unicorns.

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Duchy of Rusty Gauntlet. Join us at our panel discussion about an international LARP called Amtgard. Your local Boise chapter will explain how to play, how to join, and how to become a part of a grand fantasy adventure! Amtgard is not just for people who like to fight. Join us for a more in depth discussion on LARP as a sport and creative outlet, focusing on the inclusiveness of our game to all people.


10:15 p.m.-11:15 p.m. Workshop: Comic Art for Kids. Join creator Jess Pollard for a comics making workshop for the younger among us.

11:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Workshop: Storyboarding. Join feature animation story artist Natalie Nourigat for a workshop on storyboarding.

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Akashic Moves Bellydance. Bellydancing cosplay! Come watch the bellydancing crew of the Enterprise, bellydancing Whovians, bellydancing My Little Ponies, and so much more! With special guests, including, among others, Cat Woman, Zoe from Firefly, Merida from Brave, & Maleficent. Join us on this epic journey!

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Treasure Valley Avengers. TVA is group of cosplayers and actors based in the Treasure Valley. They portray Marvel superheroes at conventions, festivals and benefits. Come enjoy this panel of in-character superheroes.



1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Wrestle Club. Wrestle Club is a pro wrestling company that was established in September 2015. Since their uprising, Wrestle Club has performed at Expo Idaho, Ford Idaho Center, and CenturyLink Arena. Wrestle Club has held 42 events locally in 8 different towns in Idaho. They’re a non-profit and Idaho's first and only pro wrestling organization. They often work with non-profits, including the Special Olympics and Boise Rescue Mission.


Main Event: Heavyweight Title Match: Champion Marcus King Anderson vs. James Grimm

Semi Main Event: Theodoric vs. Outlaw Rusty Livings

Tag Team Match: Helter Skelter vs. Adriel Noctis and Ric Knight

Opener: Lost Soul Garibai vs. Brad Zane


12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Amtgard – Duchy of Rusty Gauntlet. Duchy 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!


LONGDROP CIDER – (603 S. Capitol Blvd.)


10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Dead Weight. Join creators Terry Blas and Matthew Seely as they discuss their fat camp murder mystery, Dead Weight, forthcoming from Oni Press.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Poster Art. Past and present Library Comic Con poster artists, Farel Dalrymple, Adam Rosenlund, and James Lloyd will talk about what makes a great show poster, and the relationship between comics and poster art.


10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. A Look at the Real World. While there are plenty of comics featuring superheroes, mutants, zombies, and superhero-mutant-zombies, there are also many that focus on the real world. Science, journalism, and non-fiction comics help shed light on the world around us. MK Reed and Levi Hastings talk about making comics that educate and inform.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Creating Comics for Kids and Young Adults. What are the unique challenges that arise when creating for non-adults? How does the juvenile and young adult audience differ from other audiences? We don’t know the answers, but MK Reed, Natalie Riess, Sara Ryan, and Matthew Seely do.

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Workshop: Let’s Play. This class will go over the basics of Let’s Play. We will go over what you'll need, programs you'll use, and most importantly how to record.

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Page to Screen. Comics have long been a story-source for movies and television. Steve Lieber’s Whiteout was made into a feature film and Simon Roy’s comic Good Business recently became an indie short. Come find out how comics are translated from page to screen.

WHITE DOG BREWING COMPANY – (705 W. Fulton Street)


10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mmm, Delicious. With the current popularity of food, (admittedly it’s always been a bit popular), baking shows, and cooking challenges, it seemed like a good time to explore the intersection of food and comics. Natalie Riess, Blue Delliquanti, and Levi Hastings are going to talk about what they’ve been cooking up lately.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. World Building. Fantastical fictional worlds don’t just pop into existence on their own…someone’s gotta create them! Ben Dewey, Simon Roy, Der-shing Helmer, and Andrew MacLean have shaped unique, sometimes terrifying, always beautifully rendered worlds. They’ll tell you how it’s done!

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. I Don’t Even Know Where to Begin. So you’d like to get into the comics biz, but don’t have the first clue where to begin? Don’t worry, Spike Trotman, Sandra Lanz, Cat Farris, and Jess Pollard have you covered! They’ll share their experiences and advice on starting out in the industry.

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Creative Process. Every creative person has their own way of working. Come find out how Theo Ellsworth, Sandra Lanz, Chris Hunt, and Fred Chao develop their stories and make their art.


10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Let’s Talk About Webcomics. The internet is full of webcomics, but where did they come from and how did they get there? (Aliens? Time travelers? We suspect it involves magic or some sort of tubes). Blue Delliquanti, Cat Farris, and Der-shing Helmer have the real scoop and will clear up the mystery.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Crowd Funding Comics. Spike Trotman knows how to Kickstarter! As a Kickstarter early adopter, she pioneered the widely-adopted bonus model that's since completely reshaped the pay system of the small press, jump-starting the current renaissance of alt-comics anthologies. Her publishing company, Iron Circus, is also the first comics publisher of note to fully incorporate crowdfunding into its business model, inventing one of the single most effective uses of new media in comics publishing today.

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Building a Comics Community: Portland. Portland, Oregon has become a major haven for comics creators and publishers. Oni Press, Image Comics, and Dark Horse Comics all call Portland home. Creators Terry Blas, Steve Lieber, Sara Ryan, Ben Dewey, and Fred Chao discuss what drew them to the city and how to build and maintain an active comics community.

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Monstrous Characters. Monsters. They’re all around us. Mostly in our closets, or under our beds. A whole lot of them live in comic books. Some are scary and mean. Some are sneaky. Some hideous to behold, or quite ordinary looking. Some are even understanding. What does it take to make a monster? Andrew MacLean, Theo Ellsworth, and Farel Dalrymple know. They’ve all made a few in their time.


TRAILHEAD – (500 S. 8th Street)


10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Local game developers, VR enthusiasts, and makers will be showing off projects and letting you get a taste of the action.

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Role-Playing Games. Two concurrent games during each time slot. Sign up at Trailhead to quest and vanquish foes.

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Role-Playing Games. Two concurrent games during each time slot. Sign up at Trailhead to quest and vanquish foes.




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

  • Burgerlicious
  • Genki Takoyaki
  • Rice Works
  • Kilted Kod
  • Mad Mac (Saturday only)
  • Slow River Coffee
  • Smoke & Thyme
  • Wheelys Coffee
  • Reel Foods

Live Cosplay Contest and Costume Ball

EL KORAH SHRINE – (1118 W. Idaho Street)


5:00 p.m. Doors open.

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Live Cosplay Contest. Show us what you got! Calling all Schwifties, Duelists, Hunters, Trekkies, Sherlockians, Tributes, Browncoats, Whovians, Scoobies… you get the idea. We’re having our first-ever LIVE cosplay contest for Library Comic Con 2017! You (or your group) will get to suit up and strut your stuff for our panel of judges. Dust off your sewing kit, warm up that glue gun, and get crafting! Your homemade costume could win fame, glory, and of course— prizes. Pre-Register before Library Comic Con in your age group (kids 12 and under, teens 13-17, adults 18+), or register at the door. We have a total of 120 spots available. Costumes from all fandom genres are welcome, including original creations.

8:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Cosplay Ball. We’re throwing an all-ages Cosplay Ball. Come dance the night away with us and DJ Psycache.

Artists’ Alley

IDAHO LINEN SUPPLY BUILDING – (508 & 516 S. 8th Street)


Over 80 comic creators, vendors, and exhibitors are slated to appear in Artists’ Alley. 

  • Meet comic creators, get their autographs, find original artwork
  • Check out the Artists’ Alley Featured Attractions   
  • Buy comics and merch from local vendors
Artists’ Alley Featured Attractions

12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Portfolio Review. Interested in getting feedback and advice from professional comic creators? Bring your original artwork and head over to the Portfolio Review Table! Some of our Special Guests, including Steve Lieber, Spike Trotman, and MK Reed, will be on-hand offering art critiques and insights on how to break into the comics industry.


  • 12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m. Steve Lieber and MK Reed
  • 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Steve Lieber and Terry Blas
  • 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Der-shing Helmer and Natalie Riess


  • 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Josh Cotter and Cat Farris
  • 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Sandra Lanz and Jess Pollard
  • 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Spike Trotman and Blue Delliquanti

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 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 Idaho and Montana.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 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. 

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Rebel Legion. Nearing their one-year anniversary in the Rebel Legion, Takodana Base (representing Idaho and Montana) is excited to participate again in this year’s Library Comic Con.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 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.-5:00 p.m. Dommino Inc Photography. Amilie Turner of Dommino Inc. Photography has been a professional cosplay and comic con photographer for 8 years and has contributed photo-covers to TOP COW comics! Amilie will have a booth set up with a professional backdrop and lighting for anyone wanting photography. Digital file, 5x7, and 8x10 prints will be available for immediate purchase at the booth.

Thank you to all of our Library Comic Con sponsors and supporters!


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