Library Comic Con 2016

Comic Con James Lloyd reverse image.pngSaturday, 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.

Additional Parking - Free

BSU TOWERS PARKING LOT 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. August 27
The Library has contracted with Boise State University for 300 additional parking spaces during Library Comic Con. The spaces are located in the Towers Parking lot, near Capitol Boulevard. If you're having trouble finding parking at the Library during the event, please consider parking in this lot. It's just a couple of blocks away. Signs will be posted indicating the available parking areas.  You can park in the green area on this map.

Library Comic Con 2016 Schedule

Artist's Alley + Comics/SciFi Book Sale

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Over 60 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, Gaming, 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.   

1:30 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.  

4:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony.  Announcement of Costume Contest and Drawing Contest winners. There will be prizes! (Hayes Auditorium)

Special Programs 


10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Superheroes!  
Do you like superheroes? Or do you side more with the villains? At Library Comic Con’s celebration of everything superhero it doesn’t matter! Take a run through our obstacle course full of laser beams and Kryptonite, jump into the nearest Photo Op, take a quiz to find out once and for all if you are more Marvel or more DC, craft a superhero mask for yourself, and finally get your chance to be Batman with our Batarang toss!

Tony Cliff 2.jpg12:15-2:15 p.m.  Pokémon
Have you ever wanted to be the very best, like no one ever was? Join the Library and other Pokémon fans as we celebrate 20 years of Pocket Monsters at Library Comic Con! We will make Poké balls on our quest to catch ‘em all, craft Pikachu ears, imitate Todd Snap with a Pokémon Photo Op, and try to catch Charizard. And don’t forget to hit the Library’s Pokéstop. 

2:30-3:30 p.m.  The Life and Times of Delilah Dirk with creator Tony Cliff 
Join writer and illustrator Tony Cliff of Vancouver, B.C., for the inside scoop on his series of action-adventure graphic novels and comics set in the early 19th century.

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a New York Times Bestseller.  Its follow-up, The King's Shilling, has been critically acclaimed, receiving four major starred reviews.  He is currently at work on the third full-length Delilah Dirk graphic novel.

4:00 p.m.  Awards Ceremony for Costume Contest & Drawing Contest 



10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Citizen Scientific Workshop presents Eim
The Exquisite Immortal Machine that binds our reality together…is breaking down. What do you do? Join Dave Ultis as he unveils Citizen Scientific Workshop’s newest mixed reality game, Eim. Elements of classic card games, roleplaying games, parlor games (like murder mystery improv), and emergent action augmented reality aspects of video gaming are combined in a construct in which you play against monsters, mysteries, and other players, all with the same ambition, to become the greatest spell-caster in the multiverse. Every fifteen minutes, a new group of brave players will be initiated into the mysteries of Eim. Each player will be given three spell cards and a set of clues, then sent forth into the Library and Artist’s Alley in search of kobolds, trolls, dragons…and glory!


10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.  CartBarter Presentation & Q&A
Meet the team behind CartBarter, a brand new online community exclusively for retro video-game collectors, being developed right here in Boise. Get early access to the project, talk with the team about its evolution and even be a part of a fun, interactive brainstorming session to help us improve the CartBarter experience as we move forward.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Mixin’ Sixes Presentation & Demo
Meet Brian Hoskins, Founder & Game Designer, and Keefe Chamberlain, Game Artist, of Dark Yeti, a Boise startup tabletop game company. Dark Yeti will present on their initial card game release, Mixin' Sixes. Mixin' Sixes has been described as part UNO, part Exploding Kittens, and part Cranium.

12:30-1:15 p.m.  Local Game Development
Is video game development just coding? There’s actually a lot more—from music and effects to artwork and storytelling. Drop by this panel to see local game development experts talk about just what it is they do all day, how they got started, and what they see as the future of game development in Boise.

1:30-2:15 p.m. Forlorn Presentation and Demo
Meet Simon Lacey, Boise-based creator of Forlorn. Simon will present on Forlorn, a team-based survival strategy board game. Enter "The Guédé," a dark and unforgiving archipelago in the Western Atlantic. Control a small team of Islanders to compete in 1 of 4 different game modes including King of the Hill and Regicide.

2:30-3:15 p.m.  Narrative in Video Games, Comic Books & Role Playing Games
Whether it’s the enthusiasm (or heartbreak) you experience when your favorite comic book character is brought to life on the silver screen, the suspense that keeps you playing a video game into the early hours of the morning, or the drama that keeps you engrossed in your most recent campaign, stories play a vital role in our lives. Join this panel of experts to see how narrative and storytelling influence the development of video games, comics, and role-playing games.


10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Can you win Dungeons & Dragons?  
Can you hold on to your wits when tentacled horrors want to eat your brains? Can you survive and take home the most gold too? Sign up for a short (two hour) D&D competition and find out for sure. Prizes will go to both the highest-scoring group and the highest-scoring individual player. New players welcome. Seats are limited to 24 doughty souls. Characters will be provided. Content may be unsuitable for those under age 13. Sessions start at 10:30 and 12:45. Register now for one of the remaining seats! 



  • 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Create with Perler Beads


  • 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Button Making Station


  • 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Watercolor Bot Painting 

Creator Panels

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11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Criminal Intent
Delve into comics’ criminal underbelly during this panel with Steve Lieber (The Fix), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), and Dan Schkade (Will Eisner’s The Spirit). Learn a little history of the genre, what makes a good crime comic tick, and what it’s like writing and drawing the bad guys.

12:15-1:15 p.m. Creator Spotlight: Ed Luce & Terry Blas
Two creators enter. Two creators interview each other about their respective work. Two creators leave. It’s not the Thunder Dome, but it is a great way to learn about the life and work of two talented comics artists. Join Ed Luce (The Wuvable Oaf), and Terry Blas (Briar Hollow) for this fun and engaging exchange.

1:30-2:30 p.m.  Island/Prophet Panel 
Take a closer look at two of Image Comics most innovative projects, the sci fi series Prophet, and the anthology Island. Collaborators Farel Dalrymple, Simon Roy, Malachi Ward, and Matthew Sheean will be on-hand for a wide-ranging conversation about the differences and similarities between the two properties, their love of science fiction stories, and the importance of creator-owned creative outlets.

2:45-3:45 p.m.  Creators & Creations They Love
Your favorite comics creators also have favorite comics…and books, and movies, and music. Learn how these varied influences help shape an artist’s style and ideas during this discussion with Ben Dewey (The Autumnlands), Fred Chao (Johnny Hiro), and Tadd Galusha (Godzilla).


10:30-11:30 a.m.  Creating Anthropomorphic and Human Characters
Creating convincing and interesting character designs can be a tough gig--especially when your muse doesn't even have hands! In this mini-workshop, we'll discuss the joys and challenges involved in taking a non-human character--such as Pokémon or Ponies--and giving them human characteristics. Bring questions and get ready to discuss everything from accessories to what Pikachu would wear to prom! Presented by Brittany Lindstrom.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  Women Read Comics Too!
It should come as no surprise that over 46% of comics fans are female. Women have always read comics, been members of the fandom, and created their own comics stories. Join Jes McPherson as she leads a discussion with local creators and fans about what it means to be a female comics fan in 2016.


1:00-2:00 p.m.  Creator Spotlight: Chris Hunt
Chris Hunt returns to Library Comic Con and Boise to discuss the process of completing his first creator owned series, CARVER: A Paris Story, the impending release of its trade, and his upcoming projects.

2:15-3:15 p.m.   Promoting Comics Locally
Jon Keithley and Shanae Lavelle of Mystery House Comics discuss their experiences promoting comic books on the local level including branding, social media such as Facebook and Instagram, events, and creative cross-promotion.

Special Attractions


12:00-2:00 p.m. - ROBOT BATTLE.  Join us in the Coliseum (aka Storywell) as LEGO® Mindstorm robots battle it out sumo-style in single-elimination brackets - until only one bot remains in the ring!


11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Amtgard – The Barony of Rusty Gauntlet.  The Barony 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! 


10:00 a.m.-4:30 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 with LEGO bricks.  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.


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

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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