From spells to spaceships, and potions to super powers, the Highland County District Library is getting ready for its very first comic con.
“The goal is for there to be plenty of activities for both kids and kids at heart,” said Sarah Allen, the library’s copy cataloger.
Allen, one of the librarians organizing the event, said that the comic con has been months in the making. The event will celebrate not only all things comic book and sci-fi, but also the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter.
“We have a lot of fun planned,” Allen said. “There will be both scheduled activities, as well as activities that are ongoing throughout the day that patrons can enjoy at their leisure.”
The comic con starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15. The first scheduled activity, set for 11 a.m., is a How to Draw Your Own Superhero workshop, hosted by local author and illustrator William Roller. Pencil and paper will be provided so that patrons can draw along.
At 1 p.m., a Defense Against the Dark Arts Class will be held outside. Hogwarts students will be taught how to ward off a Dementor – which in this case will be a pinata.
Then at 2 p.m., a comic book discussion panel will be held. Superhero fans of all ages are invited to sit down and discuss a variety of comic book-related topics.
“Patrons can visit our Facebook page to submit topics for the discussion,” Allen said. “They will be drawn at random. We’re hoping for there to be some interesting debates.”
At 3 p.m., everyone who came dressed as their favorite comic book, sci-fi, or Harry Potter character will gather for a parade throughout the library and a group photo. Allen added that patrons planning on dressing up should remember that this is a family event and costumes should be appropriate for all ages.
The day ends at 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony. “Many of the activities we have planned have the possibility of prizes,” Allen said. “There will be a prize awarded for both the best kid and the best adult costumes.”
Prizes will also be awarded for sci-fi, comic book, and Harry Potter trivia quizzes, as well as for a “Batman Caper.” To be considered for prizes, those activities must be completed by 3 p.m.
Allen described the “Batman Caper” as a “choosable path adventure.” Participants will begin with case notes on a crime, and will then have the opportunity to “be Batman,” she said.
“This activity is similar to a ‘choose your own adventure’ book,” Allen said. “There are different ways for the story to end, with Batman finding different classic bad guys – like the Joker or Poison Ivy – to be guilty of the crime. There’s only one right answer though, and everyone who chooses the right path and finds the right criminals will be entered for a drawing.”
The winners of the trivia and the “Batman Caper” will also be announced at 4 p.m., along with the costume contest winners.
In addition, there will be a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt in the children’s department, with a prize for every participant at the end.
Other activities for the day include a Harry Potter house tie craft, a light saber craft, board games, and a comic book swap/sale.
Allen said, “The board games will be in our downstairs meeting room, as an option if people get tired and want to relax for a little bit.”
She added, “In the swap/sale, patrons can bring one of their comics and trade it for one of ours. If they don’t have something to trade, one of ours will just be 50 cents.”
“We can’t wait to share this event with everyone,” Allen said. “We’re looking forward to a lot of family-oriented, nerdy fun.”
To stay updated on all the events planned at your local library, search “The Highland County District Library of Ohio” on Facebook.
This story was submitted by the Highland County District Library in Hillsboro.