Comic Con

by : 

Lauren Eichelberger, Glen Burnie Regional Library

Last year AACPL hosted its first Comic Con and I loved being a part of it. The spirt of the people that came out, some in costume, all ready for a great day of comics was infectious. This year, I once again have the pleasure of sharing the day with comic fans. May 20th, from 10 am - 3 pm, AACPL will be hosting its second free Comic Con at Odenton Regional Library! This all ages event offers something for everyone.

Favorite events like Super Art Fight and the costume contest will return. Along with these, there will be several new workshops and presentations. Bob Martinazzi will present the robotics of R2D2. A conversation on diversity in children’s comics will take place at 1 pm. A workshop for learning to draw comics, presented by Malachi McKoy, and one on crafting your cosplay character, presented by Priestly Gray of the DMV Avengers, will take place in the computer lab. Comic Con vendors will be set up to share information about comics, cosplay, and events. 

 

Below is the event flyer or check-out the Comic Con webpage for a full list of the days offerings!

 

 

While you wait, here’s a list of some of my favorite new graphic novels:

March is John Lewis’ story of the Civil Rights Movement.  Illustrated by Nate Powell, the Congressman shares a personal account of his fight for human rights in a peaceful way.  March is a perfect example of how thought provoking and relevant a graphic novel can be. The art and story are powerful and might not be what you expect from the medium.

If you grew up in the 80s, Papergirls is a wonderful romp through the era. Reminiscent of The Goonies, with a taste of Scooby Doo, Brian K Vaughn tells the tale of a gang of girls who deliver papers.  Doesn’t sound too interesting, does it? Add time travel, monsters, suburban drama, and the supernatural. Sound better?  Throw in awesome art and you have the makings of a great story that I hope goes on for a very long time.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties takes Neil Gaiman’s short story, adds art, and makes something special.  The book is a tale of two 15 year old boys, one popular and one not so much, at a party with all girls. This is no ordinary party, something isn’t quite right with the girls….

Orange In this sci fi/romance a letter arrives from the future and Naho believes it is a joke until things in the latter start actually happening. This manga is heavy yet lovely. It deals with suicide and depression in a very real way, something you might not expect from the genre.  I found myself in tears. 

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