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March 3, 2016

Fans of sci-fi, comic books and manga get ready for Libcon 2016

By Councilmember René Lopez

The Chandler Public Library is hosting the Sixth Annual Libcon on Saturday, March 26. Teenagers are invited to experience a unique convention specifically designed for those who are fans of sci-fi, comic books and manga. It’s a celebration just for them as adults won’t be allowed past the registration desk.

I’m excited Chandler is able to offer the Libcon series in our community. My family and I are huge fans, and plan some of our vacations around the San Diego Comic-Con. We’ve also attended the New York Comic Con events.

Various panels are scheduled throughout the day, including button making, candy sushi and a special Dr. Who craft. Plan on attending the zombie panel discussion where I’ll be talking about the zombie apocalypse and plans of survival with other panelists.

Teens also will engage in story-telling, all day video gaming, card and table top gaming, panels for role playing games and cosplay. They also can test their knowledge of all things anime by participating in the “Anime Family Feud.”

Libcon 2016 allows youth, ages 12 to 18, to express themselves creatively, while learning about the world of conventions in a safe environment. This event is organized as a mini-con and will include a vendor hall and gaming area. Artists and organizers will include Phoenix Comicon, Christine Jepsen Fine Art, Forbidden Kingdom Seamstry and many more.

Participants are encouraged to dress in costume as their favorite character. This is a fun way to break the ice and meet some amazing people.

I had the pleasure of speaking with the event coordinator, Elisia Simmons, Sunset Library Assistant, during my recent Chandler In Focus show. Growing up, she was never able to attend this type of convention because the cost was too high or the event was too far away. She felt this was a great way to involve the Chandler Library by providing a venue where youth can experience the world of pop-culture, but also learn about the resources available through the library. It’s another opportunity to promote reading and the importance of literacy.

Libcon 2016 is a free event for teens only and will be held on Saturday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 300 E. Chandler Boulevard. There is still time to be involved as an attendee, vendor or volunteer. For more information, visit and watch my Chandler In Focus show at

I look forward to participating and engaging with the teens as they explore the world of Comic-Con.