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March 23, 2017

Seventh Annual LibCon takes place April 22

By Councilmember René Lopez

Calling all pop culture fans! Youth, ages 12 to 18, are invited to attend the seventh Annual LibCon event on Saturday, April 22. The Chandler Public Library hosts this event to provide an opportunity for teens to share common interests related to comic books, anime, role-playing, cosplay, manga, gaming and other fandoms. 

This year’s event will bring back some fan-favorites. In the vendor hall, artists will showcase their work, such as bookmarks, buttons, stickers, prints and gaming. Several presenters are scheduled throughout the day, and panels will range anywhere from your favorite creepypastas to strategies for surviving the zombie apocalypse. The Anime Family Feud is returning again this year with new and improved questions. We also will be hosting our very first cosplay dating game. Come in and see which character you're most compatible with!
 
Most believe the library is just for checking out books, but this is one of many programs and services provided by the Chandler Public Library. The library provides resources from comic books and magazines, to music and classes on writing and creating artwork, to research information on a variety of topics. 

LibCon not only promotes and supports creativity, but also the importance of literacy. Young adult author and guest speaker Tom Leveen will provide an exclusive look into his latest endeavors and will share what it’s like to write for the world renowned Spawn comic series. For those who want to learn about the details of creating superheroes, there will be a comic book artist on hand as well.

My own interest in reading and sci-fi grew when I discovered comic books. Believe it or not, they provide an expansive vocabulary through word usage and illustrative support, allowing readers to learn cognitive strategies and the art of visualization. 

LibCon 2017 is a free, teen-only event that provides a secure environment for attendees to be themselves and nerd out to various fandoms. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 22, and will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley, located at 300 E. Chandler Boulevard.

During my recent “Chandler In Focus” show, I had the opportunity to speak with this year’s event coordinator, Christopher McGinley, library assistant; and Claire Murphy, artist and vendor. It was pretty cool because Claire wore one of her own cosplays from the show “Attack on Titan.”  

To add to the experience, teens should come dressed as a favorite character from a book or movie, or even as a character they created. All costumes are welcome, but it’s important to keep safety in mind. 
 
There is still time to get involved as a volunteer or vendor. Registration is not required. To learn how and for more information, visit chandlerlibrary.org/libcon and watch my “Chandler In Focus” show at chandleraz.gov/newsroom.