DeweyCon 2019: Palm Beach County Library’s Comic Convention!

Dewey Con

In case you missed it…

During the weekend of Saturday, August 17, 2019, and Sunday, August 18, 2019, the Palm Beach County Library System hosted over 800 members, both young, and young-at-heart, for the library system’s very first comic convention. The aptly titled Dewey Con offered the public a chance to drive Sphero robots around challenging obstacle courses, explore virtual reality via Oculus Rift, and run rousing races of Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch!

Cosmic Times’ Martin Pierro not only discussed the history of comic books in the United States, but also shared tips on publishing in the comic book world! FlamingoCon members visited to teach con-goers how to play new and exciting board games, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens provided crafts workshops on Japanese culture, and Nerds Know hosted many an Anime trivia round! Maltz Jupiter Theatre brought Drama Dragon to town to share a gorgeous bilingual story time all about the acceptance of feelings. Hoopla representatives were on hand to show visitors how to access the magnificent world of comics and graphic novels available to users of Hoopla Digital! Tate’s Comics + Toys + More shared a plethora of Free Comic Day comics with adults and kids alike.

In case that were not enough, special thanks to the Everglades Squadron, Darth Vader, Rey, and a myriad of other Star Wars characters for making appearances during weekend festivities!
Over 1,500 comic books and 900 graphic novels were distributed to PBCLS library members during the event, allowing countless enthusiasts to start home libraries of their very own!

If you missed Dewey Con 2019, stay tuned, because we’ll be hosting another comic con event in 2020!

Written by Christina Stone, PBCLS Librarian

Magic City Comic Con 2015

An affiliate to Florida Supercon, Magic City Comic Con kicked off its inaugural events January 16th, 2015 at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Featured guest appearances included Karen Gillan (Dr. Who and Guardians of the Galaxy), Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman in the Batman animated series), and the voice talents from the popular anime Attack on Titan, among many other wonderful celebrity guests. You can check out the full roster at the Magic City Comic Con site.

My boyfriend Nick and I attended the con on Friday especially to speak to some artists and writers but we also enjoyed seeing some other celebs and celebrity cosplayers (Colt Cabana, anyone?). Unfortunately, we didn’t take a lot of pictures. Continue reading

Have Fun at PalmCon

Going to PalmCon? Lucky you.  I won’t get to be there this year but I’ll be with you in spirit.
Going to a convention can be an overwhelming experience. There will be a lot of people and lots to do, so I’m going to give you some advice to make the most of your experience.

1. Take a Camera
PalmCon is going to have a costume contest and the ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters and the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Also there will probably be lots of cosplayers. In other words, lots of photo worthy stuff. Let us know what the coolest thing you’ve seen was, and I’ll put it up here.

2. Talk to the Comics Creators
PalmCon has a few really cool comic guests. One of my favorite artists, Ethan Van Sciver, will be there. Ask him if Cyberfrog is never coming back. I love talking to the golden age creators, like Allen Bellman, who will be there. They have great insight on the history of comics. Last but not least, the Indy guys! PalmCon is run by Cosmic Times, a local small publisher. Inverse Press and Creature Entertainment Studios will be there and a few more. These guys put so much work into their stuff. Check them out and give their books a chance.

3. Try Something New
If you’ve never been to the costume contest, go to that. Talk to the 501st or the South Florida Brown Coats, you may find a new side to fandom that you’ll love. Try a Roleplaying Game. There will be two tabletop roleplaying games ran there, DCC and Necessary Evil. They’re simple to learn, lots of fun and ran by two good guys I know.

But no matter what you do, just have fun and let me know how it went.

PalmCon and PBCLS: The Dynamic Duo

It’s that time of year again, time for PalmCon!  Palm Beach County’s annual comic book, anime, and sci-fi convention is back, and bigger than ever.  This year’s PalmCon will be held on Saturday, September 21st from 10am-6pm at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.  As always, your friendly neighborhood library system will be in attendance.  We’ll have goodies for the kids, including coloring pages featuring Super Dewey, a beanbag toss game, and more.  Stop by the Palm Beach County Library System’s booth dressed as your favorite character and show off your library pride.  We’ll be taking pictures throughout the day of attendees with their library cards.  Don’t have a PBCLS library card?  No worries, you can sign up for one right at our booth. Check out our PalmCon Facebook Event Page for all the details.  See you Saturday.  Excelsior!

So, You Didn’t Make it to Comic Con…

If you’re suffering from Comic Con envy this weekend, first, talk to a therapist before it gets out of hand.  Second, check out the thousands of great graphic novels, manga, and anime available at the Palm Beach County Library System.

If you need more San Diego Comic Con coverage, and who doesn’t, visit these great sites: comicbookresources.com, ign.com, or bleedingcool.com.

Also, don’t forget to check with your local comic shop to see if they’re having any SDCC related events this weekend.  Use the Comic Shop Locator to find your nearest shop.