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!

Comic Convention Provides Exposure for a Library and Its Collection

From Library Journal, Sep 27, 2011

The people attending PalmCon: The Palm Beach County Comics Book and Collectibles Show held in Greenacres, FL, on September 17 had a chance to connect with the Palm Beach County Library.

The convention organizers had offered the library a free booth at the convention, and staff saw it as an excellent opportunity to expose the library’s collection to an audience that might not be aware of everything the library had to offer (such as ebooks).

“We were there to promote the library and give out information of what we provide, particularly our graphic novels, manga, and our anime club,” said Kelly Handy, a library associate, who was one of seven staff members who handled booth duties at the convention and circulated among the crowd of about 500 attendees.

Read more: Comic Convention Provides Exposure for a Library and Its Collection.

See our pics: PalmCon 2011