Belmont Library Comic Con 2020

March 28th, 10 am to 4:30 pm CANCELLED -- please check back for updates!

 

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Belmont Library Comic Con is a free, all-ages event celebrating comics, as art, as literature, and as a part of pop culture! This event will bring together fans, young and old, and creators for a jam-packed day of panels, workshops, photo ops, and fun. Our comic convention will feature an Artist’s Alley, Cosplay Contest, and a keynote the preceding Wednesday on Graphic Novels and Literacy from Dr. Laura M. Jiménez.

For more information, or if you are interested in being an artist’s alley vendor or a panelist, email [email protected]!

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SCHEDULE

Saturday schedule (subject to change):

Schedule. Location: Reading and reference room, 10 am to 4:30 pm: Artists Alley. Location: Assembly Room. 10 to 11 am, Spotlight on Science Comics. 11:30 to 12:30 pm, Jedi Acedemy for ages 7+. Sign up online. 12:45 to 1:45 pm: Comics and Mental Health. 2 pm: Cosplay Contest. Register at the Welcome Table by 1 pm to participate. Location: Flett Room. 11 am to 12 pm: Art for Animation and Video Games. 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm, Cosplay 101 with Mink the Satyr. 2 pm to 3 pm, How do I Publish That? Balcony. 11 am to 12 pm: Character Design. 12:30 to 1:30 pm: How to Make Mini Comics. 2 pm to 4 pm: Open Tabletop Gaming. Location: Young Adult room. 11 am to 4 pm: Reading Lounge. Location: Childrens Room. 11 am to 4 pm: Kids Comics Coloring Tables.

A child in a superhero cape reads while sitting on a stack of books. Text reads "Graphic Novels & Literacy Wednesday March 25 7:00 pm".Preceding the convention, we will be having a keynote speaker, Dr. Laura M. Jiménez, presenting on Graphic Novels and Literacy. The program will take place at 7 pm in the Assembly Room on Wednesday, March 25th, requires no sign up, and is free to all.

Dr. Jiménez is the Department Chair for Language & Literacy Education at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Dr. Jiménez’s dissertation was a study motivated by questions around the ease of graphic novel reading. The findings have been published in  scholarly journals such as Journal of Literacy Research, and Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. She teaches children’s literature courses within a literacy program and so her scholarship spans both literature and literacy. Find out more about Dr. Jiménez here!

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

Spotlight on Science Comics ● 10 to 11 am ● Assembly Room
Meet the creators of Science Comics Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice, Jason Viola and Zack Giallongo and hear all about how they made this awesome middle grade graphic novel!

Comics and Mental Health ● 12:45 pm ● Assembly Room
Join artists Cara Bean, Beth Barnett, and Catalina Rufin in conversation about comics as a tool for teaching about, and expressing, mental health issues.

Art for Animation and Video Games ● 11 am to 12 pm ● Flett Room
Artists Obi Little and Samrath Kaur, who have done illustration work for animation and video games, talk about what it’s like to work in that industry.

Cosplay 101 ● 12:15 to 1:15 pm ● Flett Room
Professional cosplayer Mink the Satyr presents her tips and tricks to creating truly awesome cosplay, with a live demonstration of some techniques.

How Do I Publish That? ● 2 to 3 pm ● Flett Room
How do you get your comic published? Do you need to wait until a big publisher picks it up? In this roundtable, Noah Grigni, Taren Beatrice and Ivy Noelle Weir will talk about different avenues for getting your work out there!

Character Design ● 11 am to 12 pm ● Balcony
Watch Kuresse Bolds demonstrate his character design process live!

How to Make Mini Comics ● 12:30 to 1:30 pm ● Balcony
Gabrielle Lupoli from Papercut Zine Library, a free, volunteer-run browsing library with a collection consisting of 16,000+ zines & independent media in Cambridge, MA, will show you how to make your own zine or mini comic! 

Open Tabletop Gaming ● 2 to 4 pm ● Balcony
Take a break from the all the comics fun and come play a board game from our vast library!

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GUEST ARTISTS

Belmont Library Comic Con is proud to include a robust Artist’s Alley as part of our convention!

Featured Guest Artists Jason Viola and Zack Giallongo, creators of Science Comics Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice from First Second!

Artist’s Alley:

Our Teen Artists:

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QUESTIONS

If your question is not answered below, please contact us at [email protected]!

Who is Belmont Library Comic Con for?

Belmont Library Comic Con is for fans and creators of comics of all ages! We will have programming targeted at children, teens and adults, and our guest artists have a wide variety of audiences for their creations. Belmont Library Comic Con is also for anyone who wants to attend – there is no requirement that you be a patron of our library or from Belmont.

Do I need to register? How much does Belmont Library Comic Con cost?

While we do not require that you register to attend, we do have registration here. This will allow us to estimate attendance in advance and also send out reminders for the event. Whether you register or not, the event is free to all attendees.

Where is Belmont Library Comic Con located?

All of the convention’s events will be taking place at Belmont Public Library, at 336 Concord Ave in Belmont, MA.

What is parking like at Belmont Public Library? How do I get there?

Parking at the library is free, but very limited. We suggest that where possible, attendees avail themselves of public transportation. The library is close to the commuter rail on the Fitchburg line, and the 74 or 75 bus from Harvard station.

Is the library accessible?

The library is wheelchair accessible with ground floor entry and an elevator. If you need any assistance accessing materials in the library please contact the Reference Desk at 617-993-2870. Tables and walkways in the Artist’s Alley will be spaced using ADA compliance guidelines. More accessibility information to come.

Do you have gender neutral restrooms?

The libraries has two restrooms on the main floor, where the Artist’s Alley is located, and both are gender neutral, as are the two restrooms in the children’s room. The ground floor, where the Assembly and Flett rooms are located, has a wheelchair accessible family restroom with a changing table, a men’s room, and a women’s room.

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RULES AND CODES OF CONDUCT

Attendees must abide by our patron behavior policy, which can be found here. Additionally, we have a code of conduct for interaction with other attendees and guests:

CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. Cosplay is not consent. Please be aware that just because someone is in costume does not mean they are comfortable with having their picture taken or being touched. Please ask to take photos, and do not touch anyone without making sure it is ok first. This includes hugs.
  2. Cosplay weapon props are not allowed. While we do know that many costumes really come together with a cool sword, library policy states that items resembling weapons are not allowed on library property. For that reason, we must ask that you leave those props at home.
  3. Be respectful of artists and presenters. Please do not interrupt panels, block artist’s booths if you are not browsing their materials, monopolize their time so that other attendees cannot visit their booth, badmouth their work in front of them, or otherwise act in a disrespectful manner. We want our artists to have a good time, too!
  4. No harassment of any kind. While this is covered in our behavior policy, we do want to reiterate that following someone, threatening them, or engaging in verbal and/or physical assault are grounds for immediate removal from the grounds and will not be tolerated.

Failure to abide by the patron behavior policy or the code of conduct will result in removal from the event, and, if the behavior is egregious enough, a no-trespass order from the library.

We also have some rules for our Artist’s Alley vendors. Download Artist’s Alley rules here.

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