Now in its fourth year, LibCon brings teens ages 12-18 together fans of comic books, Japanese manga and anime, role-playing, costume play, video games, and other fantasy and science-fiction entertainment. More than 400 teens are expected to attend this free event and registration is now open. A free continental breakfast and lunch are included, courtesy of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library and Chandler Unified School District.
Participants can choose to attend a variety of sessions, including everything from making Candy Sushi, to creating your own blog and comic book, to watching award-winning actor Mike Traylor bring Edgar Allen Poe’s tales of horror alive. There will be all-day gaming, with tournaments, as well as a workshop on creating your own role-playing games.
Three authors will also be at LibCon 2014. Aprilynne Pike, author of the best-selling novel, “Wings”, will be debuting her new novel, “Life After Theft.” Brand new author, Amy K. Nichols, will be talking about her upcoming debut novel, “Now That You’re Here.” And OneBookAZ teen novel winner, Garry Rogers, will be discussing his ebook, “Corr Syl the Warrior.”
Organizers hope that LibCon inspires teens to tap into their creativity, to take advantage of resources available in their community to express themselves. Cecelia L., age 18, attended last year’s event and likes the event for its non-intimidating size. “It’s a wonderful way to enter the world of conventions. The panels are always fun, and meeting other amazing people is a highlight,” Cecelia said.
Each year, the Library conducts a contest to select the annual LibCon logo. The high level of quality for this year’s contest resulted two winning logos being chosen. Yujin J., age 17 and Lauren D., 15, were the winning artists and each received a $50 Visa gift card. Their creations can be seen on the LibCon Facebook page.