Local lovers of comics, graphic novels, fantasy, and science fiction no longer have to travel to indulge in their interest: Comic Con is coming to Prescott.
The Prescott Public Library will host Comic Con — an event to celebrate comics and cosplay (think: character costumes) — on Saturday, Sept. 30.
The event will mimic Comic Con International, which has been going on in San Diego since about 1970, and has spread to cities and communities all over the country.
Russell Miller, adult services librarian at the Prescott Public Library, said he proposed the event to draw attention to the library’s extensive collection of graphic novels and comics.
“We have an outstanding collection, and it’s growing all the time,” Miller said, noting that library users can choose from about 1,500 of the books and comics.
Shannon Schinagl, lead librarian of adult services, pointed out that the collection is spread throughout the library, and attracts interest from children, teenagers and adults.
Comic Con at the Prescott Library has captured the attention of the community, say Miller and Schinagl, and a number of presenters and vendors will be on hand at the Saturday event.
The day begins at 9:30, with Mike Rogers, an animator and director at Nickelodeon, who will present Animation Appreciation, including techniques and devices used by animation studios to produce high-quality cartoons and stories. That presentation will take place in the library’s Founders Suites.
Other activities include:
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Let the Con begin – including professionals and merchants, who will answer questions and display their wares, also in the Founders Suites.
Noon to 2 p.m. – Balloon artist and magician Cody Williams, performing throughout the building.
Noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. – Janimal will be doing cartoon technique demonstrations for the kids in the James Room.
Noon to 3 p.m. – The Friends of the Prescott Public Library will be serving free popcorn.
Also, throughout the day, Pirate Vinegar Jack and Deirdre the Highland Queen will be available to show attendees where they have hidden their treasure, and will sing the ballads of Huzzah!, and the story of Vinegar Jack (played by local resident Mike Shepard).
Those who attend can expect to see plenty of other costumed figures as well. Miller said the Phoenix-area Arizona Avengers and the Justice League of Arizona groups are expected to attend, in costume. He and Schinagl also plan to be in character.
Along with popcorn, the day will include a host of gifts and door prizes. “Everyone who comes will get a goody bag,” Schinagl said, adding, “The vendors are oriented toward all ages.”
She and Miller expect more than a dozen vendor tables to set up in the Founders Suites, featuring all sorts of games, comics, and cartoonists.
Miller, who worked creating comic books for about 40 years before taking on the job at the library, said he hopes the event will become a tradition at the library. “There is serious talk about making it an annual event,” he said.
Schinagl noted that the Friends of the Prescott Public Library group is paying for the event, and vendors have donated a host of items for the door prizes.
“The community has really, really stepped up and embraced this,” Schinagl said.
The event is free to the public. The Prescott Public Library is located in downtown Prescott at: 215 E. Goodwin St.