Library Comicon

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Why Comics?




Saturday, January 27, 2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Library Comicon is an annual event featuring costume contests, artists & authors, shopping, and activities for children and adults alike.  Fans of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Wholocks, Trekkies, and more are invited to gather at the Tempe Public Library in costume for a celebration of pop culture.





View information about our previous Comicon events here:

2015 | 2016 | 2017




Graphic Novel CollageSome of you may be asking yourself, "Why would librarians be encouraging people to read comics? Don't they only like serious books?" The truth is librarians love reading of all kinds!

Comics and graphic novels can encourage literacy and boost reading skills in many ways.

  • Images provide the context necessary to help build vocabulary for ESL & reluctant readers
  • The slow pace of analyzing images and pausing in between panels encourages time to reflect and build reading comprehension
  • Colorful graphics and exciting story lines can captivate attention span & interest
  • Reinforces Common Core standards by reinforcing visual and verbal literacy
  • There are now graphic novels & comics that are creative, enjoyable pieces of literature for all ages

 Additional Sources:
 * Comic Book Legal Defense Fund  * Graphic Novels at your library
 * American Libraries  * Comics at your library
 *  * Comics & Graphic Novels for download on Overdrive


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If you are a publisher, bookseller, author, or illustrator interested in participating or displaying at the event:

Apply Here



The event will be held outdoors in the Library plaza.  All exhibitors are required to supply their own tables, chairs and optional canopy.  The Library will supply a 10’ x 10’ space to each exhibitor.

Before applying, please take a moment to view our vendor criteria & guidelines.


In order to sell books and merchandise at the event, you are required to have State of Arizona tax license including additional Tempe tax fees. You can obtain your license here.

All other questions, please email:
Jill Brenner, Programming Librarian

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