Saturday, January 27, 2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
View information about our previous Comicon events here:2015 | 2016 | 2017
NOTICE: The Tempe Public Library Comicon is not affiliated in any way with the San Diego Comic-Con International. To eliminate any confusion, we’ll be rebranding our multi-genre entertainment and comic festival in 2019. We’ll be working to transfer the our website, social media, and other assets to the new name this year.
Contests & Activities
Interactive fun throughout the day. Expand each section for details.
March in a parade around the Tempe Community Center Community Complex before the costume contests begin. Led by United Zombies of America.
Contests in Youth, Teen, Adult, and Group categories. Hosted by the Blue Ribbon Army.
Blue Ribbon Army (B.R.A.) is a 501(c)7 social club focused on giving like-minded geeks a place to meet new friends. Throughout the year they host several events, as well as taking on many projects for charity. They participate in events such as pop culture conventions, arcades, BBQs, tea parties, the Renaissance Festival, and more.
Search the Comicon for stamps to complete your sheet, earn prizes for reaching different levels of stamps found, with a bonus for finding them all. You can win signed comics, cosplay goodies, a Nintendo console, games and much more! Pick up your game card at the AZ Cosplay Team booth, space #14.
Join AZ Cosplay Team in a nerf adventure! They supply 20 Nerf guns, 5 Nerf grenades, 2 guard towers, a tunnel, and a gatling Nerf gun with two barrels. Can you rescue your teammate while battling the defenders? Lets find out!!
Be prepared for physical activity such as shooting nerf guns, running, jumping, climbing, running around obstacles, tossing nerf balls, etc.
Teen gaming lounge. Play video games on the large screens! Ages 12 - 18.
Panels & Presentations
Engaging discussions and workshops for all fandoms to enjoy. Expand each section for details.
Members of Cactus Brick AZ discuss their process of creating with LEGO bricks. Whether they are replicating a structure, character or vehicle each member has their own way of figuring out which elements are necessary and how to put it all together. After the participating members explain how they build without instructions, the panel will be open to questions. It doesn't matter if you are new to LEGO building or are currently a MOC builder there may be something of interest for you as Cactus Brick AZ puts on approximately 20 displays a year.
Gail Wolfenden-Steib is an award-winning theatrical costume designer based in Phoenix, Arizona/ She has been the resident costume designer for Stageworks at the Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Theatre’s Cookie Company. Her design and construction work has been seen on numerous stages around the valley since 1994. This past summer marked her 19th season as the costume painter/dyer for the Tony Award Winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. In 2007 she presented the sold out professional development workshop on costume distressing at the USITT national conference in Phoenix. She has been working as a draper in the Childsplay costume shop the past 5 seasons.
Artist Carlos Nieto III will be leading a 90 minute anime workshop as part of the Anime Your Way program. Ensure your spot by getting a ticket at the Comicon Info booth. 14 yrs +.
Nieto's has worked on the Emmy-winning shows such as The Simpsons and King of the Hill as a layout artist. He has also worked as a Visual Consultant for Disney and Universal, creating sketches and final art for set designs as well as conducting comic book making, anime and animation drawing workshops at libraries across the country.
Panel discussion about the process of creating and publishing comics and graphic novels. Representatives from Crucidel Productions and Loathesome Comics, as well as graphic novel creator Natsuya Uesugi will be present.
Fun stuff to do for children and families. Expand each section for details.
Join Ms. Alicia for Tempe Public Library's regularly scheduled Saturday Storytime. Parents and children will delight in the joys of stories, songs, rhymes, movement activities, and fingerplays that encourage early learning.
Kids can participate in a fun scavenger hunt around the library. Prizes will be available at the Youth desk.
Visit and get your photo taken with the big, lovable Story Monster at the Story Monsters LLC booth! Story Monsters LLC is the home of the award-winning Story Monsters Ink magazine and the Story Monsters Approved! book designation program which highlights books that inspire, inform, teach, and entertain.
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Join the Youth Library in Comicon themed games and crafts in the Northwest parking lot. Activities include: Phonebooth Makeover, Kryptonite Crash, Superhero Balloon Pop, Arch Enemy Knock Down, and Nemesis Matching. More crafts such as Superhero Paper Dolls can be found near the Connections Café.
- 105th Squad Phoenix Hive
- 501st Legion - Dune Sea Garrison
- Amber Brite
- American Poutine
- AZ Cosplay Team (ACT)
- AZ Ghostbusters
- BABSCon 2018 - The 5th Anniversary
- Barony of Twin Moons (Society for Creative Anachronism)
- Blue Ribbon Army
- Cactus Brick AZ
- Nicole Campbell
- Cat Wants In
- Catherine LaCroix
- Childsplay Theatre
- Colette Black
- Crucidel Productions
- The DREAD Fleet
- Duncan's Books and More
- Fastawker Designs
- Friends of the Tempe Public Library
- Games Collectibles And More
- Girl Scout Troop 4215
- Heroes United
- Justice League
- Kid Zone
- Kore 6 Media
- Left Hand Asylum
- Randy Lindsay
- Loathsome Comics
- Luminous Lo
- Magical Scentsations
- Melissa Marr
- Mustache Pretzels
- NewLink Publishing
- Paletas Betty
- Quick And Deadly Urban Art
- Raven's Bazaar Crafts
- The Royal Manticoran Navy (Honor Harrington Fan Association)
- Shaw Approved Comics and Collectibles
- Sincerely Sam
- Soft Pauxs
- Southwest Costumers Guild
- Story Monsters LLC
- Natsuya Uesugi
- Umbrella Corporation Arizona Hive
- United Zombies of America LLC
- Very Awesome Girls PHX
- Vixen's Cosplay Closet Boutique
- Weegonza Bazaar
- What's Fresh AZ
- Yellow Jacket Comics
- Your Name on a Grain of Rice
- JJ Zbylski
Some 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
|* Comic Book Legal Defense Fund|| * Graphic novels at your library
|* American Libraries|| * Comics at your library
|* Scholastic.com|| * eComics & Graphic Novels for checkout on Overdrive
| * eComics & Graphic Novels for checkout on hoopla
The 2018 Comicon is now full.
If you are a publisher, bookseller, author, or illustrator interested in applying for the wait list, please click 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