Library FanCon

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Tempe Public Library FanCon

Comicon guests, 2017

Saturday, January 26, 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Tempe Public Library Comicon is now FanCon! Celebrating its 5th year, FanCon 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.




Go to FanCon Facebook event page

View information about our previous events here.


Graphic novel collageSome of you may be asking yourself, "Why would librarians be encouraging people to read comics? Don't they prefer 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
 *  * eComics & Graphic Novels for checkout on Overdrive

 * eComics & Graphic Novels for checkout on hoopla


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If you are a publisher, bookseller, author, or illustrator interested in participating in the 2019 FanCon 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 exhibitor 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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