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Tempe Public Library Comicon 2018

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Tempe Public Library hosts an annual festival celebrating comics and more every January. Browse our event's history and past exhibitors below.


Each year brings new engaging discussions and workshops for all fandoms to enjoy. Expand each section for details.

Tempe Public Library Comicon Cactus Brick

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.

Tempe Public Library Comicon Childsplay Panel Creating theatrical costumes is similar to the process of recreating costumes from your favorite graphic novel, book, movie or TV show. This presentation will discuss the various methods costumers use to analyze a rendering and turn a two dimensional image into a three dimensional costume. Examples will be provided from Childsplay's costume stock.
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.


Tempe Public Library Comicon Anime Carlos Nieto III

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.

Tempe Public Library Comicon Cosplay Panel

Local cosplay groups will sit and discuss the craft. Members from the Royal Manticoran Navy, Southwest Costumers Guild, 105th Squad Phoenix Hive, and Society for Creative Anachronism will be present.

Tempe Public Library Comicon Comic Panel

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.

DC vs. Marvel

The age old debate continues! Discussion led by Operation Supply Drop, a 501(c)(3) veteran service organization that helps combat active duty depression through deployment of video game care packages and much, much more.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Giles

What do Batgirl, Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Optimus Prime have in common? They're all Librarians! In this panel, local Librarian and cosplayer Ashley Gohr will introduce you to some of the coolest Librarians in popular culture (who you probably didn't know were Librarians). Come talk about your favorite librarian characters in TV, movies, comics, and more!

Cosmic antimatter

Lively interactive presentation for fans of sci-fi and fantasy. For high school age+. Discussion led by local author Creighton Thompson.




NOTICE: Displays at the Tempe Public Library FanCon (formerly known as Comicon) or links on the FanCon webpage to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Tempe Public Library.