Calling all Comic Con fans! The Levittown Public Library will be hosting our own version of Comic Con, LevitCon, on Saturday, October 21st from 11:00-4:00. Anyone familiar with Comic Con knows the ins and outs of this type of event; maybe you just attended New York Comic Con for the first, fourth, or tenth time! For everyone else less familiar, LevitCon will be a day of celebrating fandoms, geek culture, and of course, comic book culture. This is an event for everyone; you do not have to live in Levittown or have a Levittown Public Library card to participate. So, bring your friends and family!
There are many Comic Con fans on staff at the LPL. Their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm are sure to make this an incredible day for our community! We have a packed list of events, and a full schedule can be found below. We will have special activities throughout the building, including opportunities for ALL AGES to participate in the fun. A major component of any “con” is cosplay, which is basically dressing up and pretending to be a character from a comic book, manga, anime, movie, or TV show. All interested attendees are welcome to dress in costume, as long as the costume follows our LevitCon rules, and participate in our Cosplay Showcase at 12:15.
Star Wars fans, the trailer for the new movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released, tickets are now on sale, and YOU CAN TAKE A PHOTO WITH JEDIS AND TRAIN TO BE LIKE THEM! That’s right, The 501st Legion’s Empire City Garrison and the Saber Guild will be at LevitCon and available for photo opportunities. Get yourself immersed in the Star Wars experience in time for the premiere of The Last Jedi on December 15th.
Just like I know there are many Star Wars fans in our community, I also know there are plenty of Pokemon fans! Registration will be begin at 11:30 for a Pokemon Sun/Moon Tournament, which will start at 1:30. Other gaming events include Dungeons & Dragons at 2:00, all day video game tournaments, and all day table top gaming. If you want to create something tangible to take home, we’ll have candy sushi making for children and teens in grades 2 to 12 (the Children’s Storytime Room) and crafts for all ages in the Innovation Station and in the Children’s Room.
Part of what makes Comic Con such an iconic event is the opportunity for fans to meet their idols, the creators of their favorite comics and characters. LevitCon will follow in this tradition and welcome artist Kelly Gordon and writer/illustrator Francis Bonnet. Our Artists Alley will be another chance to take in some incredible artwork. Other events include a visit from the Museum of Interesting Things, a Spinning Wheel of Prizes, a raffle drawing, and other exciting experiences to spark your creativity and your passion for fandom culture.
To learn more about the history of Comic Con and how it all began, you can check out this Rolling Stone article, “San Diego Comic-Con: The Untold Story.” With your Levittown Library card, you can also have access to the databases Comics Plus for Children and Comics Plus for YA & Adult, where you can read digital graphic novels and comics, and hopefully strike up a fondness for the genre or continue to foster your love of of comics.
We hope to see you on October 21st, ready to geek out and have fun!