In case the skies are too hazy to see the bat signal over Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library, it will have its fourth mini ComicCon.
The event is set for 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. July 20.
Chris Brown, the library director, explained this is one of the best attended cosplay events in the area for those who can’t afford the ticket prices that accompany the venues of Chicago and Indianapolis.
There will be dealers and vendors for collectors. Food will be available as well as door prizes, Brown said.
“Each vendor will donate something to the door prizes and there will be gift certificates, too,” Brown said. Door prizes will be announced every 30 minutes. Additionally, there will sci-fi bingo.
In the year since the last convention at the library there has been the losses of Stan Lee, Carrie Fisher, and Peter Mayhew, as well as TV shows Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, iZombie, Gotham and the Star Wars Saga, to name a few. “It’s an exciting time to be a fan,” Brown said.
There will be sci-fi/fantasy crafts in the children’s library. USS Moore Concessions will be open with baked goods, hot dogs, BBQ, sodas and chips for the fans.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be shown, beginning at 10 a.m., in the children’s library with free popcorn available.
Stan Timmons, artist and author, will be on hand for a panel discussion from 10-10:30 a.m. Some people may know Timmons’ name for his involvement with The Man from Uncle.
For anime fans, Fey Knights and Zesty Quest, artist, Cosplay and Fangirls will conduct a panel discussion from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
Brian Morris, author of novels and comics, will have a panel discussion on comic books from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
The “Friends” cosplay contest, 12:15 to 12:30, Brown said, was very well attended last year. There will be a cash prize for the winner, Brown stated.
The last panel discussion of the day will be from 1-1:30 p.m. — Star Trek Wars: where do we go from here?
Brown is a fan of Star Wars and more so Star Trek, thus he encouraged the engagement of youth to read sci-fi and developed the anime and manga clubs at the library.
“As the numbers grew for those genre we decided to try the Mini-Conic Con,” Brown explained.