It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a comic book convention in a library.

The Silver Spring library hosts the first “MoComCon”—the Montgomery Comic Con—Saturday afternoon, providing children, teens and adults with an event to celebrate comic books and graphic novels, said Mary Ellen Icaza, public services administrator for community engagement and learning for Montgomery County Public Libraries.

And in a “Holy cross promotion, Batman!” moment, Icaza added: “It’s also a day to let people know what’s available to them with a Montgomery County library card.”

The convention will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the library at 900 Wayne Ave. Doors open for registration at 11 a.m.

The library system has been considering organizing a comic con for almost a year, after hearing about other libraries putting on similar conventions in other parts of the country, Icaza said.

“It’s a great way for us to show off our resources, our collection and our programs to the community,” she said.

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Like other comic conventions, the event will offer a series of panel discussions on topics including diversity in comics and graphic novels, gaming and society, writing science fiction and fantasy, and getting published.

Kids and teens will have places to draw. A comic artist will critique the comics from teens and adults.

Participants also are invited to “cosplay,” in which they dress up in character. A contest will offer prizes for children, teens, and adults.

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MoComCon will include exhibits, including publishers who will be providing information on where comic aficionados can purchase their items, whether online or in neighborhood shops, said Lennea Bower, the libraries’ virtual services manager.

And unlike other comic cons, no one can show up armed, even if the weapons are fake. That means no Wonder Woman lassos of truth, no Star Wars blasters and no Batman batarangs, Icaza said.

Montgomery County police suggested the no-weapons policy, keeping community safety in mind, she said.

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How many people are expected? Icaza and Bower weren’t sure.

“It’s the first time we’re doing an event of this kind,” Icaza said. “We’re hopeful we’ll attract a good-sized audience, but we have no idea what to expect.”

 

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