FSPL Fan Fest
September 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a celebration of comic books, graphic novels, anime and pop-culture. Admission is free. This event is open to all ages.  We’ll continue to update the activities below as plans are finalized:

Comic Workshops:
Indulge your creativity at one of our workshops hosted by the Pittsburgh Comics Salon.  Space is limited to 25 participants for each session.  Reserve a spot at FSPL Fan Fest for $3/person/session. Reserved spots will be given priority seating; any remaining spots will be on a first come basis at no cost.

Workshop descriptions:

Comics Bootcamp! – Adult and Teen (13+) Program
Join us to explore the rhythm of the comics grid and take your comics-making game to a new level. Simple exercises will push you in mind-bending directions. If you can draw a silly-looking batman, have ever kept a diary or journal or like to free write or free draw, this workshop is for you!

Let’s Make Comics! – Kids Program
Take a crash course in comics making – for kids of all ages. We will bring the grids, the markers, the know-how – you bring your personal spark! Discover the comics-maker within you and let them out!

Open Studio
Take a break from the buzzing action of the day, channel some of that energy and those new ideas into your own comics. Guidance and materials will be on hand for those who need additional inspiration. This session will be an open format workshop where you will be able to work on self-directed projects with assistance from the instructor.

The Pittsburgh Comics Salon is a cultural initiative dedicated to creating an ecosystem for Comics Making in Pittsburgh. This includes hosting workshops, readings, gallery exhibitions and publishing solo works and anthologies by Pittsburgh based artists.  Your instructor will be Juan Fernandez, a cartoonist and comics community organizer who organizes the Pittsburgh Comics Salon and manages comicsworkbook.com, the online magazine for comics makers.

Cosplay – Cosplay policies and  cosplay contest details

Howard Bender – Before working as a caricature artist, Mr. Bender was a professional comic book illustrator working for Marvel, DC, Disney, Archie and Heroic, drawing characters and titles that include Superman, Spider-Man, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Casper, Richie Rich and many others.  He co-created and drew his own original characters and titles: Mr. Fixitt and The Sherlock Holmes Minute Mysteries and his own strip Billy & Pop.  Mr. Bender will be doing caricatures in Meeting Room #1.

Fan Art Contest for amateur artists ages 10-13 and 14-17 at time of submission.  For more details on the Fan Art Contest or to obtain an entry form, see the Contest Rules and Entry Form.

Pop-Culture Trivia:
Star Wars
Harry Potter – based on books
Game of Thrones – based on television show
Homestuck – webcomic

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament:
Calling all gamers…do you have what it takes to finish the fight?  We’re hosting a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament.  All ages welcome!  Rules of the tournament can be found on the registration form. Register for the tournament at the children’s circulation desk by August 30.  No fee to play!

Welcome Artists & Vendors:
All Fibered Up
Becky’s Bangles
Craftin Nikki
Gobbie Chiropratic Center
Jessica’s Cosmic Creations
Kenneth Kramer
Manifested Dreams
Maria’s Ideas
Mo Art by John
The Paintbox Letters
Uncle Dave’s Books

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