A couple of Saturdays from now on November 17, the library is going to be turned into a fantastic space for geeks of all stripes. We’re going to have vendors and artists selling games, comics, artwork, and more. There will be classes sharing the secrets of special effects makeup and how to draw chibis. (Chibi, for those of you who don’t know, is a ridiculously cute style of comic drawing from Japan.) There’s also going to be face painting for the kids, crafts, games, cosplay, and some really terrific speakers. Oh, and did I mention prizes? Because there are going to be prizes—official LibCon t-shirts, original artwork, books, and more.

Personally, I’m especially looking forward to the speakers. At 11 a.m. the speaker events will start with Pierce Brooks, a software designer for Squirrels, and he’s going to be talking about video game architecture. So if you’ve ever wondered how video games are designed and how exactly all of that stuff fits together, this is the speaker for you. If you like your games lower tech, Andy Hopp, the man behind such great local geek events as Oddmall and Con on the Cob, will talk board, card, and roleplaying games. He’s designed and illustrated several books and games, and he will also be one of our vendors if you want to leave here with some of his work.

Capping off our speakers at 1:00 will be Tom Sweterlitsch. He’s published two sci fi novels with Penguin Random House, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and The Gone World. And he’s been making short films with Neill Blomkamp, the Director of the sci fi hit movie, District 9. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a bit of an amateur writer, so getting the chance to hear a published author speak is always fantastic. And after his presentation, Tom will be sticking around to sign books. Other than the copies we will be giving away as prizes, we won’t have either of Tom’s books available at the event, but we will have bookplates for him to sign that you can add to your own copy later, or just bring a copy you’ve already purchased.

And that’s just a little of the fun planned for LibCon!


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