There’s plenty to marvel at Mini Comic-Con

"The Scarecrow", from Batman Comics
"The Scarecrow," aka Dr. Jonathan Crane in the Batman comics and movies, was on hand during Rod Library's Mini Comic-Con. The mask was created by Nate Schultz, graduate student in UNI's public policy program.

"The Scarecrow," aka Dr. Jonathan Crane in the Batman comics and movies, was on hand during last weekend's Mini Comic-Con. The mask was created by Nate Schultz, graduate student in UNI's public policy program.

Spiderman, Batman and Captain America could be found battling the forces of evil in comic books and on movie screens. From noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 29, participants interacted with living, breathing, speaking versions of these comic book characters at UNI's inaugural Mini Comic-Con.

This free event was held in Rod Library and was open to comic book enthusiasts on campus as well as to children and adults from the broader community.

"Mini Comic-Con will help people see that our library can be used for more than studying," said access services coordinator Linda McLaury. "And community members may not know that library services are available to them as well, not just students and faculty."

Mini Comic-Con took take place on a Panther Peek Day, which is when prospective students come to campus to learn more about UNI. "The event will show students that the library is an awesome place," said McLaury.

A variety of comic book-related activities were held throughout the day, such as trivia contests; video and tabletop gaming; a kids' coloring contest; a scavenger hunt; a Magic: The Gathering tournament; and learning how videos are made using green screen technology. Attendees also had the opportunity to interact with comic book vendors and artists. The artists created commissioned works for attendees as well.

A much-anticipated costume contest took place at 4 p.m., with prizes awarded in each age category. Children and adults didn't have to wait until the contest to don their costumes. Instead, they spent the afternoon learning and socializing as their favorite comic book character.

"Throughout history, comic books have mimicked what's happening in current culture," said Angie Cox, library assistant. To speak to these issues, panel discussions focused on diversity (or the lack thereof) in comic books; gender, racial and LGBT issues; comic book censorship; and how women, black men and people with disabilities are portrayed in comic books.

"Comic books are more complex than I gave them credit for," said McLaury, who is learning more about the medium since becoming involved with the planning of Mini Comic-Con with Cox and student library assistant Annalee Hollingsworth. "It's not just reading about Archie."

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Rod Library's Mini Comic-Con included a costume contest.
2014 Rod Library Mini Comic-Con

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Characters from different comics participated in the costume contest.
2014 Rod Library Mini Comic-Con
Even the littlest comic book fans participated in the Comic-Con festivities.
Participants could join in table top gaming during the Comic-Con.

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An original comic book and illustration art gallery was available for those who wanted to browse and buy merchandise.
Costume contest at the 2014 Rod Library Mini Comic-Con.
2014 Rod Library Mini Comic-Con
2014 Rod Library Mini Comic-Con

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