Saturday, September 05, 2020
This year, our annual comic convention is going online! Don your cape, tights, and mask, then join us for a celebration of the best in pop culture. We’ll have online panels, a stay-at-home version of our big cosplay costume contest, a video drawing lesson from artist Justin Casteneda, and don’t forget to check out our virtual artists alley below!
Atlas Comics on Harlem has a generous offer for ComicFest fans. Visit Atlas Comics between September 5th and September 13th and mention ComicFest to receive a 10% discount on your purchase and get two free books from this year’s Free Comic Book Day!
Join us all throughout the day for online panels, readings, and discussions via Zoom video chats and webinars. Register for your chance to win tons of great doorprizes, too!
Miss a panel? Check our Facebook page to view live streams and recordings of the day’s discussions.
The Cardboard Kingdom
9:30 – 10:15 AM
Barbara Perez Marquez and Chad Sell talk about their graphic novel following a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary cardboard into fantastical homemade costumes as they explore conflicts with friends, family, and their own identity.
Monster Slayer Storytime
10:30 – 11:00 AM
Join Lisa Maggiore, author of the Ava the Monster Slayer series for a family-friendly reading of one of her books.
The Artistic Process
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Artists Steph Stanga and Tom Bacon discuss how they go about creating eye-popping illustrations.
Writing and the Creative Process
12:45 – 1:30 PM
Trevor Mueller, author of Albert the Alien discusses all aspects of the comic writing process.
Diversity in Modern Comics
1:45 – 2:30 PM
A roundtable discussion with: Gene Ha (Mae, Top 10,) Wesley Sun (Chinatown, Monkey Fist,) GABO (The Life After, Elephantmen,) Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Heart of the City, Rolled & Told Magazine,) and Robin Ha (Almost American Girl, Cook Korean!)
Cosplay with Karissa Kossman
2:45 – 3:30 PM
Karissa Kossman of the Chicago POC Cosplayers along with friends Gabe, KP, and Violet discuss all things cosplay, costuming, and spreading the awesomeness of all people of color cosplayers!
This panel is raising money to help Brave Space Alliance a black, and trans led food pantry center on the south side of Chicago. You can help at ko-fi.com/ktwocosplay.
Cosplay Costume Contest Review and Awards Announcement
3:45 – 4:00 PM
Join us as we take one last look at all the photos of your costumes in a slideshow presentation and announce winners!
Watch Party: The Fleischer Superman Series
4:30 – 7:00 PM
Head over to our Facebook page for an online screening of the documentary First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series followed by the complete 1940’s classic animated Superman shorts.
Cosplay Costume Contest
We’ve created a stay-at-home version of our annual cosplay contest. Use the form below to submit a photo of your costume by September 1st and then join us in a Zoom Webinar to see all the submissions and find out which costumes will win prizes to be picked up at the library.
Draw with Justin Castaneda
Learn to draw Peppa Pig, Wizards & Witches, Spider-Man, and Darth Vader with comic book artist Justin Castaneda.
Justin is the creator of the When I Was Little picture book series and the hardcover children’s book, HEART. He also works with the Chicago Public Library providing coloring sheets in celebration of Asian-American Pacific-Islander Heritage Month every May. Visit Justin online at whenuwerelittle.art.
Digital Comics on Hoopla
Your Eisenhower library card gives you access to a world of digital comics on your tablet, computer, or mobile device. With participating publishers from Marvel and DC to Top Shelf and Fantagraphics, Hoopla has something for everyone.
Get started now at hoopladigital.com.
Artist & Author Alley
Many talented artists, writers, and vendors have participated in our convention over the years. Please support them by visiting their sites, shops, and social media pages.