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Comic Con 2021

Library Comic Con 2021 for Fairfax County Public Library is May3-8! 

On this page you will find links to fun activities to inspire creativity and a love of comics and reading. Check out our videos on our YouTube playlist, pick up a free comic (while supplies last) at your local library branch, and learn something new at one of our virtual events on May 8th! Finish the week off with an outdoor movie hosted by the Library Foundation. 

Events and Videos

Find out which events are happening for Comic Con and watch the videos made by staff!

Enjoy these resources shared with us from the local 501st garrison, Garrison Tyranus!

Superhero Training Camp at Library Comic Com

While training to be a superhero at the Library Comic Con Superhero Training Camp, please tag us on Instagram! We love seeing how many Superheroes we have in our midst!

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Superhero Training

Cardboard City:

  1. Tape up empty boxes.
  2. Decorate those boxes to look like buildings.
  3. Set them up in a safe space to make it look like a city.
  4. Knock those buildings down to save the day!
  5. Repeat as much as you like.

Obstacle Course:

Here are some suggestions for obstacle course activities. These were done with chalk on a sidewalk, but make it your own!

  1. Walk across imaginary fire!
  2. Jump super far!
  3. Practice flying!
  4. Leap over tall buildings!
  5. Strike a super pose!

Get through the LASER Beams!

Hang up red yarn like in spy movies and try to get from one side to the other without touching it. 

The Game's Afoot at Library Comic Con

The game's afoot at Library Comic Con where we talk about a variety of games for different interests. Curated by Library Comic Con committee with recommendations from Games With James.

The game's afoot at Library Comic Con where we talk about a variety of games for different interests. Curated by Library Comic Con committee.

Here are some links to resources for playing Dungeons & Dragons.

The game's afoot at Library Comic Con where we talk about a variety of games for different interests. Curated by Library Comic Con committee.

Reviews and Recommendations

Check out these podcasts!

  • The Doofcast

    To sum up Doofcast in one word: pop-culture.  Week to week, the two hosts, Scott and Matt, rotate between a book club, a director’s retrospective, and a movie review, with a wild card subject they just felt like talking about thrown in there from time to time.  This format is refreshing because since it’s a different medium every week it never has a chance to become stale.  The hosts have great chemistry and vacillate satisfyingly between fascinatingly analytical and total goof balls.  They rarely have guests but that’s just fine; they can carry a great show between the two of them.  They are witty, acerbic, and refreshingly intelligent. 

  • The King Cast

    There are a great many Stephen King podcasts out there, but this one has a unique premise.  The two hosts invite a guest who had chosen a King book, and then they discuss their experiences with both the book, the movie, and how the two formats interact.  It’s almost shocking how many King film adaptations there have been, so this show will be running for a good long while.  Guests include mostly people from the film industry such as writers, directors, editors, and actors.  Before diving into the book and film discussion, they ask about the guests history with the horror writer, and most of the time the stories are quite interesting and relatable.  Though revered, King projects can have their misses, and the hosts and guests are perfect for this format because they will not pull punches if a book or film fails expectations.  The result is an always entertaining, always unpredictable hour of audio. 

  • Retronauts

    If you’re a millennial or a Gen-Xer, this show will definitely speak to your childhood.  Retronauts is a retro video game podcast focused on games and consoles from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000sThe lead host, Jeremy Parish, has a gentle tone, and sets a breezy, relaxed mood for each episode.  Bob Mackey, of Talking Simpsons fame, is the other host, and they have a rotating stable of entertaining, knowledgeable guests each week.  The show is a deep dive, with a ton of research behind it.  No stone goes unturned regarding the history of the week’s subject.  This is equally matched by their keen analysis of the technical aspects of the industry, and their infectious emotional connections to the subject.

  • Ultra64

    A retro video game podcast, whose first iteration focused on the Nintendo 64.  Their goal was to have a show about every game on the console and by the end have their definitive respective rankings.  That project was achieved this year, so they have moved on to a different console, the WiiU.  Hosts Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski grew up with the console but had not played every game.  The result of the experiment is listening to their experience of playing a game for the first time, playing one they remember and it bringing back fond memories, or playing a game they had in childhood that seems vastly different from their memories.  Sometimes they have guests, but often it is just the duo, and either way is always entertaining.  They like to give a brief history of the development of each game and then dive into their reviews.  The last portion of the show is a mail bag that usually yields quite interesting or insightful questions from listeners.  The show is funny, nostalgic, and is a good listen no matter what mood you are in.       

  • How to They/Them by Stuart Getty

    Members of the LGBTQ+ community have historically faced many challenges including being misunderstood and marginalized regarding identity.  In more recent years we have been gaining more resources to help everyone  better understand the queer experience.  How to They/Them is a wonderful example of this, mixing very readable text and employing everything from illustrations to drawn charts, graphs and more.  Stuart Getty, has a deft ear for language, which they deliver in simple, yet powerful punches that really make their points clear and sympathetic.  Whether you are coming from a place of no knowledge on the subject, an ally who wants to lean more, or a queer person who also has questions, this book is for you.

  • Ace by Angela Chen

    Ace is a social and cultural exploration of what it means to be asexual.  Asexuality, or ace, is a sexual orientation many people either misunderstand, or worse, are unaware of to begin with.  Chen employs an interesting structural strategy by throwing you right in the deep end.  I realized as I read on, they’re not holding your hand for a reason.  If you are someone with limited knowledge, they immerse you with helpful and easily digestible information.  And if you are part of the ace community, your experience is right away validated.  Another refreshing thing about the book is their research included hundreds of interview subjects, so the breadth and diversity of the ace experience is served justice.  Even if you are not learning anything new, this is an enlightening, well written, inspiring work of nonfiction.

  • Solutions and other Problems by Allie Brosh

    Popular blogger Allie Brosh released a much anticipated follow up to her 2013 smash hit Hyperbole and a Half.  This long-awaited work, Solutions and other Problems, is a memoir written in comic form. Brosh captured the pulse of what many millennials experience as everyday life.  Her genius was capturing her anxiety, depression, mishaps, embarrassments in a deft blend of uproarious hilarity and profound melancholy.  Furthermore, she shares intimate, heartwarming, and inspiring episodes from her life as well.  These two ends of the human experience told with levity and heartache makes for a rich, engaging, thought provoking work.  

Keep the Geek Going!

Geeky Events continue at the library throughout the year! Here are some upcoming ones for May and June.

May 10- PreK Storytime with Miss Patricia- I Can be a Superhero! 

May 10- Read Along Book Club- Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey. For school age children. (repeating event)

May 15- Pokemon: Union Room. For school age and teens. (repeating event)

May 15- FX Podcast Brunch Club. For adults.

May 15- Escape the Virtual Room: The Library. For adults.

May 17- D&D Role Playing Game. For teens.

May 17- Read Along Book Club- Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey. For school age children. (repeating event)

May 18- Teen Otaku Club (repeating event)

May 18- Online Coding Club. Ages 11-14. (repeating event)

May 18- Herndon Teen Book Club reading "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes".

May 19- Virtual Dungeons & Dragons for Teens

May 20- "Among Us" Virtual Hangout for school age children.  (repeating event)

May 20- Young at Heart Book Club reading the graphic novel "Almost American Girl". Event for ages 16 and older.

May 22- Smart10 Trivia for adults.

May 22- American Girl Book Club. For school age children.

May 24- Read Along Book Club- Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey. For school age children. (repeating event)

May 24- Share a Favorite Book for school age children. 

May 25- Trivia Quiz for Kids ages 6-11.

May 25- Chantilly's Believe It or Not for school age children.

May 25- Teen Writing Adventures

May 25- Behind the Newbery Medal. Ages 10-adult

June 2- Virtual Dungeons & Dragons for Adults

June 3- Science & Stories for preschoolers (repeating event)

June 16- Virtual Dungeons & Dragons for Teens

June 24- "Among Us" Virtual Hangout for school age children.

June 26- Animal Crossing: New Horizons for adults.

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