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2018 Featured Events
The Poisoned Pen Presents: Been There, Wrote That. Self-publishing, media tie-ins, major publishing imprints. Science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, horror. Between them, these authors have done it all. How do different genres shape their approach to storytelling? What's their advice for aspiring writers? Who has the funniest author anecdotes? Panelists: Beth Cato, J.J.M. Czep, Emily Devenport, Yvonne Navarro, and Judith Starkston. Moderator: Patrick King of the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Auditorium, 11:15 AM.
Pirate Word Trivia. Come participate in a pirate word trivia game (with prizes) hosted by the one and only Captain Max. “If ye can guess the meaning of the pirate word I mite let ye dip your greedy hand into my pirate chest!” Auditorium, 12 PM.
Syndicate Saber United Presents: An Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age. Join Arizona’s premier lightsaber combat and choreography group for an interactive workshop on lightsaber choreography. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from dedicated expert practitioners how to fight like a daring Jedi or a dastardly Sith. Auditorium, 1 PM.
The Poisoned Pen Presents: Here There Be Monsters. Urban fantasy and horror both speak to our fear of the things that go bump in the night, as well as our strange delight in being scared. These authors are here to tell you if the Dark Side really does have more fun (and cookies). Panelists: Tom Leveen, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, and Jeri Westerson. Moderator: Patrick King of the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Auditorium, 2 PM.
Comics and Creators. Meet writers and illustrators with experience in everything from indie webcomics to DC Comics! Learn about their work, how they got started, and what it’s like to create comics for a living during this interactive question-and-answer session. Panelists: Nicole Andelfinger, Brian Augustyn, Kara Leopard, Katelyn McCaigue, and Denny “Dennmann” Riccelli. Moderator: Ken Brown of Drawn to Comics. Auditorium, 3 PM.
So You Want to Be a Cosplayer. Get tips on cosplay from those with real-life experience. Stop in to this question-and-answer session to find out what the cosplay life is really like! Auditorium, 4 PM.
SWCG Presents: Make a Pirate Slouch Hat. Learn to cut a pattern that makes a simple wide-brimmed hat suitable for a pirate's tricorn that works with many fabrics. Take home your cut fabric and pattern pieces to complete the project. Presented by Randall Whitlock with the help of the Dread Fleet pirates, with supplies provided by the Southwest Costumers Guild. Large Meeting Room, 4 PM.
Kingdom of Umbria Combat Demonstration. Come see a show of medieval combat techniques! We will showcase non-sharpened steel weaponry against full suits of armor as well as lighter combat with rapiers in the styles of the duels romanticized in works such as The Three Musketeers. Lawn Area, 11 AM.
Syndicate Saber United Presents: A Jedi, a Grey, and a Sith - The Unlikely Adventure. With a little luck and the aid of the audience, a trio of Force users journey across the galaxy searching for the source of a mysterious distress call. Audience participation is recommended. Lawn Area, 12 PM.
Pokémon Go Meetup. Calling all Team Instinct, Mystic, and Valor Trainers! We’ll walk around outside the library and Sahuaro Ranch Park to see what Pokémon we can catch, explore the Pokéstops, and maybe catch a raid or two. A Pokémon Go account and compatible mobile device is required to play Pokémon Go. Meet at the Library’s North Entrance, 1 PM.
Sugar Pink Café Dance Team Performance. Come see one of our local maid cafés perform choreographed dances while cosplaying as some of your favorite anime/manga characters! Lawn Area, 2 PM.
Fencing and Swordplay with the Dread Fleet! Learn about the pirates’ style of fencing and trickery. We’ll teach you about various pirate equipment pieces and their uses, then end it off with a spirited duel between two pirates! Lawn Area, 3 PM.
The Return of LIBCON West Trivia! It’s back! Come and test your geek knowledge at this all-ages trivia event. Large Meeting Room, 12 PM.
The Bride of LIBCON West Trivia! Missed the first one? Never fear! We have a second set of all-ages trivia questions to expand your nerd-knowledge. Large Meeting Room, 1 PM.
The Son of LIBCON West Trivia! Third time’s the charm! We have new questions — do you have the answers? For all ages! Large Meeting Room, 2 PM.
LIBCON West Trivia 4: The Trilogy Continues! If you missed it, it’s back again! Another set of questions, just begging for answers. Large Meeting Room, 3 PM.
A mobile device capable of connecting to kahoot.it or downloading the Kahoot app is necessary to participate in trivia events.
Teen Geek DIY. Back by popular demand! We will be making DIY Buttons and Mini Magnets using images selected from a variety of graphic novels. Ages 12-18 only. Level Up Teen Space, 12-4 PM.
Video Games and Tabletop Play. Bring your competitive spirit and get your game on! Ages 12-18 only. Presented by the Society of West ASU Gaming. Creative Space and Recharge Area, 12-4 PM.
Programs have a limited capacity. Seating is first come, first served. Those waiting in line cannot save seats for those not present. Lining up for programs begins 30 minutes before the program start time.
All programs at the Glendale Public Library are public and participants may be photographed by the media and/or City staff for future print and/or online publication.