Comics and fandom are the main attractions of East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s inaugural Mid City Micro-Con, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Main Library.
The library system’s first comic convention is free and features discussion panels, presentations, an Art & Comics Market, cosplay, workshops and film screenings. The event’s theme is “Welcome to Wakanda,” highlighting Marvel’s Black Panther who is receiving the big-screen treatment with “Black Panther,” opening in theaters on Feb. 16.
Mid City Micro-Con’s featured guests are Marcus Williams and Greg Burnham, creators of the Tuskegee Heirs comic book series. Williams and Burnham will participate in the keynote panel, “Diversity in Comics: Why We Need Wakanda,” and Williams also will teach an art workshop. Workshop session space is limited, so participants are encouraged to arrive early to sign up.
Library-appropriate costumes are welcome, and cosplayers are welcome to pose for photos in the photo booth. Professional cosplayer TaLynn Kel will judge the cosplay competition for adults and teens. Rules and registration information for the cosplay competition are available at http://bit.ly/2AVbNH6. A cosplay Q&A for teens will be facilitated by professional cosplayer Hane Cosplay.
Local game store Little Wars will provide demo games for board game free play.
Children are welcome at Mid City Micro-Con, but adults should exercise discretion when deciding what is appropriate for the children in their care. The Marcus Williams workshop, Teen Room activities and cosplay competition are the only events with age restrictions.