Comic Con 17: Celebrating Comics and Fandom Since 2016

Saturday, August 5 • 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop culture and geeky things you love.  At Comic Con '17, all fandoms are embraced: from dungeon crawling D&Ders to Death Note loving otakus to gamers who just want one more hour of Minecraft™ or Super Smash Bros™, and hardcore Supernatural fans who make memes for every situation.  Events for all ages and fandoms.

Comic Con is generously sponsored by Illini Media and Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.



11 a.m. - Noon • Lewis Auditorium • All Ages
Harry Potter Yoga – Get ready for a full day of events with some relaxing wizard-style yoga.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Cherry Alley • All Ages
LARP with Belegarth – Medieval combat demonstration.  After the demonstration, there will be a chance to ask questions and try it yourself!

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Busey-Mills Reading Room • All Ages
– In HeroClix® you can be the hero you’ve dreamed of or the villain of your nightmares. With thousands of characters to choose from and maps of terrain from all over the universe, who knows where HeroClix® will take you! Gopher Mafia Games will be conducting demos, and each person will be sent home with a complimentary start kit.

Noon - 1 p.m. • MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room • All Ages
Cosplay on a Budget
– Come find out how to look fabulous on a shoestring budget.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. • Cherry Alley • All Ages
Steven Universe™ Sing-Along
– Gems, gather to sing your hearts out to the songs you all know and love.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium • All Ages
Cosplay Workshop
– Join the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab to make costume accessories using craft foam, felt, fabric, and embellishments. Awesome example costumes on display as well.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. • MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room • All Ages
Superfight Contest
– Goku vs. Superman.  Saitama vs.... well anybody.  Epic battles that have caused endless debate.  Gather your friends and when the cards give you a hero, argue your heart out about who would win.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium • All Ages
Comic Art Workshop with Grant Thomas
– Interested in making comics?  Join comic writer and artist Grant Thomas for a hands-on demonstration on comic creation!

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. •MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room • All Ages
Board Game Blitz
– Want to design your own board game? In this workshop CUDO Plays will walk you through every step, from coming up with a concept to creating the rules and picking out pieces.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. • Lewis Auditorium • All Ages
Speed Drawing Contest
– In a limited time, draw an original character or create your very own one-page comic.  Prizes for the winners!

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. • MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room • All Ages
Local Board Game Demos
- Join CUBED (Champaign-Urbana Boardgame Engineers and Designers) to demo locally-made games and get tips on how to make your own!

4 p.m. •  Meet in Lewis Auditorium • All Ages
Cosplay Parade
– What Comic Con would be complete without cosplay?  Come dressed as your favorite character and strut through the Library to show it off.


All Day Drop-ins

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Busey-Mills Reading Room • All Ages
– The  Pathfinder Society is running short quests for the tabletop RPG Pathfinder®  from the Pathfinder® Beginner Box, and they can seat up to four players per quest.  If you've never played, don't worry; no experience is necessary!  Grab a pregen character and learn as you play!

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Busey-Mills Reading Room • All Ages
Board Games
– Play with the Library’s collection of board games or set up your own RPG campaign with our D&D and other role-playing guides.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Children's Services • Children
– Smaller con goers can take a break and enjoy coloring and making arts and crafts.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Satterthwaite Conference Room • All Ages
Video Games
– Smash Bros™ and more!  Replay your favorite games or discover new ones.  Press "start" to continue.


Save the con!

NPC quest – A wizard's spell has put the con in danger and threatens to turn everyone into ducks!  Our wandering NPC (non-player character) is looking for a few good adventurers to break the spell, save the con, and win a reward!


Thank you!

Image Comics, First Second Books, Fablab, Pathfinder Society, and CUBED