BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The main branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library will be hosting its first comic convention, called Mid City Micro-Con, on February 10.
The focus of the convention is to celebrate diversity in comic book characters, creators, and their fans ahead of the premiere of the new Marvel superhero movie, Black Panther. The convention's theme is Welcome to Wakanda, which is the fictional home of the superhero. Crafts, discussions, artwork, cosplay, and décor inspired by the film will be featured throughout the event.
According to a news release from the library, over 20 comic and cosplay industry creators and influencers, including several who have worked with Marvel and DC comics, will be participating in an Arts & Comics Market, panels, and presentations.
Creators of the comic book series, Tuskegee Heirs, Marcus Williams and Greg Burnham, will be featured guests and participate in the event's keynote panel Diversity in Comics: Why We Need Wakanda. Other panels will include discussions on such topics as diversity, body image, and Louisiana's comic book community. Williams will also teach an art workshop at the convention. Space at the workshop sessions is limited, so attendees are advised to arrive early to register.
Attendees are encouraged to come in library-appropriate costume and pose for a photo in their photo booth. Adults and teens also can enter the cosplay competition, judged by professional cosplayer, TaLynn Kel. Cosplay rules and registration information are available on the Mid City Micro-Con InfoGuide at www.ebrpl.com. Teens are invited to a cosplay Q&A session with professional cosplayer, Hane Cosplay. Local game store, Little Wars, will be providing board game free-play with demo games.
Mid City Micro-Con is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 10 at the main branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. The library is located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge.
The library has noted the following information about the child attendance policy for the event: