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FSPL Fan Fest

September 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for a celebration of comic books, graphic novels, anime and pop-culture. Admission is free. This event is open to all ages.  Join in the fun with others who share the same passion for their favorite superhero, anime, book series, television show, galaxy far, far away and more.  In addition to the activities below, we’ll have a few scavenger hunts and other games for you to enjoy as well as food and drinks to purchase when you need to refresh.

All Day Anime Viewing:
If you never experienced anime, now is your chance!  We’ll be showing a variety of anime throughout the day, so come watch an old favorite or find a new series to enjoy.  Ratings for anime being shown include G, PG and TV-14.

Comic Workshops:
Indulge your creativity at one of our workshops hosted by the Pittsburgh Comics Salon.  Space is limited to 25 participants for each session.  Reserve a spot at FSPL Fan Fest for $3/person/session (no refunds). Reserved spots will be given priority seating; any remaining spots will be on a first come basis at no cost.

Workshop descriptions:

Comics Bootcamp! Adult and Teen (13+) Program – 12:30 p.m.
Join us to explore the rhythm of the comics grid and take your comics-making game to a new level. Simple exercises will push you in mind-bending directions. If you can draw a silly-looking batman, have ever kept a diary or journal or like to free write or free draw, this workshop is for you!

Let’s Make Comics!Kids Program – 10:30 a.m.
Take a crash course in comics making – for kids of all ages. We will bring the grids, the markers, the know-how – you bring your personal spark! Discover the comics-maker within you and let them out!

Open Studio – 11:30 a.m. (kids), 1:30 p.m. (teens/adults)
Take a break from the buzzing action of the day, channel some of that energy and those new ideas into your own comics. Guidance and materials will be on hand for those who need additional inspiration. This session will be an open format workshop where you will be able to work on self-directed projects with assistance from the instructor.

The Pittsburgh Comics Salon is a cultural initiative dedicated to creating an ecosystem for Comics Making in Pittsburgh. This includes hosting workshops, readings, gallery exhibitions and publishing solo works and anthologies by Pittsburgh based artists.  Your instructor will be Juan Fernandez, a cartoonist and comics community organizer who organizes the Pittsburgh Comics Salon and manages comicsworkbook.com, the online magazine for comics makers.

CosplayCosplay policies and  cosplay contest details
Individual judging will start at 1:00 p.m.  Cosplay contest results will be announced starting at 2:00 p.m.

Cosplay 101! Panel – 11:00 a.m.
Cosplay–a portmanteau of ‘costume’ and ‘play’– has exploded in popularity over the past decade! If you’ve ever wondered how you can join this fun phenomenon, let our costume contest judges Shiri, Elycium and Feytaline guide you through the basics, from creating a costume, to wearing one, to showing it off!

Cosplay Guests:
Feytaline has been cosplaying since her junior year in high school in 2000. She has judged for conventions such as Otakon, Anime USA, Tekko, and is currently the director of Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society’s (who run the Tekko and Sangawa Project anime conventions) cosplay division. She is also a founding member of CSSN (Cosplayer Survivor Support Network), which is an organization that seeks to unite cosplayers and other convention attendees who have been harassed, stalked, abused, or assaulted within the community.  Feytaline is also an amateur photographer who runs monthly events for anyone who wants to join via Western PA Cosplay Shoots. Her profile photo is of her as Holo from Spice & Wolf, taken by her partner and edited by herself.
FB – https://www.facebook.com/thefeytaline/
Photography —https://www.facebook.com/feytaphotos/
CSSN https://cosplayer-ssn.org/index.php
Western PA Cosplay Shoots FB – https://www.facebook.com/wpacosplayshoots/

Elycium has been cosplaying since 2003. Currently they are mostly known for their Critical Role cosplays, especially Mollymauk (pictured in this photo by Yenra.com). They have won several craftsmanship awards at Tekko (including Best in Show for Mollymauk), Colossalcon, and Setsucon, and have helped judged and run events at Ohayocon, Tekko, and other Tekko-related events.  They are also an amateur photographer and member of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronisms), for which they have created several period-accurate gowns based on historical patterns. Elycium loves Dungeons & Dragons, sewing and meeting new people, so you ever see them at a con, please come up and say hello!
FB – https://www.facebook.com/ElyciumCosplay
Photography –https://www.facebook.com/ILikeYourCostumePhotography/

Shiri has been cosplaying since 2015 and the most important thing she’s learned is: there’s always more to learn. From casual to building on bases to ground up, it’s all about having fun and loving the skin you get to slide into. Fabric, wire, paint, and beads are her favorite tools, and she absolutely adores wigs. Someday, she’ll teach foam and Plas-dip to bend to her will.

Twitting: @ SWSondheimer
Facebooking: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SW-Sondheimer/151432268300081?ref=hl
Book Rioting: https://bookriot.com/author/s-w-sondheimer/

Howard BenderWe just received word that Mr. Bender cancelled his appearance at FSPL Fan Fest. We apologize for any inconvenience.  Before working as a caricature artist, Mr. Bender was a professional comic book illustrator working for Marvel, DC, Disney, Archie and Heroic, drawing characters and titles that include Superman, Spider-Man, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Casper, Richie Rich and many others.  He co-created and drew his own original characters and titles: Mr. Fixitt and The Sherlock Holmes Minute Mysteries and his own strip Billy & Pop.

Patrick and Shelly Block – Patrick and Shelly Block have been creating comics for the Walt Disney Company around the globe for 28 years. Working with the classic Disney characters, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge and their families, the Blocks have lectured on  the art of Comic Creation from California to Georgia, and from Denmark to China! Their work has appeared in print in over 40 languages around the world, and they are past Harvey nominees for “Best Original Story” in comics. They also have worked as conceptual artists for video games for Disney.  Both Patrick and Shelly are Canon-McMillan graduates! Kids of all ages are welcome to stop by their table in Meeting Room #1 for a head sketch of Donald, Daisy, Uncle Scrooge or Huey, Dewey or Louie!

You can also experience the creation of a comic with Patrick and Shelly. Their all age’s workshop, A Duck Story with the Blocks, has audience participation and brings a Donald Duck story to life! Learn how the Blocks come up with story ideas and plot out their tales. Come join the fun and help create a story!  The workshop starts at 2:30 p.m. Space for the workshop is limited.  Reserve a spot at FSPL Fan Fest for $4/person/session (no refunds). Reserved spots will be given priority seating; any remaining spots will be on a first come basis at no cost.     **This workshop is not associated with The Walt Disney Company**

Johno Prascak is an enamel and sand artist born in Munhull, PA, who creates original artwork from his own unconventional mixture of enamels and sand from the Monongahela River.  His art can be found in homes and businesses throughout the United States and around the globe, including Canada, Australia, Italy, Singapore and Sweden. Mr. Prascak also designed the Sarris Candies’ Pittsburgh Skyline Assortment gift box, which will be available for purchase.  Stop by his table on the first floor to have him sign a Pittsburgh Skyline Assortment gift box purchased at FSPL Fan Fest.

Fan Art Contest for amateur artists ages 10-13 and 14-17 at time of submission.  Submissions are closed.  People’s Choice voting will run from August 19  through September 5.  Stop by the Athena Sarris Art Gallery on the second floor to vote for your favorite in each age category.  One vote/category/person.

Make and Take Activities:
Come celebrate your favorite fandoms with these crafts:
Key Chains – ages 5 and up – adult supervision and assistance may be needed
Light Sabers – ages 10 and under
Captain America Shields – ages 10 and under
Wand Making – ages 10 and up
Comic Coasters – ages 10 and up
Perler Beads – ages 12 and up
Cosplay Construction – all ages

Pop-Culture Trivia:
Star Wars
Harry Potter – based on books
Game of Thrones – based on television show
Homestuck – webcomic

Raffle Baskets
Tickets will be available for purchase for a chance to win one or more of our FSPL Fan Fest raffle baskets.  Winners do not need to be present.  Proceeds benefit the Frank Sarris Public Library and our programming efforts.

Story Time  at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament:
Calling all gamers…do you have what it takes to finish the fight?  We’re hosting a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament.  All ages welcome!  Rules of the tournament can be found on the registration form. Register for the tournament at the children’s circulation desk by August 30.  No fee to play!

If you didn’t have enough time to put together your cosplay, never fear we’ve got you covered.  We’ll have pop-culture T-Shirts available for sale in a variety of sizes and designs, including Star Wars, Marvel, gaming, Peppa Pig and more. Proceeds benefit the Frank Sarris Public Library and our programming efforts.

Welcome Artists & Vendors:
All Fibered Up
Becky’s Bangles
Craftin Nikki
First Commonwealth Bank
Gobbie Chiropratic Center
Jessica’s Cosmic Creations
Kenneth Kramer
Manifested Dreams
Maria’s Ideas
Mo Art by John
The Paintbox Letters
Rubydogg Co.
Uncle Dave’s Books
Weylin Gomez



September 7, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Frank Sarris Public Library
35 N Jefferson Ave
Canonsburg, PA 15317 United States


Beth Kairush