FSPL FanFest – Day 1
October 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join us for a celebration of comic books, graphic novels, anime and pop-culture. 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. Visit our FSPL FanFest ticket information page for information on admission pricing and to purchase advance tickets.
Below is the agenda for the day. We are still finalizing aspects of the schedule and will update as needed – last updated 9/22/21.
Artist and vendor tables – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Anad Art – Original hand drawn art and vintage action figures from 90s-00s. Art created by artist and is superhero, sci-fi, manga, anime and pop-culture related.
Diagnosis Art Attack – Enamel pins, keychains, accessories.
Dial-P-for-Placey – Prints, stickers, pins and magnets of anime, comics, movies, etc. and fanart created by the artist.
The Fans Strike Back – Custom vintage-style toys and accessories.
Gamemasters Guild LLC – D&D dice, including sharp edge dice, rounded polyhedrals and made in Pittsburgh Jumbo D20s; dice storage cases also available.
The Garment Goddess – Furry ears and tails, jewelry, fascinators/mini-hats, barrettes, dragon dice boxes.
Jojo’s Stitches – Vinyl stickers, enamel pins, acrylic charms, lanyards – Pokemon and Animal Crossing related.
Melissa Aird, Fandom Artist – Trinket boxes, stash jars, jewelry, magic wands, wall décor, bookmarks & more.
Mo Art by John – Handmade arts/crafts on various surfaces with various mediums and pop-culture themes.
Queen of the Darned – Wooden signs, crafts, and knitwear inspired by Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, sci-fi and fantasy books and movies.
RepurposedToys – Novelty earrings and planters made from toys.
Rio HandMade – Hand embroidery bags, crochet plushies toys.
Rowdy Dragon – Dragon/video game themed art prints, stickers, pins and t-shirts.
RubydoggCo – Drawstring backpacks, lanyards.
Sometimes I’m Crafty – Halloween and Christmas ornaments made from vintage comic books; pop culture, sci-fi and fantasy themed ornaments, greeting cards, jewelry and themed miniatures.
Fan Art Contest for amateur artists ages 10 years and up at time of submission. You may enter one of three divisions (ages 10-13, 14-18 and 19+) based on your age. Artwork must be submitted between Friday, September 3 and Saturday, September 11. People’s Choice voting will occur online from September 15 through September 26. One vote/division/person. Vote for your People’s Choice for the 10-13 yr. old division. Vote for your People’s Choice for the 14-18 yr. old division. For more information or to enter, read the Fan Art Contest Rules and Entry Form.
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 for a free head sketch of Donald, Daisy, Uncle Scrooge or Huey, Dewey or Louie!
Peter Tomasi – Peter J. Tomasi is a New York Times best-selling author known for his work on Batman:Detective Comics, Superman, Batman and Robin, Super-Sons, Green Lantern Corps, Brightest Day, Superman/Wonder Woman, Batman:Arkham Knight, Emerald Warriors, Nightwing, Black Adam, and many others. Over the course of his career with DC Comics Peter also served as a group editor ushering in new eras for Batman, Green Lantern, and JSA along with special projects like Kingdom Come. Peter is the author of the creator owned books The Bridge:How the Roeblings connected Brooklyn to New York with artist Sara DuVall (Abrams), House of Penance with artist Ian Bertram (Dark Horse), Light Brigade with artist Peter Snejbjerg (Dark Horse) and The Mighty with Keith Champagne, Chris Samnee and Peter Snejbjerg (Dark Horse). Peter will be signing autographs at his table. Autographs are $5 per signature.
Joe Wos – Joe Wos has been a professional cartoonist since the age of 14. His career path over the past 30 years has taken as many twists and turns as one of his mazes, as he finds new and innovative ways to pursue his passion for the cartoon arts. Some highlights include spending 25 years touring nationwide as a performer, illustrating stories live as he told them; founding and running a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh; illustrating symphony performances live with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and exhibiting his art in museums worldwide. Joe has also been the visiting cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum for the past 19 years. With MazeToons — a unique hybrid illustration that is part cartoon and part puzzle — Joe has fulfilled a lifelong dream to appear in the funny pages. MazeToons appears in newspapers worldwide. His work on MazeToons garnered a 2020 Divisional Reuben Award for the Variety Category as presented by the National Cartoonists Society. Joe has been drawing mazes since the age of 7 and is regarded as a master maze maker. In 2012, he created the world’s largest hand-drawn maze. Measuring at 140 square feet, it features more than 100 illustrations. The maze garnered international attention with articles in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and media coverage throughout Europe. One of his mural-sized mazes is on permanent display at StarKist’s international headquarters. He is also the illustrator of many maze books including: A-Maze-Ing Peanuts, Mega Maze Challenge, Our A-Maze-Ing National Parks and many more. Joe is also the star and creator of Cartoon Academy as seen on PBS affiliates throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. With great delight, he has heard every variation of the phrase “A-maze-ing.” Kids of all ages are welcome to stop by his table for a free quick cartoon drawing!
Universe of Fandoms Escape Room: Have you ever wanted to try your hand at an escape room? Now is your chance. Interested parties can sign-up at the library for one of six time slots (10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm). Time slots will be filled on a first come basis on October 2. Sign-up for morning time slots starts at 10am. Sign-up for the afternoon time slots begins at noon. Time slots will be filled with members of the same family/friend group. Each group will have a maximum of 40 minutes to crack codes, discover clues, solve puzzles. Do you have what it takes? Ages 13 and up
Sprite Search: Help us locate all of the Super Mario Bros. Sprites. The sprites are loose throughout the building. When you locate one of the sprites, take a picture of it with your phone or mark the applicable number on the Sprite Scavenger Hunt Sheet. Bring your photos (on your device) or the completed Sprite Scavenger Hunt Sheet to the circulation desk for a small prize (while supplies last). If you find all the Sprites, enter for a chance to win the Sprite Search Grand Prize.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Calling all gamers…do you have what it takes to finish the fight? We’re hosting a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. Rules of the tournament can be found on the registration form. Register for the tournament by September 25. Space is limited. Ages 12 and under
Evil Animated 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the baddest of them all?” Find out as cartoon historian Joe Wos goes through the top ten meanest of the mean animated movie villains to ever terrorize the silver screen. From devilish Disney denizens to more surprising forgotten fiends, we’ll discuss the finer points of what makes a truly great cartoon villain. Some images may be scary for young children. Ages 8 and up.
Baby Yoda Craft 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Make your very own Grogu from washcloths, while supplies last. Hot glue is used in this craft. Adult supervision and assistance may be needed. Ages 7 and up
Superhero S Craft 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Children can engage their creativity by making their own letter S superhero. Ages 6 and under
Caricatures 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Stop by to have Clarence Butler draw a free caricature for you. Clarence attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he was instructed in the art of caricature by renowned caricaturist John Johns. In 1982, Clarence set up for his first caricaturing experience at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival, an event he worked every year for 30 years. Clarence has performed his craft at every type of event. From birthday parties to proms to 50 year reunions. From family picnics to corporate affairs, and everything in between. Clarence is pursing a career as a children’s book author and illustrator. What a great way to remember FSPL FanFest!
No pop culture convention is complete without cosplay! Anyone who comes to FSPL FanFest is welcome and encouraged to dress as a favorite character from a comic book, video game, anime, movie, television show, or other pop culture medium. Your costume must meet all of the Cosplay and Props/Weapons Policies so that everyone can enjoy the fun. If you’ve put a lot of effort into pulling your costume together, or you just think you look really good, enter the Cosplay Contest! You must register for the contest at the library prior to 1:00 p.m. Judging will start at 1:00 p.m. and results will be announced when judging is complete. Cosplay Policies and Cosplay Contest Information. All ages.
A Duck Story with the Blocks 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Experience the creation of a comic with Patrick and Shelly Block. 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! **This workshop is not associated with The Walt Disney Company**
Trivia 4:00 -5:00 p.m.
Grab some friends or family and pool your knowledge together at our pop-culture trivia competition. Teams of two to four will compete for bragging rights and a trophy, answering questions from different pop-culture categories. Questions are unique to this session. Space is limited. Sign-ups begin at noon. Open to teens, adults and families with children ages 12+.