The Tazewell County Public Library proudly hosted the first Comic-Con in Tazewell County on June 7th from 10am – 2pm. Comic-Cons celebrate comics, super heroes, science fiction, fantasy, and gaming. This free family-friendly event kicks off their 2014 summer children’s program.
The Richlands High School robotics team, the Techie Tornadoes, appeared at the library at 12pm to give a robotics demonstration. They recently won the Virginia state championship and appeared in the world competition in St. Louis, MO. Learn more about them on their Facebook page.
Clinton Rowntree Blevins was born in the magical land of Jackson, Mississippi. On a trip to England in 1990, he began writing his first book at the age of eight, which was a thrilling success, and international bestseller, in his eight-year old mind. Since that time he has felt an urgency to get his stories out of his head, in some format, before they steal all of his sleep, and drive him mad. In 2008 he began writing screenplays for Luminarium Pictures, owned by award winning producer Mark Fincannon and Tamara Bracken. C. R. Blevins lives in East Tennesee. He discussed his book A Western Tale – Part One: The Overture, which is a stylized fantasy novel set in the wild west. Part Two: The Bridge is actually getting released this winter. Check out his website and Facebook page.
Local artist Melissa Angles gave workshops for children on drawing techniques. She has a BA from Sterling College in Kansas with a concentration in Studio Art. She has taught Art to children at Bluefield College’s Fine Arts Community School.
Technical Services Librarian Erica Hall gave a talk about “Women in Comics.” This discussion centered around the state of female heroines, female writers, and female fans in comics.
Reference Librarian Chris Wilkes recommended comics/graphic novels for children, teens, and adults in his panel “Graphic Novel Recommendations.” This is a perfect starter for those new to the graphic novel format or want to read comics besides superheroes.
A small video gaming area was set aside to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Just Dance, and Mario Kart.