Virtual Comic Con at Home 2020
We at Mesa County Libraries are extremely disappointed that we won’t be able to hold MCL Comic Con in person this year, but the health and safety of our community is our highest priority.
Instead we will be presenting some of the most popular elements of Comic Con virtually this year.
Graphic Novel Reading Challenge
The Graphic Novel Reading Challenge encourages comic fans to read graphic novels for the month of October. Register and participate on Beanstack from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.
There are three age categories:
Kids read for 7 hours and do 4 activities to complete the challenge. Some activities include things like watching a short video, creating a comic using a drag and drop template, and viewing our graphic novel reading list for kids.
Teens read for 8 hours and do 4 activities to complete the challenge. Some activities include things like watching a short video, creating a comic using a drag and drop template, and viewing our graphic novel reading list for teens.
Adults read for 10 hours and do 4 activities to complete the challenge. Some activities include things like watching a short video, creating a comic using a drag and drop template, and viewing our graphic novel reading list for adults.
Prize drawings will be taking place on October 16 for all age categories, and again on October 31 at the end of the Graphic Novel Reading Challenge. Prizes are Comic Con mystery bags that include a variety of Comic Con merchandise, graphic novels, and buttons.
Check out our Graphic Novel reading lists to find your next graphic novel!
2020 Schedule of Events
Aug 28 - Oct 28 Comic Con Art Show at the Central Library
Sept 5 - 26 Call for Cosplay Contest submissions
Sept 18 at 4:00 pm Teen Anime Watch Party
Oct 1 - 31 All Ages Graphic Novel Reading Challenge
Oct 2 - 9 Comic Con Take and Make (available while supplies last)
Oct 6 at 2:00 pm Comic Con Story Time
Oct 7 at 10:00 Comic Con Story Time in Spanish
Oct 7 at 6 p.m. Vintage Toys with Artist in Residence Evan Curtis
Oct 8 at 9:30/10:00 Comic Con Story Time
Oct 10 Cosplay Contest video release
2020 Cosplay Contests
Cosplay contests will be held virtually this year. Registration will take place from Sept 5 to Sept 26. Contestants may wear costumes representing any fandom as long as they are appropriate for all ages.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
- Kids Cosplay Contest (Ages 11 and under)
- Teen Cosplay Contest (Ages 12-18)
- Adult Cosplay Contest (Ages 19 and up)
- Group Cosplay Contest (All-ages groups of 2-10 cosplayers with the same theme or fandom)
Cosplayers may only compete in one competition.
- Must be Mesa County Libraries card holders
- Must complete the online registration form
- Provide a brief description of their costume
- Provide name and fandom of their character
- Agree to the photo release form
- Submit 1 to 3 photos in different poses of themselves in costume
Judging by library staff, costume professionals, and community artists will evaluate contestants on the following criteria: creativity/originality, craftsmanship/detail, and photographic presence/personality.
Prizes for each age category will be awarded during the week of October 10. Prizes will include gift cards to Downtown Grand Junction, Top Five Comics and official MCL Comic Con merchandise.
Comic Con Art Show
View the Comic Con Art Show at the Central Library from Aug 28 - Oct 28, or view the virtual show below!
What is Comic Con?
Mesa County Libraries Comic Con is a fun, free, family-friendly event that brings together fans and creators, old and young in celebrating the importance of stories and fandoms that connect us and enrich our lives. Since our first Comic Con in spring 2015, this highly anticipated event has quickly grown to attract more than 5,000 attendees from across the Western Slope. Highlighting graphic literature, sequential art, and comics as a literary medium, Comic Con includes an Expo Hall featuring local and regional artists, authors, cosplayers, crafters, and media creators. Panel presentations give attendees an opportunity to deep dive into topics of interest; fandom meetups provide opportunities to discuss favorite characters and meet others with similar passions; and everyone can take part in cosplay, photo ops, and cosplay contests. 2020 will be a virtual event including a costume contest and art show.
What is cosplay?