Comic Con

comic con

Save the date!  Mesa County Libraries Comic Con will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Two Rivers Convention Center. Check back in the spring for more details.

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 30 local and regional artists, authors, cosplayers, crafters, and media creators. Panel presentations give attendees a deeper dive into their chosen topic, while kids enjoy hands-on activities, teens participate in gaming, and everyone takes part in cosplay, photo ops, and costume contests. A literary special guest highlights Comic Con each year.

See what we did last year:

Highlights included fandom meetups, panel discussions, kids and teens activities, hands-on workshops, cosplay and a costume contest.

Special Guest

Ian Doescher

Ian Doescher, author of the brilliantly unique “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” book series, will be a special guest at Mesa County Libraries Comic Con.   Ian will be presenting "Star Wars Meets Shakespeare" at 1:30pm on the Main Stage and signing books afterward at 2:30pm.


Full Schedule (click/tap to enlarge)

Printable Schedule

Comic Con Map

Comic Con Schedule

Main Hallway:

  • All Day: Friends of Mesa County Libraries Comic Con Bag Sales
  • All Day: Barnes & Noble Book Sales (Featuring Ian Doescher's Works)
  • All Day: Mesa County Libraries Information
  • All Day: Concessions Available for Purchase
  • 9am - 3:30pm: Comic Con Costume Contest Registration
  • Fandom Meetups


Main Events (Main Stage):

11:00 AM - Kids Costume Contest (Ages 0 – 11 / Register by 10:30am)
Participants: Register at the Costume Contest Registration Table in the Main Hall at Comic Con by ½ hour before the contest you are entering. Participate for a chance to win a prize donated by exhibitors! Everyone Else: Enjoy the show!

12:00 PM - The Science of Jurassic Park
Julia B. McHugh, Paleontologist at Museums of Western Colorado
Rob Gay, Paleontologist and Education Director, Colorado Canyons Association
Joshua Smith, Paleontologist, Western Slope Paleontological Services

Grand Junction paleontologist Julia B. McHugh and other experts discuss the science behind Jurassic Park movies and entertain questions from the audience about paleontology and movie “science.” Dinosaur lovers, this is for you!

1:30 PM - Star Wars Meets Shakespeare
Ian Doescher, author of the “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” series

Visiting Grand Junction from Portland, Oregon, New York Times bestselling author Ian Doescher will read from the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series and engage the audience in a Q & A session. His unique books are officially licensed retellings of George Lucas’s Star Wars films in Shakespeare’s 16th Century iambic pentameter style. May the verse be with you!  Book signing to follow at 2:30pm.

3:00 PM - Teen Costume Contest (Ages 12 - 18 / Register by 2:30pm)
Participants: Register at the Costume Contest Registration Table in the Main Hall at Comic Con by ½ hour before the contest you are entering. Participate for a chance to win a prize donated by exhibitors! Everyone Else: Enjoy the show!

4:00 PM - Adult Costume Contest (Ages 19 and Over / Register by 3:30pm)

Participants: Register at the Costume Contest Registration Table in the Main Hall at Comic Con by ½ hour before the contest you are entering. Participate for a chance to win a prize donated by exhibitors! Everyone Else: Enjoy the show!


Presenters / Panel Discussions

stephen hillard

Dennis Nowlan10:00 AM - Create Your Own Comic Book (All Ages)
Stephen Hillard & Dennis Nowlan
The creators of Farway Canyon, a genre-spanning comic book set near Grand Junction, share how they created a spooky comic book destined to become a TV series. Zombies, monsters, ghosts, heroes…the sky’s (not even) the limit for you!

11:30 AM - The Marvel Cinematic Universe for Dummies (All Ages)
Sundial Hoffman & Co.
Have you wondered who these comic heroes are and why they matter? Haven’t had time to read all those back issues of comics? Zoom into their universe and marvel at the difference your new knowledge makes when you watch the next blockbuster!


Sherry Ficklin

1:00 PM - Damsels Not in Distress: The Rise of Strong Women in Fiction (All Ages)
Sherry Ficklin
Delve into the rise in popularity of strong heroines in literature and film in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and comics. Wonder at the powerful impact of these female characters and discover how they are influencing the future!

This panel will be hosted by local author Sherry Ficklin with commentary from her special guests, authors Shay West, Renee Collins, and Jodi Gallegos.


2:30 PM - Zomb Squad: The Webseries Q & A (Teens & Adults)
Christian Stokes & The Zombie Squad
Zomb Squad is an episodic comedy/horror web series recently filmed in Grand Junction. Pick the brains of the series’ director and actors and view a series premiere!


Jennifer Swartwood

4:00 PM - Creating Your Own Superhero Series (All Ages)
Jennifer Swartwood
Discover your own super powers and find your voice through the powers of hands-on activities. Follow along and learn from the creator of The Ferrokin herself! It is never too late to create a new universe!



Exhibitors (Exhibitor Tips for Success)

Exhibit Hall open 9am to 5pm




Top 5 Comics
Comic Books

501st Legion
Star Wars Costuming group

Infinity Media Productions


Theory Comics

Justice League of Hope

Western Slope Ghostbusters
Entertainment/Meet & Greet

WCCC Comic Book Club

Zomb Squad
Web Series Producer

Comic Books and Fan Art

The Pearled Rose
Chic & Geek Accessories

Out West Books

Comic Talk616

Graphic novel/musical/slideshow presentation

Exhibitor Hall Map

Kids Activities (Kids Room):

10-11:00 AM - Superhero Story Time
Wynell Webster, Mesa County Libraries Head of Branch Services

12-2:00 PM - Balloon Artist
Willy Tuz,Willy’s Wild Carvings

2-2:30 PM - Drawing Dinos
Melody Brooke Safken, Mesa County Libraries Artist in Residence

3-5:00 PM - Face Painting
Christina Pope, PaintGirl



Cosplay / Costume Contest

Comic Con attendees must abide by the Rules for Cosplayers.

Participants: Register at the Costume Contest Registration Table in the Main Hall at Comic Con by ½ hour before the contest you are entering. Participate for a chance to win a prize donated by exhibitors! Everyone Else: Enjoy the show!

11:00 AM - Kids Costume Contest Main Stage (Ages 0 – 11)

3:00 PM - Teen Costume Contest Main Stage (Ages 12 - 18)

4:00 PM - Adult Costume Contest Main Stage (Ages 19 and Over)


Fandom Meetups:

Main Hallway

10:30am - Harry Potter

11:30am - Anime

12:30pm - Star Trek

1:30pm - Superheroes

2:30pm - Undertale

3:30pm - Star Wars

4:30pm - Horror

Comic Con FAQs

What is cosplay?

Literally "Costume Play"-- dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character (usually a sci-fi, comic book, or anime character).

Cosplay Etiquette

Cosplay events can be exciting and fun, whether you're a participant or guest. Sometimes all the excitement can be a little overwhelming, causing us to forget our manners and basic social behavior lessons. Here are a few reminders:

Personal Hygiene - Please wear plenty of deodorant. This may seem like a no-brainer but it gets hot in packed convention halls and rooms especially, if you are wearing a heavy or thick material costume.

Photos and Videos - Ask first. Most cosplayers are proud of their costumes and will pose for you but ask first. It’s polite!

Don't touch - Don’t run up and just grab someone. There are real people underneath the character and costume. If you want a hug or a pose with your arm around them, politely ask their permission first.

Don't get stupid - if you are a cosplayer, remember, you are representing a character that is cherished by fans. Don’t do or say anything stupid that will tarnish the representation of the character. 

Props - Don’t pick up a fellow cosplayer’s prop without their permission. People put a lot of work into their costumes and props, so respect them. 

Don’t monopolize the guest artists’ time - Others want to have a meaningful experience, too. Have yours and then move on! Also, remember, don’t touch!

Weapons - If your cosplay character carries a prop, make sure it doesn’t violate convention rules; also, be aware of where you are in relation to other people when you brandish it or swing it around. 

How much does it cost?

There is no admission charge to get into the Mesa County Libraries Comic Con, although there will be lots of Awesome things for sale by local and regional artists, authors, crafters and collectors in the Exhibit Hall.

Ian Doescher will be doing a free book signing after his presentation and Barnes and Noble will have copies of his books to purchase including the brand new The Force Doth Awaken.

No outside food or drink is allowed in the convention center, however, the concession stand will be selling food and snacks including Yoda wraps, Gotham’s Bat Wings and Jurassic Nachos. There are also many great restaurants within walking distance.

Are there any activities for kids?

Yes, there will be fun activities for kids throughout the day. We even have a room just for kids under 12 and their guardian(s). We will start the day with Super Hero Story time at 10:00, then the kids Costume Contest at 11:00.  Other activities will include Face painting, a Balloon Artist, How to Draw Dinos and more.


Hotels and Local Information


The following downtown hotels are offering a Comic Con group rate for $134 per night.  There is a $6 parking fee per vehicle per night.

springhill suites fairfield inn hampton inn


Comic Con 2016 Highlights