SOUTHINGTON - Southington Public Library’s ComicCon will return Saturday, May 6, offering a day of costumes, comics and pop-culture related crafts and activities.
The convention will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library at 255 Main St.
Guests can pose for pictures with costumed superheroes and life-sized props, learn to play the card game Magic: the Gathering and participate in a Super Smash Bros. video game tournament.
The event will open with a Harry Potter potion-making activity at 11:30 a.m. and will also include a “live action Angry Birds” game at 2:30 p.m.
There will also be face-painting, ride-able Jurassic World dinosaurs, crafts where children can make Pokeballs and Thor helmets and a “Cosplay Runway” in which guests will be given materials to make their own costumes and will compete to assemble the best outfits.
Area gaming stores Eye Opener, of Newington, Richie’s Comic Cabana, of Waterbury, and Alternate Universe, of New Haven, will have tables where guests can pick up comic books.
Children’s librarian Molly Virello, who organizes the ComicCon, said that 900 people came to the inaugural event last year. She also organized a Renaissance Fair at the library last year which drew 600 people.
“Comic books and nerd culture have become socially acceptable now,” she said. “I feel like with the craziness of the world people are looking for some kind of hope and Superheroes represent that. Comic book companies are also marketing a lot more to kids now with things like Superhero High.”
Virello said that she would be dressed as Wonder Woman for the event and that she would be bringing friends from her cosplay group, “Hero Army,” dressed as Star Lord, Iron Man and more.
In preparation for the ComicCon, Virello has also been hand-making several Harry Potter wands for one of the activities.
“The potion-making activity will have a lot of silliness and will be very visually interesting,” said Virello, who will dress as a Ravernclaw House witch for the activity. “We will also be setting up screens which participants can wave wands at to ‘cast spells.’ A lot of us are really nostalgic for Harry Potter here.”
The live action Angry Birds activity is based on a popular mobile phone game in which birds run into block fortresses to try to defeat an army of evil pigs. Participants will be throwing balls at the structures to topple them.
“We wanted something fun in which children would be able to use their hand-eye coordination skills,” said Virello. “To me, this is what I always hope conventions will be: a lot of hands-on activities that bring things you see on the screen or read about in books into the real world.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.