The Dover Public Library’s Comic Con event on Saturday was a huge success with attendance numbers exceeding expectations. With an estimated attendance of over 2,000 people, the library was filled from the moment the doors opened with a diverse group of people who all share a love of anything to do with comic books, cosplay, movies, and the like. Comic Con offered something for everyone.
Immediately upon opening patrons could take part in shopping in the vendor room, which featured Acorn Books, Superior Comics, Pete’s Games, WB Collection, Alicia’s Anime, The Velvet Monocle, and others, or peruse Artist Alley, which included PLB Comics, Pyschotic Parrot Press, and over a dozen local artists. For the kids there was a coloring station, cube crafts, face painting, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Minecraft games running every half hour. With the Delaware Anime Society running anime showings every hour there was even a space to sit down, relax, and enjoy a show.
One of the highlights of the day was the costume contest, which saw around a hundred applicants. The contest was broken down into four age groupings and saw costumes that spanned across different themes and eras. Many were spot on depictions of characters, while others put a spin on their outfit. Judges for the contest came from 501st Legion, known around the world for their Star Wars costumes, who also spent the day interacting with patrons and posing for photographs. All winners of the contest received a $15 gift certificate to Superior Comics. The winners of the contest are shown at the bottom of the post.
There was also a graphic novel contest, which saw Kennedi Catron take first place for the entry Useless Villain. A story that reversed the character roles as the reader was meant to empathize with the villains of the story instead of the protagonists. Julian Kain-Kasday, Sophia Seck, and Timothy Patterson each submitted their own graphic novels entitled, F.L.E.A. The Search for Samuel Lee, The Moon’s Mystery, and The Wire. Each participant received an art print from PLB Comics.
Thanks to the availability of food trucks on-site, it allowed for participants to stick around and enjoy the day in its entirety, ensuring that no event would have to be missed or passed over. The Fandom Dance closed out the Comic Con, with 125 participants, which allowed guests of 13 years or older to enjoy a music selection that incorporated music from all of the popular shows, movies, and games that the day catered to.
We would like to thank all of our participants for helping to ensure a safe and fun environment for everyone, as well as a thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who helped the to make this day a memorable one.
0-5 group Fairy Princess
Kids 6-12 group
Lady Deadpool & a TARDIS
Teens 13-19 Toothless & Elizabeth from Bioshock
Adults 20 & up
Marceline & a Ghostbuster