PuliCon 2017: Puyallup's Mini-Comic Con

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Comic Events & Activities

Saturday, May 6, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meet local writers and artists at PuliCon, the Library’s mini-comic convention. We’ll be hosting a variety of panels, an artist alley, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and more! And be sure not to miss our Free Comic Book Day table!
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Join us for a variety of panels about comics, fan culture, and meet an author! These panels are free, open to all ages, and no registration is required. Information about the day's panels will be updated as we get closer to PuliCon.

DIY Kanzashi

Library Board Room, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Kanzashi are traditional Japanese flower ornaments, made of folded fabric. During this panel, we will explore making two different types of beautiful Japanese fabric flowers. Recommended for teens and adults, this panel involves sewing needles, cutting with scissors, and hot glue, so small hands will need assistance from a parent or guardian. Presented by Heather Ashley.

This craft is drop-in! Expect kanzashis to take a minimum of 20 minutes to make.

Scientists Are People, Too

Library Meeting Rooms, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Comics are full of stories about scientists and their wacky experiments - radioactive spiders, super soldier serums, Pym Particles, and more. But have you ever wondered what it's like to actually be a scientist? Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff tells her own story about becoming a scientist, and how important it is to see diverse faces in STEM fields. She also talks about pop culture, nerds, and probably the science of farts (if you ask her).

Dr. Barber DeGraaff is an astrophysicist studying globular clusters. She teaches at Western Washington University and is the STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist. Dr. Barber DeGraaff is also one of the hosts of Spark Science, a podcast about science and stories of human curiosity.
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Dr. Barber DeGraaff, dressed as Doctor Light, a scientist with the power of photonics. She has often served as a member of the Justice League.

Magical Girls Rock!
The Mahou Shoujo Panel

Library Meeting Rooms, 12:45 - 1:45 pm

Magical girls have been a staple of Japanese animation since 1968, grabbing the hearts and the imagination of a young Japanese female viewing audience. The introduction of Sailor Moon to North America increased the popularity of this genre to a global scale, and young girls were captivated by these powerful heroines and their adorable outfits. Join Majokko Misu and Merri Christianson (Fake Geek Girls) as we explore the historical and cultural rise of the magical girl and its impact on Western media.

Illustration by Kathryn Fell

Majokko Misu is a Masters Candidate at the University of Victoria, where she has immersed herself in the study of Japanese Popular Culture for the last four years. Her interest in Japanese street fashion, cosplay, shojo manga, and magical girls have segued into a life of convention hopping throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a dare - what would happen if you did a panel on magical girls? - has evolved into the greatest adventure of her life, being invited to amazing conventions and meeting new, amazing people. She will be completing her Masters degree in late summer 2017.

Merri Christianson is one half of the feminist podcast Fake Geek Girls. She spends much of her free time discussing topics such as representation, social structures, and whatever trendy new teen drama is on TV. While her top two loves are her husband and her pets, Sailor Moon and Star Wars are not far behind, especially when you bring up Ahsoka Tano.

Marissa Meyer
Author Event & Book Signing

Library Meeting Rooms, 2:00 pm

Join us as we host Marissa Meyer, best-selling author of The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless. She will be talking about her recently-released graphic novel, Wires and Nerve, her upcoming book (to be released this fall), and answering questions.
At 3:00 pm, Marissa Meyer will be signing books. Please do not bring other items for signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of King's Books.

In Wires and Nerve, Meyer extends the world of the series with a brand-new, action packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity.
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LEGO: Ask Me Anything!

Library Meeting Rooms, 3:15 - 4:15 pm

Do you love building with LEGO? Have you ever wondered how you could do more with this hobby? Ask members of the South Puget Sound LEGO Users Group. Ranging from collectors and fans to resellers and professional artists, SPS-LUG is here to answer your questions on how to build big! Speakers will include Michael Gilliam, Dan Parker, Kyle Keller, Jeffrey Tom, Scott Nelson, Jaki Gilliam, and RJ Coughlin.
Lego pile

Pokemon Scavenger Hunt

Blood Donation & Raffle

Want to win a $40 gift card to Fantasium Comics, Amazon, or Michaels? And you want a signed copy of Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer? Then participate in our Blood Drive! If you can't donate, tickets for the raffle will also be available for purchase from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, $1.00 per ticket. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Puyallup Public Library. If you have any questions, please email us.

Cascade Regional Blood Services' bloodmobile will be available for donations from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Contact us if you'd like to schedule a time to donate.

LEGO Builders
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Members of the South Puget Sound Lego Users Group (SPS-LUG) will be on hand exhibiting their amazing creations.

We'll also have a separate LEGO building area where you can try out your own designs.

Pokémon Scavenger Hunt

Get a map and begin your search around the stacks. Each Pokéstop has a sticker for the pokémon you've found. Collect them all and win a PuliCon 2017 patch.
Blood and Raffle

Cosplay Portraits

Stop by the Teen Zone to have your photo taken professionally! Charlotte Lewis is joining us to take free photos of cosplay and costumes at PuliCon. All skill levels are invited to have photos taken, if you made your own costume or not! Photos will be available digitally from the Puyallup Public Library's website approximately a week after the event.

Artist Alley

PuliCon features local creators who specialize in art and items that celebrate geeky culture. Here is a list of artists who will be at the event!
  • The Art of John Horsley
    • John Horsley is a comic artist, writer, and podcaster, and will offer original art and prints, as well as promoting his upcoming horror/suspense anthology.
  • Books & Chains
    • We sell science fiction/fantasy books written by Raven Oak and Jesikah Sundin (local authors) and handcrafted chainmaille jewelry inspired by those books.
  • Carrie Potter Comics
    • Art prints, stickers, pins, small zines, and sketches.
  • Chooseomatic Books
    • Novel-length choose-your-own-ending books (rated PG-13, for teens and adults).
  • Christa D Designs
    • This designer, sculptor, and fangirl sells art prints, buttons, stickers, and accessories.
  • Clockwork Dragon
    • Science fiction and fantasy books by western Washington authors Jeffrey Cook, Lee French, Nikki McCormack, Lindsay Schopfer, and Sechin Tower.
  • DefCon One Publishing
    • DefCon One Publishing produces Mad Scientist Journal, related anthologies, and the writing of Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman. Check them out for tales of mad science, horror, post-apocalyptic survivors, paranormal outsiders, super-heroics, and more!
  • Geeky Caticorn
    • Handmade plush, amigurumi, decoden phone cases, jewelry boxes and picture frames, jewelry, clothing, and accessories.
  • James Taylor
    • This local artist is the author of The Bully's Bully, a story about a girl with a gift for empathizing with victims of bullying.
  • Nice Rice
    • Asian pop culture-inspired plush, clothing, and accessories like dumplings, rice balls, skirts, mirrors, and buttons.
  • Quorum of Cute
    • Cute and geeky handmade clothing, plushies, jewelry, accessories, and commission wire names.
  • Silverthorne Crafts
    • Custom leatherwork, chainmail jewelry, and accessories. Also does some repair and restoration work.
  • Something Pretty
    • Buttons, baubles, and all the craft things meant to inspire! Join artist and  button enthusiast Kayla Townsend in her wonderfully whimsical world.
  • StarryCrowns
    • Art prints, stickers, stationery, key chains, and cosmetics/pencil bags.
  • Troy's Work Table Publishing
    • Poetry chapbooks, mini-zines, coloring books, art photos, and original artwork.
  • Veraca
    • Anime and video game keychains and fanart, original fantasy novel and art relating to it, and handmade plushies from the anime Tengan Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Wayward Studios
    • Wayward Studios offers original comic books and mini comics with art and stories by Crystal M. Rollins and Emily R. Gillis. They love to bring together women-centric stories featuring adventures, romance, magical creatures, and drama.
  • Xedouteyes
    • Andrew Schons is an artist from Seattle who loves to make comics, zines, and colorful art.

  •  Are you interested in participating in our Artists Alley? Download the Artist Alley Application and Guidelines, as well as the Vendor License Agreement, and submit them to the library for consideration. We have limited space to feature artists at our event and cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive a space. Application deadline is Monday, April 24, 2017.


Free Comic Books


10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Stop by the Library and choose from a wide selection of comics for Free Comic Book Day. We'll have a little something for everyone. While we can't guarantee that we'll have every title available, click here to see a list of the comics that publishers are releasing for this year's event.

Treat your inner comic book fan to series like Wonder Woman, Legend of Zelda, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Doctor Who, Attack on Titan, Marvel's Secret Empire, or Rick and Morty, just to name a few of the titles we’ll have available. Supplies are limited, so visit us early for the best selection.
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Free Comic Book Day Partner

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Puyallup Public Library. We partner with Fantasium Comics (1500 South 336th Street, Suite 12A, Federal Way, WA 98003). Visit the Free Comic Book Day to learn more.

The first Free Comic Book Day was held in 2002 and the event has continued to grow over the years. We are proud to take part in this program, which gives away millions of comic books to interested readers every year.

The comic format can encourage readers of all ages and interests, providing quality literature as well as a gateway for reluctant readers. Comics can cross cultural boundaries in a way that most prose works do not. The Puyallup Public Library offers comic collections for children, teens, and adults, as well as titles studying the value of reading comics.