CRRL-Con: Saturday, May 20, 2017

3rd Annual CRRL-Con: A Comic Book Convention at Your Library!

CRRL-Con returns to England Run Branch for the third year on Saturday, May 20, 1:00-4:00. Unleash your inner superhero while enjoying an afternoon featuring cosplay, a costume contest, free comics, artists, crafts, gaming, a photo and video booth, films, free balloon creatures, and much more! All ages. 

Costume Contest for ALL AGES!

Starting at 3:15 by the England Run fireplace, the CRRl-Con costume contest begins! Prizes will be awarded for children, teens, and adults.

Join the All Day Fun . . .!

-Get your free custom balloon creation from Ryan The Balloon Guy.

-View and purchase comics from comic book dealers.    

-Game your heart out with Wii and Xbox gaming, along with Euro-style board games for all ages.

-Strike a pose in our photo and video booths—superhero props provided! Check out our CRRL-Con Flickr album for past photo booth pictures!




We’re celebrating the return of CRRL-Con all through May!

May the 4th Be with You!
England Run Branch, Thursday, May 4, 6:30–8:30 
Celebrate all things Star Wars with a showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a mini Star Wars photo booth. Dress as your favorite Star Wars character and you’ll be entered into a raffle drawing. Grade 7–adult.

More May the 4th Be With You!CRRL-Con Costume Contest
Newton Branch, Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6 
Drop in for Star Wars books, games, and a do-it-yourself Star Wars crafts station. Snap a selfie with a stormtrooper and enter a raffle to win Star Wars memorabilia!

Fabulous Friday: Geek Out!
England Run Branch, Friday, May 5, 4:30–5:15 
Fun and games based on your favorite fandoms, from Star Wars to Harry Potter and beyond! Grades K–6.

Sketch Up, Draw Away!
Salem Church Branch, Saturday, May 6, 2:30–4:30
Explore the art of drawing during an open workshop with expert artists in celebration of Comic Art Month and the Comic Art Show. All ages.

Grow a Reader Special: Superheroes!
Headquarters Library, Tuesday, May 9, 9:30–10:00
Porter Branch, Friday, May 12, 9:30–10:00 and 10:30–11:00
Salem Church Branch, Friday, May 12, 10:00–10:30 and 11:00–11:30

Stories, songs, and activities. Ages 2–5 with a caregiver. Drop in. Daycares welcome.

Marvel Movie Night!
Salem Church Branch, Wednesday, May 10, 6:00–8:00

Come enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) in celebration of Comic Art Month. Teen-adult.

Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics
Porter Branch, Thursday, May 11, 7:00–8:00 

Christopher Irving, a comic book and popular culture historian, performs a reading of his book co-authored with Seth Kushner. Subjects include Stan Lee (Marvel Comics, Spider-Man), Frank Miller (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Chris Ware (Building Stories), Harvey Pekar (American Splendor), and Dennis O’Neil (Batman). A Virginia Museum of Fine Arts program. Teen-adult.
Fabulous Friday: Gotta Catch ‘Em All!
Headquarters Library, Friday, May 12, 4:30–5:15 

Battle and catch Pokémon through themed games and activities. Presented by the Teen Council. Grades K-6.

Fabulous Friday: Captain Underpants: The Man, The Movie, The Madness!
Snow Branch, Friday, May 12, 4:30–5:15CRRL-Con Games
Porter Branch, Friday, May 19, 4:30–5:15

Who’s faster than a speeding waistband and more powerful than boxer shorts? Grades K-6.

Third Annual Comic Art Show Opening
Salem Church Branch, Saturday, May 13, 2:30–4:30 

Calling all comic artists and fans! Meet and mingle with comic artists of all ages at our opening reception. Artists can submit 1–2 original pieces of comic work for the show to be displayed for the month of May. Artwork accepted at the Salem Church Branch, April 21 to April 28. All ages.

Star Wars Fun
Cooper Branch, Saturday, May 20, 11:00–12:00
Are you a Star Wars fan? Come in and have fun making lightsabers, fighting jets, and more. Grades K—6.

The Cage
Porter Branch, Mondays, 6:00–8:00
Salem Church Branch, 2nd Mondays, 6:00–8:00
England Run, 3rd Fridays, 3:30–5:00

Play video games, create art, and get together with fans of manga and anime. Drop in. Teens only.

Comics and Graphic Novels at the LibraryCRRL-con Photobooth

-New Graphic Novels in our catalog

-Download comic books through OverDrive eBooks and eAudio

-Download comics and graphic novels through Freading eBooks

-Shelf Life reviews and articles on Graphic Novels and Comics

Booklists created by CRRL Staff:
-May the Force be With You! (Adults)
-Great Comic Series for Adults
-Historical Graphic Novels (Kids)
-Pokémon GO! (Kids and Teen)
-Science Graphic Novels (Kids)
-SF, Fantasy, and Heroic Graphic Novels (Teen)

​ Courses

Interested in digital illustration or animation? Check out these online video courses, and then click here to get started with your library barcode!

3D Character Animator
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Digital Illustrator
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Graphic Designer
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Motion Graphics Artist
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