Comic-Con was yesterday. Not the New York or San Diego Comic-Con. But the Boise Public Library at Hillcrest Comic-Con. My Comic-Con. As an acquaintance said to me at a bar last night when I told her about the program, “Comics at the library? Can you get any more fucking nerdy?” No. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun. My library has cultivated a niche with families – a good thing. However, I was hoping to draw teens and adults. The few that came were unfortunate cast-offs because I had to devote so much time to kids. Lessons learned for next year.
So my big Library Comic-Con is this weekend and it’s not running quite as smoothly as I had hoped. One of the activities I hoped to provide was to make Steampunk jewelry. Steampunk is a meshing of mechanical items especially gears with other Victorian themes to provide an antique futurism. It’s cool. It’s also not happening. I had an online supplier giving me a great deal on a bunch of gears and stuff but backed out. She probably realized that gears and other Steampunk supples are hot right now and hid the fact by claiming to “miscount her stock.” Uh-huh
I may have mentioned that I am putting together the first ever Comic-Con at my library. It’s going to be awesome! I’m trying a different approach by asking the public to help put on, and run, the program There’s lots of graphic novel devotees who care passionately about the art form and I want them to have a stake. I have help running the Pokemon and Magic tables, I now need artists to lead comics workshops. I think this is where public libraries are headed. We are information co-ops where everyone is invited to bring their talents to the table.
I officially confirmed a partnership between the library and BAM (Boise Art Museum) for our Library Comic-Con program. BAM folk are coming to present and talk about the amazing comics program going on at the museum. They will also provide information on it’s workshop with the show’s artists the following week. I also talked to Captain Comics – a terrific comic store on Vista Ave. and a fellow Boise Bencher – gave us some great comic books to distribute as prizes. Library Comic Con is going to rock. I hope it’s going to be as big as I think it will be.
I am leading the charge on a new special library program this November. We are holding our first every library Comic Con. For those not in the graphic novel know, Comic Con is a national comics convention held every year and includes all sorts of cool comic-related activities and is famous for the many and varied costumes. We want comic aficionados (geeks), we want costumes, and most of all we want shared ownership. I am recruiting kids to help design and run the program, hoping their expertise will make this event more authentic, and fun, that I could do alone.
Why I can’t shake this I don’t know but I can’t get the song “Who Let the Dogs Out?” out of my head. It all started yesterday as I was preparing for my weekly Thursday toddler storytime. This week’s theme was dogs. I was going to use the Baha Men’s one-hit wonder as a way to get the little rascals to dance. Now I can’t keep the song from rattling around in my brain. Except for some unknown reason, I keep replacing the word “Dogs” with random assortments of cuts of beef. As in, “Who Let the Cube Steak Out?”
I put together an awesome library program today. I called it “How Things Work (and How They Don’t)” and it’s something I recommend everyone do. I went to a last chance distribution center and bought 120 lbs of broken electronics for $30. The junk included blenders, fans, stereos, answering machines, and a Billy Bigmouth Bass. I collected a bunch of screwdrivers and just opened the doors. After a short q&a about how to use the tools, I let them at it. For two hours these kids ripped crap apart. It was awesome. I forgot how fun it can be to break things.