Mesa County Libraries Comic Con
Cosplay contest, Panel Discussions, Fan Meetups, Expo Hall
Mesa County Libraries Comic Con will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 10am - 6pm at the Grand Junction Convention Center. Admission is free with a Mesa County Libraries Card or $5 at the door. Kids 10 and under are free!
Mesa County is currently experiencing a high transmission rate of the Delta variant of Covid-19. All Comic Con attendees are asked to be vaccinated and/or tested before attending the event. We ask all attendees to follow safety measures by social distancing, wearing a face covering and to stay home if experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms.
Cosplay contests will take place on the Cosplay Stage breezeway between the convention center and hotel. Contestants may wear costumes of any kind as long as they conform to the Rules of Cosplay.
Registration will take place on the south entrance to the breezeway 30 minutes before each contest. The first 100 cosplayers to arrive for registration in each age group will be entered in their respective contests. The first 20 groups to arrive for registration in the Group Cosplay Contest will be entered. Preregistration is not available.
Contestants will line up during registration and then wait to be called to the stage. Contestants will provide a brief description for the emcee to read as they cross the stage. On stage, characters will exhibit several poses and exhibit all-ages-appropriate character cosplay for 45 seconds each or 90 seconds per group.
Judging by library staff, volunteers, costume professionals, and community artists will evaluate contestants on the following criteria: creativity/originality, craftsmanship/technique, and stage presence/personality.
Prizes for Most Creative, Best Craftsmanship, and Best Stage Presence in each age category will be awarded shortly after each contest. There will be one winning group in the Group Contest based on all three criteria. Prizes will include gift cards to Downtown Grand Junction, Top Five Comics, and Regal Cinemas.
Kids Cosplay Contest (Ages 11 and under)
Teen Cosplay Contest (Ages 12-18)
Adult Cosplay Contest (Ages 19 and up) to be followed by Group Cosplay Contest
The Expo Hall Map can be found here.
R. Alan Brooks
Artists / Illustrators
Steve "CBS" Moore
M. BrookeS Artistry
Orso del Miele
Pangolin Knight, LLC
Pixel Stitch Art
Rio Burton Illustrations
Rose Marie Illustrations
Sapphic Witch Studio
Squid Tint Artist
Authors / Writers
David Munson Books
Local Hero Press
Funkmaster Lovecraft Studios
Mystic Eye Artisans
Razor Sharp Cosplay
The starving nerdist
Two Fish and a Lion
Media / Education
Martial Arts Research Systems
JR's Virtual Arcade
Board Fox Games
Grail Wall Comics
Top 5 Comics
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
10:30 - 11:30 AM
LGBTQ Representation in Pop Culture: Post Plague Edition
Media is an ever shifting way that we define our selves, communities and spaces. Join us as we discuss our favorite and not so favorite media and its relationship with LGBTQ topics.
Beginning Cosplay/ Beginning Puppets
If you're new to cosplay or puppet building, this is a great panel to attend! Get ideas to help you get started creating costumes and/or puppets by looking at everyday objects in new ways, incorporating them into creative three-dimensional designs.
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Star Wars Costuming 101 Q&A
Members of the local chapter of the 501st Legion, an international organization of Star Wars cosplay fans, host a Q & A session about the group and what they do for the community.
Demon Slayer Meetup
A group of cosplayers in character from the manga and anime series Demon Slayer will be playing interactive games with the audience, which will include prizes.
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Comics in Video Games
This panel of video game and comics creators will discuss the connections between video games and popular culture, especially as they crossover with comics. The session will be interactive, allowing the audience to ask questions and share their opinions.
Is Art Worth it? “Hell yeah,” says R. Alan Brooks
Join us for a conversation with R. Alan Brooks centered around the importance of art and his latest graphic novel Anguish Garden. R. Alan Brooks teaches writing for Regis University’s MFA program and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. He’s the author of The Burning Metronome and Anguish Garden – graphic novels featuring social commentary, as well as his award-winning weekly comic for the Colorado Sun, What’d I Miss? His TED Talk on the importance of art reached 1 million views in 2 months.
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Dragons, Dinosaurs and Monsters! Filmmaking in the Grand Valley
In this panel Award Winning filmmakers Hank Braxtan and Arielle Brachfeld speak about making creature feature films in Mesa County and distributing them to Lionsgate. They are joined by Dan McClintock from the WCCC Digital Filmmaking Program, and Evan Curtis from the CMU Animation, Film, Photography and Motion Design Program, to discuss the programs available to aspiring filmmakers, and developing the innovative creative industry partnership that has been utilized for their past 3 films.
Teen Fandom Meetups
Gather with fellow teens to celebrate your favorite fandoms, debate how they should’ve ended, and speculate about where they’re going next!
10:30 - 11:00 AM
12:00 - 12:30 PM
2:00 - 2:30 PM
Anime and Manga
4:00 - 4:30 PM