Library to host first Comic Fest

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published September 11, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — Comics, art and pop culture will be the focus of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s first Comic Fest this Saturday.

The free, family-friendly event will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, featuring games, comic-making workshops, local artists, entertainment and more.

“It’s a celebration of how comics have (made) a large contribution to art, pop culture, movies, TV shows and just about everything,” Adult Services Librarian Kricket Hoekstra said of the event.

Library officials said costumes are highly encouraged and may even be rewarded during a costume contest for all ages.

“We’re very excited to bring the energy of a convention to RHPL and give our patrons a chance to participate in unique events for free,” Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley said.

In the morning, children can participate in a superhero certification, listen to a superhero story, make their own comic books or buttons, and meet “The Ghostbusters” and other characters.

Students in grades two and up can pre-register for a workshop on comic making led by Michigan artists and illustrators Anne and Jerzy Drozd noon-1 p.m. The Drozds will host a second comic-making workshop 1-2 p.m. for which teens and adults can pre-register.

Comic Fest attendees also have the option of pre-registering for an interactive swordplay demonstration and workshop by Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe at 2 p.m. The entertainment will feature “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” combat training, a Jedi lightsaber academy, and a fight and stunt exhibition, according to library staff.

Throughout the day, local author and illustrator Matt Faulkner will be on hand to talk about his graphic novel, “Gaijin: American Prisoner of War,” about a 13-year-old California boy who is half-Japanese and is sent to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Copies of the story, which is based on the history of the author’s great-aunt, will be available for purchase.

Adults can work on a variety of crafts, make “Dungeons & Dragons” figurines with the 3-D printer, or spend time with their families by trying to get out of an escape room, playing board games or video games, or learning how to play “Dungeons & Dragons” from a Dungeon Master. Local art, comics and food will also be available for purchase during the event.

For more information about Comic Fest, visit www.rhpl.org.