DANVILLE — Comic book lovers will have the opportunity to come together and celebrate their affinities for super heroes, fantasy and storytelling at the fourth annual Danville Comic Con hosted by the Danville Public Library on Saturday.
This year’s theme is “Avengers,” to celebrate the recently released Marvel movie “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Jessica Auguston, the library’s outreach director, said May also is recognized as “comic book month.”
Those who attend Comic Con will be given a passport at the library to visit several downtown locations, including Vintage Villains comic book shop and the Fischer Theatre, for games, crafts and presentations. They can then return to the library with a fully stamped passport to receive a free comic book.
There also will be a cosplay costume contest, and winners of their own age divisions will receive prizes.
Auguston said Danville Comic Con is an important event for comic book fans in the area who might not have an opportunity to go to a Comic Con in a larger city.
“Besides Vintage Villains, there’s not a lot of opportunity to get involved in comic books and graphic novels, but people may not know we have a pretty large collection here at the library,” she said.
One of the speakers is Brian Morris, a freelance writer who specializes in comic books and graphic novels.
Morris said he hopes to share what he's learned through his own freelancing experiences, which applies to other creative means besides writing, though most comic book writers are freelancers.
“It’s been that way since day one,” he said. “It wasn’t until the late ‘70s or so that it became more prevalent for writers to receive contracts and health care benefits.”
Morris was born in Danville and acted with DLO Musical Theatre and Red Mask Players when he lived here. He said there are a lot of creative outlets for people to get involved within the area because community members are very supportive of the arts.
He added mentorship in his field is an important way to help foster creativity at a young age, which is why he’s happy to return to Danville for Comic Con.
“It’s a way for us in the creative community to pay it forward,” he said. “May be one day we can inspire someone who can become the next J.K. Rowling.”
Morris' seventh book was recently released, and his work can be found at www.risingtide.pub.
If you go
Comic Con is open to the public 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Danville Public Library.