BPL Comic Con!

Berkeley Public Library Comic Con 2023 designed by Briana Loewinsohn
Poster by Briana Loewinsohn
October 28, 2023 - 10:00am-5:30pm (ended)

Welcome to Berkeley's first ever library comic convention!

BPL Comic Con 2023 will take place @Central from 10:00am to 5:30pm on Saturday, October 28, 2023

A free, all-ages, one-day event focused on all things comics, art, and animation. From strips to graphic novels, fanart and cosplay, to professional creators, we've got something for every fan.

Join us for a full day of fun featuring renowned authors/artists and other special guests, including panels and talks, workshops, booksales, artist alley of vendors, and even an art exhibit lent to the library by the Cartoon Art Museum.

Book sales provided by Pegasus Books and Eastwind Books.

 

For any access questions or requests including Sign Language Interpretation, please call 510-981-6107 or TTY 510-548-1240 at least 5 days in advance.

Schedule of Events

bplcon schedule

10:00am-5:30pm: Artists/Vendors Open | All Ages | 1st Floor Commons and 3rd Floor

10:30am-11:30am: Talk w/ Andrew Farago, Cartoon Art Museum: I Left my Art in San Francisco | Adults | 5th Floor 

10:30am-11:30am: CANCELED - Workshop - Gothika: Ghastly Poem-Comics by Weird Folks w/ Trinidad Escobar | Tweens and Teens | 1st Floor Teen Room

11:30am-12:00pm: Crafting Creatures: Interactive Drawing w/ Minnie Phan and Eugenia Yoh | Kids 6-10 | 4th Floor

12:00pm-1:00pm: Mabuhay! Filipino Comics and Culture w/ Rina Ayuyang and Trinidad Escobar | Adults | 5th Floor

1:00pm-2:15pm: Keynote Talk: Gene Luen Yang | All Ages | 2nd Floor Mystery Room

2:00pm-3:00pm: Kids Zine Workshop w/ Anne Dandan | Kids 6-10 | 4th Floor

2:15pm-3:00pm: Panel Discussion w/ Gene Luen Yang, Thien Pham, Briana Loewinsohn, and Jason Shiga; Signings to follow | All Ages | 2nd Floor Mystery Room

3:00pm-4:00pm: New and Exciting! Reader's Advisory Panel w/ Zoe Hu of Comix Experience & Eitan Manhoff of Cape & Cowl, Moderated by Rita Sapunor | Adult and Teen | 1st Floor Teen Room

3:30pm-4:30pm: Talking Graphic Novels for Kids w/ Jon Chad and Karen Schneemann | Kids and Tweens | 4th Floor

4:00pm-5:00pm: Keynote Talk: Mike Mignola; Signing to follow | Adult and Teen | 2nd Floor Mystery Room

Artist Alley & Vendors Hall

Flyer for Vendor Hall. Light gray polka dots disappearing vertically toward the center, with blue and black text on yellow and orange signage shapes on top and bottom, and graphic "OMG!" in yellow and red and "Support Local" in black on pink.   Flyer for Vendor Hall. Light gray polka dots disappearing vertically toward the center, with blue and black text on yellow and orange signage shapes on top and bottom, and black text listing participating artists.

Check out our Artist Alley & Vendors Hall, where you'll be able to browse and purchase incredible, handmade comic art, publications, gear, and ephemera by local artists and publishers! Click on any of the featured artist vendors below to see what kind of work they'll be bringing:

A.B.O. Comix | Andrew Carl | Anne DanDan | Asha Sudra | Ben Seto | Besties Tours 2023: Thien Pham, Gene Yang, Jason Shiga, & Briana Loewinsohn | Books and Art Prints | Carmen Johns | Christina HuCody Vrosh | Comix Experience | Crumpled Paper Crafts | East Bay Alternative Book & Zine (EBABZ) Fest | Fog Cats / Yanchako | Fred Noland | HAETAE | Justin Greenwood | Kenneth Tan | Laneha House | Leah Jean | Likely Lexi | Martin Hsu | Mr. Meatsuit | Seafox Studio | Slumptown Supply Co. | Steven Yu | This Paper CloudTingamagick Comics & Arts | Tony Fleecs

 

Huge thanks to Briana Loewinsohn for designing our Comic Con poster image!

This event and others are sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library

 

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