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Lee County Library System to hold third annual Comic Fest for downtown Fort Myers Oct. 13

September 14, 2018
Special to The Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Meet artist Stephen Hayford at the Lee County Library System's third annual Comic Fest, an all-ages celebration of pop-culture, fandom and comics. Hayford, a diorama artist who specializes in science fiction and fantasy scenes, is one of the featured presenters at Comic Fest, a fee event to be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Fort Myers Regional Library and Cornog Plaza, 2450 First St., downtown Fort Myers.

The day of fun will include activities, vendors and food trucks from noon to 4 p.m., followed by Teens Rock the River, a battle of the bands competition sponsored by the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and the Lee County Library System.

Attendees are invited to enjoy workshops, karaoke, games, selfie stations, tech demos and more. Tweens, teens and young adults are invited to dress up for the costume parade with a chance to win fun prizes. Registration is required for some programs. Register online at starting Sept. 29.

Program schedule and rules:


(registration may be required)

3D Printer Technology & 3D Pens Noon - 3 p.m., Library Building, Teen Program Room - Ages 10 and up. Guest speaker Chris Presnell will discuss 3D printing technology. Watch the 3D printer in action and learn about its uses. Afterward you can make a small 3D pen project to take home. Sponsored by the Southwest Florida Library Network. Registration is not required, space is limited.

Board Games & More Noon - 3 p.m., Meeting Room D - Ages 10 and up. Come join us as we play different tabletop games together. Registration is not required but space is limited.

Karaoke Noon - 3:15 p.m., Amphitheater on the Plaza - Ages 10 and up. Come sing karaoke, with a list of more than 12,000 songs.

Japanese Culture Class - 12:301:30 p.m., Library Building, Conference Room C - Ages 12 and up. Learn fun facts about Japanese culture and language from Ian Verhine. Registration is required and space is limited.

Small Worlds in Galaxies Far, Far Away - 1-2:30 p.m., Meeting Rooms AB - Ages 8 and up. Hear about Stephen Hayford's work and learn how to create your own sci-fi set out of items around your house or from the recycling bin. Regis-tration is required and space is limited.

Zine Making Workshop 1:30-3 p.m., Meeting Room C - Ages 13 and up. In this 90-minute workshop, learn how to transform a single 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper into a writing or art booklet! Attendees will learn the basics of creating a sequence and turning it into a small, handmade booklet, typically called a zine, that features their writing and/or art. This workshop is run by local zinemakers Love Your Rebellion. Registration is required and space is limited.

Graphic Novels & Manga 2-3 p.m., Library Building, Conference Room C - Ages 12 and up. Ian Verhine presents "Graphic Novels and Manga." Learn about the history of this literature and its influence on our culture and Japanese culture. Find out more about your favorite series and how publication companies choose what stays or what goes. Registration is required and space is limited.

Costume Parade 3:30-4 p.m., Amphitheater on the Plaza, All ages. Do you have a fun costume and want to show it off? Be a part of the Costume Parade. The top finalists will receive a prize. Register in person before the event at the Information Booth on Cornog Plaza between noon and 3 p.m. to qualify.

Teens Rock the River 5-7 p.m., Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St. in downtown Fort Myers - All ages. This one-of-a-kind local competition offers teens the opportunity to perform their original work, live, onstage in front of hundreds of spectators, family and friends. Join us as we listen to the top three bands in the competition and vote for the winner. This event is free and registration is not required.

Additional Activities

(No registration required,

while supplies last.)

Life-size games and lawn games (all ages)

Video games (all ages)

Tech and maker demos (all ages)

Puzzles, crafts and art stations (all ages)

Selfie opportunities (all ages)

Scavenger hunt (all ages)

Food and merchandise available for purchase

Comic Fest Rules

To ensure everyone's enjoyment of this event, attendees must observe the following rules:

No real or realistic looking weapons allowed.

Lack of clothing is not a costume. Shirt, shoes and pants/shorts/skirts must be worn at all times.

Comic Fest representatives, library staff members or security personnel reserve the right to inspect costumes and/or accessories.

Attendees will abide by the Lee County Library System Patron Code of Conduct.

Attendees who do not comply with the rules and regulations will be asked to leave the property.

Individuals who do not want to be photographed or recorded are responsible for removing themselves from the area or notifying the photographer of their opt-out status.



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