Meet local writers and artists at PuliCon, the Puyallup Public Library’s comic convention. We’ll have vendors, speakers, games, an artist's alley and more! And be sure not to miss our Free Comic Book Day table!
Meeker's Trail Tales:
A Retro Adventure
Do you have what it takes to journey on the Oregon Trail? Gather your provisions, hope for the best, and hit the trail with Ezra Meeker! Using the ClueKeeper app, you and your team must answer puzzles, follow clues, and solve this pioneering scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt will be free to access during PuliCon, and available for purchase after May 5, 2018.
Free Comic Books
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Stop by the Library and choose from a wide selection of comics for Free Comic Book Day. We'll have a little something for everyone. While we can't guarantee that we'll have every title available, click here to see a list of the comics that publishers are releasing for this year's event.
Treat your inner comic book fan to series like Avengers, RWBY, DoctorWho, Pokémon, My Hero Academia, Legend of Korra, or DC's Super Hero Girls, just to name a few of the titles we’ll have available. Supplies are limited, so visit us early for the best selection.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join us for crafts all day--or until they run out! You'll be able to make your own art with perler beads, create magnets from comic books, piece together a planter from floppy disks, and design your own buttons! We'll also have our free drawing table for you to leave your mark, and coloring sheets for kids.
Virtual Reality Drop In!
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Check out a whole new world... virtually! Take a look at First Contact and Oculus Dreamdeck with our VR equipment. Participants must be 13 years old or older. Ages 13-17 will need a signed parental permission form. Adults will need to sign a form on the day of the event. No impaired or ill people may use the equipment.
In a galaxy far, far away (in the library's meeting rooms), come join our geeky children's librarian for some singing, reading, and dancing around the Star Wars universe. Parents can learn neat facts about brain development while kids hear stories and make a Star Wars craft. We'll focus on ages 1-5, but all ages are welcome!
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Professional photos will be available free of charge from Zuniga Photography! Get amazing photos of your cosplay, family and more.
DigiPen Institute of Technology: An Education in Interactive Entertainment
1:00 to 2:00 pm
DigiPen Institute of Technology provides exemplary education and furthers research and innovation in science, engineering, arts, digital media, and interactive computer technologies. Building on a foundation of academics, industry knowledge, and team-based collaboration, we inspire students to pursue lifelong learning and empower them to become leaders and originators on a global lever. Join us in this session to see what it takes to be a DigiPen Dragon and learn what it means to work in the exciting field of Interactive Entertainment.
BattleDecks: Nerdy PowerPoint Karaoke
3:30 - 4:30 pm
In this improv game of PowerPoint Karaoke, you'll make up a presentation based on slides you've never seen before. Impress the audience with your amazing oratory skills and eloquence. We'll have prizes for the best speaker(s) and thank-yous for participants. If you're not feeling up to presenting, this is a fun and funny event to watch!
This activity is recommended for ages 12 and up, due to somewhat spontaneous content. All presenters must be at least 12 years old.
If you'd like to learn more about BattleDecks, check out this website.
Puyallup Activity Center
5:00 to 9:00 pm
Celebrate your fandom at the Cosplay Dance! Dance the night away in costume and show off your passion for your favorite books, shows, games, and comics. There will be a live DJ, costume contest, light refreshments, and photo opportunities.
Think your costume rocks? Then take part in the costume contest! It will start at 7:00 pm and have the following categories:
Best craftsmanship for adult, child, and family/group
Audience pick for best overall
This event is hosted by the City of Puyallup's Parks and Recreation and it will be at the Puyallup Activity Center (210 W Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98371). Registration opens on April 9th and space is limited to the first 150 people. If space is still available the day of the event, cash entry fees will be accept at the door. Click here to buy your tickets.
PuliCon features local creators who specialize in art and items that celebrate geeky culture. Here is a list of artists who will be at the event!
DefCon One Publishing produces Mad Scientist Journal, related anthologies, and the writing of Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman. Check them out for tales of mad science, horror, post-apocalyptic survivors, paranormal outsiders, super-heroics, and more!
Kimchi Kigurumis specializes in onesies ranging from your favorite animal to your favorite superhero! But wait - there's more! We also specialize in helping you rock your Pop Culture Pride with hand-embroidered pins, plush keychains, and phone charms! Want something for the hearth and home? We also have embroidered wall hangings with punny quotes, movie quotes, your favorite characters, and more!
I make handmade creature and monster, anime, and rave apparel, fleece hats for all ages and nerds alike. Each hat is unique and one of a kind, made with durable anti-pill fleece that is machine-washable.
Wayward Studios offers original comic books and mini comics with art and stories by Crystal M. Rollins and Emily R. Gillis. They love to bring together women-centric stories featuring adventures, romance, magical creatures, and drama.
Are you interested in participating in our Artists Alley? Download the Artist Alley Application and Guidelines, as well as the Vendor License Agreement, and submit them to the library for consideration. We have limited space to feature artists at our event and cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive a space. There is no table fee. Application deadline is Friday, April 20, 2018. AT THIS TIME, THE ARTIST ALLEY IS FULL. ANY APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST IF ACCEPTED.
The first Free Comic Book Day was held in 2002 and the event has continued to grow over the years. We are proud to take part in this program, which gives away millions of comic books to interested readers every year.
The comic format can encourage readers of all ages and interests, providing quality literature as well as a gateway for reluctant readers. Comics can cross cultural boundaries in a way that most prose works do not. The Puyallup Public Library offers comic collections for children, teens, and adults, as well as titles studying the value of reading comics.