PuliCon 2018: Puyallup's Comic Convention

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Comic Events & Activities

Saturday, May 5, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

All Day

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.
Trail Tales

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, Doctor Who, PokémonMy Hero AcademiaLegend 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.
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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.

LEGO Builders

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Members of the South Puget Sound Lego Users Group (SPS-LUG) will be on hand exhibiting their amazing creations.

Blood Drive

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cascade Regional Blood Services' bloodmobile will be available for donations from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Contact us if you'd like to schedule a time to donate.
CRBS PuliCon 2018

Geeky Story Time: Star Wars!

10:30 - 11:30 am

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!

Cosplay Photography 

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.

He Man PowerPoint

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.

Cosplay Dance (1)

Cosplay Dance 

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.

Artist Alley

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!
  • Art by Danie
    • Artwork from popular shows, games, and comics, as well as original art. From spooky to cute, I have artwork for everyone!
  • Beauty & Geek
    • Handmade bags, purses, wallets, and other sewn items using fandom-related fabrics. I also have comic book-wrapped letters.
  • Books & Chains
    • We sell science fiction/fantasy books written by Raven Oak and Jesikah Sundin (local authors) and handcrafted chainmaille jewelry inspired by those books.
  • BuzzBuzz Games
    • BuzzBuzz Games sells import video games from Japan for Famicom, Super Famicom, and more. We also have other gaming and anime merchandise.
  • CKChains
    • At my shop, I sell chainmaille jewelry and hand-painted wooden pins.
  • Clockwork Dragon
    • Science fiction and fantasy books by western Washington authors Jeffrey Cook, Lee French, Nikki McCormack, Lindsay Schopfer, and Sechin Tower.
  • Cori Dietsch Illustration & Design
    • Dragon and sci-fi art prints.
  • DefCon One Publishing
    • 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!
  • DerangedHyena Art
    • Mechanical animal prints and accessories, whale & crustacean-themed stickers, jewelry, original designs, and various fan art prints and accessories.
  • Erika Rae Heins
    • A selection of Tolkien and fantasy-based illustrations using pen-and-ink, watercolor, and calligraphy. Available in prints, note cards, and mugs.
  • Kimchi Kigurumis and Crafts
    • 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!
  • KJH Art
    • Selling original comic books, merchandise, and art dealing with themes of mental illness, self-empowerment, and the occult, with a side of cute fluffy animals.
  • Morbid Heart Design
    • Original geeky fan art done in a variety of mediums, from ink to acrylic paints.
  • Pau and Loma
    • We are two sisters who create and design cute geeky art and crafts. We make acrylic key chains, hand-pressed buttons on the spot, stickers, prints, hand-knitted bags, and commissions.
  • Playful Deviants
    • 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.
  • Riley's Rainbow Slime
    • Riley creates a slime product in a variety of different scents, colors, and textures. For this event, she will feature comic-inspired slime products.
  • Silverthorne Crafts
    • Silverthorne Crafts provides custom, hand-crafted leather-work for sale at medieval and pirate events, as well as fantasy and sci-fi conventions.
  • Something Pretty
    • Buttons, baubles, and all the craft things meant to inspire! Join artist and button enthusiast Kayla Townsend in her wonderfully whimsical world.
  • Squishy Wizard
    • I make geek-themed art and home decor, including deck boxes, dice boxes, signs, and party decor featuring themes like dinosaurs, space, and fandoms.
  • StarryCrowns
    • Art prints, stickers, buttons, hand-sewn cosmetics pouches, note pads, charms, Inktober zine, charms, hand-painted wooden jewelry, and more! Featuring original and fan art.
  • Threnodi's Threads
    • Plush dolls, hats and scarves, family-friendly adventurous webcomic books, and face painting.
  • Troy's Work Table Publishing
    • Inktopodes by Troy's Work Table Publishing are original pieces of watercolor and pen-and-ink art that feature octopuses and other cephalopods.
  • Veraca
    • Creator of an original fantasy adventure novel center around two young men, and adorable key-chains that will up the cuteness factor wherever you decide to hang them.
  • Wayward Studios
    • 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.

Free Comic Book Day Partner

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Puyallup Public Library. We partner with Fantasium Comics (1500 South 336th Street, Suite 12A, Federal Way, WA 98003). Visit the Free Comic Book Day to learn more.

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.