Library Mini-Con

Date: November 16th, 11 – 4 p.m.

Check back for updates, if you have ideas or want to participate shoot us an e-mail and let us know!

Registration appreciated.

Mini-Con Logo

Here is some of what we have planned for 2019:

Some of the activities being planned.
  • Pixel Crafts with Perler Beads
  • Nerdy Embriodery
  • A Con-Quest – can you complete the Library Quests?
  • Photo Booth
  • Extra-life w/Retro Gaming
  • Virtual Reality Games with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Panels and workshops: Schedule TBD
  • TBA
  • Toonseum Presentation
  • TBA
  • Cosplay Fashion Show
What is...?
Our Library Mini-Con is a family friendly celebration of comic books, movies, graphic novels, anime, comic art and more! So stop by and check out the activities we’ll be having, as well as the vendors selling comic items!
General FAQ

Q: Is there a cost to attend this event?
A: No, there isn’t. This event is free to the public. But bring money though! We’ll have booths of vendors selling comics, and fandom related items.

Q: Is cosplay/costumes allowed?
A: Yes! Cosplay is strongly encouraged at our event. We just ask attendees to keep in mind this is a family event when choosing outfits. (Also Check out our Cosplay FAQs for more information about the cosplay policy at our library)

Q: Are you doing a cosplay fashion show ?
A: Yes we are! As our culminating event for the mini-con, we roll out the red carpet and all our costumed attendees are welcome to show off their outfit.

Q: Will there be anything else to do at the library?
A: Yes! We will have crafts to do, as well as some games and other events throughout the day.

Q: Can I still check out books that day or use the computer?
A: Yes, we will still be open for business as usual. However be aware the mini-con will be throughout the entire library, it will be busy that day, and noisy.

Q: Can I take photos during the event?
A: Yes! If you want to take pictures with, or of a cosplayer be sure to ask! Chances are, they’ll say yes.

Q: When will the event schedule be posted?
A: We will have the event schedule up several weeks before the con. We will continually update our information page as we are able.

Cosplayer FAQ

Q: Are there costume specifications that I should know about?

· We love seeing cosplays representing movies, TV shows, books, anime, and video games!
· Original costumes not representing a particular character are awesome too!
· Creativity is encouraged.
· All costumes must be suitable for a family-friendly audience.
· Nudity or the illusion of nudity is not allowed.
· Profanity (including messages on clothing) is not allowed.

Q: What props am I allowed to bring?

· Prop weapons made of light materials such as foam, cardboard, or wood are allowed.
· Prop firearms or weapons must not be so realistic that they could be mistaken for actual weapons. Barrels of all prop firearms must have brightly colored caps in the barrels.
· No metal-bladed weapons including swords.
· No hard prop weapons made of metal or fiberglass.
· No projectile weapons of any type, including water guns.

Fan Art FAQ

Q: What are the ‘Terms and Conditions’ of the Fan Art Exhibition?
A: We will have the official list up soon! Check out the rest of the FAQ for now and see if any of your questions are answered there.

Q: Is there a size limit for the Fan Art?
A: We prefer you keep the size smaller than 12″ x 12″.  We don’t have space to display huge posters at the moment. If you’re doing something that is 3 dimension, we prefer the size be kept around or smaller than 12″ x 12″ x 12″. Contact us if you really want to submit something that is a little over those guide lines.

Q: Are the restrictions regarding what medium I use?
A: Not at all. I mean, we’d prefer if you don’t give us a beautifully done chocolate sculpture, or a peep diorama (we have no way to preserve and protect it). But paint, clay, pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastels, digital art, yarn, metal, and so on, are all fine. If you have something odd you want to submit let us know first, please!

Q: Is there content limitations?
A: This is a family friendly event. The library reserves the right to reject anything submitted that is deemed by the staff to be explicit.

Q: I mean is there content limitations regarding the fandom my fan art is for?
A: No there isn’t! Our con celebrates all fandoms from comics, to anime, to movies.

Q: Is there a deadline?
A: We’d like to receive all submissions by November 10th, so we can start planning the display arrangement. If you need a special extension, please contact us prior to the deadline.

Want to participate?

If you’re interested in hosting a workshop/panel or having a table during our mini-con please contact the library and let us know!
Please fill out the Exhibitor Application and e-mail it to us.

We do have extremely limited space for tables this year, but you’re always welcome to check and see if we still have spots. !

2019 Exhibitor Application Word Doc.

Phone: 412-221-3737

Exhibitor FAQ

Q: What counts at an Exhibitor?
A:  Any and all of the below (and probably some we forgot) would all be included in the Exhibitor Application.

  • Artist/Illustrator
  • Cosplay/Crafter
  • Author/Writer
  • Education / Non-profit
  • Podcaster/Media
  • Book/Comic/Game/Collectable/Toy Shop

Q: Do you provide any tables?
A: We have some 30″ x 60″ tables. We can provide one table to each exhibitor at a first come first serve basis when applying. You are more than welcome to bring your own table(s) if you would like.

Q: The application mentions donating item(s) for the contests, am I required to donate stuff?
A: No, you’re not. We just appreciate the donation for use as a raffle prize for con attendees. Everyone gets a ticket at the front door to be entered to win that prize basket from our vendors. 

Q: When can I setup my booth?
A: The Friday evening before the event (times listed on application), and also that Saturday morning before the con start time. If you need special accommodations outside those hours please contact the library and we will do our best to work with you on that.

Q: Am I required to stay all day?
A: Exhibitors are strongly encouraged to stay all day, but we understand if that isn’t possible. Just let us know when you’ll be available to attend.

Q: Do I need to bring lunch/water?
A: We will provide light refreshments and some beverages for exhibitors throughout the day.

Q: I have an idea for a panel as well as I want to have a table, what should I do?
A: Fill out the application for the table, and also reach out to us regarding the panel. We would love to hear your ideas.

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Photos from previous years…