Four Books to Celebrate ImagiCon 2018 at ImaginOn Library

Join the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at ImaginOn for our 3rd annual ImagiCon. This free festival-style program celebrates the culture surrounding comic books, graphic novels, manga, anime, fandoms, and gaming. The program is for ages 0-18 and their families, and its aim is to provide a safe space for those interested in exploring the genre, inspiring their creativity, and learning about local industry careers and artistry opportunities. 

Listed below are four books chosen to get your family excited and ready to celebrate Imagi-Con. Locations listed below are housed inside ImaginOn Library. 


Superhero Storytime will kick off our programming for young children at 10:00 a.m. in Spangler Library. Ages 0-5 and their families are invited to enjoy superhero stories, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of superheroes. The book Superhero Instruction Manual by Kristy Dempsey is recommended for preschool – grade 2, and explores the topic of what makes a real superhero. After storytime, children of all ages are invited to design their own one-of-a-kind cape and mask. 


LEGO Talk will be hosted by the NC LEGO Users Group in The Round at 11:00 a.m. This panel is designed for ages 8-18, but all are welcome to attend. At this panel, they will discuss the history of the LEGO brick and take questions from the audience about how they create their electronic, movable, and truly amazing LEGO structures. Grab a copy of the LEGO Ninjago (Dark Island Trilogy) by Greg Farshtey, recommended for grades 6-9. This trilogy is about the balance between good and evil, and is the most recent publication from the LEGO Ninjago series. 



Hail to the King: An Introduction to the Work of Jack Kirby will be presented by Dr. Michael Kobre in the McGuire Woods Board Room at 11:00 a.m. This panel is designed for ages 12-18 but all ages are welcome to attend. Jack Kirby has been hailed as one of the most influential comic book writers, second only to Stan Lee. Learn more about him by checking out Marvel Visionaries by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. This book is recommended for grades 6 and up and featur

es all of his earlier work.  



History of Comic Books will be presented by Kenya Sloan in the McGuire Woods Board Room at 3:00 p.m. This panel is designed for ages 12-18, but all ages are welcome to attend. The panel will be about the significance of women, minorities, and other topics as they pertain  to the history of comic books. When comics and graphic novels first came on the scene, there were very few female and/or minority lead characters. It was decades later before we were introduced to a female lead that was not scantily clad. Today, one of our most popular graphic novelists is Raina Telgemeier who is responsible for mega-popular titles such as Smile, Drama, and Ghost, all which feature female leads.  


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is where many young people are first introduced to comic books through the graphic novel and manga collections housed at all twenty branches.  ImagiCon aims to recognize and celebrate this interest in comics, and grow the audience for the genre.  For more information, please visit our online calendar. 

We hope to see you at Imagi-Con!

Lonna Vines is the Children’s Librarian at Hickory Grove Public Library. She hosts a monthly Comic Book Club for preteens and is a member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library ImagiCon planning team.