Every Hero Has a Story
Get your ComicCon on at this year’s Family Reading Festival, where “every hero has a story”! The Family Reading Festival will be on Saturday, November 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year, the Festival will move to Iola High School.
Authors appearing at the Festival, and the times of their presentations, are:
Josh Cotter, author of Skyscrapers of the Midwest and other graphic novels, 2:00 p.m.
Mark Eberle, author of Kansas Baseball, 1858-1941, 1:00 p.m.
Stephen Gilpin, illustrator of Wires and Nerve graphic novel series, 11:00 a.m.
Michael Graves, author of To Leave a Shadow and Shadow of Death, mysteries set in 1930s Kansas, 11:00 a.m.
Carol Murray, author of Cricket in the Thicket, 2:00 p.m.
Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of Boys of Steel, Bill the Boy Wonder, and other graphic novels (via Skype), 1:00 p.m.
Ian Michael Spurgeon, author of Soldiers in the Army of Freedom: the 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War’s First African American Combat Unit, 12:00 noon
Roderick Townley, author of The Great Good Thing, A Bitter Magic and other young adult novels., 12:00 noon
The keynote will be given at 10:00 a.m. by Brian McTavish, “Comic Genius: Masterworks of American Graphic Storytelling”.
Author presentations and book signings
Make ‘n’ Take room, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Talk Read and Play Allen County room
Superhero Training: Leap tall buildings with a single bound like Superman! Throw a shield like Captain America! And more! 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cosplay and photo booth: come in superhero costume if you want to; take your picture posing with Batman, Captain America, Superman, or Wonder Woman; make your own comic scene with props and speech bubbles; 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Comic Book Reader’s Theater, performed by ACC drama students, 11:00 a.m.
Reading and hero-related exhibits
Virtual Reality Expeditions
Sign up for Expeditions at registration. 10 participants per session, ages 8 & up. You must download the app to an Android smartphone. We’ll provide the goggles.
10:00 Community Heroes: They Are All Around Us!
11:00 Superheroes: Masks, Capes, and Super Powers
Noon Kids Heroes: Don’t Let Their Size Fool You
1:00 Unlikely Heroes: Made Up of Feathers and Fur
2:00 You Can Be a Hero:…In Your Own Way
Comic Books Road Show
A “Comics Book Road Show” will be provided by Frank Mangiaracina of Be-Bop Comics in Kansas City from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Bring in items from your comics collection, and he can help appraise their value and share some information about them.
Batman & Bill film
The film tells the story of the co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger, who received little credit for Batman during his lifetime. 2:00 p.m.
Marshall and Chase
Meet Paw Patrol’s Marshall & Chase and take a photo! They will make appearances during these times:
Help support future Family Reading Festivals by purchasing raffle tickets. Baskets being raffled are:
Batman & Branson
Fun for Little Tykes
Fall Family Fun
Tickets are $1 each, $5 for 6 tickets, or $10 for 14 tickets. The drawing will be held at the Family Reading Festival at 3:00 p.m. Need not be present to win.
Thanks to our funders for the 2018 Festival!
Helen Gates Whitehead Testamentary Trust
Iola Convention and Tourism Committee
Friends of Iola Public Library