Public library caters to fandoms


Whether you’re mad over the Minions, a superfan of Spider-Man or wild over Wonder Woman, MINICON is where you want to be.

The third annual fandom convention is taking over the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour on Friday night and Saturday.

It doesn’t matter what you’re a fan of — comic books, cartoons, television shows or gaming, said Lola Snyder, head of youth services.

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“Whatever you like, you can celebrate,” she said. “Superheroes, Disney, Marvel, DC, television shows, anime, whatever. Think of it as Halloween in July without the focus on black cats and pumpkins.”

Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite fictional characters and enter the cosplay and costume contests.

Last year’s event brought in more than 500 people.

“We expect and hope for an equally big crowd this year,” Snyder said.

Organizers have added an adult-only night from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Attendees must be at least 18, and volunteers will be checking identifications.

Planned activities include Cards Against Humanity, Are You a Werewolf?, Storytime with Deadpool and a Dungeons and Dragons crawl. Adults also can bring in their own video games and controllers to play together Friday night.

Food will be available for purchase that evening from several food trucks set up in the farmers market parking lot, just south of the library.

Saturday will be family-friendly with activities for all ages from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a Dragon Trainer Academy for the younger crowd and a Dungeons and Dragons crawl for older kids.

Learn how to do special effects makeup with a demonstration from the Fear Fair crew.

Other games, activities and crafts include Pathfinder and Yu-Gi-Oh!, paint a picture with Spider-Man, make a Minions bookmark, a murder mystery, pictures with Cinderella and much more.

Breakfast and lunch will be available Saturday from the Nacho Momma’s food truck, which will be set up in the library parking lot.

What makes MINICON so much fun is the people, Snyder said.

“I really like hearing about their costumes and what show, book or comic they come from,” she said. “I love how they enjoy celebrating the things that make them happy.”

For a complete and detailed listing of activities, visit the library in Seymour and pick up a MINICON program.

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What: Third annual MINICON fandom convention

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday for adults 18 and over; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for all ages

Where: Jackson County Public Library, 303 W. Second St., Seymour

Cost: Free

Information: Visit the library and pick up an event program


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