Cons. The shortened word for fan conventions can elicit excitement from die-hard fans or head-scratching from people who have never been to one or even know what they are. Some cons focus on a particular genre, such as science fiction or anime; whereas, other conventions can be specific to a fandom, which is a subculture of people who share a common interest and camaraderie around a particular topic, such as a television series or book series.
The library is a great resource for all things fandom, and, to celebrate the area’s love of science fiction, fantasy, superheroes, graphic novels, and more, the library is holding its fourth convention, CRRL-Con, at the Howell Branch on Saturday, May 19, 1:00-4:00. The event has a costume contest for children, teens, and adults; local artists; crafts; photo and video booths; films; and more. The event is free, and it is a great way to spend the afternoon with family and friends or to come out and meet others.
For someone new to cons, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin in exploring a new genre, so listed below are some great novels to begin with.
With Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s 3rd annual CRRL-Con coming up on May 20, now is the perfect time to indulge your comic book craving. Whether you are new to comics, getting back to them after a break, or have always been a comic book fan, the variety of characters and storylines in comics means there is always something out there to entertain you. The public library has an extensive collection of comic books and provides a great way to “test drive” something new to see if you like it. Checking comics out means you can try one and, if you don’t like it, return it and try another, no financial commitment needed. You can even borrow several and see which is your favorite. The library has the big names, like Thor, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and even Archie and Casper. But the possibilities are endless, so here are a few more suggestions.
"I live in Fredericksburg with my wife, and I have a Chihuahua and a Brussels griffon. I play in a rock band called Sequels, and I host a podcast called Comic Cons about anything comic book-related where we review comic book movies. I also host a podcast called Real to Really?!? about movies and music videos from the 80s and 90s."