Crazy about Comic Fest

There were plenty of excited children, families and youth in costumes and Cosplay earlier this month as Cairns Libraries hosted Comic Fest, a concluding event to our Comic Book Month.

The iconic Cairns City library provided the perfect venue for the community to engage in activities and events related to pop culture, Cosplay, comic books, graphic novels and manga. With over 500
in attendance, the library buzzed with excitement and enthusiasm as many youth and like-minded individuals congregated throughout the library in a dazzling display of Cosplay and costumes.

Events included a Super Hero Storytime with local author Natalie Mooney providing a special reading of her book ‘Please don’t cry’. Australian author Nicki Greenberg provided Comic art workshops and an author talk on graphic novels.

Activities at the STEAM Station included a popular Edison Robotics demonstration on lunar terrain, presented by James Collins, from the State Library of Queensland. The Attack on Titans Catapult challenge gave budding engineers the opportunity to design, craft and test their own catapults using everyday craft items.

Partnerships with local community organisations provided an exciting range of activities including; Cosplay hair and makeup demonstrations, a Cosplay Bingo competition and a 3D body scanning technology display.

For those who were looking for a quieter and more relaxed setting, a ‘Comic Chillout’ room provided just that, with cushions, mats, books and a movie screening of ‘A letter to Momo’.

It was a fantastic event bringing local families and the community together, inspiring youth and adults alike to celebrate reading, Comics and pop culture within the library.

About the author
Sandy Sayaxang is a Children & Youth Librarian at Cairns Libraries.