By KAROLYN GEPHART
Comic book fans ages 10-18 enjoyed a special event recently that was planned and held just for them.
BrazCon, the second annual Brazoria County Teen Comic Convention was held Saturday, Feb. 3, at Shadow Creek High School. The event had 6,500 attending.
BrazCon is sponsored by Brazoria County Library System, Alvin ISD and Brazoria County Communities in Schools.
Sessions and activities were based on comic books, graphic novels, manga, anime and popular fiction. This includes items from Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Dr. Who and Star Wars.
The event was free.
BrazCon was such an amazing and successful event, much bigger than last year. Many of the presenters and vendors said they thoroughly enjoyed the festival saying it was well organized and they plan to come back next year,” SCHS Librarian Elaine Baker said. “BrazCon is a venue for younger tweens and teens who are very much into gaming, cosplay, anime’ and super heroes. It’s a family-friendly event where they can meet people with similar interests that may not happen in other comicons more heavily geared towards adults.”
The most popular events were the Cosplay contest and Mark Kistler’s Drawing Workshop.
Kistler is an American artist who hosts drawing instruction programs for children, young adults, and their parents to teach the freedom and joy of drawing. He portrayed Commander Mark in “The Secret City Adventures,” a fictional space-themed series where he taught child viewers skills and vocabulary to become better artists.
“Mark Kistler (from the drawing workshop listed above) said he did better in sales at this event than he did in three days of a Comicon event in Paris, France and was definitely returning next year,” Baker said.
The librarians have started planning next year’s event.
“This year was great. I just enjoy watching kids get excited about literature, whether it is graphic novels or otherwise,” Baker said.