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LumaCon North Bay comics creators at Petaluma Public Library


LumaCon North Bay comics creators at Petaluma Public Library

North Bay comics illustrators and authors are signing on to appear at Petaluma’s first comic and popular culture convention, LumaCon, on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Tom Yeates (“Prince Valiant”), Brent Anderson (“Astro City”), J.W. Rinzler (“The Making of Star Wars”), and Paige Braddock (“Jane’s World”) and many others will be displaying their work, and sharing their passion about comics, graphic novels, and pop culture publications with teens and children.

The LumaCon comic convention at Herzog Hall in the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is produced by a team that includes the librarians of Casa Grande High School, Petaluma High School, and the Sonoma County Library. LumaCon aims to gather families and students in the community to celebrate the creativity of our local area. This literacy-based event will highlight reading, art, crafts and imagination.

"Comic books are one of the best way to get kids interested in reading for pleasure. What's great about LumaCon is that it is an opportunity for students and kids to see that you don't have to stop being creative as you get older, and that it can even be a career option," says Nathan Libecap, teacher-librarian at Casa Grande High School.

LumaCon features an artists’ alley with 18 professional artists and writers, plus youth artists from the community. Young people attending can try their hand at comics-related crafts, fandom wall decorating, live action role play, and other hands-on activities, and may come dressed as their favorite character from comics, movies, popular culture, or young adult literature to compete in a cosplay (costume) competition.  “Our goal for putting it on is to have a fun event that encourages reading and fandom and just all things creative, not just comics,” says Connie Williams, Petaluma High School teacher-librarian. Exhibitors include Brian’s Comics, Copperfield’s Books, the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Outer Planets Comics and Games, and Rancho Obi-Wan.

The “shadow an artist” program allows students to sit side by side with a professional artist or writer for half an hour. Registration for “shadow an artist” and for the Youth Artist Alley are open now at the LumaCon website:

LumaCon is a truly collaborative event with librarians from the school and public libraries working with teens from several high schools and middle schools. Kate Keaton, children’s librarian at the Petaluma branch of the Sonoma County Library says, "We are really excited about LumaCon, and we are involving teens at every level – from the planning of the event to staffing the event. There is an awesome community of teens with lots of ideas and energy here in Petaluma and it is great to work with them."

Adults $15, Youth $5, Family $10, Under 10 FREE

Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Herzog Hall175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma