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2015 Comic Con

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Join us for our Second Annual Comic Con at the Tazewell Library on Saturday, June 6, 2015. This event goes between 10 AM – 2 PM.

A complete schedule for the event is coming soon.

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Come dressed as your favorite super hero, fantasy or science fiction character. Whether you like Spider-Man, Doctor Who, Star Wars, or Mickey Mouse, this is the event for you.

Read about 2014 Tazewell Comic Con

Comic Con Rules

Safety is our number one concern. Attendees are expected to adhere to TCPL’s Conduct Policy.

Remember that this is an all ages event so please wear appropriate costume attire. All costumes should have a PG rating.

Real weapons are not permitted.

  • Toy or prop guns must have a bright orange, obvious tip to show they are non-working guns.
  • Fake swords must not be sharp. Attendees cannot wave or wield fake swords or weapons at the Comic Con. In other words, swords must stay in a sheath.
  • Do not bring professional or compound bows.

Any costume weapons may be disallowed at the discretion of library staff.

Scheduled Events

Techie Tornadoes: 10:15 AM

The award winning Richlands High School Techie Tornadoes will be doing a robotics demonstration at 10:15am.

Technie Tornadoes - 2014 Comic Con

K-9 in Action: 11:30 AM

Watch Tazewell County’s own Super Heroes, the Sheriff Department K-9 Unit, jump into action and fight crime.

K9 - Tazewell Sheriff

Guest Author – Stephen Semones: 11:00 AM

Best-selling author, journalist, and founder of Sir Reel Films, Stephen J. Semones has gone on to develop some of the most ambitious projects in independent film, including the short-feature, The Wraith: Eyes of Judgment, and the web-series, Nothing’s at Stake.

Now retired from film, Stephen decided to focus on writing. His candid how-to-book on filmmaking, Beyond the Lens: A Beginner’s Guide to Filmmaking, hit the best-seller list three times and further established him as a formidable force in both the film and literary worlds. Since then, Stephen put his focus on fiction and returned to his comic-book forte with the highly anticipated novel, The Wraith: Crossfire. His other fiction works include contributing three short stories to the horror and science fiction compilation Timeless Requiem from Millenia Press and short stories for the Coscom Entertainment Metahuman anthologies. Stephen recently topped the Amazon Best-Seller list with his superhero novel, GLOOM, a high-octane adventure series.

Stephen currently resides in Tennessee with his beautiful wife and their four children.

For more information on Stephen J. Semones, check out Facebook or his website.

Author Stephen Semones

Master Kasey Addair – Martial Arts Demonstrations

11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Master Kasey Addair is a 4th dan Tae Kwon Do and a 3rd dan Tai Jutsu..

Draw Olaf & Friends

10:00 AM & 1:30 PM

Come learn how to draw Olaf from Frozen and other animated characters.

Learn to Draw at the Tazewell Comic Con

Costume Contest: 12:00 PM

Come dressed as your favorite super hero, fantasy or science fiction character. Whether you like Spider-Man, Doctor Who, Star Wars, or Mickey Mouse, this is the event for you. Remember that this is an all ages event so please wear appropriate costume attire.

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The costume contest will be for four age groups:

  • Kids (Birth – 5 years old)
  • Kids (6 – 12 years old)

  • Teens (13 – 18 years old)
  • Adults (19+)

Check back for Comic Con Costume Contest Entry and Photo Release Form.

Guest Artist

Artists: Brian and Marie Bridgeforth – Bridgeforth Design Studio

Drop by at Brian and Marie Bridgeforth’s table at the Con to watch them do drawing demonstrations through out the day. These co-owners of Bridgeforth Design Studies are based out Bristol, TN. Marie is originally from Tazewell.

Brian draws with Pencil, Marker, Watercolor, and Pen and Ink, and creates custom characters, super heroes, and concept art. Brian also sculpts in 3D in the computer and is a product designer. He has designed for Marvel, Disney, and Walmart stores. Brian is currently working on graphic novels for Clint Blevins’ A Western Tale, and Joey Collard’ Solon.

Marie paints in watercolor, oils, and acrylics, and is a colorist in Photoshop. Marie also is a video editor. She has published short stories in the book, Timeless Requiem and is currently working on Neeko Nekro: Undead Pirate Catgirls, and Jonny Bristol, works in progress.

Bridgeforth Studios

Plastic Modeling & Miniature Painting: 1:00 PM

Jerry Conner is a graphic artist from Bluefield State College. As a plastic modeler, Jerry has won numerous awards at local and regional modeling competitions. He is personally proudest of the Bronze Medal he won at Wonderfest, probably one of the largest dedicated science fiction and fantasy modeling conventions in the United States.

Censorship in Comics: 10:30 AM

Learn a brief history about censorship in Comics, including why many comics are banned or challenged.

Memory Lane (Toy Seller)

Memory Lane Toy box will be selling vintage and new toys at this year’s Tazewell Comic Con so bring your money. They will have a wide variety of toys for sale, including Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, TMNT, DC, Marvel, Lego figures, and Skylanders.

Pixelnation Retro Game Store

Pixelnation Retro Game Store, based out of Princeton, WV, will have a gaming station and be selling some of their retro games.

Fandom Meetups

Meetup with other people in the Tazewell community that like similar TV shows, movies, or books.

Dr. Who: 10:45
Sherlock: 11:00
Harry Potter: 11:15
Tolkien: 11:30
Game of Thrones: 11:45
The Walking Dead: 12:45
Supernatural: 1:00
Star Trek vs. Star Wars: 1:15
Anime/Manga: 1:30
Avengers vs. Justice League: 1:45

Door Prizes

As you walk in the door, be sure to enter your name for a chance at a door prize. Prizes will be announced immediately following the Costume Contest, approximately 12:30PM.


Take a break and let your inner child explore its creative side with the awesomeness of Legos. This will be an ongoing activity in the children’s room.


Decorate your own power bracelet and mask at our craft stations.

Trivia Contest

How well do you know comics and/or pop culture? Come out and show off your knowledge in 4 different rounds of pub-style trivia. All ages welcome, individuals or teams up to 6 may enter.


You don’t even need to leave the library for lunch as Thompson Valley Church of God will provide food and drinks for this year’s TCPL Comic Con.

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