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Join MoComCon 2022 this January 15

MoComCon 2022, MCPL’s annual celebration of all things comics, graphic novels and fandoms, returns on Saturday, January 15.

Check out our schedule of virtual events and join in all day long. Click on each event link below in the schedule to learn more. We will update with direct Zoom links on Saturday morning.

MoComCon Event Schedule

Super Hero Storytime
10:30 – 11:00am
Craft Demos11:00 – 11:45am
Toy Design: From Screen to Shelf with Jen Tan of Pixar12:00 – 1:00pm
Gaming Trivia1:15 – 2:15pm
Board Games: The Creative Process2:30 – 3:30pm
Art Contest Slideshow3:45 – 4:00pm

Stay tuned to the blog for MoComCon 2022 art and essay contest winners.

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Enter the MoComCon 2022 Art & Essay Contests!

MoComCon Returns to MCPL in January!

MoComCon happens January 15, 2022, this year at the Germantown Library! MoComCon 2022 Art & Essay contests also return as part of the celebration of all things comics, graphic novels and fandoms. The deadline to enter both contests is December 15.

What are the MoComCon Art & Essay Contests?

Do you like to draw or write? Then our Art and Essay contests are for you. You can enter art, essay, or both, just make sure to read the entry form directions and submit a separate form for each contest. Completed Art and Essay entries will be accepted electronically Monday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 15. Art contest is open to ages 5 years – adult. Essay contest is open to ages 8-14 years.

Cosplay Contest Happens at MoComCon 2022

Is Cosplay or dressing up more your style? Then our Cosplay contest is for you! Open to all ages, the day of MoComCon Saturday, January 15, 2022. Print and fill out your entry to bring with you to MoComCon 2022 at Germantown Library. Limited to the first 20 entries in each age group. Parent signature required for ages 17 & under.

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Learn more about MoComCon 2022, including the events schedule, at the event website. And join us at Germantown Library on January 15th!

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Graphic Novel (10+) and Cartooning (50+) Classes Produce Amazing Art!

A drawing class is a wonderful venue to tell a story, express emotions, communicate and connect with others. Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) conducted two five-session virtual classes in May and June: “Create a Graphic Novel” (for ages 10 and up) and “Cartooning” (for ages 50 +). In partnership with MCPL, illustrator, cartoonist and animator Leila Cabib taught the classes, offering a unique opportunity for participants to demonstrate their creativity and imagination.  Both classes were funded in part by a Wheaton Cultural Project Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. 

As they worked on their cartoons, students in “Create a Graphic Novel” learned to combine the conventions of graphic novel storytelling: narration, dialogue, character design, dynamic page layouts and cinematic techniques. They refined their rough pencil drawings into finished art with pen and ink and watercolor pencils.

View the artwork from Elisha J., Binyam, Mehak, Michelle, Stella, and Sofia in this gallery.

Participants were asked to pick a Wheaton locale for the setting of their stories. Brookside Gardens, Urban Artistry Dance Academy and Pine Lake at Wheaton Park were just a few of the settings of the cartoons created by students attending this class.

View the artwork from Sandra S., Patricia, Rosa, Peter, Peggie, James, and Nirmala in this gallery.

“Cartooning” class participants created caricatures, original characters, single- and multi-panel cartoons and experimented with pen-and-ink techniques. The Wheaton Library, the pond and the dog park at Wheaton Park were some of the scenarios participants chose to frame their artwork. Attendees at both 5-week session classes enjoyed sharing their artwork with each other during the Zoom sessions, which encouraged collaboration and fomented social interaction. MCPL and Cabib will offer “Create a Graphic Novel” (for ages 10 and up) and “Cartooning” (for ages 50 +) again virtually during fall 2021. Sign up today!

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Celebrate MoComCon 2021 with Graphic Novel Book Talks

MoComCONline, Montgomery County Public Libraries’ first all-virtual MoComCon, happens this Saturday, January 16. To celebrate, our librarians present a series of Book Talks, discussing the graphic novels they love. Enjoy talks from Librarians Beth Chandler, Camille Robinson and David Zelonka.

Some of these graphic novels are “old school,” and others are newer releases. Watch each librarian’s Book Talk on our YouTube channel, then reserve your copy of the book at your local branch. They’re all available.

Old School Graphic Novels

Adult Books/Series

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Teen Books/Series

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP

New Graphic Novels

Adult Books/Series

LaGuardia by Nnedi Okorafor

Beastars by Paru Itagaki, Book Talker Librarian Camille Robinson

Teen Books/Series

Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama

Juvenile Books/Series

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill  

Now pick your favorites from the graphic novels above and reserve your copies through Holds-to-Go! Saga, LaGuardia, and The Tea Dragon Society are also available on Hoopla, with your MCPL card.

Then come celebrate the graphic novel and all things comics and fandoms on Saturday, January 16th at MoComCONline! We have events for everyone, so find yours at the MoComCon site.

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MoComCon Art, Cosplay & Essay Contest Open!

Today is the first day for entries to the MoComCon 2021 Art, Cosplay and Essay Contest. You have three options to participate in this year’s competition:

  • Create artwork of your favorite character from any fandom, book, television show, or movie, or invent your own original character!
  • Create and dress up in a costume of your favorite character from any fandom, book, television show, or movie, or invent your own original character!
  • Write an essay, 300–500 words, about the following prompt: In a world of countless fandoms, what makes you THE ULTIMATE FAN? Tell us what you’re the fan of, why you’re the #1 fan, and what impact it’s made on you and your life.

Three age groups can enter the Art and Cosplay contest: Child (ages 0–12), Teen (ages 13–17), and Adult (ages 18+). The Essay Contest is for ages 8–14. Find the entry form and many more details here.

MoComCon Online 2021 is an all day, all ages event celebrating all things comics, graphic novels, and fandoms! Join us on Saturday, January 16 for this year’s completely virtual con, and stay tuned for all of the ways you can participate.

Visit mcpl.events/mocomcon for all the details!

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MoComCon 2020 Art Contest Winners!

Winners for MoComCon’s 2020 art contest have been selected, and we’ve got lots of great art to show you. Take a look below. And don’t forget, if you’re interested in participating next year’s contest, check out our website in late 2020 for more details.

And The Winners Are…

Honorable Mention!

If you’d like to see all of this year’s submissions, head on over to our Flickr album. Until next year!