Holy Smoke, BrazCon’s Back!
“Holy mechanical marvel, Batman” the 1966 Batmobile from the TV series will make an appearance at BrazCon Teen Comic Convention & Geek-fest this year! This free event for kids ages 10- 18 (and their families) is coming to Brazoria County on February 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Manvel High School, 19601 Highway 6, Manvel, Texas 77578. With more than 70 sessions, workshops and craft activities inspired by anime, comics, manga, fiction, and popular culture, this year will be really exciting. Whether you are a fan of Batman, Dr. Who, Star Wars, Harry Potter or Marvel, there is something for everyone at this family-friendly event.
If you are interested in fiction writing or comic illustration, there will be 14 authors, as well as 8 comic book artists and publishers on hand to help you learn more. Many of these authors and artists will be conducting sessions or speaking on panels, as well as selling their books.
BrazCon is showcasing graphic novelist Nathan Hale, author of the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series. Mr. Hale will be sharing stories from his life and the inspiration behind his award-winning books. His presentations will be at 9:30 and 11:30, with book signing at 10:30 and 1:00. His books will be for sale at the event.
Interested in film and filmmaking? Australian director, Brian Trenchard-Smith, of Drive Hard and Leprechaun 3, will be on hand to share his experiences in Australia and the US. His presentation will be at 10:30. We are also offering a session titled “Filmmaking for Teens” presented by Marcus Norwood.
Gamers love BrazCon, too! This year’s featured game is Dungeons & Dragons. Whether you are new to the game or an experienced Dungeon Master, there will be a level of play for you. Not into D&D? We will offer a large selection of other cards, board, and video games.
Want to know more about cosplay? Not only will there be sessions on creating character personae; there will also be a Cosplay & Costume Contest for kids 18 and under. Cosplayers from Dagorath LARP, Space City Sabers and ARMA, will be available to teach basic swordplay and lightsaber movement. The 501st, the Rebel Legion, the Houston Area Droid Builders, as well as the Star Wars Enthusiasts Houston Fan Group, will also be at BrazCon to share their love of the Star Wars universe.
In other sessions, BrazCon participants could choose to take part in a Fandom Gameshow, see a pop culture magic program, or learn about space science concepts with cool demonstrations. The Dow Team will also be on hand for STEM science demonstrations and experiments.
Lovers of anime are in for a treat! Voice actors Daman Mills, Kristen McGuire, Thomas McKee, and Whitney Rodgers will share their experiences with anime and the craft of voice acting. Want to learn Japanese, play games featuring famous manga and anime series’ or create anime inspired crafts? Then BrazCon is for you, too!
Once again, the Brazoria County Library System Foundation and library Friends groups around the county will help provide bus transportation from area schools. For more information, contact Stephanie Williamson at Brazoria County Library System (email@example.com).
BrazCon is sponsored by Brazoria County Library System, Alvin ISD, and Communities in Schools-Texas Joint Venture and made possible with donations from area businesses and corporations. BrazCon will be held at Manvel High School, 19601 Highway 6, Manvel, Texas, on February 23, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Doors will open at 8:45 for registration, freebies and vendor shopping. Sessions and activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are required for this free event and are available at www.Eventbrite.com. For more information go to http://bcls.lib.tx.us/brazcon.