Nerdvana Con, a new free comic convention for teens, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 at Stevens High School.
The inaugural event is geared towards secondary students and was created as a literary outlet for readers of manga, graphic novels, and comic books.
Attendees will experience exhibits, gaming, and cosplay contests (costumes), which are traditional elements of comic con, but the all-day event also includes breakout sessions on graphic novels, comic books, manga, author panels, and maker spaces.
Among the presenters are an anime voice actor, a popular YouTuber called Mr. Creepy Pasta, a makeup artist known for zombie effects, and a 3D and game development professor.
Participants can also learn how to publish comics, write Japanese calligraphy, and make video games.
Guidelines for costumes and cosplay contest rules are available on the Nerdvana Con website.
Food concessions will be available for purchase. There will also be books for sale.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of Northside libraries.