on Friday, April 1, 2016
What is Rod Con? Rod Con is a mini Comic Con. What is a Comic Con? It’s a fan convention celebrating all things comic books, video games, anime and science fiction.
This year’s Rod Con will be held Saturday, April 2, from 10 am until 4 pm at the Rod Library located on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. In its third year, the Rod Library anticipates 2,000 attendees. The event is free, open to the public and family-friendly, so you can bring the family and plan to be entertained throughout the day.
Rod Con is a convention celebrating the imagination. Nowhere else in the Cedar Valley will you find this demonstrated better than through the artists, retailers and cosplay (dressing up as a character) at this year’s convention. Rod Con will host over 50 local and regional vendors who will be offering the perfect piece of artwork, literature, information or souvenir for attendees to purchase.
And, have you heard of cosplay? It’s dressing up as your favorite character from a comic book, science fiction film or video game. Whether you’re a child or an adult, Rod Con will be more fun when you come in costume. Plus, it’ll be the perfect fit for the photo booth or for your participation in the costume competition (both of which, we think, would be great for your entire family). There are also activities for the little ones. In addition to the costume competition, they can visit the Kid Zone and create superhero crafts such as magnets, Shrinky Dinks and light sabers.
Have you wondered how comics reach their audience, how to use the Makerspace at the Rod Library as it relates to cosplay or how the issues faced in Harry Potter books relate to the real world? Be sure to review the list of panel presentations taking place between 11 am and 3:30 pm on Saturday.
There’s more entertainment at this year’s event than we can list here and we don’t want you to miss out. Take a moment and check out Rod Con’s website and these other helpful links:
If you should need more ideas for places to visit in Cedar Falls, just give us a call at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. We can be reached at 319-268-4266 (800-845-1955). Or, stop by the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. We’re located near the UNI campus at 6510 Hudson Road and we’re open weekends: Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday, noon until 4 pm.
We’d be happy to help you!
(ALL PHOTOS IN THIS POST ARE COURTESY OF THE ROD LIBRARY)
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