KFPL announces KING CON 2021

King Con 2021, Kingston Frontenac Public Library's annual festival of sci-fi, fantasy, comics, gaming, cosplay, and other pop culture fan doms, will be happening June 24 to 27. All are invited online to engage entertaining speakers, interesting workshops, and  activities for all ages. 

“This year’s online King Con offers something for everyone,” said Graeme Langdon, noting King Con’s  offerings are not just for children, teens, new adults and adults, but also include multigenerational pro grams. 

Best-selling author of Moon of the Crusted Snow, Waubgeshig Rice, and comics artist/author of Dak wäkãda Warriors, Cole Pauls, launch the festival June 24 at 6 p.m., with an evening conversation about  Indigenous futurisms. 

Throughout King Con, attendees can choose from a full calendar of events, including: 

  • Queer Witches and Magical Enbies: Local YA fantasy author and academic, Adan Jerreat-Poole, will  join Queen’s Department of Film and Media’s Tamara de Szegheo Lang for a conversation about the  witch’s role as a queer, feminist, and activist icon. This is a teaser for August’s “Witch Institute”, an  international online symposium focus on contemporary imaginings of the witch in popular and visual  culture. 
  • Live from the United Kingdom, British anime expert and author Helen McCarthy will talk about her  career and the history of cosplay in Japan
  • Local YA author Emily Brewes with a reading and discussion around The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales

• Workshops in character creation, face painting, and making cardboard masks.

  • A special superhero edition of KFPL’s regular Family Storytime for children. 
  • Damned, Cursed Children creator, Howard Wong, will talk about what’s involved in creating, pitching,  and publishing comics. 
  • Stephanie Cooke, Megan Huang, Meaghan Carter will talk about their experiences as women working full time in the comics industry.

A full listing of King Con events is available online at this link. KFPL looks forward to this exciting and  eventful virtual convention! 

For more information, visit www.kfpl.ca or call your local branch.