(Belcamp, Maryland – November 8, 2012) Darth Vader, along with several of his Storm Trooper friends, were special guests at two events at Harford County Public Library.

On October 19 the Aberdeen Library held its 2nd Annual Mini Comic-Con and played host to an assortment of teen and young adult superheroes, fantasy, geek, horror, space, anime, and other comic characters of all types. The Mini Comic-Con event drew young people from around the county to meet and share their love of comics and genre novels. Programming was held to inspire the imagination of Harford teens and encourage them to read and write. Authors Marie Lamba and Gregory Frost shared their insights on fantasy and science fiction writing; Steve Conley, illustrator for Star Trek and other graphic novels, showed an enthusiastic audience how to develop a comic book from creating characters to writing a good story; and gamer, Wilmington University Professor, Scott Shaw introduced participants to the building of video games and the software used to bring the game to life. During the event, fans were able to take photographs, talk one-on-one with experts in costuming and role playing, and learn new board and role playing games lead by Whitman Bottiger of Critical Hit Games.

Darth Vader also visited the Edgewood Library on October 6 for a “Star Wars Reads Day.” This event celebrated the franchise that has been an inspiration for many children to read – Star Wars. The event included a “Jedi Academy” which tested participants’ Jedi skills including an obstacle course and light saber wielding. Games, trivia, giveaways, and chances to win exciting Star Wars prizes brought excitement to the Library along with a great reason to dress up and have some intergalactic fun!

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 175,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of 4.5 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.


Photo caption #1: Darth Vader and his Storm Trooper friends visited the Aberdeen Library on October 19 for the 2nd Annual Mini Comic-Con event. Darth Vader was previously spotted at the Edgewood Library on October 6 during “Star Wars Reads Day.”

Photo caption #2: Teens at the Aberdeen Library’s 2nd Annual Mini Comic-Con play board games with Whitman Bottiger of Critical Hit Games.

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