Nearly 250 youth participated in the two-day event. Presenters included make-up artist, Sherry Billings, who gave lessons on how to achieve that zombie deadly look that is all the rage! Warren Capps of Breakaway Games explained the gaming business. Comic Book writer, Steve Ogden, demonstrated how to draw iconic characters. Wilmington University’s Scott Shaw gave future programmers a crash course in creating apps and then swung into a session for Minecraft fans on the tips and tricks in the online game. Matt Berinholtz from FutureMakers held a session for Dr. Who fans by building Daleks which are the aliens from the Dr. Who show!
The highlight of the two day event was the appearance of zombie master, Jonathan Maberry, author of the Rot and Ruin and Joe Ledger series. He spoke to a captivated audience about his experiences writing zombie horror and what influenced his writing. He encouraged attendees to try writing if that is what they were interested in. “I started when I was 13, writing stories about the characters others had created. I wrote and read and came to things like this, just as you are doing,” explained Maberry. “After all, I was just a teen fascinated with the darker side of things once as well!” The stories of his journey and self-deprecating manner made for a personal and humorous evening.
Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
Photo caption #1: Interested gamers pose with Warren Capps from Breakaway Games during the Library’s Mini Comic-Con.
Photo caption #2: Jonathan Maberry and a fan pretend to escape from some zombies at the Library’s Mini Comic-Con.