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Prescott Public Library Hosts Its First Comic-Con
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01 October 2017  
The Prescott Public Library brought out just a portion of their impressive supply of graphic novels for the first annual Prescott Public Library Comic-Con on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Comic-Con Hosted to Show Prescott Public Library's Impressive Graphic Novel Collection

PRESCOTT- Books, audio tapes, DVDs, and magazines are the general thought when one thinks of what could be found at a library. However, what many don’t know is the Prescott Public Library has a collection of over 1500 graphic novels and comic books.

After bringing a collection to the library and knowing first-hand how great these pieces of work are, Prescott Public Library Librarian Russell Miller thought hosting a Comic-Con could showcase the library’s little-known treasures.

“We have a really stellar graphic novel and comic collection here at Prescott Public (Library) and not everybody knew that,” Miller said. “I thought this would be a great way to draw attention to the fact that we got a ton of them here and we got a huge display upstairs.”

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The thought was not to just showcase the library’s impressive collection, but also give people a look behind the art by hosting authors, local vendors and a presentation by former Nickelodeon animator and director Mike Rogers who discussed techniques studios use to bring cartoons to life.

“That’s a good education cultural input in the community,” Miller said.

Throughout the day Saturday afternoon, September 30th, hundreds of people from young and old dressed in costumes as Spiderman, The Avengers, and Japanese animation to attend the inaugural event at the Prescott Public Library.

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“I’m stunned, the turnout (was) amazing,” Miller said. “The enthusiasm level was huge.”

However, it wasn’t just the members of the public getting in on the fun. Miller mentioned library staff dressed for the occasion and some even came on their day off to participate and help out.

“I’m really happy by the generosity and very grateful and kind of humbled by it,” said Miller, adding his appreciation for Friends of the Prescott Public Library who provided the funding. “Without all those people getting jacked up about this, I couldn’t have pulled it off.”

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After a successful first year, Miller looks forward to having the event return next year. 

Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.