For one jam-packed day, the Puyallup Public Library will be transformed into a nerd’s paradise.
Puli-Con is Puyallup’s own comic book convention. Last year, the one-day event drew in more than 3,000 people, some driving as far as two hours to the convention.
Puli-Con allows comic book fans an opportunity to meet local comic artists and writers, listen to a variety of panels on comics and fan culture, as well as participate in a cosplay contest, artists’ alley, crafts and scavenger hunt. Event organizers will also have a free comic book table on display starting at 10 a.m.
“It’s mainly about celebrating comics as a form of literature,” said Heather Miller, acquisition technician at the Puyallup Public Library.
Now in it’s third year as a comic event, Puli-Con allows self-proclaimed nerds of comics and fan culture to join together for a free event.
While the event is targeted at comic fans, Bonnie Svitavsky, the young adult librarian, says Puli-Con is a great place to start a passion for comic books.
“It’s celebrating comics and literacy fan cultures,” she said. “Most people don’t know we have comics for kids, teens and adults at the library.”
The event has activities for all ages, from kids to adults. In some cases, entire families will come to enjoy the festivities.
“I really enjoy seeing the parents imparting the geek culture onto their kids,” Miller said. “It’s a really great place to meet other people with your same passion. My favorite part of the event is seeing friendships and bonds form at Puli-Con that might not have happened otherwise.”
Puli-Con will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (May 7) at the Puyallup Public Library, located at 324 South Meridian.