Join us on September 29, 2018 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm for our 3rd Annual Comic Con!
You are invited to meet authors, artists, voice actors, cosplayers, and local comic shop owners for a celebration of comics, anime and pop culture. Activities include Q&A panels, gaming, comic- and manga-related crafts, drawing lessons, face painting, a kids' cosplay walk, and a cosplay contest for ages 11 and up. We are updating our guest list regularly, so check back to see what's new! This event is free and family-friendly.
Special thanks to our sponsors: the Friends of the Pflugerville Library, Alamo Drafthouse Austin, Chaparral Ice, Cinemark Stone Hill, DC Comics, Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy, Half Price Books-Round Rock, Image Comics, Iron Fish Sushi & Grill, Okashicon, Ikkicon, Spare Time Texas, Austin Books and Comics, and West Pecan Coffee + Beer.
Download the Event Guide for panel and activity schedules. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
Visit the Cosplay page to see guidelines for the Cosplay Contest.
There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for harassment. Keep your hands to yourself. If you would like to take a picture with or of someone, ask permission. Please inform Library staff if you experience or witness any form of harassment.
Confirmed guests include:
Artists and authors:
Chad Thomas is currently the artist for IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures. He also worked on interiors for Mega Man, Young Salem, Star Wars Adventures, and the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series for Archie Comics, as well books for Workman Publishing, Boom! Studios, and many more.
Nick Pitarra is best known for the multi-Eisner nominated THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, which he co-created with writer Jonathan Hickman. Nick's artistic heroes are Moebius, Geof Darrow, Frank Quitely, and Seth Fisher. His style blends all those influences and filters them through a uniquely warped sensibility. Nick has contributed to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His newest project is Image Comics' Leviathan, which he created with author John Layman.
Evan Narcisse is a journalist and critic who writes about video games, comic books, movies and TV, often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture. He is a senior staff writer at io9, having previously written for The Atlantic, Time Magazine, and Kotaku. He’s taught a course on video game journalism at New York University and appeared as an expert guest on CNN and NPR. He's currently writing the Rise of the Black Panther miniseries for Marvel Comics.
Evan will be appearing from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Matthew Weldon doodled in his youth (as kids do), but as he aged he just kept on doodling. He has had the privilege of painting murals for businesses as well as designing illustrations and graphics for websites and logo designs. He designs t-shirts, stickers, and decals. He works hard in the field of character design and story-boarding and has labored in Comics since 2005. He has a handful of things published by Image Comics & DC/Vertigo, Capcom/Udon, Overground and others as well as some small self-published projects. He was nominated for two Harvey Awards and published a graphic novel that was labeled best all ages comic of 2009 by MTV. Some of his works have appeared on the G4 channel. He can even be found in the Guinness book of World Records twice. Born in 1980, he lives in Pflugerville, Texas with his lovely wife and two brilliant children. He is big on teaching and helping others, playing sports, gatherings & socializing, and going out of his way to procure delicious cookies and donuts!
Authors Bryan and Selah Douglas are a married couple from Austin who found modern comics to be too focused on marketing their stories to ONLY adults or to ONLY small children. Hoping to create comics that all ages can enjoy, they formed Pathway Comics and launched their flagship title, The Dimensionals, starring a team of young girl superheroes. Find them on the web at pathway-comics.com.
Vo Nguyen has worked on numerous indy books, trading and sketch cards for Marvel, DC, Walking Dead and many others, and he also paints superheroes and villains in his dynamic style. Currently working on 2 children's books which will be release in 2019. In addition, he is the proud co-owner of Greater Austin Comic Con, a family friendly event on June 15th-June 16th, and Hill Country Comicon, a show created to inspire our kids to be SUPER on March 16th- March 17th!
Sean Kelley McKeever is an Eisner award-winning writer known for character-driven comics such as Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, The Inhumans, X-Men Origins and The Waiting Place. Sean was also a senior writer for BioWare's acclaimed Star Wars: The Old Republic video game. He currently writes top-secret games as well as his YA sci-fi series Outpost Zero for Image Comics/Skybound.
Paul Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including many Marvel characters such as Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, as well as Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters, Inc., G.I. Joe, and more. His first prose short story appeared in The Protectors anthology. His original manga series Pantheon High was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominee. He spends his days as a Senior Writer at Daybreak Games and his nights writing comic strips featuring various Disney princesses for the aptly named comic book series Disney Princess. Paul will be appearing from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Mari Mancusi is an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys. When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys traveling, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—playing video-
games. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their two dogs.
Joe Khachadourian is a writer, concept creator, and graphic fiction evangelist living in Austin, TX. Formerly an Executive Editor at MightyVille.com - A Comics Website, Joe has also contributed to various websites and periodicals over the years, along with a number of comic book anthologies, including IDW Publishing’s Transformers: Mosaic. A recipient of several awards in journalism and playwriting, Joe’s decided to make the dive into the world of creator-owned comics with Identity Stunt from Markosia Enterprises. A lifelong comic book reader, this is the project his entire creative career has been building to and he’s thrilled to have you along for the ride.
Veteran comic book creator Bill Williams has worked for DC Comics, IDW Publishing and Ape Entertainment to name a few. He recently completed an editorial run for 1First Comics including an Ignatz Award nominated issue of Public Relations. He is currently writing two independent comic book series, PUNCHLINE and CHARMER.
Alan J. Porter writes about stuff: pop culture, comics, high-adventure fiction, movies, music, business-content strategy, and more. He has written adventures featuring Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain, Houdini, and private-eye Rick Ruby, as well as his own pulp adventurers the Raven and the Lotus Ronin. His pop-culture non-fiction work has featured properties such as Batman, Star Trek, the Beatles, G.I. Joe, and James Bond. He has also written comics for Tokyopop, BOOM Studios, Marvel, Disney, and Kid Domino.
Jeffery Stevenson is an Austin-area writer and editor whose works include writing/lettering the webcomic Brat-halla (seven years of comics about the Norse gods in their school days), writing/lettering the webcomic Spook'd (two years of comics featuring movie monsters spoofing reality TV shows), writing for Jim Valentino's Task Force One series at Shadowline (Image Comics), editing/co-writing the game-to-comic adaptation BloodRayne: Skies Afire, and contributing as writer/editor/co-founder to the former writer resource website Scryptic Studios (once listed in Writer's Digest as one of their "101 Best Websites for Writers").
A.Laraine Steele is an Austin based Comic artist and member of the Spiderforest Collective. She graduated summa cum laude from F.I.T. University in New York with a BA in Illustration. She has had short comics accepted for multiple anthologies. Her webcomic “The Ferrin” has been up online for almost five years (www.theferrin.com) and has two issues in print.
She is a familiar face at various central and north Texas anime conventions where she sells her art prints, buttons and accepts commissions. She also designs badges for some of the conventions. You can review some of her other work at https://www.behance.net/Alaraine
Katelyn Barr is a Texas-based voice actress and ADR script writer working with FUNimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, Okratron 5000, Blujay Studios, and many other exciting producers of anime, video games, and YouTube content. Katelyn’s been honored to lend her voice to over 50 anime titles, such as Anonymous Noise (Young Momo), Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (Melda Dietz), Katana Maidens: ~Toji no Miko~ (Yukari Origami), Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto! (Yagi), Anime-Gataris (Maya Asagaya), Utawarerumono: The False Faces (Honoka), Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond (Mi-Yeon), Chihayafuru (Rion Yamashiro), Chaika the Coffin Princess (Layla), Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon (Lizardia), Amagi Brilliant Park (Aisu Kyuubu), and many more. Recently, Katelyn provided the voice of Luka in Phoenix Drop High: Graduation Days and Falcon Claw University, two of many popular series by well-known YouTuber Aphmau, whose channel has garnered over 3 million followers to date. Some favorite video game credits include Twisted Metal the Morrigan in SMITE, Kizana Sunobu from Yandere Simulator, and Yume in Carpe Diem: Reboot. As a scriptwriter, Katelyn has created English dub scripts for hit shows such as One Piece, D. Gray-Man, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, and Haikyu!!, as well as the action-packed favorite Akame ga Kill!, which aired on Toonami in 2015, just to name a few. When she’s not working, Katelyn loves swimming, playing drums, and petting dogs. She’s delighted to be joining you at Pflugerville Comic Con, and can’t wait to meet everyone and have a great time! (Katelynn will arrive at 11:00 am.)
Contributing to the anime world since 2003, beginning with ADV films, Blake Shepard regularly lends his vocal talents to FUNimation, Seraphim Digital. His unique tone and versatility has allowed him to provide performances for a range of characters in shows such as: Food Wars (Crunchy Roll and Hi Dive), Air Gear (SyFy Channel/Adult Swim), Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood, One Piece, Attack on Titan (Cartoon Network), Halo Legends (Netflix) and many more. As an animator, Blake Shepard has also provided the Anime Network with original animation as well as creating promos and bumpers for the network. His company Dynosaur Productions focuses on original content and new technologies. His new project: Robot Girl Chronicles is currently in production. You can learn more at Patreon.com/RobotGirl.
Ring the bell! Coming to the booth, from Austin, Texas, with Wichita, Kansas origins, weighing in at (an undisclosed weight, probably less than your waifu collection) pounds, it’s Caitlynn French! Caitlynn is fairly new to the scene, having debuted in 2012 as Qumola from Book of Bantorra. She’s ran the ropes and trained hard to conquer roles such as Shiro (No Game No Life), Chris (Cross Ange), Hana Isuzu (Girls und Panzer), Matsurika Shinouji (Maria-Holic, Maria-Holic Alive), Tina Sprout (Black Bullet), Mei Tachibana (Say “I love you”), Mio and Midori Nishizono (Little Busters, Little Busters Refrain), Sakura Inami (Beyond the Boundary), Ai Astin (Sunday Without God) and Miyu Edelfelt (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya & 2Wei), and most recently reprised her role as Shiro and took on Schwi Dola for No Game, No Life Zero.
Jersey Boy-turned-Texan Michael A. Zekas is a voice actor with Funimation, Media Blasters, Aphmau, Team Dogpit, and a myriad of game developers across the U.S. and around the world. Check out his performances as Koyuken in Hakyu Hoshin Engi, Katze in Ai no Kusabi, and his breakout role Cliff Strive in Holy Knight along with other recent series Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Black Clover, Tokyo Ghoul:re, DARLING in the FRANXX, Star Blazers 2199, and more! On the game side, select works include Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory, Anima Gate of Memories: The Nameless Chronicles, mobile games Heroes Arena & Heroes Charge, adventure games Technobabylon and Shardlight, Remember Remember, and Slam Fighter II as well as the upcoming Red Star Azimuth from Austin-based studio Team Dogpit. Michael also works on the other side of the glass as an audio engineer and casting director and handles communications for Dallas-based StarMan Studios. When attempting to not work, you can find him hunting for a good cup of coffee, showing off his puppies, or posing fabulously like a Joestar.
Seth Taplin is a board game geek, and for the last year has been the Austin area Cell Leader for Steve Jackson Games' "Men In Black". Steve Jackson Games is based in Austin, and the Men In Black (MIB) are their volunteer ambassadors and demo team. S.J. Games favorites include Munchkin, Zombie Dice, GURPS roleplaying, OGRE, Car Wars and more.
When not working as a MIB, Seth also runs a monthly gaming night for his neighborhood HOA.
Grimpo Studios is dedicated to capturing audiences with fun and engaging gameplay that is enjoyable for all ages. We strive to create quality experiences that are memorable and innovative. Grimpo Studios specializes in asset creation, consultation, and training related to software development in video games, simulation, virtual reality, augmented reality, and visual effects."
Rogues Gallery Comics and Games is located in Round Round, TX. They have been the source for comics and games in the Round Rock/Williamson County area since 2001. They offer a wide variety of comics, graphic novels, board games, card games, roleplaying games, comic-themed t-shirts, and more.
Saber Guild is the LucasFilm Limited (LFL) preferred costumed lightsaber choreography group. Jakku Temple is the local central Texas Temple of Saber Guild. Saber Guild was founded on the principle of charity work. Through our performances and appearances, we share the magic of Star Wars by raising awareness and donations for a variety of different local and national causes, including Make-A-Wish America, The Ronald McDonald House, children’s hospitals and educational programs. Their focus is on serving their communities through the Star Wars fandom. Visit them on Facebook.
One half of the duo sE7eN swell cosplay, Adriana Akiyama is no stranger to everything nerdy! As a second generation cosplayer, and a native of the Austin area, she loves watching her local geek community grow as time goes on. She specializes in costume sewing and fabrication, and has won several awards over the years for both her craftsmanship and stage performance. Over time, her family has traveled all over the United States to attend conventions, and she has picked up a great deal of knowledge along the way. She is happy to be a part of Pflugerville Comic Con and is looking forward to meeting members of the community who attend!
Bradley Spears is a cosplayer from Mississippi, but he has called Austin his new cosplay home for the last 2 years. He has adapted a range of styles from video characters to TV shows. He's a fan of all things cosplay and gaming and he loves trying new techniques. Bradley has won several awards from SXSW all the way to DragonCon. He's gone viral with his Frozone videos, and when he's not cosplaying, he's enjoying a nice weekend in his super suit!
Bradley will be here from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Love Notes is an Austin based idol and cosplay group that debuted in the summer of 2015. They dedicated the year 2016 to Muse from Love Live, 2017 to the group Aqours from Love Live Sunshine, and for 2018 they will be exploring other idol groups and genres.
Robin Johnson Jr., aka ISU Superman, was born in Indiana. Robin has played multiple sports from high school to the professional ranks. One thing that never changed was his passion for art and comics. He has created hundreds of costumes for himself and for others and has utilized his position in fitness to display his passion for the artistic side of costuming. Robin has won multiple best costume awards, and national recognition for his passion. His love for this art helped him to become a final candidate on the show SyFy’s Cosplay Melee.
Outside of costuming Robin is a transformation specialist for rehab clients and also transformation weight loss clients. He is known as one of the best trainers in Central Texas. Robin can be found on Facebook, his website, and on twitter and Instagram under @isusuperman.
Michael Brearton enjoys long strolls down back alleys stopping crimes in green leather. He's a nerd wholeheartedly and cosplays for 3 reasons: He loves seeing a kid light up meeting their hero. He loves hearing his son tell people how cool it is that his dad is a superhero. Last but not least, comics, anime, and tv shows characters saved him from the darkness of his hardships and if he can pass that light on to even one person by cosplaying these heroes, it will have all been worth it.
Vanir Cosplay is an Austin native and local cosplayer. She enjoys cosplaying a wide range of characters, including ones from the Marvel universe, Star Wars, anime, cartoons, and more. When it comes to improving her craft, she's up to any challenge be it sewing, armor making, wig styling, etc. She loves meeting other local cosplayers & nerds and is excited to be a part of the Pflugerville Comic Con this year!
KoopaKid is an ATX based cosplayer, who has been creating costumes since 2006. She focuses on challenging herself with every new project and sharing what she learns throughout the process. Loving nothing more than being able to share the knowledge that she gained over the years as both a creator and a person.
Tania the Pirate is currently based out of Austin, though still a Houstonian at heart. She has a BFA in Studio Art and has been drawing since she could pick up a crayon. She learned to sew at a young age, but has only started cosplaying since 2006 and making historical costumes since 2011. She makes DIY videos on YouTube, showing how to make costumes, clothing and accessories and how to sew. Tania can also be found on Instagram where she shares more of her art @taniathepirate.
Shannon Brewer lives each day as if it were a fantasy. Whether exploring the worlds of her imagination, or dressing up as a member of someone else’s, there is never a shortage of creativity to be had. Shannon is a Young Adult author and the writer of the upcoming Evolution Revolutionaries comic series starring the band Freerunner. Shannon can usually be found in costume as an active member of the local cosplay community. Whether it’s attending a con, promoting body positivity and confidence through cosplay, or helping to make a kid’s day brighter at a charity event, you never know where, or who, Shannon will be. And when she's not doing that, she's usually gushing about books with members of the BookPeople Teen Press Corps, at the Texas Teen Book Festival (where she's the Interactive Programming Coordinator), or anywhere someone might hear her. In Shannon’s world, every day is a new adventure, and every adventure is a story waiting to be told.
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 20 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.
The SCA Provides something of interest for you and everyone in your family.
Many of our events include activities for all ages, interests, and skill levels.
Guest applications are now closed. Comic artists, authors, cosplayers, and voice actors interested in getting on the waiting list for next year may email Bette at email@example.com.