Inaugural Hoptown Fanfest to feature cosplay, gaming, seminars

If playing video games or dressing up like your favorite superhero are your pastimes, check out the inaugural Hoptown Fanfest at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library.

The event is slated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at 1101 Bethel St. Admission is free to the event and door prizes will be awarded.

"This is the first time we will be having it," said Tiffany Luna, services librarian. "It's like a mini-Comic Con."

Hoptown Fanfest will feature panelists discussing tabletop games, cosplay, 3D printing and graphic novels. Panelists will include Matt Schor, Kelsey Yang, Barry Williams and Wild Designs representatives.

Schor is a graphic novelist and tabletop game designer from Clarksville. He has developed two of his own tabletop games. Schor will speak from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Yang is a cosplayer and cosplay photographer from Evansville, Indiana. She will give a tutorial, "Cosplay 101," on how to cosplay from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wild Designs is a 3D printing company out of Crofton. Their presentation is slated for 2:30 p.m.

"They'll be showing people how to make props with a 3D printer," Luna said. "They do accessories. They built me a mini-Tardis (from Doctor Who) as a door prize."

Williams is a local graphic novelist. His presentation begins at 3:45 p.m. The library has some of his works available to view and read.

"All of our panelists will have vendor tables, so their (products) will be available to purchase," Luna said.

Fanfest guests can visit the game room in the library's Young Adults area where five or six tables will resemble a vintage arcade.

"It will be more classic games so there will be some of the older systems like Sega and Nintendo 64," Luna said.

For anyone who likes to dress up as their favorite characters, there will be a cosplay contest.

"They will be ... TV characters, book characters … (and) really be anything," Luna said. "We will have three different judges and it's broken down into three different age groups. It will be children, teens and adults. We'll have prizes for each of these age groups."

Luna said Hoptown Fanfest will feature fun times for all.

"It is geared toward fans of fantasy, fiction, sci-fi, video games to get those people engaged," she said. "This is an event for all ages. We want kids, teens, adults. We have a little something for everyone here."

Vendors and food trucks will be on-site during the festival. Luna said the library is accepting more vendors for the event.

For more information, call the library at 270-887-4262 or visit the website at hccpl.org.

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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