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Corrimal’s comic classes

comicCOMIC book fans dressed as Captain America, Superman and Ironman will make an appearance at Corrimal Community Centre this Saturday for the inaugural Comic Gong event.

The day, organised by Wollongong City Libraries, celebrates everything comic book-related and runs from 10am-1pm. As part of the event there will be trade displays from Kings Comics and FilmInk, anime movies and a costume competition for children and adults.

Professional graphic artists Matt Lin, Marcelo Baez and Sarah Howell will run workshops throughout the day which are expected to be extremely popular. Numbers for the workshops are limited, and people are encouraged to come and try their hand at things like manga and developing characters.

Comic Gong continues the libraries’ focus on providing members with innovative events. It builds on the success of events such as Harry Potter’s Birthday party and the Lord of the Rings themed trivia nights held in the libraries in 2012.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Comic Gong is another reminder there is far more to libraries than simply a place to borrow books or DVDs, or do some research for a school or university assignment.

“This event is the perfect example of how Council’s hardworking librarians are coming up with new and innovative ways to encourage a love of reading in its many forms, highlight our city’s creativity and to build strong connections within the community,” he said.

“I applaud the librarians for their efforts.’’

Cr Bradbery said he understood the popularity of comic books, having had a few personal favourites as a child.

“This might date me, but I used to love the Disney comics with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and, of course, the Batman and Superman comics,’’ he said.

“I used to look at the pictures and make up my own interpretations of the stories. I remember reading the comic book version of classics like Tom Sawyer and Robinson Crusoe as well.’’

Cr Bradbery said he would encourage anyone interested in comics, graphic novels or other forms of popular culture to come along to the event and see what was on offer.

“This is the first year this event is being held, and already the level of interest is suggesting to us we might want to look at holding it again in 2014. I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic day.’’

Comic Gong
Corrimal Community Centre, Grevillea Hall
Saturday May 18, 10am-1pm
10am, Circus Wow, front of building
10-11.30am, Anime screening, Bottlebrush Room
10.15-11am, Manga workshop (6-12 years), Lillypilly Room
10.15-11.45am, Comic creation workshop Myrtle Room
10.30am, 0-5 years costume competition Grevillea Room (Main Hall)
10.45am to 12.45pm, Craft: Make your own shields and masks Library
11am, 13-17 years costume competition Grevillea Room (Main Hall)
11.15am to 12pm, Manga workshop (6-12 years) Lillypilly Room
11.30am, 6-12 years costume competition Grevillea Room (Main Hall)
11.30am to 1pm, Anime screening Bottlebrush Room
11.45am, Major prize draw Grevillea Room (Main Hall)
Noon to 12.45pm, Comic/Manga characters workshop (13-17 years) Myrtle Room
12.15-1pm, Manga workshop (6-12 years) Lillypilly Room
12.15pm, 18+ years costume competition Grevillea Room (Main Hall)

Artist Alley
Marcelo Baez, Silver Fox comics, Sarah Howell, Paul Caggegi, Karen Beilharz, Pat Grant
Hayden Fryer, Louie Joyce, Black Mermaid Productions, Naomi Hatchman, Christopher Sequeira, Jan Scherpenhuizen, Leigh Blackmore, Chewie Chan, Sydney Comic Guild, Judex Jones, Jason Paulos and Nelson Matoma

Workshop Artists
Manga – Matt Lin
Characters – Marcelo Baez
Comic creation – Sarah Howell.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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