Press Release

Here it is, everyone! The official press release for the 1st Annual Klamath Library ComicCon. Desiree and I hope to see you there!

South Suburban Library Hosts Klamath’s First Comic Con

Saturday, October 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3625 Summers Lane, Klamath Falls, OR 97601

The South Suburban branch library will host the first Klamath Falls Comic Con on Saturday, October 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. What is a Comic Con? For those who don’t know, a Comic Con is an event dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms. The South Suburban library Comic Con will showcase local businesses and talent; everything from videogames to web comics, and from computers to cartoons.

In addition to vendors, discussions and demonstrations, there will be costume and art contests, crafts, and photo booths. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite comic book, anime, manga, sci-fi, movie, video game or series character. Costume contest prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Villain, Best Team/Couple, Kids (0-10) male/female, Youth (11-18) male/female, Adult (18+) male/female. Costumes will be judged at 4:00 p.m. with prizes awarded to the winners. Any extremely risqué, overly gory or costumes deemed inappropriate by our staff will be asked to leave or change. All costumes must adhere to event costume rules and weapons MUST be peace bonded before entering the building. A peace bonded weapon is one tied to its sheath, holster, or container with a functional binding. It prevents another from taking a costume weapon without permission, and is a traditional and visible sign to others that the bearer is a responsible person. Bonding material will be available at the prop check station.

This Free public event is for all ages and only requires pre-registration for competing in the art contest; no other registration is required. Anyone interested in competing in the art contest may submit artwork along with a registration form through October 11th at the checkout desk at the South Suburban branch. Art larger than 24 x 36 or explicit subjects will not be accepted. Entries will be judged on creativity, style, and drawing ability.

Scott Harper and his wife Desiree Lee will host a panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. Their topics will include plot, writing process, and illustration software. Scott is the author of more than 30 published short stories and several novels. There has been talk, from several fronts, about turning his fourth novel, “Predators or Prey?”, the first book in his Wendy Markland series, into a live-action project.

Harper graduated from Marysville High School in 1993 and began screenwriting in 2007, after the publication of several short stories and novels, and has worked on projects for James Tucker Productions and 11th Dimension Films. He is currently involved with several projects, covering literature, film and comic books. His wife, Desiree Lee, coauthors several of their comic books and writes her own fantasy and paranormal novels.

Chris Purcell is a video game animator, graphic designer, and special effects artist who has worked on the likes of the “Men in Black TV series”, and the video games “Zork: Grand Inquisitor”, and “The Simpsons”. He will be giving a demonstration and discussion at 1:00 p.m.

From 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Don Pedro Colley, a Hollywood actor, will be speaking about filmmaking and his experience in the industry. Colley was born in Klamath Falls to Muriel and Pete Colley. Colley attended Klamath Union High School and was active in athletics, playing football, and especially enjoying track and field. He tried out for the 1960 Olympics in discus, placing 6th. Colley attended the University of Oregon, studying architecture, and became interested in acting by accident after joining some friends for a play rehearsal. He is probably best known for his roles as Gideon in the series “Daniel Boone”, as Ongaro in the film “Beneath the Planet of the Apes”, and as Sheriff Little in the TV series “Dukes of Hazard”.

Jim Snook, a local cartoonist, will be giving a demonstration at 3:30 p.m. Jim Snook has been an Outdoor Sports Cartoonist for the last 30+ years, marketing hunting, fishing, RV and golfing posters, books, calendars, and art prints worldwide. He is an avid photographer and oil painter as well, and when he’s not creating he’s usually outdoors soaking up inspiration. Snook was born in Concordia, Kansas. His folks made their living in agriculture, but out of desperation moved their family to Oregon in 1944. He attended and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1954 and married his high school sweetheart, Loretta, in 1955. Jim spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and then attended Southern Oregon University to earn his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He worked as a cartoonist for a short time, and then taught Art for eight years at Eagle Point High School. Jim and Loretta now live in Rocky Point.

There will be food items available for purchase at Mia’s and Pia’s Pizzeria & Brew House across the parking lot from the library.

For more information, please contact Holly at the South Suburban Library: 541-273-3679.

Scott Harper
http://www.scottharper.net

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  1. October 25th, 2014

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