JOLIET – Some of the same people involved in the city’s popular “Star Wars” Day have organized a comic book and fantasy art expo for Sept. 26 and 27.
The Heroes Comic Book & Fantasy Art Expo will be at the Joliet Area Historical Museum at 204 N. Ottawa St. in downtown Joliet.
The expo combines a comic book convention with opportunities for young people to dabble in fantasy art along with games for children.
“We have a lot of activities with children that involve them in the creation of art,” said event organizer Roger Burns.
Burns, a youth librarian for the Joliet Public Library, is a main organizer for the library’s Star Wars Day, which attracts thousands to downtown Joliet each June. He and Jody McQuarters, a Joliet resident and costumer with the 501st Legion Star Wars costuming club, have formed a business called Legend Conventions to create events.
The Heroes Comic Book & Fantasy Art Expo is their first effort.
Graham Crackers Comics, which has 10 stores including one in Plainfield, is participating in the Heroes Comic Book & Fantasy Art Expo. The store also is a vendor at Star Wars Day and will bring comics to the expo.
“I’m going to bring some really old comics, some in-between and some new,” said Josh Green, manager of the Plainfield store.
Burns said the Joliet expo will distinguish itself from other comic book conventions by creating opportunities to meet artists and learn from them.
Artists work stations will be set up. About 30 artists, including some who have worked with DC Comics and Marvel Comics, will be at the expo, Burns said.
“Kids can sit for a while and draw,” he said. “They can feel what it is like to be at an artist’s work station and draw.”
The Chicago International School of Comics will do presentations that include the history and creation of comics. Michael Publishing out of Naperville will bring a collection of original and limited edition comics for display.
“A lot of these have never been displayed before publicly,” Burns said.
The event will include food and games, including a scavenger hunt in the museum.
If you go
What: Heroes Comic Book & Fantasy Art Expo
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 27
Where: Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet
Cost: $6 for ages 13 and older; $2 for children