Range of characters come to life at library
The Glenwood Springs library hosted its version of Comic Con on Wednesday afternoon, known as Tosho Con. Since Comic Con is a trademarked name, the library went with “tosho,” which is Japanese for library.
Andie Scott, foundation coordinator for the library, said this was the first time the library had tried the event.
“We weren’t exactly sure how it would turn out,” Scott said.
An employee at the Parachute branch — really into the character Manga — jump started the idea.
Tosho Con also plays into the library’s summer reading efforts and tagline that every hero has a story, Scott said.
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The event featured an art contest, a comic book exchange, a cosplay (costume play) contest, an obstacle course and a “how to draw comics” feature. Both winners of the art contest and the cosplay contest, respectively, would be awarded $20 in chamber books to spend anywhere in Glenwood.
Scott herself cosplayed as the Adventure Time character BMO.
“It’s pretty kid-friendly,” Scott said.
Curtis Madden, 12, was there with his little brother and sister, Tyler 10, and Amanda, 8.
Madden was Doc Brown from “Back to the Future.”
“I was going for Doc Brown, but I don’t have long hair,” Madden said. “I was a mad scientist for Halloween, so I had the equipment.”
Amanda had a jet pack and one of those toy claw arms. She said she was Captain Amanda.
“I have a jet pack,” she said.
Tyler cosplayed as Pippin the Hobbit from “Lord of the Rings” movies.
“Because he’s awesome,” Tyler said.
The Barton brothers, Thomas, 11, and Cody, 8, were cosplaying as the Hulk from Marvel and Darth Vader from the “Star Wars” movies, respectively.
“It’s easier to put on and take off. And I made it,” Thomas said about his Hulk cosplay.
Cody had the full Darth Vader mask and light saber ready to go.
He said he picked Darth Vader because he really likes the movies.
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