When Dr. Who, Naruto, Superman, and Obi Wan Kenobi all gather under one roof, you can only be at one place. A number of fans showed up dressed as their favorite characters from graphic novels, science fiction T.V. shows and anime to show their support for the first ever Geek Fest at the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Library.
Sarah Rosenberger, one of three teen librarians, says the inspiration for this event came when, “We noticed that geek culture is kind of becoming the dominant ‘cool’ thing now, and it’s cool to be a geek. We can never keep [graphic novels] on the shelves because they are so popular with everybody now. We wanted to do something to support [the Geek movement] and to say it doesn’t matter what you are a fan of we just love [that] you are a fan of something so come in and let’s celebrate it.”
Imaginations soared at this Comic-Con-inspired event as enthusiasts gathered in costume to answer trivia questions, make crafts, and of course, play the role of their favorite character.
For spectators, it was fun to marvel at all the creativity put into the costumes of others. One proud costume wearer came as Bahamut of Final Fantasy 10; the costume took about two weeks to make and it also took first prize in the adult costume contest.
Other costumes included several characters from Naruto, Link from Legend of Zelda, many characters from Star Wars and Star Trek, and several Doctors of all generations were present with sonic screwdriver in hand. Someone even dressed as the Tardis, the famed time machine from the “Dr. Who” television show. As the afternoon progressed, winners for the geeky goodies contest were announced and a costume contest took place. There were two divisions: one for little heroes and villains and one for those more advanced in their craft.
Geek enthusiasts were able to check out local Kent graphic artist, Dan Gorman, who displayed his impressive collection of drawings, from renditions of fan favorites Superman and Batman, to other unique drawings of the Kool-Aid Man and fem form figures. Gorman has a book called “Mac in Trouble” and is working with another Kent artist, Joel Coach, on an original graphic novel called “Only Human,” due to hit shelves before Oct. 1. More of his work can be seen at dangormanart.com.
Geek Fest drew a number of fans from many genres of graphic novels, anime, and the like. Susan Russ, another of the teen librarians at the library, summarized it best when she stated, “Geek Fest is the celebration of science fiction, comics, and basically just anything that you can geek out to, and it’s a family event; people are dressing up and coming down and enjoying activities, there is a costume contest, and so far it is a huge hit.”
For those seeking more comic book and sci-fi activities, Akron ComiCon will take place in Quaker Square Nov. 9.