14th Annual Comic Book Mania

Main Library: 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL

Saturday, July 29 | 10 am – 4 pm

Join us for the 14th Annual Comic Book Mania Convention! Meet local artists, writers and vendors. Enjoy special activities throughout the day. See below for list of Artist Alley participants.

Free Admission!

Every attendee will receive a free comic book.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer
Exhibit at the Main Library

Families will be transported to the underground home of the crime-fighting heroes to see what really happens in their secret hideaway.

The four funny Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will share life lessons and team-building skills with their crime-fighting tactics. Through team-building challenges, collaborative games and mind teasing puzzles, families and friends will learn skills to help them successfully work together.

Special Breakout Panels

Superhero Storytime

📆 Saturday, July 29

⏰ 10:00am - 11:00am

Registration Required

Join us for special family storytime followed by a Meet & Greet with Wonder Woman from Parties with Character!

Pushing Shape in Your Art: Workshop with Justin Castenada

📆 Saturday, July 29

⏰ 11:00am - 12:00pm

📍 Grove Room

For elementary and middle school students

Registration Required

Artist Justin Castaneda will show you how to emphasize shape in your art to create dynamic cartoons and characters. He will also provide you with some drawing exercises to fight the creative block.

Draw Yourself as a Superhero: Workshop with Artist Gene Ha

📆 Saturday, July 29

⏰ 1:00am - 2:00pm

📍 Grove Room

For students in grades 2 - 12

Registration Required

Gene Ha, comic book artist and writer, will lead students in a drawing workshop that encourages young artists to apply imagination to problem solving.

Meet the TMNT Creative Team!

📆 Saturday, July 29

⏰ 2:00pm - 3:00pm

📍 Grove Room

All are welcome; registration is not required.

Meet one of the artistic teams of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, writer Gary Carlson and artist Frank Fosco. Learn how they created the TMNT comic book for over two years. One lucky winner will receive an original TMNT sketch, drawn by Frank in front of the audience! An autograph session for attendees of this program will follow.

Activities at the Youth Center


⏰ 10:00am - 4:00pm

Make Your Own Fandom Button

⏰ 10:00am - 4:00pm

Temporary Tattoos

⏰ 11:00am - 2:30pm

Visit our Artists Alley in the Community Rooms to meet and greet with professional comic book artists and writers. Comic book vendors are also located here.

Scheduled to Appear