It’s the Week of Comic-Cons…

The annual San Diego Comic-Con is coming up, and as always I find myself wishing I had the money and purchasing speed needed to spend a few days getting the scoop—in person—on my favorite TV shows and movies while nerding out with other fans.

Last May I got the closest I will ever be to SDCC by attending one of Hampton Road’s local versions of the event. Tidewater Comicon and Hampton Comicon are annual events; this year I finally made my way to Tidewater Comicon. Continue reading “It’s the Week of Comic-Cons…”

2017 FantaSci

Every year wizards, space pirates, the Doctor, and a menagerie of other fantastical creatures come together for one important event: FantaSci. Fantasci, CPL’s annual fantasy and Sci-fi convention, features a fantastic array of vendors, panels, and activities for kids from 1-99. Bring the family and feel free to dress to impress!

What is there to do at FantaSci? I’m glad you asked! Check out these epic adventures:

  • Guest author panel: O Gothic Novel. Leanna Renee Hieber, an actress, playwright and award-winning author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy will give a spirited, passionately entertaining discussion of the history of the Gothic novel, it’s beleaguered place in literary criticism, why we love and hate it, and why it’s a canary in the coal mine of society’s greatest fears. Come on, you know you want to go running away from an eerie mansion out into a thunderstorm in your nightgown. Let’s talk about it.
  • Activities: Doctor Who scavenger hunt, Dragon snot and Unicorn Drool, Bubbling potions, Gumdrop Dragon Building Contest, Fantasy games and more!
  • Vendors, vendors, vendors galore!
  • Various panels from Ghost Hunting 101 to the Jedi Lightsaber Academy.
  • Costume contest- that’s right; it’s time for some cosplay!

Whether you like to fight Daleks or perform magic spells, we’re here to celebrate your favorite fandom with you. Check us out on July 22 from 10AM-4PM.

Shobou Con is Coming!

Greetings Anime Fans!

Shobou Con is right around the corner and the Chesapeake Public Library has a great line-up! Our special guests include Marvin Chevallier, The Barnes Bros., Lovely Hearts Maid Café, Potatoes @ Night, Peggy Miller, ODU Anime Club and the dynamic duo Sharon Tucker and Aaron Stanley. We’re bringing back fan favorites like Candy Sushi and the Cosplay Contest and introducing a variety of fresh panels for con-goers!

Check this out:

*** All panels are free and open to the public. ***
*** Seating is first come, first serve and some panels fill up quickly so plan accordingly! ***

In between sessions stop by and say “Konnichiwa” to our fabulous vendors!

1. Amanda Grey McMillen
2. Anime Mid Atlantic
3. Atlantis Games & Comics
4. Blind Alley Studios
5. Christi-Chan
6. Dynamic Accessories
7. Event Support Solutions
8. Flash Mob Makeup
9. Furrville
10. Hampton Anime Club
11. Hours Upon Hours
12. Ice_Rin000
13. Jeneko in Japan
14. Jinon’s
15. Lovely Heart Maid Café
16. Mini Ink Master
17. MK ME Design LLC
18. Patchwork
19. Phoenix Creations
20. Potatoes @ Night
21. Shlii
22. Treasured Fashions
23. Trilogy

To help you get ready for six solid hours of condensed anime fun, I’ve compiled this helpful checklist. Be sure to bring:

 Walking Shoes
 Camera
 Handheld Console (Optional)
 Cosplay (Bring your favorite anime and manga character to life!)
 Bring Friends (or make a few at Shobou Con!)
 Bag (for flyers, prizes and other kawaii purchases)
 Bottled Water (or other covered drinks.)
 Manga for the Manga Bookswap
 A sense of adventure!

Block off March 28, 2015 and head to Central Library 298 Cedar Road Chesapeake, Virginia 23322 and enjoy six solid hours of condensed fun!

Additional information about Shobou Con.

Don’t forget to join the event on Facebook!

Teens – Mark Your Calendars!

There is a lot happening for teens at the Central Library. Due to the overwhelming requests, we will be starting a Once Upon a Teen Readers Club, and a Teen Movie Night with a Teen Games Night to follow. In addition, we will start sending Instagram notifications of events happening – so if you aren’t following the library, you should! (@chesapeakepubliclibrary)
In the meantime, we have several great programs starting at the Central Library in the next few months…


• March 28: Shobou Con, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Mini anime convention for all ages. Join the event on Facebook.


• April 14: Anime Club, 6:00-7:30 PM
• April 20: Zentangle Poetry, 4:00-5:30 PM
This is a combined Teen/Tween event for up to 40 people. Write or compose and then decorate your poetry. If you don’t know what this is, then put “zentangle poetry” in your search engine, and be prepared to be amazed!
• April 25: Freeplay, 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Anyone can come in and play video games, from classic to modern, all day long in the downstairs meeting room.


• May 4: May the Fourth be With You: National Star Wars Day, 4:00-6:00 PM
This is another combined Teen/Tween event and will have up to 40 people in attendance. There will be a movie, costume contest and games.

May 3: Once Upon a Teen Book Club, 2-3 PM

May 19: Teen Game Night: 5-7 PM

May 26: Teen Movie of the Month: 5-7 PM

So mark these dates in your calendar, don’t forget to register on our site and come see us at the Central Library on Cedar Road!

Shobou Con – Why Did We Change Locations?


This year, Shobou Con will be taking place at the Central Library, 298 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322. Why the change? Well, since its inception, the con has doubled in size every year. Last year we packed over 2,000 of you into the Greenbrier Library, and we were bursting at the seams! Can you imagine 4,000 people stuffed into the Greenbrier Library? Not a pretty picture. The new location gives us extra space so all of you can spread out and invite even more people. It also means that we are able to offer you more things:

*Double the vendors

*More rooms for panels

*A meeting room large enough for everyone to watch the Cosplay Contest

*Tons of Game Show panels

And we’ll still have your old favorites:

*Candy Sushi


*AMV Contest

*Anime viewing stations

*All day gaming

If you are interested in participating in any way, we really need panelists and volunteers! Check out the Shobou Con 2015 tab on the menu above and fill out the online application.