Pekar Park Comic Book Fest

Coventry Village, Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry, Heights Libraries, and Lake Erie Ink are pleased to announce that the Pekar Park Comic Book Fest is back for 2021!

The event will take place Saturday, September 18, 12-7 p.m., with a special free screening of the family favorite Big Hero 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the PEACE Park.

This year’s festival will make up for last year’s cancelled event, with even more fun activities for all ages throughout the Coventry Village business district, the Coventry Village Branch Library, and the PEACE Park:

  • 12:00-7:00 p.m.
    Vendor Market (See vendor list, below)
    Kid’s Carnival/Bounce House Games
    Cosplay / Character Costumes – Free Tommy’s Milkshake Voucher for those who come in costume!
  • 1:00-4:30 p.m.
    Free Takeaway Crafts
  • 2:00-5:00 p.m.
    Free Glitter Tattoos in PEACE Park
  • 2:00-3:00pm
    Comix Today- A Panel Discussion with Artists, Writers and Editors Panel (see details below)
  • 2:00-4:00pm
    Zine-Making / Illustration Crafts with Lake Erie Ink
  • 3:00 pm-5:00 p.m.
    Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition in PEACE Park
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    Big Hero 6- FREE Movie in the Park

 

At 2 p.m., Mac’s Backs will present a special event for the more serious comics fans, Comix Today: A Panel Discussion with Artists, Writers and Editors.

Panelists will discuss the current state of the comics industry and make recommendations on what comic fans should be reading. The event will take place outdoors in front of the library, and feature the following comics folks:

Jake Kelly is a Cleveland-based artist, illustrator and writer who has produced concert flyers, zines and comic books, including Lake Erie Monster with John G. He has also been incredibly generous with his talents during the pandemic, raising money for venues with his art. Jake’s latest project is a series of comic books, Death, Destruction, Vice & Sleaze about true episodes from Cleveland’s past. The latest is In the New Era about a burlesque vaudeville club.

Rachel Miller is the managing editor of The Comics Journal. She also co-curated the show “Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art” at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum in Columbus and is working on a textbook, Introduction to Comics.

Bryan Christopher Moss is an artist and illustrator. His book Eightfold Path will be published by Abrams in 2022. He is also an educator and recently curated the show “The Black Panther: Celebrating 50+ Years of Black Superheroes” at the King Arts Complex in Columbus.

Vendor List:
50*Fifty Comix LLC
80 Proof Comix
ArtsByGabby
The Black Magic Woman LLC
Bryn Adams
Cathy B. Masks
Colleen Stella
Dark Raven Products
Harvested styles
Thejamesquarles
Jomoden
Kate Atherton
KLM Boutique
Known Associates Press
Larly Studioz
Lipscomb Lifestyle LLC
LV Designz
nyceCO
Paper Tiger Textiles
Paula Jackson
Quintessential Jack: The Art of Jack Nicholson on Screen
Randa’s Beads
Stella Paracord
Studio JS
Tylur Paints & Prints
Village Comics
Xrento International Press