Get your geek on in Central AR this weekend


Ladies and gentlemen, get your costumes ready because we’ve got not one, but two comic con events happening in Central Arkansas this weekend. Little Rock Comic Con—Arkansas’s first and longest-running comic con—will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Benton Events Center in Benton; CALS Con, the 4th annual mini-con hosted by the Central Arkansas Library System, will take place Saturday on the Main Library campus in downtown Little Rock.overlay

Both events feature panels, workshops, cosplay and other activities; Little Rock Comic Con will also have vendor and artist booths. Featured guests at the Benton Comic Con include Jason Faunt and Justin Nimmo, both of the Power Rangers, and Paul Reinhart, Transformers devotee and YouTube reviewer known as Optibotimus. See below for complete schedules and full details of both events!

CALS Con:

REGISTRATION
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CALS Ron Robinson Theater Lobby and Main Library 1st Floor
Panels
Time Topics Location
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Video Games as Narratives CALS Ron Robinson Theater
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Mystery Science Theater 3000 CALS Ron Robinson Theater
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. LGBTQ Representation in Comics Main Library, Level 4
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Propaganda in Comics Cox Creative Center, 2nd Floor
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Diversity in Star Wars: Representation Matters CALS Ron Robinson Theater
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Cosplay 101 CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Activities
Time Activity Location
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. LEGO® Display and Open Build by ArkLUG Main Library, Darragh Center
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. “The Time Traveler’s Life”
Mini Escape Room by Central Arkansas Escape Rooms
Main Library, Level 4
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Tabletop Gaming Main Library, 5th Floor
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Harry Potter Crafts Main Library, Youth Services
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Cosplay Contest with Jay Jackson CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Little Rock Comic Con:

Saturday:

7:00 AM DEALER SETUP
9:00 AM DOORS OPEN Early Bird
REGISTRATION FOR COSPLAY CONTEST BEGINS (Best in Show (Adult only), Best Showmanship, & Best Prop)
10:00 AM DOORS OPEN General Public
11:00 AM PANEL #1 “Brain Trust with Michael Brown”
12:00 PM PANEL #2 Q & A WITH OPTIBOTIMUS YOUTUBE REVIEWER
1:00 PM PANEL #3 GOTHAM KNIGHTS WEB SERIES
2:00 PM PANEL #4 MEN OF ART WITH T. LIM, D. HIGGINS, J. WOODARD, J. LUCAS, & K. WILLIAMS
3:00 PM PANEL #5 Q & A WITH JASON FAUNT & JUSTIN NIMMO (POWER RANGERS)
COSPLAY REGISTRATION CLOSES
4:00 PM COSPLAY CONTEST (Best in Show (Adult Only), Best Showmanship, & Best Prop)
5:00 PM DEALER DEN CLOSES
5:30 PM COMEDY OF GEEKS (PANEL ROOM) BRADLEY OSBORNE, ANGRY PATRICK, MICHAEL BROWN, & JASON THOMPSON
7:00 PM LRCC AFTER PARTY @ DAVE & BUSTERS WITH LRCC GUESTS OF HONOR

Sunday:

10:00 AM DOORS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
REGISTRATION FOR COSPLAY (Best in Show (Youth Only) & Best Group)
11:00 AM PANEL #1 THE SEARCH FOR THE ICONIC MONSTERS WITH BRENT BRISTON
12:00 PM PANEL #2 Q & A WITH GARRY CHALK
1:00 PM PANEL #3 COSPLAY FOR KIDS WORKSHOP
2:00 PM PANEL #4 CENTRAL ARKANSAS HISTORICAL FENCING
3:00 PM PANEL #5 PREDICTING THE FUTURE WORKSHOP WITH MAX NELSON
COSPLAY CONTEST (Best in Show (Youth Only) & Best Group)
5:00 PM DEALER DEN CLOSES

CALS Con is a free, family-friendly event. For more info, please visit the CALS website. Little Rock Comic Con is open to all ages, though some events are adults-only. Tickets are available at various levels including add-ons such as a VIP party and photo ops with special guests. For more info, visit the LRCC website.

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