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MAPLD Fanfest

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10 AM – 4:30 PM

Finally a fan convention in the South Suburbs! Join us in celebrating everything fandom at the library’s first ever comic convention, MAPLD FanFest! The day-long event will include cosplayers roaming the library as your favorite heroes and villains, with giveaways and raffles throughout the day. There will be programs for all ages and will include: various presenters and workshops, a cosplay and video game tournament, alongside fun and educational workshops. Over 20+ artists/vendors will showcase their products and art work. Find the schedule of events below.

Schedule of Events

10 – 11 AM WTTW Big Idea Show
10 AM – 4:30 PM Vendor & Artist Alley
10 AM – 12:00 PM/12:30 – 3 PM Prize Room and Silent Auction
10 AM – 4:30 PM Monster Puppets and Naurto Scavenger Hunt
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Japanese Writing for ages 13+
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM DIY Cosplay Gear with Monica Paprocki
12 – 2 PM Super Smash Bros. Tournament – Signup at 11 AM
2 – 3 PM Cosplay Panel
3 – 4 PM Cosplay Competition
4 – 4:30 PM Cosplay Competition, Giveaway and Silent Auction Winners Announced.

* Please wear family friendly costumes!

Vendor & Artist Alley

We are no longer taking applications for vendors and artists. Thank you to everyone that applied.

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Skulls & Sketches
Purple Panda’s Creations
Mr. Calavera
Kalea Phillips
Sanazaki Kojika
Guerilla Publishing
Bret Juliano
Usborne Books & More
Brian Babenderererde
La Guerra De Arte
Knight Illustrations
Mandy Madrox
Awesome Sauce Studios
Red Envelope Soap
Ginkie’s Handmade Crafts
Junction Collectibles
Eric Wolfgang
Custom Candles by Kathleen
Boss Lips & Bombshell Beauty
Chunchun Art
IcyPanther’s Art Shop
Juicy Watermelon Shop
ADVM Creations


Here is our list of guests that you will find at the MAPLD FanFest.

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Monica Paprocki
Chris “Papa Bear” English
Rob Southgate
Molly Southgate
Fawn Szymoniak – Sanazaki Kojika
Costumers With A Cause
Chicago Tardis
The Midwest Garrison & 501st
WTTW Big Idea
Convention Foam Fighters

Super Smash Bros. Video Game Tournament

Tournament Hours: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
We will be holding a Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament during the FanFest with GameTruck Illiana as the facilitator. We are excited to have GameTruck help us organize and give us a unique space for the competition. The event will start promptly at noon. We ask everyone that is registered to come by 11:30 am to check-in. Check-in will include the age group you will be placed in, along with a letter and number of the bracket and spot you will be assigned. Winners will be announced and receive their prize after the tournament.

Cosplay Contest

Contest Hours: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Come out and have some fun showing off your best costumes.The very talented Monica Paprocki from Geeks A Gogo will be a judge, along side the amazing cosplayer Papa Bear, actress/blogger Molly Southgate and our MC Rob Southgate of Southgate Media Group. All participants MUST sign up before 2 PM. A sign-up sheet will be posted in Meeting Room C.

Prize Room & Silent Auction

Prize Room Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Reopens: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

All attendees will receive a giveaway ticket at the registration table. You can spin the wheel or donate $1 per ticket to get more tickets. Fill out the ticket and drop it into the box of your choice in the Prize Room. There will also be silent auction sheets and the winners must have the money for the auction before getting the prize. Winners will be announced after the Cosplay Contest which starts at 4:00 PM. You do not have to be present to receive your prize. Winners that are not present at the Cosplay Contest will receive a call/email notifying them to pick up their prize. The winner will have one week to pick-up their prize. If the prize is not picked up within a week, then we will move on to the next person pulled.


If you would like to sponsor any part of the MAPLD Fanfest (monetary, collateral, giveaways and more) email Tiffany at

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