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Pop Culture U Brings Comic Con Experience to St. Ambrose

by Jessica Karolczak
Posted on Oct 25, 2018

Wonder Woman, Zelda and Mary Poppins were some of the characters who debuted at St. Ambrose’s first comic con.


The event on Saturday, Oct. 20, featured a presentation on “The History of American Comics” by Dr. Brittany Tullis, lightning rounds of pop culture trivia, various local and SAU vendors and a costume contest. The SAU library marketing committee hosted the event in the library.


“We knew we wanted an event that tied into the Visual Narrative theme,” organizer Joyce Haack said. “It’s a way to get students to come to the library and see what we have to offer and maybe see resources they weren’t aware of.”


The idea for this event originated after a library marketing committee member attended a conference and heard about other universities hosting comic cons. The committee fostered the idea since it fit perfectly with the year’s Visual Narrative theme.


“One of the things we wanted to do with the theme was have an interactive theme that gets the community involved,” Arturo Meijide, who developed this year’s theme, said. “The comic con is a way of making students have fun with the annual theme.”


Another committee member was very interested in comics and contacted local vendors related to the theme. The vendors and trivia spanned the perimeter of the library’s first floor while Tullis’s presentation and the costume contest took place on the second floor.


Some of the vendors included:

  • Mellow Blue Planet, a comics and collectibles store

  • Marlena Midnite of the Midnite Mausoleum TV show

  • Derry Public Radio, a Stephen King podcast

  • SAU’s Art History Club

  • SAU’s eSports



Vendors, such as the Tabletop Gaming Club and eSports team, had interactive games for attendees.



Trivia included five 12-minute rounds each with different themes. The themes included Disney, superheroes & heroines, Harry Potter, Halloween & horror movies and pop culture.


After trivia, the cosplay contest began. Students could dress as any character. They then were judged by Marlena Midnite, local comedian Josh Kahn and SAU biology professor Neil Aschliman.


This event was only one of the many Visual Narrative events planned throughout the year. It was one of the stepping stones on the way to the year’s feature event: the International Comic Arts Forum Conference that will be on campus on April 4.


For more information about this year’s Visual Narrative theme and events, follow @sauvisualnarrat on Twitter or @sauvisualnarratives on Instagram.