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Rod Library Mini-ComicCon 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 11:00am to 5:00pm


A  FREE convention!

While we don't require attendees to register, we do recommend that you join our Facebook event page to keep up with updates, give us feedback, and discuss the con with other attendees.  Artists, vendors, and panelists may now register at the links provided at the bottom of this page. 

This page is a work in progress for the 2nd annual Rod Library Mini Con.  Stay tuned for updates as we add Artists, Panelists, Activities and ways to participate.  

Presentations, artists, and events are being added regularly.  Check here, our Facebook Event page, and Twitter for update.

Registered Artists

Kyle Benning: Comics and original art!

R.J. Boehmer- Unnecessary Apostrophe Studios: Comics, cards, games, and jewelry!

David Brennan-Nerdy Beadsprites: Beadsprite magnets, coasters, keychains, and art!

Tristan Fisher- Suit Up!: Superheroes and villains for hire for your special event!

Aaron Gillespie: Commissioned artwork and graphic novels!

Anthony Hary- ANA Comics: Prints, buttons, and sample comics!

B.J. Humphrey: Sketches and prints...commissions encouraged! 

Ike Lewis-W.Y.P.E.: Random Ramblings and Muse for a Minute...promoting geek culture website!

Nick Maida- Super Maida Studios: Prints and graphic novels!

Matt Menke: Sci-Fi/Fantasy artwork...commissions encouraged!

Paul Landis-For the Love of Links: Chainmail jewelry!

Mia-Corey Lester- Chocolates N Stuff: Prints, commissions, and trinkets!

Matthew Merrick- Black Skull Comics: Vintage comics and comic books for sale!

Callie J. Paar- Phoenix Dawn Creations: Handmade crochet plush toys, polymer clay jewelry, and paper crafted hats!

Chad Paulsen: 25¢ comics for sale!

Gregg Paulsen: Comic art and prints!

Chris Pellack- The Shield Comics & Games: Back issue comics, comics and movie statues!

Nathaniel Petersen: Original art, sketches, and prints!

Dann Phillips: Original artwork and published comics!

Steve Potter- Topps Trading Cards: Prints, artwork, and free sketches!

Timothy Quam-Bodequam Productions: Prints and comics!

Alissa Rindels-Dire Atrium: Original Artwork!

Gigi Sage-Geeky Delights and Moonies Art: Jewelry and accessories made from upcycled comic art!

Ryan Schrodt-DirtyThird Comics: Comic books, original art, sketch cards, and graphic novels!

Emily Sodergren: Original artwork!

Tracey Southall- Make it up! Facepainting: Facepainting! Prices range from $5-$12!

Dean Sturtevant-Green Unicorn Art: Magents, keychains, framed artwork, t-shirts, and more!

Kiki Snell & Coral Thacker-NiCoral: Handmade geeky/comic crafts and Arkham Carnival!

Steve Todd-Wandering Mail: Chainmail jewelry and oddities!

Mark Tungsiripat: Quirky artwork and prints!

Adam J. Whitlach: Paperback copies of his novel!

Carrie L. Williams: Fantasy and fairy art!

Anna Withers-Walbridge--8-Bit Baubles: Geek, nerd, and pop culture inspired jewelry!

J. Wright- Last Chance Comics: Comic books, prints and artwork!

Kayla Yario- Mocha AlpacaHandmade crocheted items...accepting requests for custom creations

WillisOriginal art and comics alike!

​Michael Brammer- Comic books and graphic novels.

CR Armory- A Cosplay commission company displaying works and work in progress to educate and illuminate others about cosplay. 

PaJama LovePirate & sea life sock dolls; polymer clay dice; leather dice bags; crocheted play food and stuffed animals; crocheted punk cat pins and other accessories. 

Hooked on AnimeCrocheted dragons, griffins, flying pigs, etc.  

Oak Leaf CollectiblesComics, toys, Doctor Who items, fun stuff. 

515 ComicsGraphic novels and mini-comics of my webcomic series Nextuus. 

A to Z Toys and Collectibles- Vintage Toys and Modern Toys, Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Spawn, Marvel, and many more toys to choose from. 

Sakura's Blossoms-Anime/Japanese toys, Asian Dolls, Ball Jointed Doll items (clothing, wigs, shoes, and accessories), Human Wigs, Misc. other Asian items, Geek Jewelry (repurposed toys, super hero earrings and necklaces, steampunk jewelry, kawaii (cute) jewelry and hair accessories), Handmade Clay Creations.

Pop Heart Superhero jewelry, magnets, pins, keychains, and collectables. Also several pop culture collectables, gashpon, cosplay purses etc.

The Three Pegases- Plush dolls, jewelry, fashion related to comics, anime, and general geekery.

Packaged Rebellion Studios- Sketches and comics to sign. Prints also.

Rainytale Studio- Anime-style artwork, both original and fanart, displayed on badges, buttons, charms, and jewelry. Needlework (crochet and knit) crafts such as blankets, dolls, bags, and cases for electronics will also be sold.

Registered Presenters

Harry Brod- "Superman Is Jewish?: How Comic Book Superheroes Came to Serve Truth, Justice and the Jewish-American Way"

Brandon Dean- "The Controversial Christian Comics of Jack T. Chick"

Bailey Hager- "Surviving Conventions Without Losing Your Mind: The Return"

Zach Lowe- "Down the Rabbit Hole"

Stephen Gaies- "Beyond Maus: Comics and Graphic Novels dealing with Genocide and Human Rights"

Sade Barfield- "Depictions of Muslim Women in Comics" 

Doug Shaw- "Who'd Win?"  

Registered Groups/Organizations/Businesses

UNI Chess Club

UNI Gamer Brigade

UNI Harry Potter Club

Catt's Paws Massage- $1/Minute Chair Massage

The Core



General Behavior

  • Don't be a jerk.  Please don't intentionally irritate your fellow attendees or do anything inappropriate or dangerous.  This is an ALL AGES event. Any costumes deemed overly risque, gory, or inappropriate by our staff will be asked to change or leave.
  • All University policies apply, i.e. we are a Smoke Free Campus.
  • Weapons and props must follow the weapons policy found on the Costume Contest page.
  • All participants agree to let Rod Library use their images for promotional purposes, both photographs and video.
  • UNI Parking permits are not enforced on the weekend.  The parking map can be found here.  Rod Library building is #25. 
Info (Parking Information, etc.)

Rod Con is FREE and open to the public!


Parking passes and meters are not enforced on the weekends-this means you can park in any garage or spot that you are legally able to!

Additionally, the two-hour time limit on City of Cedar Falls parking (along 23rd Street) does not apply on Saturdays, either!

To access a map of parking at the University of Northern Iowa, click here

The parking lots which are nearest to the Rod Library are (in order from closest to furthest):

Bartlett Lot A

Gilchrist Lot A (Including "G" permit parking)

Multimodal Transportation Center (the parking garage on 23rd Street)

West Gym Lot A

Additionally, there is some metered parking and 32 Handicapped parking spaces behind the Rod Library. 



Artist, Vendor, and Panelist Registration

Due to the AMAZING response from you wonderful people, we unfortunately have to close registration for artist alley early.  We are blown away by how many of you want to be part of RodCon!  We do still have space for presenters, so if you are interested in hosting a panel still, please register soon!


Panelist Registration

Costume Contest & Photo Booth

Costume Contest Details

Photo Booth Details coming soon



The CORE is once again proud to host the RodCon Magic Tournament!!

This year will be a Standard Constructed tournament. Cost is $6.00 and players MUST register before noon, when the first round starts.

Standard is a format that allows players to use their own decks constructed with the most recent cards. Player may use a deck consisting of at least 60 cards from the following sets:

Born of the Gods
Journey into Nyx 
2015 Core set
Khans of Tarkir
Fate Reforged 
Dragons of Tarkir

Each player will be grouped with 7 other players and will play in 3 rounds of best 2 out of 3, before the top 2 players compete in one final round for prizes. Each player will receive 1 booster pack for playing in addition to several Promo Cards. The top player of each group will be awarded 5 more packs, with the 2nd place player getting 3 packs.

Registration starts at 11am and MUST be done at The CORE booth at the convention prior to the start of the first round at Noon.


Volunteer Registration

Sign Up here


Our Generous Donors

RodCon is sponsored by Rod Library and UNI's Reaching For Higher Ground.  However, this event wouldn't be possible without generous donations.  A big Thank You to the following:

Valiant Entertainment -
Top Shelf Productions -
First Second Books -
Shurtech Brands -
and to all the hard working Rod Library employees for their time, patience, and flexibility as we put all of this together.



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