One of the events we look forward to every year is our fandom and comic convention, LibCon. This year’s event was set to transcend the boundaries of a typical con and combine elements of a Renaissance faire with our usual lineup. Rest assured that, barring any global crises, LibCon will return next year to rekindle the magic!
Even though we couldn’t meet in person, we still wanted to thank and showcase the local artists and businesses who help make LibCon a success every year. These are people who are pursuing their passions of creating art, food, and entertainment for their community. We recognize that this is an especially hard time for small businesses and organizations that rely on large gatherings, so we wanted them to know how much we appreciate them by sharing their work virtually. LibCon would never have gotten off the ground without their contributions, past and present. That said, check out the list below to find things that speak to your deepest nerdy interests!
Buccaneer’s Respite is a chapter of Amtgard International, a boffer based, medieval-fantasy LARP. If you want to get involved in some fast combat, explore your art, develop a persona, or just socialize in an atmosphere, check them out!
Appalachian Renaissance Faire celebrates the region’s rich Celtic culture and heritage, along with all of the typical Renaissance Faire fun. These events are an interactive historical novel, so get your characters ready, share your ideas, get involved, and stay tuned!
Apple Valley Pony Parties, LLC is a family owned and operated pony party service in Jonesborough, and specializes in creating fun and unique events with a fully functioning farm and petting zoo. They have over 20 years of experience with horses, ponies, and farm animals, helping make children’s farm-friendly dreams come true. They bring all the entertainment and wonder while maintaining professionalism, reliability, and quality service, none of which are affected by the size of your budget.
Atomik Comiks has the largest selection of popular comics and graphic novels in Johnson City. After more than 25 years in business, they have more back issue comics and graphic novels than anyone else in East Tennessee.
Books & Cleverness is owned by Kelly, who says that the business is “the product of my love of both art and books. I have been traveling to local festivals and fairs and set up at local vendor markets since 2014, but now I’ve taken the next step with an online store. I have been reading and making art since I was young, and these two aspects slowly and painstakingly became what B&C is today.”
Chelsea Lowe is a freelance illustrator from East Tennessee. She’s been drawing since she was a child and knew early on that she wanted a career in the visual arts. She developed a love for illustration while she was studying Digital Media at ETSU. Most of her work is digitally created on a Wacom Cintiq and iPad Pro. Chelsea loves drawing and painting everything from creepy horror characters to beautiful endangered animals. More recently, she has started focusing on poster illustration and has worked with Disney and 20th Century Fox to create posters for “The Mandalorian”, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”, “Toy Story 4”, and “Ad Astra” as part of their digital and social media marketing campaigns.
Chicory Kin is owned by Sarah Borodzik. Sarah says, “I work with plant medicine and do flowers for weddings and events. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. You can find my shop at chicorykin.com/shop to browse things like flower essences, salves, herbal body oils and more! I am relocating soon to western New York, where I was born and raised. Working intimately with plants and flowers opens up a whole avenue for exploring our intuition and relationships to the natural world.”
Conquest Art Designs specializes in drawings, graphic design, logos, t-shirts, comics, paintings, and more.
Double D’s Consignment showcases vendors with an amazing variety of products from toys, home décor, movies, car accessories, cell phone accessories, comic books, and more.
Dragonflight Blessings is a mother-daughter creative team who make fantasy critters out of crochet and sculpture. Adopt one today!
Learn about East Tennessee Sci-fi and Cosplay on Facebook.
Four Eyes Design is created with the intention of designing unique fabrics that express the things people enjoy. There are currently nine fabric designs available for purchase with a variety of over 20 fabric textures to choose from. More designs will be coming soon.
Geek the Halls offers gifts and ornaments for all your favorite fandoms.
Mason Joe Coffee Roasters is small local coffee roaster and coffee trailer operation producing high quality, freshly roasted coffee. Packaged in the best container ever…the Mason Jar! They have a mobile coffee trailer that serves the Tri-Cities area with coffee, teas, and other delicious drinks. All the coffee they produce is available in their coffee trailer.
For information on Trucky Cheese, visit Facebook.
Learn more about Mountain Empire Comics on Facebook.
Mr. K’s Used Books is an independent, family-owned bookstore with locations in Charleston (SC), Greenville (SC), Asheville (NC) and Johnson City (TN). They sell, buy, and trade books, DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, vinyl records, comic books, graphic novels, manga, anime, video games, collectibles, and more. They have new and used books across all categories: bestsellers, fiction, non-fiction, young adult, children’s, local interest, Christian, and many more.
Nerd HQ is not your average comic book shop. It’s a one stop shop for all your nerd needs from comics, supplies, toys, tcgs, to fantasy weapons, and rpgs.
Octi Lair says, “I fell in love with art at a very young age and the passion only grew as I did. Currently, I am a full-time Teen Librarian as well as a Belly Dance instructor. I have a passion for all that I do and I believe this shows in my work. My two cats Juju and Kaylee love to ‘help’ me with my art. I am always up for something new so if you would like to commission a painting I’d love to hear what you are looking for.”
Rogue Universe creates cosplay costumes & everyday fandom wear to fit your lifestyle. Jennifer works hard to bring you themed designs that can be yours today! For many of her creations, she uses Four Eyes Design Fabrics. Find out more about her on Facebook.
Silverball City is one of the newest additions to Downtown Johnson City. It is a retro style arcade with something fun for everyone in the family!
Smoky Mountain Ghostbusters are a nonprofit group that represents all things Ghostbusters. They help several charities in the community and attend events when needed.
Stoplight Stained Glass is not your grandmother’s stained glass. They do items from pop culture to traditional, but love custom items too.
What’s the Scoop is centered on individuals, families, and couples connecting over delicious desserts. They currently offer kiddie scoops, single scoops and double scoops, as well as shakes, floats, and banana splits. The owners, the Perciful’s, place importance on cultivating relationships, engaging in the community, and supporting families. They hope to connect with you as they scoop you a delicious dessert!