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May 10, 2014  •  1 - 6 pm
Headquarters Library

Celebrate horror, sci-fi, fantasy and graphic novels at SpartanCon, a new event for adults coming May 10th to the Spartanburg County Headquarters Library. Headlining SpartanCon is author C. Robert Cargill, author of Dreams and Shadows - a modern fairytale full of horror and fantasy - and screenwriter for the 2012 film Sinister. Join us for an afternoon with the authors, artists and designers who make you scream, gasp and stay up all night. Authors & special guests will take the stage and be available for autographs from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Get your costumes ready! Dress in appropriate cosplay for a chance to win two 4-day memberships to DragonCon 2014.

Artists' Alley

Artists from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia will be stationed throughout the atrium and lobby with tons of cool art that can be purchased and taken home! Be sure to bring some cash in case you find something you like!

Atrium  •  1:00 - 6:00 pm Artists' Alley

Featured Guest - C. Robert Cargill

C. Robert Cargill The headline author for SpartanCon is C. Robert Cargill, author of Dreams and Shadows - a modern fairytale full of horror and fantasy. Queen of the Dark Things, the sequel to Dreams and Shadows, is set for release in May.

Cargill began his career with Ain’t it Cool News under the pseudonym Massawyrm, writing there for over a decade, subsequently becoming a staff writer for, and co-founding the animated movie review site where he appeared as the animated character Carlyle. He is the screenwriter of the film Sinister, co-written and directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Ethan Hawke. He is currently working on the highly anticipated film adaptation of the hugely popular video game Deus Ex and the screenplay for Sinister 2. He lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Cargill will close our event with a discussion moderated by Converse professor Dr. Erin Templeton, and will take questions from the audience. Be sure to pick up a copy of his book from the Library Store as he will be autographing as well!

twitter: @massawyrm

Barrett Room  •  4:30 - 5:30 pm

Special Guests

Brian Anderson The Prince's New Pet by Brian Anderson Panel Storytelling with author, artist Brian Anderson — Brian Anderson is the creator of the syndicated comic strip Dog Eat Doug. The strip enjoys an international fan base both on and offline and has recently joined the lineup of comics in the Charlotte Observer's daily comic pages. He is the author of several children's books, including Nighty Night, Sleepy Sleeps based on his comic strip characters, The Prince's New Pet and his latest book Monster Chefs, scheduled to be released this May.

twitter: @dogeatdoug

CCC Training Lab  •  3:00 - 4:00 pm

Alex Hughes Clean by Alex Hughes Urban Fantasy with author Alex Hughes — Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. She is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily all at the same time!

twitter: @ahugheswriter

Barrett Room  •  2:30 - 3:30 pm

Ben Templesmith Calamari Rising by Ben Templesmith Drawing Demo & Conversation with comic book artist Ben Templesmith — Ben Templesmith is a New York Times bestselling artist and writer most widely known for his work in the comic book industry where he has received multiple nominations for the International Horror Guild Awards as well as the industry’s top prize, the Eisner Award. He also won a Spike TV Scream Award. He was born March 7th 1984, in Perth, Australia. Raised as an orphan by monks & studied marine biology and design at UWA.

As a creator, his most notable works have been 30 Days of Night (which spawned a major motion picture) and Fell. His other projects include the critically acclaimed serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, as well as Welcome to Hoxford, and Singularity 7, all of which he also wrote. He’s also worked on Star Wars, Ten Grand, Doctor Who, GI Joe, Army of Darkness, Silent Hill and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, among others.

twitter: @templesmith

Barrett Room  •  1:15 - 2:15 pm

Cosplay Contest

Amberle Linnea Win two 4-day memberships to DragonCon 2014 — Get your costumes ready! We’ll be dressing up, so from the TARDIS to Applejack, we’d love to see your cosplay too! Dress in appropriate cosplay for a chance to win two 4-day memberships to DragonCon 2014. Please remember that this is a library, so keep the cosplay family friendly.

SpartanCon’s cosplay contest will be judged by Amberle Linnea, an award-winning cosplayer from Charlotte who regularly appears at geekery-related conventions around the country. Amberle spans multiple genres - sci fi, comic books (both DC and Marvel), and literature. Amberle is often recognized for her recreation of Effie Trinket's butterfly dress (which took more than 1000 butterfly wings and two weeks to make). When she's not sewing, gluing, and dressing up, Amberle Linnea drinks too much red wine; reads crazy amounts of fiction; romps with her ten pets; refuses to see the Ender's Game movie (because it can NEVER compare to the book); and leads a double life as a corporate executive and PhD.

Magazine Area  •  3:15 pm Cosplay Contest Registration  •  3:30 - 4:30 pm Cosplay Contest

Don't miss these additional events

Intro to Comics Panel — Are you unfamiliar with comics but want to get started and don’t know where to begin? Daniel McAbee from Spartanburg’s very own comic store, The Tangled Web, will get you off and running.

CCC Training Lab  •  1:00 - 1:45 pm

Zombie Make-up Demo — Whether you're going to a party, making a zombie movie or you just want to mess with the general public, zombie makeup is always fun. Enjoy a zombie make-up demonstration and tutorial with local special effects makeup artist Brandon Martin.

Hoechst-Celanese Room  •  2:00 - 3:00 pm  &  3:30 - 4:30 pm

SpartanCon - Code of Conduct

We at SpartanCon want everyone to feel safe and have fun. Keeping that in mind, we’ve created the following Code of Conduct so everyone, from the tiniest Batman to the biggest Hulk, will have a great time.

★   BE RESPECTFUL. Don’t say or do anything your mother wouldn’t like.

★   Cosplay ≠ consent. Always ask cosplayers for permission before touching or photographing them or their costumes.

★   Please remember: this is a library. There will be children in and around the building. Be mindful of this when displaying your cosplay. For more information, see code rule #1.

★   We are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property. We will have a lost and found in place if you find a spare light saber.

★   No weapons. We reserve the right to check and test any props that may look like legitimate weaponry.

★   Any library policy is also SpartanCon policy. Wearing wings doesn’t mean you can drink Red Bull in the stacks.

We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave with or without reason to maintain the safety and happiness of everyone at SpartanCon.

For more information, please call 864-596-3502.