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Celebrate horror, sci-fi, fantasy and graphic novels con-style at the Headquarters Library during our second annual SpartanCon! Headlining this year is Pierce Brown, author of the pulse-pounding sci-fi series Red Rising. Join us for an afternoon with the authors, artists and designers who make you scream with delight and fright. SpartanCon is an adult event and is intended for ages 18+.
Featured Guest - Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. Now he lives Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.
Pierce will be participating in a discussion about his work moderated by Converse professor Dr. Erin Templeton, and will take questions from the audience. Be sure to pick up a copy of his books from the Library Store as he will be autographing as well!
Barrett Room at 3:00pm
Praise for Red Rising:
"Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow."
"Fast-paced, gripping, well-written — the sort of book you cannot put down. I am already on the lookout for the next one."
"Pierce Brown's dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender's Game...it has everything it needs to become meteoric."
"Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers."
—The Huffington Post
"Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining...a must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics."
Praise for Golden Son:
"Dramatic...the rare middle book that loses almost no momentum as it sets up the final installment."
"Darrow is an assertive hero... Comparisons to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both..."
"Pierce Brown is a prodigy. As great as the first book of the Red Rising trilogy is, Golden Son is even better. A wild ride full of suspense, intrigue, and serious ass-kicking bravado...Expertly written and emotionally engaging, with top-notch universe-building that begs for further exploration. I want more!"
—Christopher Golden, New York Times Bestselling Author of Snowblind
"The stakes are even higher than they were in Red Rising, and the twists and turns of the story are every bit as exciting. The jaw-dropper of an ending will leave readers hungry for the conclusion to Brown’s wholly original, completely thrilling saga."
—Booklist (starred review)
Special Guest - Rashaad Santiago
Rashaad Santiago is the season 6 winner of SyFy’s original special effects series Face Off. He first started his fabrication and costume career in 2006, and later discovered the world of special effects and make up. He was hooked and has been creating monsters ever since. Rashaad will demonstrate his amazing makeup and fabrication skills for fans of the popular reality series and for cosplayers that are interested in taking their designs to the next level.
Barrett Room at 1:30pm
Although it’s going to be hard to top last year’s cosplay contest, we’re going to try anyway. Come in your best cosplay—no restrictions on type or genre, but please don’t show us anything your grandmother wouldn’t want to see. Professional cosplayer Amberle Linnea will MC, and cosplayers will be judged by employees from Tangled Web, Spartanburg’s own comics store. In order to win the two memberships to DragonCon that are up for grabs, you must be at least 18 years old.
Registration at 4:00pm in atrium
Contest at 4:15pm in Barrett Room
The Artists’ Alley at SpartanCon will run during the entirety of the con. Bring some cash with you to purchase cool pieces from local artists! While you’re at it, you can pick up some SpartanCon swag — along with copies of Pierce Brown’s books to have signed — at the Library Store in the atrium.
Main Level, 1:00 - 5:00pm
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.
SpartanCon will include an interpreter of American Sign Language for the hearing impaired.
For more information on SpartanCon, please call 864-596-3502.