Community members, vendors, cosplay enthusiasts, authors and artists gathered at the Bruce C. Clarke Library Saturday for the first- ever Warrior-Con — a convention for all fan bases.
Eighteen vendors sold original artwork, comic books, painted glassware and figurines at the five-hour event.
Special guests from Springfield, Lebanon, Rolla and the local community hosted panels throughout the day, answering questions about comic-production processes, writing styles, artwork and cosplay techniques, such as hair and make-up styles.
Tyffany Hollenbeck, children’s library technician, organized a field game inspired by a popular book series about wizards.
Live Action Role-Playing members, better known as LARP, performed a demonstration outside the library, where mock battles were waged between members dressed as fantasy warriors.
Joyce Waybright, Clarke library chief of community services, said that after so many hours of planning the event, she was happy with the turnout.
“This is our first one, so we’re just learning how to do it,” she said. “The people who’ve come have been enjoying it.”
Josh Cullen, an artist and teacher from Lebanon, manned a booth at Warrior-Con and has attended many conventions in the past.
He said he was happy to share his work with the community.
“I think it’s really solid for being a first-year con(vention),” he said. “I like the community feel.”
Cullen said he began producing his art as a hobby, but that it has afforded new, meaningful opportunities to him.
“I wanted to get art out there, and now I’ve kind of transferred that, and I’ve been able to teach kids how to sell their art,” he said.
Waybright said the library plans on holding future similar conventions.
“Once we start these things, we just keep going with them,” she said. “It’s amazing that we can even do something (like this).”