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Waldport will double for Gotham City on Saturday, Aug. 3, as Waldport Public Library presents a community-wide, comic con-style Universe of Heroes Cosplay Festival.

“This year’s summer reading theme is a Universe of Stories,” said Library Director Sue Bennett, “and we want the Cosplay Festival to reflect that theme; which includes so many possibilities.”

The festival will include events at the library, Waldport Community Center, Waldport City Hall, Seashore Family Literacy Center, Central Coast Fire and Rescue Station and the Waldport Open Space Field. It will be literacy- and S.T.E.A.M.-driven, with events happening throughout the day from 9 am to 6 pm.

“We were fortunate to be able to call upon Laura Kimberly, the current director of Newport Public Library and the past director of Medford Library, for planning ideas. Being a smaller venue area than Medford, we have scaled the day to be full, without overwhelming the town. It is exciting to see the looks on festival volunteers’ faces and hear them say, ‘This is for real!’”

Participants will start the day by checking in at Waldport Community Center to receive a wrist band and be Peace Bonded to make sure their costumes follow cosplay guidelines for a family-friendly event.

Those costumes can win their creators prizes, with cash and swag up for grabs in the Cosplay Costume Contests, open to all ages and featuring on-stage judging. Winners will be announced at 5 pm at the Waldport Community Center.

More cash and swag prizes will be on offer in the Fan Art Contests, which will see entries from kids, teens and adults on display throughout the day at the library. All fan art should be brought to the library by 5 pm on Friday, Aug. 2, and should follow the rules on the library website. Winners will be announced at 3 pm.

Pop-up art and S.T.E.M. stations will be on offer throughout the day including a hands-on Leap Into Science: WIND table from the Franklin Institute in Pennsylvania.

There will be live music throughout the day, with S.L.U.G., the Seashore Literacy Ukulele Group, bringing the fun in the morning and RipTyde rocking the afternoon.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will host a bio-facts table with Wanda, their life-size Orca; Brad’s World Reptiles will be on hand with 15 to 20 reptiles; and local 4-H groups will host a petting zoo.

Yo-Ho-Ho Bounce House will have a huge, bounce obstacle course for kids of all ages set up all day, which will be part of the Hero Five-part Fitness Race.

Vendor tables with a cosplay theme will be set up at the Waldport Community Center and drawings for graphic novels will be held throughout the day.

After a free hot dog lunch at Central Coast Fire and Rescue Station, the afternoon will see the library host a game room for cards and board games for cosplay gamers. Game time will be followed by Cosplay Trivia Annihilation for two groups: 5th grade through 8th grade; and 9th grade through adult. A quiet play area for babies will be provided in the afternoon at the library.

Pre-registration is suggested for workshops, the costume competition and fan art contests. See waldportlibrary.org for details.

For more information, email waldportlibrary@waldportlibrary.org, call 541 563-5880 or drop by the library at 460 Hemlock Street.

Workshop lineup

Graphic Novel Writing

Led by Portland writer Elizabeth “Liz” Rusch, author of “Muddy Max” and “Impact”

Graphic Novel Illustration

Led by recent Savannah College of Art and Design graduate Caitlin McCrum

Cosplay Costumes and Masks

Led by local hero Grayson Schlosser

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