Athol Public Library gears up to host local comic book artists

  • Christopher and Diana Tamulevich, creators of The Great Cyclopian and other books, have been working with the Athol Public Library to plan the upcoming Comic Book Fest on Saturday, Oct. 1. Contributed photo

Staff Report
Published: 9/27/2022 11:57:54 AM
Modified: 9/27/2022 11:57:02 AM

ATHOL — The Athol Public Library and Hero Shack Press are busy with preparations for the upcoming Comic Book Fest, on Saturday, Oct. 1. The festival will take over both floors of the Athol Town Hall as well as the meeting spaces next door in the library. This all ages event will be a comic book lover’s dream with 12 local artists, workshops, vendors, cosplay, games, crafts and more.

Hero Shack Press wasn’t initially thinking of hosting such a large-scale event. Christopher and Diana Tamulevich, creators of The Great Cyclopian and other books, recalled their first meeting with the staff at the Athol Public Library: “As independent creators, we were looking for ways to get our comic book series in the hands of readers. We contacted the Athol library, in hopes they would be interested in reading them and carrying the books at the library. Little did we know, that idea turned into a much better plan! We began to toss around the idea of possibly having a small comic book expo.”

Comic Book Fest will feature free activities for all ages. There will be hero-themed crafts and games including Death Star target practice, villain bowling, an obstacle course and mask decorating. An Artist’s Alley will be set up in the town hall where visitors can meet local artists Krista Erickson, Francseca Theriault, MJ Clark, James Blackmore and more. Local vendors Holey Moley’s Comics & Collectibles and His & Hers Comics will also have comics and collectibles for sale.

“The idea was to invite some of our colleagues who are independent comic book creators like ourselves and host a free event that would introduce families to comic book reading as well as encourage reading overall. We reached out to our network and were able to secure some amazing talent,” explained Tamulevich.

Two panels

There will be two artist panels held in the Athol Public Library’s program room. The first session at 11:15 a.m. will feature Tim Jones (Sour Grapes), Chris Paniccia (author), Scott Harris-King (The Crime Busters) and Joe Mederios (Cartoonist Extraordinaire). The second session at 11:45 a.m. will feature Keith Gleason (Mighty Mascots), Christopher Tamulevich (Hero Shack Press), Gary Henderson (Pyramid Knights), and Johnny C. (creative writer, director and producer). For those who are interested in writing their own comics and stories, Author Chirstopher Tamulevich will be holding a writer’s workshop at the library at 12:15 p.m.

As they participate in the free activities and meet the guest artists, visitors will have the opportunity to earn free tickets that they can enter into raffles for signed prints, card games, giant pop-its, pop culture collectibles and more.

The Comic Book Fest will take place at the Athol Town Hall, 584 Main St., and next door at the Athol Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 1. Visitors of all ages are welcome to stop by and enjoy the festivities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, please call the library at 978-249-9515, visit athollibrary.org, or check out the Facebook event page.


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