CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa will host the fifth annual RodCon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 7.
RodCon is a mini comic book convention where people with common interests can come together to share their love of all things pop culture. Activities will include a costume contest, kids zone, escape room, panels, demonstrations, trivia, and art and merchandise exhibitions.
“As the only large-scale and free-entry convention of its type in the state of Iowa, RodCon is a huge draw—last year attracting more than 3,000 people. Attendees range from comic vendors and tri-state comic artists to avid readers and youth who’ve never held a comic book or graphic novel,” said library assistant Melinda Beland.
Frenchy Lunning will serve as RodCon’s keynote panelist. Lunning is a Ph.D. professor of design history and cultural studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Lunning has written books such as “Subcultural Fashion: Fetish and Style” and “Cosplay: The Masque of Fandom.” Lunning will discuss how to analyze and critique anime and manga.
“After 38 years of teaching and grading student papers, I have a pretty good idea how to analyze and critique anime and manga texts as well as any other object you are assigned. I will show you some techniques and shortcuts that will score you that ‘A,’” said Lunning.