Rod Library to host fourth annual mini comic book convention

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa will host the fourth annual RodCon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 1.

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.

"This year is very exciting for us because of all of the community support we've seen for RodCon. The Mix 93.5, Gameliner, Escape Cedar Valley, CopyWorks and Video Games Etc. have all rallied behind us as major donors for the event, we've been awarded a Cedar Falls Tourism grant and we're proud to be bringing even more to this annual family-friendly, fun and engaging event,” said RodCon planning committee member Caroline Francis. 

Larry Nemecek and Adam Van Wyck will serve as RodCon’s keynote panelists. Nemecek, also known as “Dr. Trek,” will discuss his work on Trekland and other Star Trek projects. Nemecek is the author of the Star Trek: Next Generation Companion and Stellar Cartography maps and books set, founder of the PORTAL 47 fan experience and producer of “The Con of Wrath” documentary. Van Wyck, a storyboard artist, will present on his work with several DC and Marvel comic productions. Additional panels include “So You Want to be a Stormtrooper” and “Dr. Nathan Bird and The Evolution and Superpowers: Where are all the X-Men?”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Melinda Beland, library assistant, at 319-273-2802 or or visit


Melinda Beland, library assistant, UNI Rod Library, 319-273-2802,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,