Boise Library (!) Comic Con 

Saturday, Aug. 30

Have sketchbook, will travel.

Zach Hagadone

Have sketchbook, will travel.

Though the 1984 cult-classic Revenge of the Nerds idealized life as a smart outsider, it was the beginning of a nerd nirvana, where guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were respected for their genius, instead of ridiculed. Now, it's cool to be a little--or a lot--nerdy, as evidenced by the popularity of conventions for, by and about the people who were once considered uber uncool. Boise's own inaugural Library Comic Con in 2013 drew hundreds to the Boise Public Library, and the second annual event will likely see even more. The costume contest returns (as does BW's own Amy Atkins as a judge), along with bigger panels, programs and more, covering comics, animation, anime and science fiction. Along with an Artist's Alley almost impossibly full of talent, this year's super-special guest is Paul Pope, a highly regarded cartoonist and American Council of the Arts' master artist. Library Comic Con has something for fans of everything from J.R.R. Tolkien's work to My LIttle Pony, and you don't have to be a geek to have a good time. As Gilbert Lowell's best friend Lewis Skolnick said in Nerds, "Whether you think you're a nerd or not, why don't you just come down here and join us."

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