Last Wednesday, the FLL teens met with the creators and management team behind BoroughCon, a new pop-culture convention in Queens. After reading the comic about the pangolin, a near-extinct mammal resembling the anteater, the BoroughCon team was impressed.
“You put something together for a purpose,” said entertainment lawyer George Sava, a member of the BoroughCon team. “I think what you have done should get out there.”
The book was written, illustrated and completed by the eight-member team. It tells the story of the road to human extinction after humans eat the last pangolin, causing a broken link in the food chain.
The comic book inspired Sava, program director Bill Freedman and CEO Matthew Goodison-Orr to come up with another idea: hosting a comic book competition for kids. They pitched the idea at their Wednesday meeting, and the students were receptive.
“I think it’s a cool opportunity,” said Matthew Temkin, a Woodhaven resident and one of the eight club members.
The competition would invite submissions from a range of age groups. The comics can be done individually or as a team, like the FLL’s book.
According to Sava, the competition would be judged by seasoned comic book writers and creators attending BoroughCon.
The winner will likely win a prize, though the BoroughCon team is still mulling over what that would be. Sava said he also wants the winner’s comic book to be “professionally done” by artists, so the kids can see what it would look like if it’s published.
The groups also discussed panels and guest speakers at the convention, other contest ideas and possible prizes for winners.
BoroughCon will run for four days over Memorial Day weekend, from May 26 to May 29 at St. John’s University. Freedman said he expects 20,000 people to attend.
BoroughCon seeks to serve fans of anime and manga, comics, live-action media, comics and cosplay.
The event will include autograph sessions with celebrities, gaming tournaments, screenings of films and television shows, a vendor’s room and a cosplay competition.
For more information visit www.boroughcon.com.