RodCon: Rod Library's Mini Comic Book Convention



RodCon 2022 is ON!  While we are busy planning our next event, visit your local public library or come on into the Rod to check out our recommended comics/graphic novels and games. Stay tuned to social media for all things RodCon!

Recommended Comics/Graphic Novels


March is the award-winning, #1 bestselling graphic novel trilogy recounting the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Congressman John Lewis.  Reading level is grade 9-12.  Available at Rod Library Youth Y 741 L

They called us enemy

They Called Us Enemy is a graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisonment within an American concentration camp during World War II. Reading level is grade 7-12.  Available at Rod Library Youth Y 741 T


Amazons, abolitionists, and activists: a graphic history of women's fight for their rights highlights the progressive movements led by women that have shaped history, including abolition, suffrage, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ liberation, reproductive rights, and more.  Reading level is grade 7-12.  Available at Rod Library Youth Y 741 K

Black Panther

Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection weaves themes of social justice and racial discrimination, as experienced by the hero T'Challa, throughout the four graphic novel volumes. Reading level is grade 8 and up.

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers is a collection of culturally charged comics by cartoonist Ben Passmore. The collection includes comics about race, gentrification, the prison system, online dating, gross punks, bad street art, kung fu movie references, beating up God, and lots of other grown-up stuff with refreshing doses of humor and lived relatability.


Incognegro: the early 20th Century, when lynchings were commonplace throughout the American South, a few courageous reporters from the North risked their lives to expose these atrocities. They were African-American men who, due to their light skin color, could "pass" among the white folks. They called this dangerous assignment going "incognegro." Available at Rod Library UNI Stacks PN6727.J573I532008.

I Am Alfonso Jones

I Am Alfonso Jones: Alfonso Jones can't wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school's hip-hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play. As he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso. In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak--and the living yield even more surprises. Reading level is grade 8-12.  Available at Rod Library UNI Youth Y 741 M.


Maus: The creator, Art Spiegelman, has taken the very real history of his father’s experience during the Holocaust and presented it in the form of animals. The anthropomorphic personification doesn't soften the blow –  if anything, it will remind you how vulnerable social justice is and why we still need to tell these stories today. Available in two volumes at Rod Library UNI Stacks DS135.P63 S68 1997 and D804.3 .S66 1991.


Recommended Board Games


Dominoes with a kingdom building twist. Each turn, connect a new domino to your existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. The game mechanics for obtaining the tiles is clever: the order of who picks first depends on which tile was previously chosen. Make sure to secure tiles with crowns- these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your kingdom at the end of the game! The game ends when each player has completed a 5x5 grid, and then points are counted based on number of connecting tiles and crowns. Available for check out at Rod Library!


Sushi Go

Sushi Go!
Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value. But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you’ll eat into your score! Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!  Available for check out at Rod Library!


Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens
Exploding Kittens is a highly strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Basically, if you draw an Exploding Kitten, you lose and you are full of loser sad-sauce. All the other cards in the deck help you avoid or mitage your risk of drawing an Exploding Kitten. If you don’t explode, YOU WIN! Congratulations, you are full of greatness!  Available for check out at Rod Library and Cedar Falls Public Library!


Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
This addictive game is as unique as its name.  It's a power packed quick and simple party game.  Race against each other to SLAP a match between a card and spoken word. But - watch out! - your mind will play tricks on you.  This game was engineered for maximum fun.  Available for check out at Cedar Falls Public Library!


Disney Villainous

Disney Villainous
In this epic contest of sinister power, take on the role of a Disney Villain and strive to achieve your own devious objective. Discover your character's unique abilities and winning strategy while dealing twists of fate to thwart your opponents' schemes. Find out who will triumph over the forces of good and win it all!  Available for check out at Cedar Falls Public Library!


10 Minute Heist: The Wizard's Tower

10 Minute Heist: The Wizard's Tower
You and your fellow thieves steal as much loot as possible! The Wizard has many items for you to collect - you'll be rewarded for nabbing the most of different sets. But be careful; some items are cursed, and they could lower your standing in the thieveing world! Assemble the tower from the two decks of treasure cards, add on the starting Balcony Tile and the ending Bridge Tile, then gather all the theives on the highest floor to start your robbery run. Available for check out at Cedar Falls Public Library!


At this time Asmodee is offering a lot of great Print & Play games.  There is a wide range to choose from, perfect for novices, tabletop fanatics, and families!