RodCon: Rod Library's Mini Comic Book Convention

Rod-Con 2018


"How to Analyze and Critique Anime and Manga for that 'A'!"

Join Frenchy Lunning PhD at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and member of the editorial board of Mechademia. Her expertise will offer a deeper look into Anime and Manga. From the curious con-goer to the student looking to get an ‘A’ using Anime and Manga in your class

Frenchy Lunning, PhD  Professor of Design History and Cultural Studies Minneapolis College of Art and Design 

Dr. Lunning has written two books: Subcultural Fashion: Fetish Style (Bloomsbury, 2013), and Cosplay: The Masque of Fandom (University of Minnesota Press, due 2018), and is working on a third, Revolutionary Girl: Shōjo. She also has written various essays in anthologies and journals. The director of the academic conference SGMS: Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures, she was also the Editor-in-Chief of Mechademia, a completed 10 volume book series published by the University of Minnesota Press, and is now co-Editor-in-Chief of the new Mechademia: Second Arc journal, the first issue in Spring of 2019. She has recently begun working in Object-Oriented Ontology, an aspect Speculative Realism, and has chapters being published in two anthologies: After the “Speculative Turn”: Realism, Philosophy and Feminism, eds. Eileen Joy, Katerina Kolozova and Ben Woodard; and Object-Oriented Feminism, ed. by Kathryn Behar. In addition, she has a video and film production firm, Moving Walkway Productions , which specializes in music videos, and is currently working on a feature-length documentary on jazz outside New York City.

“’Eww, My Comic Book Has Cooties’: Exploring the Gendered World of Comics”

In this panel, we discuss gender and comics, specifically the role of women at all levels of the comic book and related film industry. We question and problematize the recent “pushback” to gender inclusion in the forms of internet trolling, and dangerous/threatening behavior. We highlight the unique position of the comic book world is in at this moment, benefitting from progress and diversity.   


Erik Burnham Freelancer at Marvel Entertainment & IDW Publishing
Street Cred: GHOSTBUSTERS comics creator, and Official Tobin’s Spirit Guide creator
Robert Rodgers Owner of Limited Edition Comics, Cedar Falls, IA
Street Cred: Avid comic collector, lecturer in comic book industry
Marybeth C. Stalp Professor of Sociology and Department Head, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Street Cred: Teaches Sociology of Culture, where a comic book is required reading

"So You Want to be a Stormtrooper?"

We've all seen Star Wars...and you've probably wondered, "What if I could be a part of it?"  A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, a group of fans got together and started one of the largest fan groups the world has ever seen.  You've probably seen members of the 501st at movie premiers, festivals, and comic conventions all around the country...and now you can find out how to join them.  

"Beginning 3-D Design and Printing for Cosplay"

3D Printing is revolutionizing modern manufacturing.  It is also making design and engineering more accessible.  Join UNI STEM Coordinator Marcy Seavey in this mini-workshop that will explore 3D printing for Cosplay costume design. Set up a free TinkerCAD online account and learn the basics of 3D modeling.  Also view examples of 3D printed Cosplay designs from comics, mmorpg, movies, and more.

"Black Panther and Beyond"

Did you just watch Black Panther and have so much to discuss?  Join Sade Barfield, Joshua Mitchell, and Georgetta Ruth as they discuss the current visibility of people of color in pop culture and comics.  How did we get here, and where will we go?  


Pokken is a one-on-one Pokemon video fighting game where trainers get to battle using their favorite Pokemon characters like Pikachu, Lucario, and Charizard. Join Michelle Chin as she demonstrates the game basics and some of the finer points of various main characters.  Trainers of all levels of experience are welcome to participate. The demonstrators will show the game .

But Why Comics?

This panel of faculty members, parents, and comic enthusiasts will share insights about how comics and graphic novels can support literacy, creativity, and storytelling. Each panelist will provide a brief overview from their point of view, followed by an open Q and A time.