RodCon: Rod Library's Mini Comic Book Convention


Pre-Con Events

Love and Inclusion Swoop into the Cedar Valley


Rod Library received a grant from Humanities Iowa for the project called "Love and Inclusion Swoop into the Cedar Valley," which is a series of activities that aim to empower people to broaden their way of thinking, consider their voices, and embrace diversity in our communities. This project directly addresses issues of ethnicity, diversity, and identity. This project will take place on both the University of Northern Iowa and Hawkeye Community College campuses and has been extended to the spring semester of 2022, centering around Women's History Month programming, PRIDE week at UNI, and UNI's RodCon. 

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities. 


Keynote Speaker

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera is an outgoing, outspoken creator invested in fostering better dialogue, inspiring radical creativity, and improving our most vulnerable communities. The author of Juliet Takes a Breath; she's also the writer of the Marvel series America -- featuring the first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero, America Chavez,  ever.  Her latest comic,, has just been released and is available to preview online. 




Book Signing and Q & A at Hawkeye Community College | Noon | Tama Hall, Hawse Auditorium

     Open and Free to Public


UNI Student Writers Workshop | TBT

     Collaboration with classes from the Department of Languages and Literature

LGBTea Time with  UNI Gender & Sexuality Services |TBT

Love and Inclusion Tree Art with Cedar Valley UNITE | TBT

     Open and Free to Public

      Individuals are encouraged to join local youth LGBTQ+ groups to create your identity leaf and place them on the Cedar Valley Love and      Inclusion Tree as a symbol of the desire for love and inclusion in our community

     Supplies provided


Keynote: Gabby Rivera presents  Inspiring Radical Creativity: Empowering Young Diverse Voices to Tell Their Own Stories | April 7, 2022, 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) 

     Open and Free to Public​

     To Gabby Rivera, it's vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream, and tell their own stories; and, in so doing, open a radical space for creativity. Now, in this affecting talk, Rivera unpacks how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; how she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, and how she celebrates the healing power of community. This is a talk about privilege and power, and what we can do to support the ideas of diverse artists working with progressive politics. It asks difficult questions: What if this country made everyone (people of all colors, cultures, orientations, abilities, and genders) feel at home? What if the traumas experienced by marginalized people could be reconciled and incorporated into a broader, richer definition of America? What if our non-white ancestors weren't erased, but represented in pop culture, in our textbooks and classrooms? And what if we could privilege difference as a site of wonder, laughter, and celebration, and not as something to fear?  With Rivera's smart, funny talks, we can start imagining these worlds as our reality. 


GBPAC Parking






Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Rod Library

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

         Department of Women's and Gender Studies

College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

         Department of Languages and Literatures

Gender and Sexuality Services

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Hawkeye Community College

Cedar Valley UNITE

Waterloo Public Library

Cedar Falls Public Library

Waverly Public Library

Cedar Falls High School SAGA

Peet Jr High GSA

West High School GSA

Humanities Iowa

Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitor Bureau

More About Gabby

NBC News: Meet The Writer Behind Marvel's First Lesbian Latina Superhero

NPR: Portrait of Gabby Rivera

TED Talk: Gabby Rivera