RodCon: Rod Library's Mini Comic Book Convention

Rod-Con 2020

Pre-Con Events

Gabby Rivera   Love and Inclusion Swoop Into the Cedar Valley

Rod Library has received a grant award of $6,000 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of a project called Love and Inclusion Swoop into the Cedar Valley.  This collaborative pre-con event with UNI and Hawkeye Community College brings Gabby Rivera, the author of Juliette Takes and Breath, and Marvel comics first Latinx superhero America Chavez to the Cedar Valley. This free and open to the public event will take place on March 26th at 7 pm in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.  Gabby Rivera will present Inspiring Radical Creativity; Empowering Young, Diverse Voices to Tell Their Own Stories. To Gabby Rivera, it's vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream, and tell their own stores- and in doing so, 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.  On March 26th, Gabby will be at Hawkeye Community College at Noon for Q & A and book signing, at UNI Gender and Sexuality Services at 4 p.m. for Tea and Conversation, and at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. for the keynote address.  We hope to see you here!