Weekend Comic Surge brings the fantastic to life at library

Published 3:31 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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Last Saturday, the Jessamine County Public Library’s (JCPL) 7th Annual Comic Surge was packed with giant props, fairies, superheroes and ogres.

One of the large-scale props at the surge was the all-terrain scout transport Star Wars vehicle. This large prop was built by a nonprofit. The nonprofit also built a speeder Bike from Star Wars and brought it to entertain event-goers.

Don West had a hand in building both and was with his daughter at the Comic Surge as a vendor for Indecisive Squirrel, a company made up of some of the partners at the nonprofit. Now, they make woodwork, lasering a plain slab of wood into 3-D movie posters for Star Wars and the Marvel Universe and smaller slabs of wood into glittery Pokemon cards.

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“We’ve been doing it now for about a year and a half, and this last year, it’s taken off well,” West said.

The pieces cost about 75 cents per minute to make, so the Pokemon cards take about 15 minutes to complete and range from $40-60 in price, and the posters take about 20-30 minutes to make and range from $80-100.

“We have two cloud machines, basically laser engravers, and after we vector the picture we’re looking at, we make sure it’s a really good image and transfer it over to wood. After a few pieces of wood and fine-tuning to make sure the burns and the shading are correct, we go ahead and go for prep,” West said.

West said the booth has had a great Comic Surge, “It’s been phenomenal. It’s a lot better than I expected, for sure. We know what we have is very unique, and a lot of people want to do it, but because it does take a lot of effort.”

To check out some of the booth’s art, go to indecisivesquirrel.com.

Among the dozens of booths selling fan wares of all origins, there were tabletop gaming sessions throughout the library and trivia, face painting, and photo props.

Sarah Underwood is a children’s librarian at JCPL, and Shantel Richardson is a customer technician librarian. Underwood was decked out in a sea witch costume, and Richardson was a mermaid princess.

The two stood near the library’s front desk, greeting incoming patrons throughout the day.

Richardson highlighted how nice the people and the weather were on the day of the event when attendees could enjoy a nippy autumn breeze.

Underwood touched on how popular the event has become.

“Comic Surge is always so much fun. It’s our biggest event of the year, and it’s been so much fun to see so many community members and kids dressed up. It’s been entertaining taking pictures with kids. We’ve had lightsaber training, we’ve had trivia training going on, and a live unicorn outside,” Underwood said.

The JCPL Comic Surge is the second weekend of October every year.