Do you like science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, comics, gaming, or anime? Then come join us at MinCon! MinCon is a pop culture convention taking place at the Mineola Memorial Library. Please check this page for updates on MinCon! The next MinCon will be in 2019!
When: 2019 (Date To Be Determined)
Where: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Rd., Mineola, NY 11501 (located in Mineola Memorial Park)
Map & Directions to Mineola Memorial Library
Parking: Mineola Intermodal Center (located at the LIRR’s Mineola Station) ($6 per day, up to 20 hours)
Walking Directions from the Mineola Intermodal Center to the Mineola Memorial Library
Limited street parking, library parking lot (parking reserved for library employees, vendors, and artists)
Public Transportation: Take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to the Mineola Station, or the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) buses: N22, N23, N24, N40, N41, N78, and N79.
Walking Directions from the Mineola Intermodal Center to the Mineola Memorial Library
Food Truck: The Hot Dawg Truck
Nearby ATM Locations: American Community Bank (southeast corner of Marcellus Rd. & Jericho Turnpike), Bank of America (southeast corner of Mineola Blvd. & Jericho Turnpike), Capital One Bank (Mineola Blvd., between Lincoln Ave. & Grant Ave.), 7-Eleven (southwest corner of Mineola Blvd. & Jericho Tpke.).
Costumes/Cosplay is encouraged! Please read the Costumes/Cosplay Rules before attending. By attending MinCon, you give your consent to be photographed and appear on camera for the press/media. If you would like to join our Cosplay Contest, please see the Cosplay Contest Rules, and sign up by contacting the library before or on the day of MinCon with your name, the name of your character, what your character is from (comic/book/movie/TV/video game, etc.), if you will be doing a walk-on or skit (1-3 minutes), and will you be entering as an individual or as a group. This year, the Cosplay Contest will take place from 11AM-12:00PM.
If you would like to apply for space at MinCon as an artist or vendor, please see the Artists’ Alley & Vendor Policies page. *Artists’ Alley and vendor registration is now CLOSED at this time.
Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, Joe Giella has cancelled his appearance at MinCon.
Joe Giella is the oldest living Batman artist. He was recently honored as The Hero Initiative’s Lifetime Achievement recipient at the 2016 Harvey Awards, in recognition for his longevity as a DC Comics inker and Mary Worth pencil artist.
Long Islanders Behind Batman Comics (Newsday article)
Wayne Grayson is a New York-based actor who has been working professionally in the voiceover field for over 20 years. Favorite credits include: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Michelangelo), various incarnations of Yu-gi-Oh! (Joey Wheeler/Syrus Truesdale/Shadi/Professor Banner), and Ultimate Muscle–all for 4Kids Productions/4KMedia; X-Men: Gifted (Wing); Sadamitsu the Destroyer (Sadamitsu); Astroblast! (Comet); Octonauts (Peso); Samurai Deeper Kyo (Benitora); Mia and the Magoo; Your Name; Fablevision; and many children’s audiobooks. He is also very active in the NY theatre scene, specializing in classics, having appeared in the city proper and in regional venues, as well as four seasons with the NY Fringe Festival. NY stage appearances include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Native Speech, Last Call, The Average-Sized Mermaid, The Drummer Must Die!, Measure for Measure, and Five By Ives (a production that involved many voiceover colleagues). A life-long comic book and science fiction fan, he lives in upper Manhattan with his wife and two children.
Brittany Lauda is a voice actress from Long Island who is best known for playing Audrey Belrose in Huniepop/Huniecam, Osana Najimi in Yandere Simulator, Kaoru Daichi in Ladies versus Butlers, Plug Cryostat in Juden-Chan, Luigi in Gosick and Mirim in Queen’s Blade. You can also catch her voice in Pokemon XY, Hasbro apps & games like My Little Pony and Transformers, video games and anime by Media Blasters & Funimation. She co-owns Kocha Sound where she does directing & casting – some notable production credits of hers include the massive, highly anticipated JRPG YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, exciting party game Marooners, adventure point and click Minotaur and goofy anime series like Ladies verus Butlers, Juden-Chan Recharged and World War Blue. She acts as Head ADR Director over at Media Blasters and also dabbles in ADR writing. Her latest roles are: Yonaga from Alice & Zoroku and Leviathan from Seven Mortal Sins!
Brittany Lauda will be a part of a voice acting panel at 12:00PM-1:00PM in the Ann C. Hurley Community Room, with an autographing session to follow.
Mike Pollock is one of New York’s premier animation voice-over actors. Saturday morning cartoon viewers of Cartoon Network might recognize him as the voice of Dr. Eggman in Sonic Boom, and the Sonic the Hedgehog video games. FOX and The CW might recognize his voice as Meat in Ultimate Muscle:The Kinnikuman Legacy, the Mayor and Samo, the bartender, in Kirby: Right Back At Ya!, Garbageman on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dr. Eggman and Ella on Sonic X, Bigoriki in Gororiki, and Langston Lickatoad in Viva Piñata. He’s also been heard as Bonaparte in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX on Cartoon Network, the interim narrator in Pokémon and Beast in the Marvel Motion comic adaptation of Astonishing X-Men.
He will be at MinCon 2017 for a voice acting panel with Brittany Lauda at 12 noon to 1:00PM, with an autograph signing after!
Fashion Geek For Hire – Kathryn Hunt, the founder of Fashion Geek For Hire, will run a Cosplay Design workshop at MinCon! Bring in your costumes or character art sketches to share ideas and techniques for making your cosplay costume awesome! Show off your creation or get help with illustrations, design and construction. She will provide figure templates and sketching supplies, and basic sewing supplies. The Cosplay Design workshop will be in the Children’s Room at 2:00PM.
501st Legion’s Empire City Garrison – officially recognized by Lucas Film as their preferred Star Wars costuming group.
Saber Guild, Endor Temple – Endor Temple is the Long Island group of Saber Guild International.
Saber Guild is a not-for-profit, LucasFilm-preferred Star Wars costuming group that specializes in choreographed lightsaber shows. We perform at charity and community events, as well as comic book and sci-fi conventions, all to raise money for charity and share our love of Star Wars with fans around the world.
Saber Guild started in 2006 with half a dozen people in California, members of established costuming organizations and unofficial lightsaber choreography groups coming together to have fun, serve the community and represent the Star Wars brand in a way that had never been done before.
The Museum of Interesting Things – Curator Denny Daniel will be back at MinCon again this year in the Children’s Room from 10:00AM-4:00PM with his traveling, interactive exhibition of animation-themed antiques and inventions with a steampunk feel, recently shown at Pixar Animation Studios!
Peace Moore – Newark, NJ native Peace Moore is a true renaissance man: dancer, entertainer, and visual artist are counted among his many skills. If you attended Newark Comic Con, spent time at the Lincoln Park Music Festival or went to Sounds of The City in Newark, NJ, rocked out at Groove-A-Con, or are a fan of ThaGataNegrra, chances are you have run across this charismatic dynamo! Peace brings an infectious energy and style to his performance. The Arts High School alumnus has done everything from appear in music videos to emcee exclusive parties and events among the elite.
Peace is also a house dancer who honed his dance chops in the ciphers of the hottest underground clubs, performing with well-known acts along the way. His interest in martial arts provided support to this foundation and he is revered as one of the more memorable dancers on the underground house scene.
He is one of the founders of the New Jersey Geek Alliance, and one host of The XONE, a geekcentric webshow. Visit his Twitter or Facebook page!
He will be hosting our Cosplay Contest from 11:00AM-12:00PM!
Ryu Shu Kan – Students of the RYU SHU KAN become part of an international family that reaches around the world from Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate, to over 50 schools throughout America & across the Atlantic. The organization was founded by Grand Master “Taika” Seiyu Oyata, 10th Degree Black Belt and heir to the Life Protection Arts of the Okinawan Nobility and “Bushi” Warrior Class.
Instructor Gerard Senese from Ryu Shu Kan will be at MinCon for an outdoors demonstration of Kendo, the art of Japanese swordsmanship, from 2:00PM-3:00PM. Bamboo swords will be supplied for MinCon attendees to practice basic swings and techniques. Anime and manga with Kendo or samurai themes include Rurouni Kenshin, Bamboo Blade, etc.
Samantha Carlin – a zombie makeup artist who will be available to demonstrate and use makeup for you to look like a zombie from 10:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-3:00PM at MinCon!
Shenanigans NY – they will be at MinCon from 11:00AM-4:00PM to provide attendees with board game play and tabletop gaming demos! Get access to their full game library of over 100 games, plus there will be 2 guides who will suggest games and guide new players. Visit them on Facebook or Instagram!
Tonks & the Aurors is a wizard rock band (music about Harry Potter) created and fronted by Steph Anderson. Since 2007, Tonks & the Aurors has traveled the country playing in libraries and bookstores and has released four full-length albums and an EP. Recently, Steph has expanded her “Muggle” discography to include an additional album and three EPs featuring songs that draw inspiration from The Hunger Games series, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, John Green’s books, and even The West Wing. She has two albums in the works currently: a compilation of re-recorded Tonks greatest hits and an EP about U.S. history!
You can find more info about Steph and Tonks & the Aurors at the following sites: TonksAndTheAurors.com; @TonksNtheAurors on Twitter; TonksandtheAurors on Facebook; StephAndersonMusic on tumblr. You can purchase her music at iTunes or at StephAndersonMusic.storeenvy.com for merch and CD sales.
Tonks & the Aurors are scheduled to play at MinCon outdoors in the Mineola Memorial Park Amphitheater at 3:00PM! (Weather permitting.) In case of rain or high temperatures, the concert would be inside the library downstairs, in the Ann C. Hurley Community Room.
Ailurucanis Studios – a traditional and digital medium artist that focuses mainly on anthropomorphic subject matter. Much of her work features cartoon-realism animals or fan-work of animalistic figures.
Chibi Choudai – creates original stylized artwork of popular anime and video game characters.
Doktor Crimson – a closet digital artist and she is a big fan of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Mass Effect. She does fan art and originals (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doktorcrimson/, Tumblr: http://doktorcrimson.tumblr.com/).
Dren Productions – a writer/artist of books and comics. High School Heroes and The Poe Murders are his best selling books. He also creates prints parodying various pop-culture icons (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrenProductions, Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrenProductions).
ImariSafari – artist who is currently attending the School of Visual Arts for animation. Creates fanart, colorful original art and does commissions.
Daniela Grillo – cartoon characters, video game art & fantasy.
Happiness May Result – it started with one girl learning how to crochet in 2014. A lover of all things crafty, her skill bloomed as she crafted more and more designs, from funny cat toys to blankets, hats, headbands and bags. Then she expanded her crafting to aromatherapy packs and handmade dragon eggs. Who knows what she’ll do next, but it’s likely Happiness May Result!
Judith Kim – an illustrator with a love for all things visual art & science! Usually inks everything with a brush. (Tumblr: http://drawjudithdraw.tumblr.com/, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joodit/)
Realm Rippers – a small webcomic series that follows the adventures of a young artist named Jack who, using his sketchbook, can rip into any realm he can imagine. Prints will be available.
Taylor Made Comix – Keith C. Taylor Jr. is a freelance graphic designer and cartoonist best known for his clean, animated style and tongue-in-cheek humor.
The driving creative forces behind his work are toys, cartoons and other iconic pop culture icons from his childhood, especially science fiction movies and magazines. His wife and daughters are also a major source of inspiration for him. He has collaborated with them on various projects including the children book series,”Wonderful World of Ladybugs, and Wonderful World of Dogs.” He is a multidisciplinary artist. His specialties include comic book art, illustrations, animation, and graphic design.
Keith earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sequential Arts at the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is currently a designer at ABC News in New York City.
J Scribble – Cofounder of Night and Day Anime Studios. Over the years, as a teen, she developed a passion for the arts through watching various Japanese anime cartoons, as well as through video games. The video game that gave her the most inspiration was the Megaman series. She was very interested in the game’s characters and use of storyline. Today several of her characters have a Megaman style to them, as well as another one of her favorite anime, Dragonball Z. She began to draw around the age of 15, having no prior practice or lessons in how to draw. From watching anime and other cartoons, Jen also developed a liking for story writing. Linking these two skills together, she began to create her own comic series called Reign Star. Want to hear more? Just come on by and check it out!
McKel Supreme – an artist/writer, self-publisher and cofounder of Night and Day Anime Studios. A freelancer for over 10 years, McKel Supreme worked on a variety of projects and continues to promote and offer great quality work to his clients. But with the burning passion since a child to self-publish his own stories and drawings he set a goal to create a Indy comic book company called Night and Day Anime Studios (Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NightandDayAnime). He will be running a “Who Likes to Draw Pokemon!?” drawing workshop in the Children’s Room at 4:00PM.
Melbelleroseart – a studio artist and a lover of the arts. She works with an anime/manga style, in the medium of digital art (@melbelleroseart on Twitter and Tumblr).
Melonsquare – an animation major from Pratt Institute and she has been drawing anime since 2010. She specializes in both digital and traditional mediums and enjoys creating anime fanart as well as original pieces. She created her own studio “Melonsquare” which can also be found at Instagram and Twitter.
Steiner Palomino – fan-art, buttons, indie comics and on the spot sketch commissions in 20 minutes or less!
Christopher White – a traditional comic book artist. He does sketch cards and sketch drawing.
Finian White – a digital artist since 2010. She enjoys making prints and occasionally small crafts like nekomimi ears for fun ^^!
The Mineola Memorial Library’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Used Book Sale – buy science fiction, fantasy, and graphic novels for only 25 cents per paperback, and 50 cents per hardcover!
Ash & Elm Press – makes literary trinkets for book lovers with a modern twist. It’s best known for it’s tiny books necklaces and keychains in leather and felt- each fully functioning book pendant is less than 2 inches tall. Also offers quote necklaces from upcycled book and music pages, and quotes from classic literature and pop culture.
A Valley of Stars Studio – consists of two women who share the common sentiment that there can never be enough glitter. Together we make resin pendants, LED jewelry, fandom-inspired soaps as well as prints (Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/avalleyofstars/).
Balloons By Brittany – Family-friendly balloon twister Brittany will be at MinCon from 10am-2pm to twist and give out free pop-culture related balloons (Star Wars, Minecraft, superheroes, etc.). She will also be available from 2pm-4pm to create customized balloon sculptures for purchase by MinCon attendees (Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BalloonsByBrittany/).
Bit Happens – We’re two guys who have a true appreciation of the nostalgic arts, video games, cartoons. We make some pretty cool bits and sculptures to take you back to the past along with what’s great now. We’re Bit Happens 😉
Offers 8 bit pixelated art along with a variety of retro collectibles. And featuring polymer sculptures from Robert Joseph Lupo the III.
Bitty Bits Boutique & Khloe’s Camera – Sanaa Taylor is 10 years old and loves to be creative and express herself. After sketching fashion designs, she wanted to learn to sew so she could turn them into a reality. She has taken several sewing classes and creates wearable clothing. Since her sister loved Shopkins, she thought it would be great to create accessories to accompany them. This inspired the start of her business, Bitty Bits Boutique. This business has evolved to include doll-sized capes, mini bags, and clothing for dolls.
Khloe Taylor is 8 years old and has been searching for a business venture to follow in her sister’s footsteps. She discovered her love of photography and started taking pictures of the world around her. This began her business, Khloe’s Camera. She adores animals and volunteers at an animal shelter each week. She hopes to one day combine her passions for animals, hair dressing, and photography.
Camp Anime – an Anime camp in Northern CT. J-snacks will be available for purchase, and camp information will be available.
Covetly app – Hobbyists use Covetly to organize and appraise their comic and toy collections. A Bearbrick Star Wars toy, patch, or pin will be given to those willing to complete feedback sessions on the Covetly app.
Everything Collectible – sells sci-fi related toys, collectibles and memorabilia such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers etc. Also, GI Joe and Hot Wheels toys. (Seller name is henryvs on eBay).
Goody Stuff – a shop especially for CAT/Anime LOVERS. We’re selling all items related to kitties and anime! This includes good luck kitty bracelet, charm, necklace which all are handmade! You can also have your good luck kitty items custom made on the spot! I am a CAT Anime Lover, so I wish to share and/or I may help you customize your own kitten jewelry to bring those good luck kitties home with you. ^.^
Joe’s Collectibles – Comics, trades, and toys.
Niffty Kittys – handmade, themed scarfs and bags and customized clothing.
Fox Print Creations – unique handcrafted anime, video game, comic, cartoon, etc., merchandise. Also offers 8-bit bead art commissions, polymer clay charms, bottle cap necklaces, and fortune bracelets.
1313 Toys & Collectibles – where you can find action figures, bobble heads, vinyl toys, prop replicas, dolls, accessories, and more. We carry toys from your favorite Genre which includes Sci-fi, Horror, Super-hero, Movies, Television, Pop Culture, Anime, or whatever we can find that’s cool! If your looking for anything of Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, Funko, Kidrobot, Mezco, The Walking Dead to Disney we got it.
Toypocalypse – Toys and statues from Marvel, DC, Funko, Mezco, Sideshow, Neca and more!
William Chilion’s Comics & Toys – selling comics, toys, toy soldiers, Hot Wheels, and comic book figures.
MinCon is open to attendees of all ages, from all locations.
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MinCon 2017 Pictures