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Comic Book Mania Convention visits Elgin library

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  • Katie Vaughn, center, of Elgin talks with artist Scott Beaderstadt and his assistant Angel Levine, both of Chicago, at the fifth annual Comic Book Mania Convention at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin on Saturday. Beaderstadt is well known for his imagery for Marvel, Disney and Trollords.

       Katie Vaughn, center, of Elgin talks with artist Scott Beaderstadt and his assistant Angel Levine, both of Chicago, at the fifth annual Comic Book Mania Convention at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin on Saturday. Beaderstadt is well known for his imagery for Marvel, Disney and Trollords.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Tiny Titans illustrator Art Baltazar of Streamwood talks with visitors at the fifth annual Comic Book Mania Convention at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin on Saturday.

       Tiny Titans illustrator Art Baltazar of Streamwood talks with visitors at the fifth annual Comic Book Mania Convention at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin on Saturday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Artist Tom Kelly of Chicago sketches at his booth while surrounded by some of his artwork. He draws variety of imagery from scary to cute to appeal to a wide range of people, but he says his favorites are monsters and superheros.

       Artist Tom Kelly of Chicago sketches at his booth while surrounded by some of his artwork. He draws variety of imagery from scary to cute to appeal to a wide range of people, but he says his favorites are monsters and superheros.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Caleb Reinheimer, 6, of Elgin draws his own three-panel comic book sketch at the fifth annual Comic Book Mania Convention at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin on Saturday during a class on comic book creation.

       Caleb Reinheimer, 6, of Elgin draws his own three-panel comic book sketch at the fifth annual Comic Book Mania Convention at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin on Saturday during a class on comic book creation.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

The fifth annual Comic Book Mania Convention drew large crowds (with a few people in costume) to the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin Saturday.

More than 20 comic book illustrators and writers met with fans and autographed artwork. Among the artists were well-known figures in the field such as Art Baltazar of Streamwood (Tiny Titans), Angel Medina of Montgomery (Spiderman and Incredible Hulk) and Scott Beaderstadt of Chicago (Marvel, Disney and Trollords).

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A "How to Make Comics" class was offered by writer and illustrator Justin Castaneda and writer Russell Lissau.

The convention had been on the "to-do" calendar for weeks for the Reinheimer family of Elgin, according to Heather, mother of Aiden, 7, Caleb, 6, and Hunter, 2.

Caleb donned his Batman suit and completed his outfit by having his face painted with the superhero's iconic yellow and black logo as a mask at a booth at the library. Although Batman is his favorite character, he also likes Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles "because Batman needed friends."

Jamie Sarno of Huntley brought his family for the third year. His father, Joe Sarno, was one of the founders of Chicago Comic Con in the mid-1970s and owned comic book shops in Chicago.

Jamie grew up knowing a lot of the artists and enjoys coming to conventions to visit longtime friends, like illustrator Scott Beaderstadt, who was a customer in his father's shop.

"For me it's more about the community of it than the comics themselves," he said. His children, Liliana and Ian, both 5, are fans of Marvel's Spiderman and Disney's Frozen. Jamie's favorite character? It's Batman, just like for little Caleb Reinheimer.

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