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Awesome comic fun in Washington, D.C.

Awesome Con, Washington, D.C.’s comic con, will have an area just for kids this year when it comes to the Walter Washington Convention Center June 16-18, 2017. Meanwhile, more new comic fun will be offered by the Smithsonian and at the Library of Congress starting as early as June 14.

awesomekid WAwesome Con Jr., a new pavilion within Awesome Con, will include cool features for kids sponsored by Nickelodeon. Get photos with popular Nick Jr. characters, build at the Lego activation area or enter the kids’ costume contest. Toothless from “How to Train a Dragon” will also be on hand. Be sure to stop by Chesapeake Family Life’s booth to make a superhero mask and take a picture at our cover photo booth.

This year, Awesome Con has also partnered with the Smithsonian to launch Future Con — three days of future themed guests, panels and exhibits. The event will have its usual wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. Special events include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests and gaming tournaments.

Guests include Stan Lee, comic-book creator and former president of Marvel Comics; Billie Piper, singer and actor; Col. Chris Hadfield, astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, and many more.

Hours are Friday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $75 for a three day pass, $35 for Friday and Sunday passes, and $45 for Saturday. Special VIP passes are also available. Tickets for those 10 and younger are $10, but kids can attend free with the promo code CHESAPEAKEFAMILYMAG. Win a family pack of tickets at ChesapeakeFamily.com/awesomecon. For details visit the Awesome Con website at awesome-con.com

Visit the “Library of Awesome”

While you are in D.C., stop by the Library of Congress which is getting into the spirit with “Library of Awesome” June 14-17. The free special exhibit will feature famous comic-book issues, drawings, original comic strips and related items. Programs for all ages will be offered. The event is gearing up for a summer of celebrating the role of comics and graphic novels in promoting literacy, as collectibles, as well as in the arts, advertising, sociology, popular culture and history.

Nearly 100 comic-book collection items will be on display for “Library of Awesome.” Programming will include workshops, demonstrations, and a family-friendly costume contest with a chance to win a pair of tickets to Awesome-Con.

The display will be on view on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are not required. For details and a schedule of events, visit the Library of Congress website.

Check out our Family Life feature on Awesome Con artist, Bryan Turner.

By Betsy Stein

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