FanNation: The Geekstravaganza

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10 am - 4 pm
Toms River Branch

With 20+ Panels, Workshops, & Presentations
Featuring: comedian Uncle Yo, Marvel & DC comic artist Reilly Brown, and the NYC Ghostbusters’ Slime Lab,
plus Anime, Gaming, Comics, Cosplay, & more
Meet up with other people who love to love stuff.
From Steven Universe to Game of Thrones, there will be something for you!

Kick Off FanNation on Friday With

Harry Potter: A Staged Radio Play Parody
& Themed Party

Friday, November 4th, 2016, 6:30 pm
Toms River Branch, Mancini Hall

Attention: Scarheads! WizKids! GryffinDorks! Raconteur Radio's got a Potter mouth!
Don't miss this uniquely immersive interpretation of Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire with: theatrical lighting, costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, fog fx, and, of course, hundreds of sound effects.

Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature,
and pop culture parodies for live audiences.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Toms River Library.

Ages 10 – Adult


What is FanNation?
FanNation: the Geekstravaganza will be a multi-genre convention where fans can get together and wave their geek banners high. This is expected to be the largest library event of the fall with the Toms River Branch hosting two days of programming.

Who can attend FanNation?
Everyone is welcome! FanNation is FREE and open to the public, although we request that you register to attend. You do not have to be a resident of Ocean County. Programming will be geared towards adults and teens 12+. Registration will open in October.

What can I do at FanNation?
The main event begins Saturday at 10 am with programming throughout the building until 4 pm Saturday’s 20+ panels, workshops, and presentations will also feature gaming competitions and the day will culminate in a Cosplay Contest and Parade.

Special guests on Saturday include authors, artists, performers, and multiple cosplay groups. There will be panels and workshops covering such topics as comics, anime, medieval fantasy, cosplay creation, drawing comics, geek cooking, podcasting, roller derby, and much more.

You can also attend 15+ meet ups with other like-minded enthusiasts from our community’s favorite fandoms throughout the day on Saturday.

The convention will kick off on Friday with a Harry Potter inspired celebration.

Who can I expect to see at FanNation?

  • Uncle Yo, Comedian
  • ThaGataNegrra, Cosplay Personality
  • Judith Fisch & Natalie Reichel, Anime Experts
  • Barry Lyga, Author
  • Sarvenaz Tash, Author
  • Stephen H. Segal, Author
  • Martin Mayo, Caricature Artist
  • GardenSLUG Lego User’ Group
  • Star Wars, 501st Legion
  • Star Trek, Starfleet - USS Challenger
  • NYC Ghostbusters
  • The Barony of Carillon, The Society for Creative Anachronisms (SCA)
  • Central Jersey Roller Vixens
  • Lakewood LIONS Renaissance Fair
  • Mystic Realms Live Action Role-Playing


Will my fandom be represented?
A sampling of what will be represented: Anime, American Cartoons, Comics, Cosplay, Doctor Who, Fantasy, Game of Thrones, Gaming, Harry Potter, Legos, Podcasting, SciFi, Sherlock, Star Trek, Star Wars, Supernatural, the Walking Dead, Webcomics, Pokemon, Hamilton, and General Geekery.

Don’t see your fandom listed? You should come and represent!

What is a fandom anyway?

  • Fan.dom, noun: The fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture.

A fandom is a group of people who like the same thing. People who like Doctor Who are a part of the Doctor Who fandom. People who like anime are a part of the anime fandom. Etc.

I’m not a geek! Can I still attend?
Of course!

Do I have to register?
Registration will open October 1st!

Registration for Saturday is recommended. If you forget, you are still welcome to register on site in the library’s lobby on Saturday.

If you want to attend the kick-off on Friday, registration for that event is required. We expect to reach capacity for the kick-off, so don’t wait!

**Note: The kick-off is a separate registration from the FanNation registration, so if you would like to attend both, you will need to register twice.**

Do I have to stay the whole time?
No, but we hope you do! You are welcome to come for just one program or stay for the whole day. If you are thinking of coming early, note that the library doesn’t open until 9 am and programming won’t start until 10 am. The library closes at 5 pm If you get hungry in the middle of the day, there are restaurants in the area; for lunch options click here.

Can I come in cosplay?

When planning your cosplay, please be aware the library’s code of conduct will be enforced. Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn. Carrying weapons is not permitted. ANY prop weapon must be obviously fake, or it may be subject to confiscation for the length of the event.

How do I enter the cosplay contest?
Registration will occur on-site. More information, including rules, will be posted soon.

What is the Code of Conduct?
The library’s code of conduct will be enforced throughout FanNation. You can read the Code of Conduct here.

FanNation will be held at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.


Directions & Parking in Downtown Toms River

  • For directions to and parking information for the library, click here.
  • For additional information on parking options, click here.

**Note that on Saturday, the upper level of the municipal garage behind the library is FREE, not metered, courtesy of the Ocean County Library. But space in the garage is limited, so please have alternate parking plans.**



Food Options in Downtown Toms River

There are several restaurants within walking distance of the library for your food needs. There is also a Dunkin’ Donuts on the library’s property. Several restaurants are offering specials for FanNation attendees! Show your FanNation program to receive the discounts.

Check back for our 2016 restaurant participants.

More Information About Downtown Toms River See the Downtown Toms River website:



Friday, November 4th - Mancini Hall

Harry Potter: A Staged Radio Play Parody
& Themed Party

Doors Open at 6:30pm -- Radio Show: 7 - 8:30 pm


Saturday, November 5th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

FanNation: The Geekstravaganza

1st Floor Bishop Building 2nd Floor
Mancini Hall
Green Room
Magazine Area
Fiction Stacks
Main Room Hometown Dairy Room
Maker Space
Non-Fiction Stacks
Art Gallery
Teen Zone
Computer Lab
2nd Floor Tables


Mancini Hall (1st Floor)

10:00 am
Roller Derby 101
The Central Jersey Roller Vixens will be providing a basic overview of the sport, the mission of their organization, and how to join as a member of a team or how to just come be a spectator of roller derby!

11:00 am
Historical Fencing
Representatives from the local group, The Society for Creative Anachronisms (SCA), will demonstrate historical fencing and weapon styles from different periods in history as well as answering questions about the SCA. The SCA is an organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe.

12:00 pm
Uncle Yo’s Stand-up Comedy Show
Well-known geeky comedian Uncle Yo will present his stand-up comedy presentation focusing on video games, comic book movies, and Japanese anime.

1:00 pm
NYC Ghostbuster’s Slime Time Live
The New York City Ghostbusters is a fan-based volunteer organization established for and by the residents of New York City’s five boroughs. Join these costumed characters as they make “ECTO-PLAZM”!

2:00 pm
Authors Live @ OCL!: Barry Lyga & Sarvenaz Tash
Best-selling authors Barry Lyga (The Secret Sea) and Sarvenaz Tash (The Geeks Guide to Unrequited Love) will discuss their newest releases, writing, and answer your questions. Book signing to follow. Sponsored by Ocean County Library Readers Services Committee.

3:00 pm
Cosplay Contest
Represent your fandom and participate in this contest where prizes will be awarded to individuals in the following five categories: Comic Books - Movies & Television - Video Games - Anime & Manga - Fantasy. Register Saturday Nov. 5 between 10am – 2pm in the library lobby in order to participate.


Green Room (1st Floor)

10:00 am
How to Draw a Superhero
Learn to draw dynamic and fun comic book characters. Bring your own sketchbook and pencil or use the materials provided by the library.

11:00 am
Why We Love Pokémon
This panel is an examination of exactly why we love Pokémon. Anime expert and enthusiast Judith Fisch will open a discussion about Pokémon through the years and its evolution to the most current Pokémon GO craze.

12:00 pm
Kawaii on the Fly: Getting the Cosplay Look You Want
So you have a cosplay you’d like to do but don’t have much time, and few resources. Don’t panic! Cosplay can just take a little ingenuity and some improve. You just have to know where to look. Cosplaying “kawaii-hop” artist ThaGataNegrra will show you how to get a great look. She will also tell you how to get some Japanese street style with simple techniques.

1:00 pm
Steven Universe: Gay Space Rocks
Steven Universe is a cartoon that means a lot of things to a lot of people, and it holds an extra special place in the hearts of its LGBTQ+ fans. Even on the surface, it's easy to see why - but the connection runs much deeper. We're going to examine in detail how Steven Universe relates to the queer experience on every level: from characters, to relationships, to themes. Join our discussion and get an even broader perspective on why the LGBTQ+ community believes in Steven!

2:00 pm
Drawing Comic Book Characters
Learn to draw dynamic and fun comic book characters. Bring your own sketchbook and pencil or use the materials provided by the library.


Atrium (1st Floor)

10:00 am
USS Challenger Presents: 50 Years of Star Trek
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this classic sci-fi staple with members of the USS Challenger. The USS Challenger is a Star Trek fan club based out of Ocean County, NJ, and a proud chapter of STARFLEET, the world’s largest Star Trek fan club.

11:00 am
Best of the Best Graphic Novel Suggestions
Join us for some exciting reading suggestions. Fans of superheroes and non-superhero graphic novels will walk away with some great inspiration on what to read next!

12:00 pm
501st Legion
Meet the 501st Legion! The Northeast Remnant is a garrison of the 501st Legion, the world's premiere Star Wars costuming organization.

1:00 pm
Author, Stephen H. Segal, Geek Wisdom and Geek Parenting
Meet the author and editor of the Geek Wisdom series.

  • Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture is a compendium of life wisdom that our generation has discerned from the wide-ranging “holy scriptures” of geekdom.
  • Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family offers all that and more, with thoughtful mini-essays that reveal profound child-rearing advice (and mistakes) from the most beloved tales of geek culture.


Uncle Yo’s Magical Girl Bootcamp
Are you maggots ready to save the world and look pretty while doing it?! Explore the staples, themes, memes, and controversies between Eastern Magical Girls and Western Princesses. Who gets the short end of the scepter, and who comes out on top? Expect the workout of your life.


Magazine Area (1st Floor)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm (times will vary by presenter)

Artist’s Alley


Community Presenters



Fiction Stacks (1st Floor)

Fandom Meet-ups
Meet other fans of your fandom and geek out together. Take photos, play games, and just talk about all the things you love.

10:00 am – Stranger Things
11:00 am – Web Comics
12:00 pm – YouTube
1:00 pm – Anime
2:00 pm – Hamilton


Hometown Dairy Room (2nd Floor)

10:00 am
Are you Sherlocked? If so, then the game is on! Meet other Sherlock fans and discuss your favorite episodes.

11:00 am
Radio Nouveau – The Nuts and Bolts of Podcasting
Curious about Podcasting? Learn about the basics of a rapidly growing form of bringing fans and fandom together. Come and join the conversation!

12:00 pm
What to Expect When You're Becoming a Rennie
Have you ever been to a Renaissance Faire? Get the most out of your next RenFaire by learning what to wear, who you should expect to see, and the best ways to get discounts/coupons!

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location
Now hiring: Late night technician. Sit in a dark room and watch player’s go through the game. Be ready for Circus Baby's Pizza World, where family fun and interactivity go beyond anything you've seen at those *other* pizza places!


Maker Space (2nd Floor)

Visit the Toms River Maker Space and see some of the technology available in the space.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm -- Silhouette Vinyl Cutter Demonstrations
1:00 – 2:00 pm -- Cube2 3D Printer Demonstrations

Outside the Maker Space drop-in to make geeky crafts. The NYC Ghostbuster’s will also have their Slime Lab set-up!

  • Fandom Bow-Tie’s (Doctor Who, Batman, Harry Potter & more)
  • Minecraft Cubee’s



Non-Fictor Stacks (2nd Floor)

Fandom Meet-ups
Meet other fans of your fandom and geek out together. Take photos, play games, and just talk about all the things you love.

10:00 am – Disney
11:00 am – American Cartoons
12:00 pm – Pokémon
1:00 pm – Star Wars
2:00 pm – Marvel vs DC Comics


Art Gallery (2nd Floor)

Fandom Meet-ups with Puppet Theatre
Meet other fans of your fandom and geek out together with puppets from your favorite fandom. Improv your favorite scenes with a professional puppet theatre as the backdrop.

10:00 am – The Walking Dead
11:00 am – Supernatural
12:00 pm – Harry Potter
1:00 pm – Game of Thrones
2:00 pm – Doctor Who


Bishop Building -- Main Room (next to library)

1:00 – 2:30 pm
Geek Cooking: Harry Potter Edition
Giavonna Carbonello, registered dietitian of the Perlmutter Family ShopRite’s will have attendees make geeky specialties to entertain your guests. Break into groups to make your favorite Harry Potter treats and share your creations with the other attendees.




In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books. Play console games, PC games, tabletop games, card games and more. All ages!


Teen Zone (2nd Floor)

Console Gaming
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Three gaming consoles will be set-up for continuous game-play throughout the day.

  • WiiU – Super Smash Bros. 4
  • Wii – Mario Kart
  • And more…



Computer Lab (2nd Floor)

PC Gaming

10:00 am
Touken Ranbu®
Also known as "Wild Swords Dance," Touken Ranbu® is a free-to-play collectible card browser video game. Join us in the computer lab for insights on the game or just come play.

11:00 – 1:00 pm
Minecraft Hunger Games
Last Tribute standing earns points for their District. Matches can take place anytime in the allotted time, but must involve at least TWO DISTRICTS. The Districts that have the highest total and average scores will be INVITED to send TWO TRIBUTES to the FINALS!

1:00 pm
Super Mario Maker®
Super Mario Bros. is one of the most famous video games of all time. But have you ever thought about how the game was made? We will examine the design of a level from the original NES game, make our own level, and then test it out with Super Mario Maker®.


2nd Floor Tables

TableTop Gaming

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Learn to play King of Tokyo®, Munchkin®, Sentinels of the Multiverse®, and Pandemic®.

  • King of Tokyo® is a dice/card game where you play as mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and other aliens trying to become the King of Tokyo. Ages 8+.
  • Munchkin® is a dedicated deck card game that is a humorous take on role-playing games like D&D. Ages 10+.
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse® is a cooperative fixed deck card game with comic book flavor. Ages 13+.
  • Pandemic® is a co-op board game for 2-4 players. After four diseases have broken out work together as a team of specialists to find cures before mankind is wiped out. Ages 13+.


12:00 – 3:00 pm
How to Play A Game of Thrones: The Card Game®
Join the staff of Trotta’s Hobbies from Barnegat for gaming demonstrations of the A Game of Thrones: The Card Game®. The beloved heroes, villains, locations, and events of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire saga come to life in this customizable card game. Plot, fight, conspire, manipulate, and bribe your way to victory. Play 3-4 players, or in a 1-on-1 joust. Hundreds of additional cards are available allowing players to customize the four houses. Ages 12+.