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Fans of Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and all other manner of imaginatively costumed characters will have plenty to see and do at the third annual Medford Comic Con, scheduled for Saturday in an area of downtown Medford in and around the library.

The event, held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29, will feature activities and booths at the library, 205 S. Central Ave., and Rogue Community College, along South Bartlett Street between Eighth and Ninth streets and on Ninth Street between Central Avenue and Riverside Drive. Those sections of Bartlett and Ninth will be closed during the event.

"Whether you've attended comic cons before or are considering coming for the first time, we have something for everyone," said  Laura Kimberly, Medford library branch manager.

There will be guest speakers, workshops and guest panels throughout the event. Matt Brundage, a comic book artist who has illustrated books for DC and Vertigo comics, will teach comic illustration techniques. There will be a workshop teaching improvisational theater techniques for cosplay — costumed play — taught by the Crow & Gote and RCC improv troupes. Rogue FX Creations and Jennifer Hedgepeth will hold demonstrations on character make-up efffects.

Other workshops will include "Cartooning With Kids," by Ashland cartoonist Curt Evans; "More Powerful Than A Locomotive: Using Graphic Novels to Motivate Young Readers" with Jessica Cleeton; and "Character Design For Comic Artists and Animators" with comic artist Ted Helard. There will also be a science fiction and fantasy writing workshop facilitated by author Emily Hart.

Notable guests will include Don Pedro Colley, best known for playing Sheriff Little on "The Dukes of Hazzard" television show; comic book artist and inker Mike Royer; and Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann, who have authored multiple "Star Trek" novels.

There will also be events for gamers, children's activities, open auditions for the movie "Zombie Camp" and a comic con wedding. There will be more than 60 vendors.

A complete schedule of events, times and locations can be viewed here. Updates will be posted to the event's Facebook page, found at www.facebook.com/Medfordcomiccon.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

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