SmithCon - Juried Exhibition

The Smithtown Library is excited to announce a Call for Art for its first Juried Exhibition, "A Narrative in Frames: The Art of Comics", to be held in conjunction with our second town-wide pop culture convention, SmithCon on Saturday, August 17, 2019. This exhibition will be on view for the month of August in the Community Room of the Smithtown Building of The Smithtown Library, located at 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, NY 11787. We will celebrate our artists with an Artists Reception on Friday,August 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm, where there will be an opportunity to meet our esteemed juror, George O'Connor.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 15th at 11:59 pm. Entries submitted after this date cannot be considered. To be considered for inclusion in this show, please fill out the form below and submit (by email) up to 5 artworks for our juror to review.

George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. Above all, George is a Greek mythology buff and a classic superhero comics fan. George is out to remind us how much our league of superheroes (Superman, Batman, the X-Men, etc) owes to mankind's original superheroes: the Greek pantheon. Now he has brought his attention to "Olympians", his ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics aesthetic. In his New York Times bestselling "Olympians" series, George draws from primary sources to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren't sedate, scholarly works; they're action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. His vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology. In addition to his graphic novel career, George has published several children's picture books, including the New York Times best-selling "Kapow!", "Sally and the Some-Thing", "If I Had a Raptor" and "If I Had a Triceratops". George lives in Brooklyn, NY with two terrible cats and one good one.
We are interested in original artwork that celebrates comic art. This can be in theme, aesthetic,format, or the content of the art itself: Heroic figures embroiled in a battle of good vs. evil. Illustrations detailed in classic ink brushstrokes. Sequentially depicted narratives laid out in grid format. These are just some of the many characteristics of comic themed art. We encourage artists to interpret the thememore broadly. Artwork that relies on an innovative usage of text would apply. Artwork featuring a strong storytelling element or graphic in nature, or even in book format would work beautifully with our theme.
**Please note: extreme portrayals of violence, nudity or gore cannot be accepted. This is at the juror's discretion within the Exhibit and Display Policy of The Smithtown Library.
Important Dates
July 15: Application deadline
July 18: Last day that artists will be notified via email
August 1: Artwork set-up date (9:30am-12:30pm & 5:30- 8:30pm)
August 16: Artists Reception 6:30-8:30pm
August 31: Exhibition closes
August 31: Artwork break-down, 11:00 am- 4:30 pm

While this exhibition is not limited to local artists, we do ask that all artwork is set-up and removed by the artist (or a designated proxy.) Mailed works will not be accepted. Artists may not substitute another piece for what our juror has selected for inclusion. All work must be suitably framed, wired, and able to be hung. Works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass, canvases must be wired for hanging. Works are limited to 40"x 40"

Artist Submission Information

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SmithCon Volunteers
Do you love Comic Con and fandoms? Then you should apply to be part of SmithCon 2019! We are looking for teens entering grades 8-12 to help staff with sign-in and different activities throughout the day. Click here for an application! 

Applications are due to any Adult Reference Desk by Friday, July 19.


SmithCon Juried Art Exhibition
The Smithtown Library is excited to announce a Call for Art for itsfirst Juried Exhibition, "A Narrative in Frames: The Art of Comics".  Click here for more information and the Artist Submission Form.



Title of the book: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Science Fiction
Number of Pages: 353
Rating (On a Scale of 1-5): 5
Reviewed by: Antonia

Major Characters:
  • Emika Chen: Emika Chen is a bounty hunter trying to scrap out a living while on her own. She’s mired in her father’s debt, trying to pay her rent with the little money she has. Emika goes after people the police don’t have time to look for, hoping to score the bounty reward. These people are illegally betting on the game Warcross. Neurolink (virtual reality) glasses contain a game called Warcross. People use Warcross to achieve financial success or escape from reality. Emika is rarely in a good mood due to the consuming task of chasing bountys.
  • Hideo Tanaka: Hideo Tanaka, the Warcross creator, is extremely rich. Hideo made Warcross with the Neurolink glasses when he was just 13 years old. He describes them as: “A thin, wireless pair of glasses with metal arms and retractable earphones”. In the book, others describe them as feeling exactly like regular glasses. The book tells the story of him at his current age of 21 and labels him the most famous man in the world.
When the official opening ceremony of the Warcross games are going on, Emika sees a chance to make quick cash. During the first game, one of the players snatches a rare powerup worth enough to get Emika out of debt and she smells the opportunity. There’s a moment when Emika realizes the player with the powerup is in a vulnerable state and attempts at hacking into her inventory. To her surprise, she slips into the coding and into the live game. The game shuts down due to technical difficulties and Emika gets scared and takes her Neurolink glasses off. She then becomes an overnight sensation and all anyone can talk about is Emika Chen. Emika tries to hide because she believes she’s going to be arrested, but instead gets a call from Hideo Tanaka, the billionaire who made the game. He pays of all her debt immediately and gives her an irresistible offer. He offers a 10-million-dollar prize to catch a spy lurking in the coding of his game. However, as Emika digs deeper, she finds a plan with a devious plot, which will have major consequences around the world.

The New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s writing isn’t old fashioned in any way and I appreciate her writing style because I think she is in touch with a younger generation like my own. Her writing style adapts very well to our current environment and which is why I can relate so much to her message. Ms. Lu does a fine job of describing the main characters so that the reader gets a full sense of who they are and what they stand for. She embraces new updated technology as well as character themes and unexpected plot twists.

I believe other teens will thoroughly enjoy this book just as I did. There are unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Buckle up!

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