By DEVIN HEILMAN/Staff Writer
COEUR d’ALENE — On Saturday, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will be transformed into a world where hobbits, ewoks, Gotham villains and many more will intertwine.
Enter the universe of Coeur d’Con, where art, literature, science fiction and fantasy unite with endless imagination. Coeur d’Con is the Lake City’s version of Comic-Con, a convention that celebrates all things geek, from “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” to Japanimation and video games.
“It is geeky, but it encompasses so many different genres,” Lake City Public Library branch manager J.D. Smithson said Monday. “I think it’s definitely a nostalgia thing. These genres bring you back to when you loved Spider-Man and Superman.
“It’s not even nostalgia-based for everyone because of all the people enjoying these things now,” she continued. “It’s a continuation of this love.”
This is Coeur d’Con’s second year following a smash success inaugural event in 2015. About 1,000 people attended its debut and the library is expecting to see as many as 1,500 people this year.
“This year we actually have more things planned,” Smithson said. “We had panels and meetups last year, but we have more this year. We have a geek story time for the younger children. One of the biggest displays are big graphic photo booths, so hopefully we’ll get some social media going with our hashtag, #coeurdcon.”