Get Curated Reading Suggestions on Selected Topics Sent Right to Your Inbox.

Natsu Con 2024

Primary tabs

Age Group:

Teens (12+)

Program Description

Event Details


Celebrating Anime, Comics, Gaming and More!

Natsu Con 2024 is at the Bowman Library, brought to you by the Teen Advisory Board and Natsu Con Committee.

Hear engaging speakers, participate in character panels, show off your talent in our masquerade, and compete in our cosplay contest!

Pre-registration is only required for the Character Panel and the Masquerade.  The Cosplay contest sign-up (ages 12-18) will begin at 11am the day of the conference.


10:00  Artist Alley Opens and Photo Booth Available

(Artists are being sought for the Artist Alley! Interested artists should contact Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000 x215 or

10:00-11:30 Just Dance in the Children's Room

11:00-11:45 Special speaker in Meeting Room

12:00 Guess the Theme Song in the Children's Room

11:45-1:15 Snack break, visit Artist Alley vendors, stop by the crafting tables, take selfies at the photo stops.

Please make lunch arrangements if you are staying all day. Snacks and water will be provided throughout the day. 

Food Trucks: Crim's Kettle Corn and The Hot Box Co. (Burgers and Fries)

1:15 Character Panels in the Meeting Room

Character Panel participants must be in middle or high school and at least 12 years old. Register in advance at with character information and genre (anime, superhero, comic, or uniquely created characters welcome.)

2:30 Cosplay Contest* in the Meeting Room

All middle and high school youth are welcome to attend. Contest and masquerade participants should be at least 12 and abide by the guidelines listed below for cosplay and weapons allowed.

Multiple categories and prizes! Registrations for the contest will be on the day of the event, beginning at 10am. Ages 12-18 welcome.

3:30 Masquerade in the Children's Room.

Register your group and prepare your skit or music act for your 5 minutes of fame! Please register in advance for one 5 minute slot per group. Choose a group name or use one name from your group to register for one spot. Go to to register your group!

4:00 Artist Alley and Photo Booth Close

4:30 Cosplay Contest Winners and Closing Remarks in the Children's Room.

*Cosplay guidelines:

Because of the family nature of our library, all cosplay outfits should be family friendly. Library staff reserves the right to request alterations or clothing changes.

Permitted Cosplay Weapons:

Staves, wooden swords, rubber model firearms (like the red/blue training ones easily identified as props)
Fake weapons if they are safe
Prop weapons less than 6'6"
Bows if not strung with authentic bowstring and taut.

Weapon Restrictions:

No Metal Weapons of any kind
No Projectile Weapons of any kind with the exception of non-functional nerf or water guns.
No Compound Bows - authentic arrows are not permitted (they're projectiles)
No "Paddles"
No Nunchaku
No Explosives or Chemicals

Questions? Contact Donna Hughes at



Library Consent Statement for Photography and Video

Programs, events, and daily happenings sponsored by Handley Regional Library System may be photographed or recorded.  Attendance at any sponsored program, event or general library use constitutes the consent of all attendees and the consent of the parents or legal guardians of any minor children in attendance, to the future broadcast, publication, and other use of photography or videos at the sole direction of Handley Regional Library System.

Photography Notification

While we do allow professional photography inside the property of Handley Regional Library System, we do ask that we are notified ahead of time of photoshoots at 540.662.9041 x 25.  Photography activities may be limited to specific areas due to reserved use and cannot impede any patron activity using the library.