EAST BRUNSWICK, NJComic books, video games and related genres are immensely popular. Last month’s New York Comic Con boasted a combined attendance of over 180,000!

To celebrate the popularity of comics, video games and other related fandoms, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) hosts the first ever EB Con on Saturday, December 3 from 12 – 4 pm.

The special guest is New York Times bestselling comic book writer Fred Van Lente. He has written include “Archer & Armstrong” (Harvey Award nominee, Best Series), “Action Philosophers!” (American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Teens), and “Cowboys & Aliens” (with Andrew Foley), the basis for the 2011 feature film.

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His many other titles include “Resurrectionists”, “The Incredible Hercules” (with Greg Pak), “Taskmaster”, “Marvel Zombies” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

At 1 pm, Van Lente will lead a presentation based on his graphic novel “The Comic Book History of Comics” that covers the history comic books and graphic novels. Following his presentation, he will be signing his book and other comics. Copies will be available for purchase.

There are several activities planned throughout the day, including a Harry Potter trivia contest, video games, table-top gaming, cosplay and geek crafting. Other guests include LEGO master builder Amado Canlas Pinlac, indie game developer David Rin and writer/editor Deanna Destito.

A complete schedule of events and activities can be found online at www.ebpl.org. EB Con is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Library.