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PENDLETON — The Pendleton Public Library opened its doors Saturday, Aug. 6, to what may be Eastern Oregon’s only comic con.

While it was not big or splashy, the local event drew a few dozen youths and adults in its second year and even expanded upon the inauguration in 2021 with a vendor section. Comic cons are not just about comic books — though those were in abundance at the event — but rather a celebration of geek culture, genre fiction and the merger of the two. The library’s modest event covered several bases, including a Magic the Gathering tournament and numerous participants in costumes.

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Nathan Smith, center, and Rorey Kuemper, right, talk about some of the offerings at their table Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at the Pendleton Public Library’s second annual comic con.

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Independent comic book creator Brandon Hayes of The Dalles talks Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, about his mental health awareness comic “Thready: A Bipolar Masterpiece” during the second annual Pendleton Public Library Comic Con.

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Joshua Eaton, center, runs a roll playing game Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, during the second Pendleton Public Library Comic Con in Pendleton.

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Walt Disney Co. comics from the early 1970s fill boxes Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at the Pendleton Public Library Comic Con. The comic con, now in its second year, is the idea of library technology specialist Heather Culley, and she said the books were a donation, but they also happen to be some of the same issues she read in her youth.

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