The Forest Park Public Library hosted its annual Flip-Con, Jan. 13, with roughly 75 attendees, dressed in decorated capes, watched a laser comedy show, all in the name of comic books.

“Comic-cons are natural meeting points of books, film, pop culture, entertainment, ingenuity and information: much like today’s public libraries are,” Susan Farnum, youth services manager and organizer of the event, wrote in an email to the Forest Park Review. “This creates a perfect environment for learning and connecting with neighbors over shared interests, which is invaluable for a community.”

Independent publisher Quirk Books handed out free copies of some of its novels. The library also hosted an author alley, where young and old could meet their favorite creators.

“It’s an opportunity to unite people across a wide range of ages and backgrounds,” Farnum wrote. “The adults who come to Flip Con are often as enthusiastic as the kids because it allows them to tap into imagination and wonder.”