Steele Pop Expo – May 18, 2024, 11 AM – 4 PM

Steele Pop Expo
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Join us at Steele Memorial Library on Saturday, May 18, 2024, 11 AM – 4 PM for a FREE event! Steele Pop Expo is a celebration of comics, art, games, and pop culture!

Brought to you by CCLD with help from Heroes Comic Shop!

Sponsored, in part, by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Additional sponsors: Wegmans & Target

Reilly BrownWe are excited to announce that artist and writer Reilly Brown will be at Steele Pop Expo! We will have a limited supply of an Archie comic with exclusive variant cover by Reilly Brown! Get your copy for FREE at Steele Pop Expo on May 18, 11AM-4PM!

New Jersey native Reilly Brown is a top selling comic artist and writer for DC comics, Marvel Comics, and Line Webtoon. He's known for bringing a sense of character and personality to the projects that he works on, balancing a combination of light-hearted humor, with fast paced superhero action. Best known for his work on several DEADPOOL titles, Reilly has also lent his talents to series such as BATMAN/FORTNITE: ZERO POINT and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN among others, as well as creator-owned comics like POWER PLAY, OUTRAGE, and THUNDER GUARDIAN. Reilly currently lives in West Orange with his wife and two children.
This year's Cosplay Contest will take place on May 18, 2:30 PM during Steele Pop Expo at Steele Memorial Library. The contest is open to ages 10 and up. We plan to break cosplayers into two age categories (ages 10-15 and ages 16-adult) and will award prizes in several categories, for each age group.

  • Day-of-event registration will be available on May 18, from 11am-2:15pm.
  • If you signed up during our early registration period, report to the Cosplay Contest table on May 18 to pick up your number and check in.
Be sure to read the Cosplay Prop Rules (PDF), before planning your costume. If you have any questions about the contest, please email

*You must check in at least 15 minutes before your contest starts (or be disqualified)*

11 AM - 4 PM:
Face Painting & Glitter Tattoos by Painted Love Face & Body Painting
Balloon Twisting with CCLD staff
Bracelet Making with CCLD staff
Button Making with CCLD staff

11:30 AM:
Youth Storytime & Craft
Dungeon Master Class with Tim Collins

12:00 PM:
Learn to Play Pokemon with The Game Shoppe

12:45 PM:
How comics are created from springboard to completion with Joe Edkin

1:00 PM:
Pokemon Constructed Tournament with The Game Shoppe

1:45 PM:
Comic Book Lettering Demo with Joe Edkin

2 PM - 4 PM:
Pipe Cleaner Puppets & Rings with Filomena Jack Studio

2:30 PM:
Cosplay Contest

501st Legion & Droid Builders
Caytlyn Brooke
Checkpoint Gaming Lounge
DandoisLion DeLights
Doug Laura
DPH Games Inc.
Kathy's Creations
Kay's Chains
Melly Creations
OlderNDumber Podcast
Reilly Brown
Teddymuffs Designs
The Game Shoppe in Corning

Food Trucks:
Taste of Jamaica
That Place Mobile Munchies
Dippity Do Dahs Ice Cream
Please use the 1st St. and 2nd St. entrances to our parking lot, as the Church St. entrance will be closed for food truck parking.

Parking will also be available in the adjacent lot (other side of the railroad viaduct) at 100 W. Church St.

If both lots are full, the Centertown Parking Garage is located at 101 W Gray St.

We recommend arriving early to park, as Book Fest is also happening that day in Wisner Park from 10 AM - 2 PM. Find a good parking spot and attend both events!
**Vendor / Exhibitor space is full** If you'd like to apply for space at our event, please complete our Google Form. Space is limited. If you are applying for space after April 18th, please also send an email to to let us know you are interested in having a table at our event.

There is a $20 fee for a table to sell items at our event (no fee, if not selling); this fee will be waived if you are providing a free activity for the public (coloring sheet, prize drawing, game demos/tournament, etc). We require that all vendors acknowledge their intention to pay any required taxes on items they sell at our event.