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!

SAVE THE DATE! More information about the 2024 event is coming soon.

Brought to you by CCLD and Heroes Your Mom Threw Out Comic Shop!

Our 2023 event was a huge success with 600 attendees!

Special thanks to our sponsors: Friends of CCLD, Target, Wegmans, Chemung Canal, Monahan Party Rental, & the QuickARTS grant program (administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.)

2023 Guests & vendors:

Joe Caramagna, aSwanNamedEmily (Emily Swan), GhostCrow Art, DandoisLion DeLights, Melly Creations, HJI Studios, DPH Games, MetaDreams LLC (games), Checkpoint Gaming, Elmira College Esports, Jillian Grover (podcaster), Chris Chichester (film maker), Jennifer Sekella (Face Painting), The Game Shoppe (Pokémon), Clouded Stitches, Averys vintage video games, Teddymuffs Designs, Brian Shutter (Neon Lords RPG), Dylan (gamer) with “Blood on the Clocktower”.

Food Trucks: Taste Of Jamaica, Dippity Do Dahs, J&B’s Bulldog Cafe

Meet Joe Caramagna at Steele Pop Expo!

Joe Caramagna is a writer and Harvey and Eisner Award-nominated comic book and graphic novel creator who loves his wife and three children, hockey, and donuts (not always in that order). His most notable works are: Disney’s Frozen, Disney’s DuckTales, Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe Avengers, and more!


The following presentations will take place in the Teen Space at Steele Memorial Library (2nd floor):

11 AM – Podcasting 101 with Jillian Grover
11:20 AM – Life is Art, film making 101 with Chris Chichester
11:40 AM – Fun with Flipbooks! with Emily Swan

Face Painting & Glitter Tattoos

Jennifer Sekella of Painted Love Face & Body Painting will be doing face painting and glitter tattoos from 11 AM – 4 PM!

Cosplay Contests for All Ages
Cosplay Contest Registration Form (PDF)

12 pm – Kids (birth-6th grade)
1 pm – Teens (7th-12th grade)
2pm – Adults

Registration to compete in the Cosplay Contest must be submitted by April 19th. Forms can be picked up and dropped off at any CCLD library from April 5-19th. Forms can also be downloaded and emailed to by April 19th. Be sure to read the Cosplay Prop Rules (PDF), before planning your costume.

Report to the Cosplay Contest table at Steele Pop Expo on April 22 to pick up your number and check in. Please be at the stage, ready to line up, 15 minutes before your contest. You must check in at least 15 minutes before your contest starts (or be disqualified).

We will have 3 winners for each contest with “Best of” Categories.

  • Kids: Best Movie Character, Best TV Show Character, Best Cartoon Character
  • Teens: Best Construction, Best in Character, Judge’s Pick
  • Adults: Best Construction, Best in Character, Judge’s Pick

All winners will receive a certificate and other prizes. Want to show off your costume but don’t want to enter? Did you miss the sign up time but still want to show your amazing cosplay? Wait by the stage to walk in our costume parade, after the contest for your age group!

Special thanks to our MC, Brian Stoll, & our Cosplay Contest Judges: Chrisis Cosplay, JustIncredible Cosplay, and Lalee!

1:30-4:00 PM – Pokémon Build & Battle Draft Tournament (FREE)
Download Tournament Rules & Other Info (PDF)

  • Space is limited! Reserve your spot: (607)733-9175
  • Must check in for tournament by 1:15 PM to guarantee your reservation
  • Prizes will be awarded for 1st-4th place
  • Sealed, ready-to-go decks will be provided + 3 draft packs
  • A Pokémon Player ID is needed to participate.
  • Event will be run by The Game Shoppe (Corning, NY)

2:30-4:00 PM – Live Play Dungeons & Dragons

A fun and exciting interactive Dungeons & Dragons game for all ages! Come watch experienced teen role-players play D&D LIVE! Join the adventure! Lots of audience participation! Exciting fantasy role-play fun for all ages! Join the audience & join the adventure!

This activity is made possible in part by the Friends of CCLD and the QuickARTS grant program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.