The University of Massachusetts Amherst

FalCon 2019

FalCon CMS

Saturday, March 30, 2019
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

FalCon is the Libraries' first-ever multi-genre, miniature comic convention intended to showcase Library and University resources, offer networking opportunities, and create an enjoyable engagement event for the UMass Amherst community.

This event is open to the UMass Amherst campus community. Space is limited; first-come, first-served. Please, no costumes. If you have any questions or require accessibility arrangements, please contact Lauren Weiss, Marketing and Outreach Assistant.

Please note: As the first event of its kind in the Libraries, FalCon 2019 was designed with our student and campus demographic in mind. We hope to have a successful turnout so that we can offer events like this in the future that would be geared towards both campus and family audiences.

***Special announcement! We are excited to announce that author James Cambias and artist Gary Hallgren will be attending FalCon 2019!***


Artist's Alley
Lower Level between the Stairs
A showcase of artwork created by our talented UMass Amherst students and alumni.

Craft Room
Room 2601, Floor 26
Unleash your creativity with coloring pages, button-making, and more.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
10-Noon, Lower Level between the Stairs
The museum will be displaying information from 10 a.m.-Noon regarding its newest exhibit, Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age.

Game Rooms
Board: Du Bois Center, Room 2220, Floor 22
Card: Noon-2 p.m., East Asian Reference Room, Floor 22
Video: TBL 25, Lower Level

Green Screen Photo Ops
Digital Media Lab, Floor 3
Take a picture in our Digital Media Lab against a green screen with your choice of comic-themed background. Sign up for a time slot during the event in the Digital Media Lab. Photos will be emailed out the week after the event.

Sign up for a Photo Op

Tabling: James Cambias 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Gary Hallgren Noon-2 p.m., Lower Level between the Stairs
Talks: James Cambias 11 a.m., Gary Hallgren 1 p.m., Microclimates, Lower Level

Reading Room
Microclimates, Lower Level
The UMass Amherst Libraries have been hard at work improving our comics and graphic novels collections. Take a look at our newest acquisitions!

RSO Showcase
Lower Level between the Stairs
Explore your passions on campus: get involved with some of our Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)!

Scavenger Hunt
Pick up your card with your wristband at the FalCon Table in the Lobby
Find all the items on the list and earn a 3D-printed prize from the Digital Media Lab.

Special Drawings
Prizes at the FalCon Table in the Lobby
Throughout the event, we will randomly select winners via their FalCon wristband numbers to take home a fantasy/science fiction book of their choosing. Winning numbers will be announced on the UMass Amherst Libraries' Twitter page, @UMassLibraries. You must show your wristband with the winning number to the volunteer at the FalCon table in order to claim your prize.

10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon, 12:30 p.m., Microclimates, Lower Level
Join the Science Fiction Society for some fun trivia!

Zine Workshop
Room 2601, Floor 26
Make your own zine with the Student Union Craft Center. Space is limited.


James Cambias

Tabling: 11:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; Noon-2 p.m.
Guest Talk: 11 a.m., Microclimates 

James L. Cambias’s short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Shimmer, Nature, and several anthologies. Mr. Cambias has also written for Steve Jackson Games, Hero Games, and other game companies, and is a partner in Zygote Games. His first novel, A Darkling Sea, was published by Tor Books in 2014, followed by Corsair in 2015. His newest novel is Arkad’s World from Baen Books. He blogs at
Gary Hallgren

Tabling: Noon-1 p.m., 1:30-2 p.m.
Guest Talk: 1 p.m., Microclimates 

Gary Hallgren’s fascinating artistic career spans alternative hippie comic books to the nation’s most prestigious publications and a ton of popular culture in between. Hallgren was a key part of the groundbreaking “underground comix” movement that challenged the precepts of the traditional comic book industry. Subsequently, he embarked on a highly successful illustration career. He illustrated several of the best-selling health books by Dr. Mehmet Oz —with many millions sold—and he currently ghosts the highly popular syndicated comic strip “Hagar the Horrible.” His illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, MAD magazine, National Lampoon, Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications and publishers, along with projects for Marvel Comics (Mort the Dead Teen-Ager), and Topps trading cards. Learn more at


Code of Conduct

FalCon strives to create a welcoming and safe environment for its participants. All FalCon participants are expected to abide by Libraries, UMass, state, and federal policies. Behavior that constitutes harassment will not be tolerated. Harassment may include, but is not limited to:

  • Conduct, including verbal, nonverbal, and physical expressions targeting individuals based on their age, appearance, employment or military status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, individual lifestyles, nationality, physical or cognitive ability, political affiliation, race, religion, or sexual orientation
  • Deliberate intimidation or stalking
  • Nonconsensual photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Bullying behavior

“The University of Massachusetts complies with applicable state and federal laws on non-discrimination, harassment, and retaliation including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, and the Massachusetts anti-discrimination law. This policy states the University's commitment to assure compliance.” 


FalCon 2019