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The 2018 Creative Con hosted by the Rapides Parish
Library is coming up February 17th and has become an
annual community event among creatives in the area.

Since its inception five years ago, the Creative Con has
seen growth each year. What started as a small event at

Westside Regional library has grown into a creative
convention which brings artists and attendees from all over

the area to fill the Alexandria Mall open space with vivid
costumers and the sights and sounds of creative

celebration. This event is free and open to the public.

Not only does the Rapides Parish Library Creative Con
foster career development for aspiring artists and creatives,
it is purposed to encourage young people to pursue their Featured author:
passions and develop the valuable tools they already have Lee Stephen, Science fiction author of the Epic Series,

in their love for the creative realms.                         was born and raised in Cajun country, Lee Stephen spent
                                                               his childhood paddling pirogues through the marshes of

During the 2018 Creative Con the Rapides Parish Library South Louisiana. When he wasn’t catching bullfrogs, or
welcomes a variety of creative talents from fantasy and playing with alligators in the bathtub, he was escaping to

science fiction genres and creative medium.                    the world of the imagination, creating worlds in his mind
                                                               filled with strange creatures and epic journeys. This hasn’t

Each year coordinators, volunteers and vendors come            stopped.
together to create an inclusive, welcoming environment that

encourages and fosters artistic and creative express in Continued on page 10
hundreds of areas including, acting, set design,

photography, graphic art, costume and make-up, writing,

blogging, animation, comic writing and illustration, anime

and manga, video gaming design, poetry, independent
film-making, and more!

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