Along with our cartooning workshops and the short lessons that will be offered in Artist Alley at Kids Read Comics Celebration ’13, KRC presents another way to help you grow as an artist:
Bring a portfolio of your work and one of our professional cartoonist guests will look over what you’ve done. Many of these artists have teaching experience, and they’ll give advice on where your strengths lie and how to apply yourself in the areas that still need to be developed.
On Saturday and Sunday, you can go to the show table in Artist Alley (it’s just to the left as you pass the entrance to the library’s third floor), and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet with an artist who’ll go over your work with you.
Unstoppable villain Vordak the Incomprehensible (shown here on the path to world domination) makes an appearance at this weekend’s Kids Read Comics Celebration!
Featured in a series of exciting and hilarious books that provide unparalleled guidance for any kid who dreams of ultimate power and conquest — beginning with How to Grow Up and Rule the World — Vordak will be joined by his creators, writer Scott Seegert (on Saturday only) and artist John Martin.
Meet Vordak and put a little villainy in your life!
We’re just a few days away from the Kids Read Comics Celebration ’13, and if you haven’t checked out the programming page to start scheduling your day, you might want to get to it! With over 25 workshops and events scheduled over the course of the weekend, it promises to be an action-packed weekend of comics activities.
KRCC guests Lee Cherolis and Samantha Kyle will be leading a super-fun workshop called Make Me a Robot! where students will explore character design by creating their own robots. How would you design a good robot? How would you design an evil one?
The workshop will conclude with a special session where Lee and Samantha will draw the students as robots!
The Kids Read Comics Celebration is not just fun and fantastic, it’s free! And among the freebies is the new Scratch9 poster that Rob Worley, creator and writer of the many-lived feline hero, will be handing out at table 33. Rob will have other great goodies as well, and you can find more about it on the Scratch9 website.
Several of the artists who’ve helped bring Scratch to life will also be on hand at KRCC. Be sure to visit John Martin, Joe Foo, Joshua Buchanan, Justin Castaneda and Mike Roll!
The 5th Annual Kids Read Comics Celebration is chock full of interactive comics games designed to test your creativity! In addition to Dave Roman’s super-fun Comics Quickfire! events, we’re thrilled to have Mark Mariano’s Doodle! Scribble! Draw! game show on Sunday, June 23, from 1:30 – 2:30 pm!
You’ve doodled in a notebook when bored (or when you’re supposed to be paying attention to something else, like the teacher), right? Then you have the skills necessary to tackle the creative quests given by Mark Mariano and his group of KRCC guests! In this game show scribbling and doodling win the game, and the audience participates by adding random suggestions to the quests. It’s an immensely fun time, as evidenced by the video above and by this post on Mark’s website.
Only one session! Sunday, June 23, from 1:30 – 2:30 pm at the entrance to the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch. No registration required, but show up early to secure your seat!
John Gallagher, writer and artist of Buzzboy and more cool stuff from Sky-Dog Comics, comes to the Kids Read Comics Celebration for the first time this year and we’re thrilled to have him! Meet John at table 21 in Artist Alley, and check out Buzzboy’s adventures online!
Someday he’ll be earth’s greatest hero–but first he needs to build the perfect cheeseburger!
Our special guests this year are Ben Hatke, creator of fan-favorite Zita of Zita the Spacegirl, and 10-year-old cartoonist Angelica Hatke! And this is your chance to make comics with them!
Ben will be leading our annual kickoff event Saturday, June 22, at 11 am. During this interactive talk Ben will walk through his process of making comics and share how to create characters readers care about, worlds that readers believe in, and dangers that set readers on the edge of their seats!
Then he and Angelica will lead two workshops over the course of the weekend where he’ll share the 3 secrets to making great comics! These sessions will start with an interactive talk, after which Ben will work with you to create a short comics story of your own.