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.
Dave Roman has been delighting kids of all ages (all over North America!) with his Comics Quickfire! game show, and we’re excited to present two sessions of this amazingly fun event at the 5th Annual Kids Read Comics Celebration.
In this game audience members are teamed up with KRCC guests to take on improvisational drawing challenges. Each contestant is given a mere 60 seconds to contribute to an ongoing comic. The crowd participates by providing twists to the story in an effort to stump the contestants!
These sessions promise to be memorable, as the contestants include KRCC special guest Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama), Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!), Laurianne Uy (Polterguys), John Green (Teen Boat!), Lee Cherolis (Little Guardians), Samantha Kyle (Random Assembly), and Jerzy Drozd (The Front)! You could be the team captain to lead these artists to victory in the Comics Quickfire!
In addition to his work as a storyboard artist on Curious George, Transformers Prime, Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc, and more, Rafael Rosado is the co-creator of the wonderful graphic novel Giants Beware!
So he knows a little bit about designing and telling stories about soaring adventure with extraordinary heroes and menacing villains! And we’re thrilled to have him lead a session of his Heroes vs. Villains! workshop for us during KRCC weekend! You’ll discover the secrets to designing awesome heroes and villains and work with Rafael to create some of your own!
We’re thrilled to have Mark Mariano, author of terrific kids’ graphic novels Happyloo and Flabbergast, at our show this year. Mark will be leading an interactive comics game show on Sunday called Doodle! Scribble! Draw!.
Also! He and his band, The O>Matics, will be performing a live show at the Neutral Zone the evening of Saturday, June 22! It’s a free concert/cosplay party where you’re invited to wear your favorite costume and party with local comics-loving teens. The party starts at 6:30 pm Saturday night and is scheduled to run until 8:30. The B-Side Teens will be on-site selling concessions.
Yep. These publishers have generously made donations so KRC can put comics in the hands of kids and teens at no cost! Come June 22 & 23, make sure to head over to our show table — to the left of the entrance to Artist Alley, on the third floor of the Ann Arbor District Library — and get yours!
The Kids’ Comics Revolution podcast is holding its own awards, and we’re asking kids everywhere to vote for the winners!
KCR hosts Dave Roman and Jerzy Drozd have teamed up with Chris Duffy (Nickelodeon Magazine) and the Ann Arbor District Library to honor some of the best kids’ comics to come out in 2012. You can vote by picking up a ballot in the Novella Room (2nd floor, Toronto Reference Library) at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and Kids Read Comics, or use the online ballot below. Winners will be announced June 23rd at a special ceremony at the conclusion of Kids Read Comics in Ann Arbor, Michigan! Read the rest of this entry »