Library-based comic cons: A do-it-yourself kit

October 13th, 2014

KRC and RWP logosThis past weekend at New York Comic Con, Kids Read Comics and Reading With Pictures announced the start of our new joint venture — a free guide for public libraries that want to put on a comic-con-style event. The guide will include tips on programming, staffing, budgeting, finding guests, running an artist alley, and more…and our goal is to make it scalable to suit the needs of a wide range of libraries and the diverse communities they serve.

Check out a PDF of our handout from NYCC in the link below. If you’re a librarian, we’d love to get your feedback at this early stage so we can make sure the final kit reflects your needs and answers your questions (contact info is in the PDF). And if you’re a library patron who thinks the folks at your local public library would be interested, please call their attention to it.

We’re eager to hear your thoughts!

Library Comics Convention Kit from KRC and RWP

Map of KRC Event Locations

June 19th, 2014

You may have noticed on our Programming Page (and the PDF of the programming schedule) that KRC events are happening all over downtown Ann Arbor! This year we have free workshops happening at 826 Michigan, the Ann Arbor Art Center, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival, all within a short walk of KRC’s home base, the Ann Arbor District Library.

If you’re unfamiliar with the area, we’ve put together a map of event locations to help you plan your weekend. Just click the image to download a printable PDF!

Map of KRC Event Locations

See you this weekend!

Why We Do What We Do at Kids Read Comics

June 11th, 2014

At last year’s KRC Celebration, three founders of our group spoke discussed what Kids Read Comics is all about.

If you’ve never experienced our free event at the Ann Arbor District Library (and even if you have), take a look this two-minute overview…and then make plans to join us on June 21 & 22!

 

Meet the artist of Spongebob Comics at KRC!

June 10th, 2014

Spongebob Comics, written and drawn by Gregg SchigielIn addition to getting some free copies of Spongebob Comics at KRC, you can meet the writer/artist behind many of your favorite stories about the characters from Bikini Bottom!

Gregg Schigiel will be in our Artist Alley both Saturday and Sunday, so you can stop by his table and get your copy of Spongebob Comics autographed and check out Gregg’s latest creation, Pix!

In addition to his cartooning work, Gregg hosts the fantastic Stuff Said podcast, featuring discussions with fan favorites such as Skottie Young, Dan Slott, Raina Telgemeier, and even Spongebob Comics editor Chris Duffy! You can subscribe to the show here and give it a listen before you meet Gregg in person.

Gregg will also be hosting our first-ever interactive comics talk show at KRC, co-hosted by local kid cartoonist Connor Bond:

Sunday, June 22 12:30 – 1:30 pm
The Dynamic Duo Talk Show Adventure/Experiment
Gregg (Spongebob Comics) is a year away from turning 40 and drinks chocolate milk. Connor is 12 and reads Perry Mason novels. They’ve just met, and they’re hosting a talk show about comics, cartooning, and whatever else comes up… plus a guest who they’ll co-interview. Who’s the host, who’s the sidekick, who’s the grown-up and who’s the kid?! What guest will have to endure this pair?
AADL Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Check out our programming page for more!

Even More Free Comics at KRC: SpongeBob!

June 9th, 2014

In addition to the free giveaway comics already announced, we’ve just received word from our friends at United Plankton Pictures and Bongo Comics that they’ll be sending a shipment of SpongeBob comics for next week’s Kids Read Comics Celebration!

The comic features art by KRC guest Jacob Chabot, who seems to be everywhere these days (see previous post); so the mission of kids attending our event will be to wear out Jacob’s hand autographing copies.

Let all your friends from here to Bikini Bottom know that the adventures of SpongeBob Squarepants will be showing up at the Ann Arbor District Library!

Get your free Hello Kitty poster signed by the artist at KRC!

June 7th, 2014

Hello Kitty Poster by Jacob ChabotCome to Kids Read Comics this June 21 and 22 and stop by the information table to pick up your free Hello Kitty poster!

This charming poster was illustrated by KRC guest and Hello Kitty comics cartoonist Jacob Chabot, so you can take your poster over to his table to get your poster signed (and check out some of his other amazing books while you’re there)!

Jacob will also be participating in the Drawbstacle Course event hosted by Gregg Schigiel Saturday, June 21, 2:00-2:30pm in the first floor Teen Area at AADL.

The Drawbstacle Course!
What can a cartoonist do with one random squiggle? Can a cartoonist base a figure drawing on five scattered dots? How will cartoonists incorporate suggestions into a drawing already in progress? Find out when audience members provide squiggles, dots and suggestions to cartoonists who’ll have to work from them in…the drawbstacle course! Hosted by Gregg Schigiel (Spongebob Comics) and Jacob Chabot (Hello Kitty)!
Teen Area – All Ages

Our sincerest thanks to VIZ Media for supplying these posters for attendees of Kids Read Comics!

Free Comics at KRC! Thanks to these publishers…

June 4th, 2014

We’ll be giving out free comics once again this year at the Kids Read Comics Celebration! Every kid and teen can choose a comic or two to take home, and we’re hugely grateful to our friends at DC Comics, Archie Comics and Top Shelf Productions for their generosity!

 

 

 

KRCC ’14 Color Poster Now Available

April 18th, 2014

KRC 2014 PosterWe’re tickled pink (and green) to show off the poster for this year’s Kids Read Comic Celebration, drawn by our keynote speaker and special guest Matthew Holm, co-creator and artist of Babymouse and Squish.

And you can help promote KRCC ’14 by downloading a printable PDF of the poster and making copies for your school, your library, or your local comic book shop or bookstore. You’ll find a larger view of the poster — and links to PDFs at full 8.5 x 11 size or a two-per-sheet version — at our fliers page.

We’re hugely excited about this year’s roster of guests and the workshops and programs we have planned (more about those coming soon)! So please help us spread the word about the free, fun and fabulous Kids Read Comics Celebration at the Ann Arbor District Library June 21 & 22.

Guest List and Guest Links Coming Soon

April 7th, 2014

We’ll be finalizing our guest list over the next 2-3 weeks and at that time our guest page will be updated from last year’s group. In the meantime, here’s a little preview of who we know for sure will be joining us at the Ann Arbor District Library in June, in addition to our keynote speaker and Babymouse co-creator Matthew Holm.

Joining us for the first time are…

  • Dim Sum Warriors creators Yen Yen Woo and Colin Goh
  • Spider-Man and Whiteout artist Steve Lieber
  • Gaijin: American Prisoner of War creator Matt Faulkner
  • Shanahanigans artist and co-creator Katie Shanahan
  • Balloon Toons cartoonist Pranas T. Naujokaitis

And back again because they just can’t stay away are…

  • Bodie Troll (just nominated for best comic by the National Cartoonists Society) creator Jay Fosgitt
  • Happyloo cartoonist Mark Mariano
  • Intrepid Girlbot creator Diana Nock
  • Bigfoot Boy and Teen Titans Go writer J. Torres

…and many more!

Check back for our full guest announcements at the end of the month. And join us at the all-free, all-fun, all-fabulous Kids Read Comics Celebration in June!

 

 

Helping Teachers & Librarians Help Kids & Comics

April 7th, 2014

Our annual Kids Read Comics Celebration is the major focus of what we do at KRC. But we also work on putting comics, and the tools to make them, in the hands of kids and teens throughout the year.

One way we do that is by hooking up KRC artists with schools and libraries. Another is our special program track aimed at librarians and educators. On the day before the KRC Celebration at the Ann Arbor District Library — Friday, June 20 this year — we run panels and discussions that help those professionals learn how to use comics most effectively in their work settings.

One key piece of information we impart? You don’t have to be an artist or art teacher to get kids involved in comics.

The Friday pre-conference also gives our comics guests a chance to mingle with teachers and librarians who may one day (or may already) be buying their books.

Keep an eye out for pre-conference details coming soon!