Kids Read Comics Presents: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival!

December 18th, 2015

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Beginning in 2016, Kids Read Comics’ annual two-day comics celebration, hosted by the wonderful Ann Arbor District Library, will have a new name: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF for short).

The Festival will still feature dozens of comics artists along with workshops, demonstrations and interactive drawing games. It will still be as kid- and family-friendly as ever. And attending the event will be free as always.

What we hope the new name makes clear is that young children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a fun-packed Ann Arbor weekend filled with comics and creativity. We welcome teens and adults (always have) and offer a slate of guests and activities to meet a wide range of comics-related interests (ditto).

So join us as Kids Read Comics celebrates eight years of bringing comics excitement to Michigan libraries, when we inaugurate the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18 & 19, 2016 at the Ann Arbor District Library.

Keynote speakers at A2CAF 2016 will be Cece Bell, whose comics memoir El Deafo was named a Newbery Honor Book, and the children’s author Tom Angleberger, writer and illustrator of the bestselling Origami Yoda series.

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival has its own website!

January 30th, 2016

A2CAF Tumblr AvatarFor all the latest information on the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival, check out the A2CAF website at (here’s a shocker) A2CAF.COM or A2CAF.ORG.

Comics creators who are interested in having a free Artists Alley table at this year’s A2CAF can find a link to the application form in the navigation area of the site. (Note that the deadline for applications is February 29.)

A2CAF Special Guests: Cece Bell and Tom Angleberger

December 18th, 2015

We’re thrilled to announce that our special guests at the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival held on June 18 & 19, 2016 will be Cece Bell and Tom Angleberger!

In addition to her 2015 Newbery Honor Book, El Deafo, a comics memoir about growing up with hearing loss and an oversized hearing assistance device, Cece is an author and illustrator of children’s books including Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, Bee-Wigged, I Yam a Donkey, and the Sock Monkey series.

Tom has delighted elementary and middle school readers with books like Fake Mustache, Poop Fountain!, The Rat with the Human Face, Horton Halfpott, and Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run, as well as the popular Origami Yoda series (complete with folding instructions), which he also illustrated.

Cece and Tom are married (to each other!) and collaborated on the book Crankee Doodle.

At A2CAF, they will give the Saturday morning keynote presentation and participate in programming throughout the weekend. They’ll also be available for signing and for chatting one-on-one about comics and kids’ books.

Be sure to mark your calendar!

Search #kidsreadcomics this weekend!

June 18th, 2015

Hashtag word balloonIf you can’t make it to Ann Arbor for the Kids Read Comics Festival this Saturday and Sunday, you can still check out the action on social media by searching the hashtag #kidsreadcomics.

Organizers, guests and fans have been invited to use the tag when they post photos and reports from KRC. And while it’s not quite like being there, you’ll be able to get an eyeful of what you’re missing…and maybe consider making plans to visit us at next year’s show.

So look for #kidsreadcomics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and wherever fine hashtags are used!

Cast Your Vote in the Kids’ Comics Revolution! Awards!

May 18th, 2015

The Kids’ Comics Revolution! Awards have become a big part of the annual Kids Read Comics festival, and voting has already begun. So it’s time for YOU to get in on the action!

The KCR! Awards celebrate everything you love about comics…including categories for “Best Hair,” “Grossest Thing” and “Most Tricked-out Ride” in your favorite comics. And you can vote for those — as well as favorite hero, webcomic, cartoonist and more — in three different ways:

  • Print out and mail in a ballot
  • Fill out an online ballot at comicsaregreat.com
  • Pick up your ballot at the Kids Read Comics information table at the Ann Arbor District Library on Saturday, June 20

Awards will be presented in a fabulous, fun, full-of-surprises ceremony on Sunday, June 21, at the conclusion of the Kids Read Comics weekend event!

More information and links are available right here! So what are you waiting for???

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the Latest KRC News!

May 18th, 2015

KRC Dino SquareWe’re just a month away from Kids Read Comics ’15, a festival so full we can’t contain it all in one location! So make sure to check in with Twitter and Facebook for all the latest updates.

Over the next weeks we’re spotlighting guests and programs, and we’ll be blasting out news of schedule changes and unexpected happenings as needed.

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Come see us on June 20 & 21 at the Ann Arbor District Library!

Just Published: Rafael Rosado’s “Dragons Beware!”

May 13th, 2015

Dragons Beware

Fresh off the presses: A second book by Jorge Aguirre and returning KRC guest Rafael Rosado featuring young Claudette and her adventures — first seen in Giants Beware!

Rafael will be at this year’s Kids Read Comics festival on Saturday only, June 20, and he’ll be pleased to talk about drawing and about his books — and sign them too! — at his Artists Alley table.

Meanwhile, you can check out a preview of Dragons Beware! right here.

Cool New Posters & Flyers for KRC 2015

May 1st, 2015

Kids Read Comics 15 special guest Kean Soo has come up with a terrific poster for this year’s event! We want to share it with you here, and we hope that you can share it too.

Are you a librarian or a comic shop or bookstore owner (or worker)? It would give KRC a great big boost if you’d print up flyers and leave them where kids and parents can easily find them.

If you’re a teacher, we’d love it if you could distribute flyers around the end of the school year, when KRC is taking place!

Flyers are available in full letter-sized sheets or at a two-per-sheet size. There’s even a larger poster size available!

Please click here to get your KRC 2015 printable posters and flyers!

Kids’ e-Comics Bundle Deal

April 30th, 2015

Humble Kids Comics Bundle

Children’s Book Week is nearly upon us, and for the next two weeks the folks at Humble Bundle have a set of downloadable kids’ comics available.

If you’re unfamiliar with Humble Bundle, they sell collections of books and games on a name-your-own-price model — with a portion of the proceeds going to charity and extras unlocked at certain payment levels.

The kids’ comics bundle supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Every Child a Reader, and you can find out all about it here.

The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics Short List

April 24th, 2015

The first annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced at this year’s Kids Read Comics festival.  Named for the highly respected comic book and animation writer and co-founder of Milestone Media who passed away in 2011, the award honors Dwayne McDuffie’s values and his legacy as a champion for meaningful, top-quality and broadly inclusive comics for young people.

Following months of reading and discussing nearly a hundred comics, the judges for the inaugural award have come up with a short list from which the winner will be selected. The criteria for selection are excellence in writing and drawing; timelessness; diversity of content; and originality. The ten titles that the judges consider the top kids’ comics published in 2014 are:

McDuffie Shortlist Covers 2015

 

Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier, illustrated by Marc Lizano and colored by Frank Salsedo
Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson
Lowriders in Space by By Cathy Camper, Illustrated by Raul the Third
The Magical Monsters of Turkey Hollow by Jim Henson & Jerry Juhl, adapted and illustrated by Roger Langridge
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

The three judges come to the task with three different professional perspectives on comics. Kids Read Comics co-founders Edith Donnell and Dan Merritt are, respectively, a youth and teen librarian with expertise on building a library comics collection and an Eisner-award nominated comic shop owner. Brigid Alverson is a respected comics journalist and reviewer who has written for School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly among others.

The Kids Read Comics weekend festival is held at the Ann ArborDistrict Library in Michigan. This year’s event will take place on June 20 & 21, when the winner of the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced.