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???

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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.

KRC ’15 Special Guests: Kean Soo and Tory Woollcott!

March 17th, 2015

We’re super excited to announce our keynote speakers for this year’s Kids Read Comics festival at the Ann Arbor District Library:

Kean Soo is the creator of Jellaby, the story of a new kid in town and the purple monster she befriends.

Tory Woollcott wrote and drew Mirror Mind, based on her experience growing up with dyslexia.


Tory and Kean will be on hand to give the Saturday morning opening presentation at KRC, participate in workshops, and meet old and new fans in Artists Alley. We’re thrilled to welcome them and know that you will be too!

And coming soon: a whole slew of additional guest announcements!

Artist Alley Table Applications Now Open!

January 23rd, 2015
KRC Artist Alley Setup

Set ’em up! Move ’em out!

Want to have a free table at this year’s Kids Read Comics weekend festival? Ready to share your talent and your love of comics with kids, teens and parents? Think you’d make a fine ambassador from the world of comics to the lives of young people?

Then head over to our “Apply for a Table” page and give us your details.

Please note: Application deadline is February 23. No applications will be accepted after that date.

KRC ’15 Is June 20 & 21!

January 13th, 2015

KRC 14 Babymouse - croppedMark your calendar for the festive return of Kids Read Comics to the Ann Arbor District Library on June 20 & 21, 2015!

Once again, we’ll have great guests, hands-on workshops, spectacular activities, and free comics to give away! It’s all part of our mission to put comics in the lives of kids and teens…as a source of great reading to love and share, and as a go-to place for creative self-expression.

And as always, it’s totally free of charge.

Watch for announcements about guests and events on this page, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Cartoonists and others who would like to apply for Artist Alley table space should also be on the lookout for information in the next couple of weeks.

Kids Read Comics keeps on coming! Join us for the ride.

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