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!

Applications for Artist Alley Tables at KRCC ’14

January 31st, 2014

If you’re interested in coming to the 2014 Kids Read Comics Celebration as an artist or writer displaying your work, applications are available through the end of February. Table space is very limited, and our goal is to have a wide mix of artist alley guests–from established artists to relative newcomers–who are interested in instilling a passion for comics in young readers as well as promoting their own work.

You can find the application form here, and you must complete your application by February 28, 2014.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Join Us for KRC Celebration ’14 with Special Guest Matt Holm!

October 19th, 2013

Matt HolmWe’re thrilled to announce that our sixth annual Kids Read Comics Celebration will be held on June 21 & 22 at the Ann Arbor District Library!

Our special guest will be artist Matthew Holm, who is exactly one half of the brother-sister team behind the popular Babymouse and Squish series from Random House. Matt will be talking and doing art throughout the weekend, and we just can’t wait to have him!

Of course, there’ll be dozens of other comics and animation artists and writers as well, with workshops and activities that kids, teens, moms, dads, teachers, librarians and, well, everyone will love.

Over the next several months you’ll find lots more information about KRCC ’14 right here, and on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and Tumblr too.

Mark the dates so you can be sure to be part of the fun and excitement of Kids Read Comics!

Wonderful Story from Last Weekend’s Kids Read Comics Celebration

June 26th, 2013

Here’s a terrific story that really brings home what Kids Read Comics is all about. It’s from Mark Mariano, who brought his Doodle! Scribble! Draw! live game show to KRC:

I wanted to share a story my brother Chris told me about this boy at Doodle! Scribble! Draw!

His mom told Chris that he is shy and always scared to participate or go up and write on the board at school. She was shocked that he raised his hand to draw in front of everyone. When he went up and started drawing, she called her husband. He came and his jaw dropped in amazement.

The mom started crying and asked Chris to pass along a big thanks for doing a great event. We brought some courage to that little boy and he drew one crazy roller coaster. Thanks for being a part of Doodle! Scribble! Draw!

…And thanks to Mark, Chris and the artists who teamed up with kid contestants: Jerzy Drozd, Tom Eaton, Rafael Rosado and James Anderson.

A Great Big Thank You!

June 25th, 2013

2013-06-23 13.16.59Thanks to everyone who turned out for the Kids Read Comics Celebration this past weekend: kids, teens, moms, dads, teachers, librarians, and our fantastic roster of guests! Not to mention all the wonderful folks at the Ann Arbor District Library who make so much of what we do possible!

We’ll be posting and linking to photos and videos from the event soon, so check back here at kidsreadcomics.org. And send your own pictures to kidsreadcomics (at) gmail.com if you’d like us to display them.

We’re already dreaming about what terrific new stuff we can bring you in 2014. Until then, keep reading and drawing comics!

Follow KRC This Weekend at #kidsreadcomics

June 22nd, 2013

If you’re unable to join us at Kids Read Comics Celebration ’13 this weekend, you can still follow what’s happening on social media. See the latest pictures by searching the  hashtag #kidsreadcomics on Twitter and Facebook!

Guest Update: Jim Ottaviani

June 21st, 2013

Fans of Jim Ottaviani’s Primates, Feynman, and T-Minus take note: Jim will only be able to attend the Kids Read Comics Celebration on Saturday.

Guest Cancellation: John Gallagher

June 21st, 2013

We regret to announce that John Gallagher will not be at the Kids Read Comics Celebration because of unforeseen circumstances. We sincerely hope that he and Buzzboy  will be able to join us next year at KRCC ’14!