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Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics – 2016 Shortlist

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Kids Read Comics is proud to announce the shortlist for the second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics, which will be handed out at the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) on June 18.

The Award honors the pioneering comics and animation writer and Humanitas Prize winner Dwayne McDuffie, who cofounded Milestone Media and created the teen superhero Static among others. Judges seek out excellent comics aimed at children through age thirteen, scoring the work on four main criteria: Quality, Timelessness, Originality and Diversity.

After reading more than 100 volumes published in 2015, the judges narrowed the field to a list of ten that showcase today’s amazing variety of comics for young readers: fiction and nonfiction; of both American and international origin; fantasy adventure and slice-of-life realism; human and animal (and skeletal) protagonists; and work intended for readers from beginners to middle school.

On this year’s shortlist are the following:

McDuffie Shortlist 2016

AWKWARD, by Svetlana Chmakova, introduces Penelope (Peppi) Torres, a new girl at middle school who makes an embarrassing first day worse by hurting the feelings of another social misfit — and soon compounds a rivalry between the school’s art-nerds and science-nerds. (Yen Press)

CHI’S SWEET HOME, VOL.12, by Konami Kanata, concludes the story of the lost kitten adopted by Yohei Yamada and his family — as mischievous Chi finds her mother and faces an important decision about the future. (Vertical)

COURTNEY CRUMRIN VOL. 7: TALES OF A WARLOCK, by Ted Naifeh, tells the tale of Courtney’s Uncle Aloysius as a young man — joining the Anti-Sorcery Society’s crusade against witches and warlocks, while hiding his own magical ancestry. (Oni Press)

FLOP TO THE TOP! by Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing offers a modern-day fable of fame and fandom — when the picture young Wanda posts of her floppy-eared bulldog goes viral and brings all the celebrity she’s ever dreamed of…but for the dog, not for her. (Toon Books)

THE FLYING BEAVER BROTHERS AND THE CRAZY CRITTER RACE, by Maxwell Eaton III, continues the adventures of Ace and Bub, and this time they’re tangled up in an island-hopping race with more at stake than the grand prize…as a fast-growing vine starts to entangle them all! (Random House)

HUMAN BODY THEATER, by Maris Wicks, gives readers a front-row seat for a theatrical revue of each and every biological system of the human body — courtesy of a skeletal master of ceremonies who puts on a new layer of her costume (that is, her body) with each act. (First Second)

LUMBERJANES, VOL. 1: BEWARE THE KITTEN HOLY, by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen, follows butt-kicking best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley as they spend their summer at Lumberjanes scout camp…where yetis, three-eyed wolves and giant falcons await! (Boom Studios)

NATHAN HALE’S HAZARDOUS TALES: THE UNDERGROUND ABDUCTOR, by Nathan Hale, uncovers the true-life story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman — who was born into southern slavery and escaped to the north, embarking on a lifelong career to help other enslaved people find their freedom. (Abrams)

ULTRAMAN, by Tomohiro Shimoguchi and Eiichi Shimizu, is the story of Shinjiro, an ordinary teenager who inherits a family legacy that leads him to take on the role of Ultraman and defend planet Earth against a deadly alien invasion. (Viz)

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, VOL. 1: SQUIRREL POWER, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, collects the first five issues of the comic series that takes a whole new look at the Marvel universe of heroes and villains, as seen through the eyes of the nuttiest and most upbeat superhero in the world! (Marvel)

The judges for this year’s McDuffie Award are Edith Donnell, a Kids Read Comics cofounder and youth and teen librarian; Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, manager of Little Island Comics, a comic shop exclusively for kids; Eva Volin, a children’s librarian and comics-in-libraries advocate; and Marv Wolfman, a comics and animation writer and editor whose storied career goes back nearly half a century.

Kids Read Comics hosts the annual Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival — a free, weekend event for kids, teens and adults that features over 50 artists and writers and a full slate of interactive programs including many hands-on workshops — in collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library. Guests at the 2016 show include Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell (El Deafo), bestselling children’s author Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda), and Eisner Award winner Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet).

A2CAF is immediately preceded by A2 Inkubate, a one-day conference for educators and librarians that’s aimed at helping them use comics successfully in their professional settings, and that connects them with cartoonists to work on advocacy for comics.

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival has its own website!

Saturday, 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.)

Kids Read Comics Presents: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival!

Friday, 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.

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

Monday, 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
  • 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???

Helping Teachers & Librarians Help Kids & Comics

Monday, 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!

A Splendid Time Was Had by All!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Check out Dave Roman‘s video from last weekend’s Kids Read Comics Celebration and relive the fun…or discover what you missed!

Kids Read Comics is for Families

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Share the love of comics tomorrow, 12-6pm at the Ann Arbor District Library! See our programming page for all of the fun events.



Librarian/Educator/Cartoonist Mixer!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Click the image to download a PDF flier to distribute to your colleagues!We’ve created a special event during this year’s Kids Read Comics Celebration just for librarians, educators, and cartoonists! We’ve partnered with David Carter of the University of Michigan Art, Architecture & Engineering Library to hold a special mixer at the Hatcher Gallery Space on U-M’s campus where you can connect with other people working to make comics more accessible to all.

The event will be held 10:30-11:30 am July 8, 2012 (ending right before KRC begins on Sunday). Coffee and bagels will be supplied, all you have to do is bring your eagerness to share ideas on advocating comics in schools and libraries.

Librarians and educators can connect with cartoonists to develop programs for their institutions. Cartoonists can learn how to better connect with libraries and educational institutions to get their work seen by the most important reading constituency currently in existence.

Just click the image on the left to download a PDF flier to send to all of your friends and colleagues!

Cartoonist Gathering in Ann Arbor — Australian Edition

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The latest in an occasional series of meetups for comics folks will take place on Monday, May 7 from 5-8 pm at RoosRoast Coffee Works in Ann Arbor (1155 Rosewood St. Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI 48104). Cartoonists, writers, and the curious can gather to draw, talk comics, and consume hot beverages.

We’ll be joined this time around by a band of Australian cartoonists who are currently traveling to various North American comics events, and who will be on their way from the Toronto Comics Art Festival to Chicago. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

More details, including map, here.

Comics Art Exhibit at KRC!

Friday, May 13th, 2011

The list of exciting events keeps growing for KRC 2011! We’re proud to receive the generous support of the Chelsea River Gallery for a special fine art exhibition of comics art, guest curated by KRC co-organizer Jerzy Drozd!

The Comic Jam! exhibit opens May 28, 2011 and will feature works by KRC guests and other notable cartoonists who create works that speak to the audience that KRC endeavors to serve. You will be able to meet the participating artists throughout the day at the River Gallery on June 18, followed by a special reception from 6-8 pm the same day!

Here are the terrific artists included in the exhibit:

Our thanks to the River Gallery for opening their doors for this special event. It promises to be a whole lot of fun!