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A2CAF Guest List Is Live!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

A2CAF Guests 2016

Wondering who you’ll find in Artists Alley at A2CAF this year? Well wonder no more!

Our complete list of over 50 artist and writer guests (way more than we can feature in this small space) is available right here!

So check them out now…and meet them June 18 & 19 at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library!

It’s FREE!

A2CAF Special Guests: Cece Bell and Tom Angleberger

Friday, 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!

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.

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

Wednesday, 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.

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

Tuesday, 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!

Even More Free Comics at KRC: SpongeBob!

Monday, 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!

Guest List and Guest Links Coming Soon

Monday, 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!



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

Saturday, 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

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Doodle Scribble DrawHere’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.

Guest Update: Jim Ottaviani

Friday, 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.