Archive for the ‘Programming’ Category


Friday, May 13th, 2016

Check out the Programming page at the A2CAF website to learn about all–and we do mean all–the fantastic and fun events you can take part in at this year’s show!

Starting with the A2Inkubate preconference/unconference for educators, librarians and cartoonists on Friday, June 17!

It’s all free!!

Drawing Events


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!

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.

Short Film at KRCC: The Comic King of Guatemala

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Comic King stillAs a special treat for this year’s Kids Read Comics Celebration, we’ll be exhibiting a terrific ten-minute documentary about bringing comics to new readers and places: The Comic King of Guatemala tells the story of that country’s first-ever comic shop and the effect it has on its community.

Director George Clipp has kindly made the film available to us, and we’ll be showing it on a continuous loop near Artist Alley. It’s a delightful story well worth a few minutes of your time. (And like all Kids Read Comics activities and guest tables, it will feature a code for AADL Summer Game participants.)

Portfolio Review: One More Opportunity for Budding Artists

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

PORTOLIO_REVIEWSAlong with our cartooning workshops and the short lessons that will be offered in Artist Alley at Kids Read Comics Celebration ’13, KRC presents another way to help you grow as an artist:

Bring a portfolio of your work and one of our professional cartoonist guests will look over what you’ve done. Many of these artists have teaching experience, and they’ll give advice on where your strengths lie and how to apply yourself in the areas that still need to be developed.

On Saturday and Sunday, you can go to the show table in Artist Alley (it’s just to the left as you pass the entrance to the library’s third floor), and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet with an artist who’ll go over your work with you.

Art Lessons in Artist Alley

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

FaceCan you see yourself as an artist? Would you like to learn more about basic cartooning techniques?

Kids Read Comics guest Ted Woods will offer short lessons (10-15 minutes) at the top of every hour from one till five o’clock on both days of the Kids Read Comics Celebration.

You’ll get an introduction to some drawing essentials, along with a handout to take with you.

Join Ted for any of these mini-lessons on Saturday or Sunday at Artist Alley table 43:

1pm–Drawing a head: how to draw men’s and women’s faces
2pm–Basic Shapes: how basic shapes are important to every drawing
3pm–Color: the color wheel, and how it affects your art
4pm–Drawing hands: how to draw men’s and women’s hands
5pm–Creating characters: some tips on creating your own comic book characters

When he’s not teaching, Ted will also sell sketches, drawn to order, of your favorite comics or cartoon character! Futurama 4

Zita the Spacegirl Creator Ben Hatke at KRCC ’13!

Friday, April 12th, 2013

We’re thrilled to annouhatkence that our special guest and kickoff presenter at this year’s Kids Read Comics Celebration will be cartoonist Ben Hatke!

Ben is best known for his popular Zita the Spacegirl graphic novels and has also contributed to the comics anthology series Flight. Take a look too at the delightful series of Little Robot Comics that can be found on his blog — we kinda love ’em.

Ben will start off KRCC ’13 in style with his presentation on Saturday morning, June 22. He’ll also lead workshops throughout the weekend along with his 10-year-old daughter Angelica, a cartoonist in her own right. It’s all at the Ann Arbor District Library, of course, where in between workshops you’ll find Ben and Angelica eager to greet you in Artist Alley!

Tons of thanks to AADL for making it possible for Ben and Angelica to join us this year!

More guest announcements 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!

Wide World of Cartoonists at Kids Read Comics!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

We’re thrilled to welcome guests to this year’s Kids Read Comics Celebration from literally all over the world! Along with the many local artists and writers who’ve committed themselves to bringing comics and creativity to kids and teens, we’ll be joined by guests who hail from the East Coast, the West Coast, from Canada, and even Australia – our farthest-traveling guest yet!

In addition to all of the cartoonists and others you’ll get to meet in Artist Alley, our programming will include comics creators who’ll be joining us by Skype from Florida, Hawaii and elsewhere. (We haven’t heard from any Alaskan cartoonists  yet, but that will surely come.) Our Skype guests will appear on panels where they’ll be able to take audience questions, and will even lead workshops remotely.

Connecting the world through comics (with a little help from the Internet): another great reason to come to the Ann Arbor District Library this weekend!

Free Comic Book Day at Green Brain Comics

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

I hope everyone is enjoying free comic book day, because we at Kids Read Comics are having a blast!  Check out our photos on Facebook!