2014 Programming!

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FRIDAY

10 am | 1 pm | 4 pm | 1 pm | 5 pm

SATURDAY

11 am | 12pm | 1 pm | 2 pm | 3 pm | 4 pm | 5 pm

SUNDAY

Noon | 1 pm | 2 pm | 3 pm | 4 pm

Friday, June 20


10:00-Noon
Comics: A Pathway to Learning

As teachers find a variety of uses for comics, graphic novels and manga in the classroom, they need to understand the complex thinking and deep skills required to both read and create them. In this workshop, work with cartoonist Jerzy Drozd to explore the convergence of literary and artistic disciplines inherent in comics and see how comics can be a powerful way to build reading comprehension skills, such as prediction, inference, and fluency.

All participants will be given a 61-page packet that will help you develop your own comics programming and classes, even if you don’t know how to draw!
University of Michigan Hatcher Gallery Instruction Lab (100 Hatcher North)
Registration Required – Register Here

1:30-2:30pm
Panel – Using Comics in the Classroom

Wondering how to get the most out of using comics to teach your students or to create compelling events at your library? Moderator Colby Sharp (Nerdy Book Club, nErDcamp MI) and an all-star cast of cartoonists and educators will share some engaging strategies and tips to get your students more immersed in any subject.

Colby will be joined by Matt Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Ruth McNally Barshaw (Ellie McDoodle), Sharon Iverson (Librarian behind much of the comics programming at AADL),  Jim McClain (Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter), Steve Lieber (Periscope Studios), and Sara Ryan (Bad Houses).
University of Michigan Hatcher Gallery (100 Hatcher North)
Registration Required – Register Here

2:45-3:45 pm
Interactive Talk – Art Tells Stories

“Visual Literacy” is a hot term, but what does it mean? Do you view art or read it? Are the terms interchangeable? Join David Choberka, Mellon Academic Coordinator, for an interactive discussion on how visual artists communicate through their medium. Dr. Choberka will present a selection of pieces from the University of Michigan Museum of Art and show you how fine artists communicate their ideas using the same visual toolbox as cartoonists.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Paper Study Room (051 lower level of the Frankel Family Wing)
Registration Required – Register Here

4:00-5:00 pm
Panel – How You Read and Write Visually: The Lean Into Art Cast

Why are some book covers, posters, comics, or even apps more instantly appealing than others? What’s happening in your mind when you find yourself emotionally responding to an image? Is it simply the “magic” of art, or can we unbox the language of visual storytelling to become better educators and creators?

Join teaching artist Jerzy Drozd and cartoonist/game developer Rob Stenzinger for a live recording of the Lean Into Art Cast, where we’ll all explore some key design principles that will make you a more intentional reader, educator, and creator. Bring your own thoughts and wonderings and be a part of the discussion!

University of Michigan Hatcher Gallery (100 Hatcher North)
Registration Required – Register Here

5:00-7:00 pm
Comics Hangout!

Unwind after a full day of interactive comics presentations and workshops with a meet-and-greet at Dominick’s on Monroe St (map). Hang out, meet some cartoonists, librarians, and educators, and participate in the giant draw wall!

This event is open to the public and for all ages, but minors must be accompanied by a parent!

Saturday, June 21

11:00 am – Noon
Kickoff Event with Matthew Holm

Join KRC special guest Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish) for an interactive demonstration on how a cartoonist creates characters that readers care about and stories that set readers on the edge of their seats!
Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Noon – 6:00 pm
Artist Alley

Artist Alley features over 50 working artists and writers from the worlds of print and web comics, animation, book publishing, and videogames who’ll be displaying their work. They will have material for sale and the occasional free giveaway. They’ll also be happy to talk comics with young and old alike!
1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Doodle! Scribble! Draw!
–but who knew that sloppy drawings could win the day? Join in a frenetic game where you and KRC guests will pit your scribbles against each other in a series of improvisational art quests. Do you have the courage to doodle silly things for a crowd? And will the crowd have enough imagination to help you complete the quests and win the championship belt?
Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Make an eBook-style Comic with ComicasterJS
Join cartoonist, game designer, and teaching artist Rob Stenzinger in this hands-on workshop to take comic pages into a web browser – not just to scroll around to see your art, but to see your art in a beautiful eBook layout!
3rd Floor Computer Lab – Teens

12:30 pm -1:00 pm
Quick Draw!

Imagine an episode of Whose Line Is it Anyway? starring a pair of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation, brought to you with wit and verve by Katie Shanahan!
Teen Area – All Ages

1:00 pm -1:30 pm
Quick Draw!

Another wild half hour of improvisational drawing fun where YOU get to challenge a pair of cartoonists to think on their feet. Brought to you with dash and daring by Jono Balliett and Joshua Buchanan!
Robot Repair & Supply – 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Storytelling workshop with
Ruth McNally Barshaw

Let Ruth McNally Barshaw, author/illustrator of the Ellie McDoodle Diaries, demonstrate how to build a story out of your brainstormed ideas, sketching furiously as you draw along.
Robot Repair & Supply – 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty Street) – Ages 7 and up

Musical Storytime with Jamie Theurich
Kids of all ages are invited to express their imaginations on paper and in song with a musical reading (and sing-along) of Tails & Beets with Jamie Theurich of the O>Matics!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – All Ages

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The Drawbstacle Course!

What can a cartoonist do with one random squiggle? Can a cartoonist base a figure drawing on five scattered dots? How will cartoonists incorporate suggestions into a drawing already in progress? Find out when audience members provide squiggles, dots and suggestions to cartoonists who’ll have to work from them in…the drawbstacle course! Hosted by Gregg Schigiel (Spongebob Comics) and Jacob Chabot (Hello Kitty)!
Teen Area – All Ages

Quick Draw!
More wacky and wonderful improvisational drawing as YOU put a couple of quick-thinking cartoonist on the spot. Brought to you with smarts and sass by Justin Castaneda and Mike Roll!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Quick Draw!

Another wild half hour of improvisational drawing fun where YOU get to challenge a pair of cartoonists to think on their feet. Brought to you with courage and cunning by Jay Fosgitt and Joshua Buchanan!
Ann Arbor Book Fest (on the corner of South 4th Avenue and East Washington St) – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Make Me a Robot!

Ever wondered what kind of robot you’d be? Would you be a friendly robot, a hero robot, or a monster robot? Join cartoonists Lee Cherolis (Little Guardians) and Samantha Kyle (Random Assembly) for an exploration of how to draw robots with personality. You’ll be given an activity sheet with which you can design your own robot and give him or her the proper cybernetic accessories. At the end of the session Lee and Samantha will draw YOU as a robot!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – All Ages

Sketching the Happiest Kitty
In this hands-on drawing workshop, join cartoonist, game designer, and teaching artist Rob Stenzinger to explore what makes the happiest kitty sooooo happy, ways to sketch happy expressions, and ultimately to sketch the happiest kitty in the universe!
Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Quick Draw!

Another wild half hour of improvisational drawing fun where YOU get to challenge a pair of cartoonists to think on their feet. Brought to you with energy and elegance by Joe Foo and Rachel Polk!
Robot Repair & Supply – 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Comics Are Great! Live Podcast

It’s episode 100 of the Ann Arbor District Library’s very own comics talk show, and we’re celebrating with a live episode! Host Jerzy Drozd will be joined by special co-host Gregg Schigiel (of the Stuff Said Show), and a fleet of guests!
Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Make a Mini-Comic!
Matt Feazell’s legendary Mini-Comic workshop! Make an 8-page book out of one sheet of paper AND learn the secrets to telling a comic book story to fill those pages in 90 minutes or less.
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – All Ages

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
How to Make a Comic Strip

Create a sophisticated comic strip with Emma Capps (The Chapel Chronicles)! Learn how to develop strong characters and vivid environments! Explore writing techniques, “thumbnail” sketches, and classic comic book strip construction. After learning various facets of comic strip illustration, you’ll walk out of the workshop with a comic strip that you wrote, planned, drew, and inked!
Robot Repair & Supply – 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

Sunday, June 22

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Quick Draw!

Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?“ starring a pair of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation, brought to you with wit and verve by Katie Shanahan and Rachel Polk!
Teen Area – All Ages

12:30 – 6:00 pm
Artist Alley

1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 – 1:00 pm
Groove is in the Art

The forecast is calling for a Jam Drawing with chances of Dance Outbursts in this exciting art experiment. Music can make us happy, make us cry, and evoke childhood memories, but what kind of drawings will it inspire? YOU can join the drawing dance party along with guest artists DJ Chris O>Matic spinning the tunes.
3rd Floor Free Space – All Ages

12:30 – 1:30 pm
The Dynamic Duo Talk Show Adventure/Experiment

Gregg (Spongebob Comics) is a year away from turning 40 and drinks chocolate milk. Connor is 12 and reads Perry Mason novels. They’ve just met, and they’re hosting a talk show about comics, cartooning, and whatever else comes up…plus a guest who they’ll co-interview. Who’s the host, who’s the sidekick, who’s the grown-up and who’s the kid?! What guest will have to endure this pair?
Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Draw Funny People from Wacky Shapes

Tired of dull, lifeless characters? Want to know the secret to putting a lot more action and fun into your characters? Joe Foo demonstrates some special ways to add a little extra spice to your drawings. Joe will discuss such concepts as the line of action, gesture drawing, and simplification. Plus, all participants will get a chance to draw their own wacky characters using techniques taught during this session. Good fun for all ages and skill levels.
Teen Area – All Ages

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Breaking into the World of Comics

Emma T Capps has learned the tricks to breaking into the comics world at a young age. She’s a teenager who has been making and teaching comics for the past three years, and who has contributed to Dark Horse Presents. Learn how to create comics both on the internet and in print, network with other artists, and pitch your work to anthologies and publishers – all while juggling a high school homework load!
Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Quick Draw!

Another wild half hour of improvisational drawing fun where YOU get to challenge a pair of cartoonists to think on their feet. Brought to you with dash and daring by Joshua Buchanan and Jay Fosgitt!
Teen Area – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Kids’ Comics Revolution! Awards Ceremony

What was the grossest moment in comics in 2013? Which comics character had the best hair? Kids voted for these categories as well as their favorite characters and graphic novels! Help us celebrate the first annual Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards Ceremony as we reveal the winners! No black tie required, but you could wear your favorite comics-inspired costume! With live music and lots of laughs!

Hosted by Matthew Holm & Jerzy Drozd, with a bevy of special guests!
Muti-Purpose Room – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Quick Draw!

More wacky and wonderful improvisational drawing as YOU put a couple of quick-thinking cartoonist on the spot. Brought to you with smarts and sass by Lee Cherolis and Samantha Kyle!
Teen Area – All Ages


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Make an eBook-style Comic with ComicasterJS

Join cartoonist, game designer, and teaching artist Rob Stenzinger in this hands-on workshop to take comic pages into a web browser – not just to scroll around to see your art, but to see your art in a beautiful eBook layout!
3rd Floor Computer Lab – Teens

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The O>Matics Concert!

Put on your fravorite character costume and hang out with the best comics band on the planet!
Top of the Park (915 E. Washington Street) – All Ages