2013 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 21


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)

1:30-2:30pm
Panel – Building a Library Comics/Graphic Novel Collection

Librarians and teachers, want to start or improve the comics collection in your library? Cartoonists, want to get your comic into the library’s collection? Join five librarians who have been involved with selecting comics for their library’s collection. We’ll explore how they find current and new titles to consider, what criteria they use to select titles/series, where they place comics in their collection, and ways they promote comics to their users.
University of Michigan Hatcher Gallery (100 Hatcher North)

2:30-3:30pm
Panel – How do we READ these graphic novel things, anyway?

Ever opened up a comic and weren’t sure of its intended audience? Come upon a graphic novel page that asks you to read in strange directions? Are cartoonists just messing with you, or is a wonderful convergence art and literature inviting you to read in a new way? Moderator Jerzy Drozd will be joined by a stellar cast of cartoonists including Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and Raina Telgemeier (Drama, Smile) for a discussion on the alchemy of literature and art that is comics. If you’ve ever struggled with evaluating a graphic novel on its content, or just like talking about the unique approaches of comics storytelling, this panel is for you!
University of Michigan Hatcher Gallery (100 Hatcher North)

4:00-5:00 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)

4:00-5:00 pm
Interactive Talk – Protesting through Comics

So you say you want a revolution? Julie Herrada, curator of the Joseph A. Labadie Collection, the oldest archive of radical history in the United States, will share social protest comics. The Labadie Collection is part of the University of Michigan’s Special Collections Library and is open to all researchers.
University of Michigan Special Collections Reading Room (8th floor, Hatcher South)

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 for all ages, but minors must be accompanied by a parent!

Saturday, June 22

11:00 am – Noon
Kickoff Event with Ben Hatke

Join KRC special guest Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) for an interactive demonstration on how a cartoonist creates characters that readers care about, worlds that readers believe in, and dangers 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, the occasional free giveaway, and codes for AADL’s Summer Game. They’ll also be happy to talk comics with young and old alike!
3rd Floor – All Ages

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Intergalactic Nemesis!

Join the creators of the Live-Action Graphic Novel Series Intergalactic Nemesis for a special interview (including Q&A) held over Skype. Learn how they blend comics, live sound effects, and acting to bring their pulp-inspired action adventure stories to life!
3rd Floor Computer Lab – All Ages

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Comics Quickfire!

Part drawing jam, part fast-paced game show! Volunteers from the audience pair off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Everyone is encouraged to participate, even if they can only draw stick figures or make silly suggestions. Hosted by Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) & Mark Mariano (Happyloo), with contestants Raina Telgemeier (Smile), John Green (Teen Boat!), Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!), and Laurianne Uy (Polterguys)!
Multi-Purpose Room – 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 Mike Roll and Joe Foo!
AADL Entrance – 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
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!
Robot Repair & Supply – 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Foundations of Dynamic Linework

Smart use of line is one of the surest ways to take your work from looking amateurish to professional. And you don’t need a super steady hand to do it either, you just have to understand some basic principles. Join Brandon Dayton (Green Monk, Disney Infinity) in an exploration of the fundamentals of line theory: how to vary line weight, create focus, and use detail to reinforce structure.
Computer Lab – Teens and Adults

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Comics For Kids: Part of a Balanced Literacy Breakfast (Panel)

Librarians love to recommend them, teachers love to use them in their classroom, and kids love to read them. The explosion of comics and graphic novels for kids over the last several years has produced a wide range of titles for different ages, reading levels, genres, and interests. But are parents on board yet? A group of kids’ graphic novel creators, comics-focused librarians, and kids’ comics advocates will discuss the importance, the benefits, and the joys that comics bring to the reading lives of children.
4th Floor Conference Room – All Ages

2:00 pm – 3:30 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.
Teen Area – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:00 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 sass and sophistication by Jay Fosgitt and Joshua Buchanan.
AADL Entrance – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Three Secrets to Making Great Comics

So you have a great idea for a comic or graphic novel. Maybe you have a cool character you’d like to write about. But where do you start? Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) and 10-year-old cartoonist Angelica Hatke will reveal the Three Secrets every beginning cartoonist needs to know in order to make a fun and engaging comic. Then put those secrets to work and make your very own mini-comic!
Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

3:00 pm – 3:30 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 fun and frivolity by Diana Nock of The Intrepid Girlbot and Laurianne Uy of Polterguys!
Robot Repair & Supply – 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Heroes vs. Villains!

What do you think makes a cool hero?
Laser eyes? An awesome costume? Ninja skills?
What do you think makes a dastardly villain?
Robot hands? A swooshing cape? An evil pet?
What’s the difference between how heroes and villains act?

Join cartoonist Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!) for an interactive demonstration where you’ll learn the secrets to designing awesome heroes and villains. Together you’ll design your own hero and villain and create a short comic about them!

You can purchase your own autographed copy of Rafael’s Giants Beware! after the workshop!
Robot Repair & Supply – 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:00 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 might and mischief by Jono Balliett and Matt Dye.
AADL Entrance – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Kids’ Comics Revolution! LIVE at AADL!

Dave Roman and Jerzy Drozd will record an episode of the Kids’ Comics Revolution! podcast in front of a live studio audience! Together with members of the Nerdy Book Club they’ll explore topics surrounding comics for kids and kid lit, followed by an open mic segment where you’ll be able to interact with the show!
4th Floor Meeting Room – All Ages

5:00 pm – 5:30 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 exclamatory exuberance by Lee Cherolis and Samantha Kyle.
Robot Repair & Supply – 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Hook Your Readers with a Theme

Why are we so moved by films like Toy Story 3, The Iron Giant, and Wreck-It Ralph? Unlock the secrets to writing characters people will care about with Brandon Dayton, author of Green Monk and concept artist on Disney Infinity. Learn how the storytelling masters build their tales around a theme to create a logical and consistent world, create dynamic tension for their characters, and difficult choices for their heroes.

This workshop will be followed by a special signing where you’ll be able to purchase your own autographed copy of Brandon’s Green Monk!
Robot Repair & Supply – 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Special Saturday Night Cosplay Party!

Put on your favorite costume and enjoy a free concert by the O>Matics!
The Neutral Zone – 310 E. Washington St – All Ages

Sunday, June 23

Noon – 6:00 pm
Artist Alley

3rd Floor – All Ages

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 sass and sophistication by Jay Fosgitt and Joe Foo.
AADL Entrance – All Ages

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Comics Quickfire!

Part drawing jam, part fast-paced game show! Volunteers from the audience pair off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Everyone is encouraged to participate, even if they can only draw stick figures or make silly suggestions. Hosted by Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) & John Martin (Vordak the Incomprehensible), with contestants Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Lee Cherolis (Little Guardians), Samantha Kyle (Random Assembly), & Jerzy Drozd (The Front!
Multi-Purpose Room – Teens

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Doodle! Scribble! Draw!

We’ve all doodled in our notebooks when we’re bored–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?
AADL Entrance – All Ages

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Foundations of Dynamic Linework

Smart use of line is one of the surest ways to take your work from looking amateurish to professional. And you don’t need a super steady hand to do it either, you just have to understand some basic principles. Join Brandon Dayton (Green Monk, Disney Infinity) in an exploration of the fundamentals of line theory: how to vary line weight, create focus, and use detail to reinforce structure.
Computer Lab – Teens and Adults

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Three Secrets to Making Great Comics

So you have a great idea for a comic or graphic novel. Maybe you have a cool character you’d like to write about. But where do you start? Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) and 10-year-old cartoonist Angelica Hatke will reveal the Three Secrets every beginning cartoonist needs to know in order to make a fun and engaging comic. Then put those secrets to work and make your very own mini-comic!
Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:00 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 spark and spectacle by Lee Cherolis and Samantha Kyle.
AADL Entrance – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:30 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? Join Joe Foo for a demonstration of some secret ways to add a little more spice into your drawings. Foo 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

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Kids’ Comics Revolution! Awards Ceremony

What was the grossest moment in comics in 2012? 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 Dave Roman & Jerzy Drozd, with guests Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), & more!
4th Floor Conference Room – All Ages