2015 Programming!

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FRIDAY

10 am | 1 pm | 2 pm | 3 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 19


10:00-11:30am
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!

The James and Anne Duderstadt Center

Registration Required – Register Here

1:00-2:00 pm
The Secret History of Comics Readers

In November 1953, Ople Noble sent a letter to forensic psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. Noble, who was secretary of her eighth grade class in Bisbee, Arizona, and her classmates had read and discussed Wertham’s article in Ladies’ Home Journal, “What Parents Don’t Know about Comic Books.” She wrote to share her and her classmates’ insights on juvenile delinquency and comics with the psychiatrist, as they disagreed with many of his conclusions. Encouraged by Wertham’s reply, which was accompanied by a box of chocolates from Macy’s Department Store, Noble wrote at least two more letters to Wertham, one of which outlined the results of a class discussion on the comic character Green Arrow.

In this talk, Professor Carol Tilley will share more about Ople, as well as young fanzine creators, letter writers, amateur cartoonists, and more, who read, wrote, and played with comics during the mid-20th century. Don’t miss these secret and seldom-told stories of some of the kids who helped make comics the most important print media of the 20th century and remind us why comics matter.

The James and Anne Duderstadt Center
Registration Required – Register Here

2:00-3:00 pm
Panel – 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 Kean Soo (Jellaby, March Grand Prix), Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind), Sabine Gabaron (Lecturer at the Univesity of Michigan), Laura Given (school librarian), and Jim McClain (Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter and Solution Squad).

The James and Anne Duderstadt Center

Registration Required – Register Here

3:00-4:00 pm
Tour of the Computer and Video Game Archive!
Librarian Dave Carter will guide you through the collection of video games in the University of Michigan’s Computer and Video Game Archive. Get up close and personal with some old friends, whether it’s the Atari 2600, ColecoVision, TurboGrafx-16, or the Sega Dreamcast!
The James and Anne Duderstadt Center
Registration Required – Register Here

5:00-8:00 pm
Comics Hangout!
Unwind after a full day of interactive comics presentations and workshops with a meet-and-greet at The Vault of Midnight on Main St (map). Hang out, meet some cartoonists, librarians, and educators, and participate in the giant draw wall!

Saturday, June 20

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Kickoff Event with Kean Soo and Tory Woollcott!

Join KRC special guests Kean Soo (Jellaby, March Grand Prix) and Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind) for an interactive discussion on how a cartoonist draws from life and experience to create characters and stories that readers care about!

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Super Awesome Kids’ Spot!
Join in high-energy fun in the AADL Youth Area, where you can make your own comics-themed crafts! Downtown Library Youth Area – Ages 2-6

11:45 am – Noon

The McDuffie Award

The first annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced at this year’s Kids Read Comics Celebration. Named for the highly respected comic book and animation writer and co-founder of Milestone Media who passed away in 2011, the award honors Dwayne McDuffie’s values and his legacy as a champion for meaningful, top-quality, and broadly inclusive comics for young people.

Downtown Library 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!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12 Noon – 1:00 pm

Signing: Faith Erin Hicks & Raina Telgemeier

Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, Friends with Boys) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters, The Baby-Sitters Club), make a special signing appearance at the Vault of Midnight!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing: Zac Gorman

Stop by the KRC table to meet Zac Gorman, author of Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, and get your copies signed!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Quick Draw!

Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a group 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 courage and cheer by our guest artists.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Shake Ups in Ponyville – Live!

Put your magical horns and wings on for the greatest pony-themed power pop band in all of Equestria!

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Panel: Making a Living in Comics with Chris Duffy

Chris Duffy, editor of Spongebob Comics, Fairy Tale Comics, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and more, will assemble a group of cartoonists to discuss the various ways one can find their place in the world of comics, animation, and publishing. If you’re serious about making a career in cartooning, this panel is for you!

Downtown Library 3rd Floor Freespace – Teens/Adults

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sidewalk Chalk Comic Jam!

It’s a rare opportunity to draw on your Library! Join street artist David Zinn and some of the KRC guest artists to create a giant comic jam all over the Library Lane sidewalk!

Library Lane in front of Downtown Library – All Ages

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Signing: Rafael Rosado

Meet the artist of the popular Giants Beware! and Dragons Beware! graphic novels and get your copies signed!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing: Zack Giallongo

Zack is the author/artist of Star Wars Doodles, Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, and Broxo. He’s also the artist of the Stratford Zoo series of graphic novels. He’s ready to meet you and sign your books!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Drawing Dynamic Line Work with Brandon Dayton

Join Disney Infinity artist Brandon Dayton for an exploration of the basics of giving your comic that professional, finished look with line-work. Learn how you can use line quality, contrast, and detail to make your black and white line drawings pop, then try your hand at doing it yourself!

Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – Teens

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 Supply & Repair (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

From Simple Shapes to Super Stories

Creating an awesome story starts with making simple shapes, and cartoonist Dave McDonald will show you how to do it!

Downtown Library 3rd Floor Freespace – All Ages

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Quick Draw!

More improvisational drawing fun with our guest artists!

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Comics Quickfire!

Part drawing jam, part fast-paced game show! Volunteers from the audience are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Comics Quickfire attendees are encouraged to participate, even if they can only draw stick figures or make silly suggestions. Featuring Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat!), Zac Gorman (Costume Quest), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama), and more terrific cartoonists!

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Signing: Ruth McNally Barshaw

Come to the Vault of Midninght to meet the author/illustrator of the Ellie McDoodle Diaries, and get your copies signed!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing:
Chris Giarrusso

Stop by the KRC table to meet the author/artist of the superhero series G-Man!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

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.

Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – All Ages

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Paper Prototyping Power Up for Making Video Games

Save time building your game by first testing it quickly, cheaply, and while having fun! In this interactive workshop, join game designer, developer, and cartoonist Rob Stenzinger in a series of fun exercises to turn a concept or story into a game you can play using paper, tape, pens, and your imagination.

Downtown Library 3rd Floor Freespace – Teens

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Storytelling Workshop
with Tory Woollcott

Tory Woollcott, author/illustrator of Mirror Mind, will help you explore how to write your stories visually and draw from experience to craft your tales.

Robot Supply & Repair (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

Framing Your Shots
with Brandon Dayton

Perhaps the greatest challenge any artist faces is composition. How do you choose from the infinite ways you can arrange the pieces of an image to make it appealing, clear, and powerful? In this demonstration, Disney Infinity artist Brandon Dayton will discuss a theoretical approach to answer this question and the principles you can use to make stunning, resonant images.

Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room – Teens

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Quick Draw!

More improvisational drawing fun with Rachel Polk and Lauren Houser!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Signing: Faith Erin Hicks
and Kean Soo

Stop by the KRC table to say hello to special guests Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, Friends with Boys) and Kean Soo (Jellaby, March Grand Prix). You can even get your copies of their books signed!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Signing: Zack Giallongo

Zack makes his debut appearance at The Vault of Midnight! Get your copies of Star Wars Doodles, Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, Broxo, and the Stratford Zoo series of graphic novels and have them autographed!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

My Little Pony: Friendship is Drawing!

If you know your Elements of Harmony (honesty, kindness, laughter, generosity, loyalty, and magic), then you will have a blast learning the Elements of Drawing with Lee Cherolis and Samantha Kyle! In this workshop you will design and draw your own unique My Little Pony character! What’s your pony’s special talent? Are you a Pegasus, a Unicorn, or an Earth pony? We’ll break out the drawing supplies and bring your pony to life!

Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Panel: Editing Comics with Chris Duffy

It takes writers, cartoonists, colorists, and letterers to make a comic, but it takes an editor to pull all of these pieces together. Join moderators Dave Roman and Jerzy Drozd for a discussion with Chris Duffy, editor of Spongebob Comics, Nursery Rhyme Comics, Fairy Tale Comics, and more, for a discussion on how an editor works with talent from all over the world to get the comics to the presses!

Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room – All Ages

Make Your Cosplay Awesome

Want to take your costume designs to the next level? Rachel Ashley-Lovelace will teach you how to use basic materials to create visually stunning props and accessories!

Downtown Library 3rd Floor Freespace – Teens

MC Frontalot Meet and Greet

Here’s your opportunity to meet nerdcore hip hop artist MC Frontalot. Question bedtime and question him! He’ll be hitting the Kids Rock stage at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival on Sunday, June 21 at 7:00pm.

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Signing: Raina Telgemeier

Stop by the KRC table to meet Raina Telgemeier and get your copies of Smile, Drama, Sisters, and The Baby-Sitters Club autographed!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Signing: Zac Gorman

Zac Gorman, author of Rick and Morty and Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, is at the Vault of Midnight! Stop by and get your copies signed!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Storyboarding with Rafael Rosado

In addition to making comics, many cartoonists also work as storyboard artists for TV and film! In this hands-on workshop storyboard artist Rafael Rosado (Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Scooby Doo), will teach you how to sketch storyboards like a pro!

Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – Teens

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Fire Bending, Laser Blasts, & SFX Wizardry!

Filmmaker Kevin Coppa (Avatar: The Last Puppetbender) will demonstrate how to create special effects for your own videos, and one lucky participant will get to perform some wizardry of their own!

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Signing: Rafael Rosado

Meet the artist of the popular Giants Beware! and Dragons Beware! graphic novels and get your copies signed!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Signing: Dave Roman & Chris Duffy

Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Goosebumps, Teen Boat!) and Chris Duffy (Spongebob Comics, Nursery Rhyme Comics, Fairy Tale Comics) are at the Vault of Midnight, ready to sign your books!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Sunday, June 21


12 Noon – 1:00 pm

Signing: Zac Gorman

Zac Gorman, author of Rick and Morty and Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, is at the Vault of Midnight! Stop by and get your copies signed!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing: Dave Roman & Chris Duffy

Stop by the KRC table to meet Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Goosebumps, Teen Boat!) and Chris Duffy (Spongebob Comics, Nursery Rhyme Comics, Fairy Tale Comics), and get some signed books!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

The Dynamic Duo Talk Show Adventure

Chris (G-Man) is 40 and is a huge fan of “Macho Man” Randy Savage. 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?

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Quick Draw!
Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a group 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 courage and cheer by our guest artists.

12:30 pm – 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!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Drawing Dynamic Line Work
with Brandon Dayton

Join Disney Infinity artist Brandon Dayton for an exploration of the basics of giving your comic that professional, finished look with line work. Learn how you can use line quality, contrast, and detail to make your black and white line drawings pop, then try your hand at doing it yourself!

Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room – Teens

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sidewalk Chalk Comic Jam!

It’s a rare opportunity to draw on your Library! Join street artist David Zinn and some of the KRC guest artists to create a giant comic jam all over the Library Lane sidewalk!

Library Lane in front of Downtown Library – All Ages

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Signing: Faith Erin Hicks & Raina Telgemeier

Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, Friends with Boys) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters, The Baby-Sitters Club), make a special signing appearance at the Vault of Midnight!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing: Ruth McNally Barshaw

Swing by the KRC table to meet the author/illustrator of the Ellie McDoodle Diaries, and get your very own signed copies!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Superhero University
with Chris Giarrusso and John Gallagher

Design and make your own cape and superhero mask with two of the comics industry’s top superhero professors! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!

Downtown Library Youth Area – All Ages

Iron Cartoonist!

Watch your favorite cartoonists battle it out in a series of themed drawing rounds with random elements from you! Will you help them draw towards victory, or make them squirm? Watch guest cartoonists fight for the title under the watchful eye of your host, Zack Giallongo! Either way, your choices will help determine this year’s Iron Cartoonist!
Featuring Kean Soo, Chris Duffy, Brandon Dayton, Rachel Polk, and more!

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Storyboarding with Zac Gorman

In addition to making comics, many cartoonists also work as storyboard artists for TV and film! In this hands-on workshop storyboard artist Zac Gorman (Over the Garden Wall), will teach you how to sketch storyboards like a pro!

Downtown Library 3rd Floor Freespace – Teens

Live Super Skull Podcast!

This is your chance to be part of the greatest comics podcast on the internet! Join the Vault of Midnight hosts for a super fun discussion on your favorite comics.

Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room – All Ages

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Quick Draw!

More improvisational drawing fun with John Bleau & Sean O’Neill!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Kids’ Comics Revolution! Awards Ceremony!

What was the grossest moment in comics in 2014? 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 third annual Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards 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 and Chris Duffy, with a bevy of special guests!

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Quick Draw!

More improvisational drawing fun with our guest cartoonists!

Joe Foo & Mike Roll
The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Chris Giarrusso & Rachel Polk
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Signing: Kean Soo & Tory Woollcott

Head over to the Vault of Midnight to meet KRC special guests Kean Soo (Jellaby, March Grand Prix) and Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind), and get your copies of their books signed!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing: Faith Erin Hicks
& Raina Telgemeier

Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, Friends with Boys) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters, The Baby-Sitters Club), stop by the KRC table to sign your books

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Framing Your Shots with Brandon Dayton

Perhaps the greatest challenge any artist faces is composition. How do you choose from the infinite ways you can arrange the pieces of an image to make it appealing, clear and powerful? In this demonstration Disney Infinity artist Brandon Dayton will discuss a theoretical approach to answer this question and the principles you can use to make stunning, resonant images.

Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room – Teens


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Paper Prototyping Power Up for Making Video Games

Save time building your game by first testing it quickly, cheaply, and while having fun! In this interactive workshop, join game designer, developer, and cartoonist Rob Stenzinger in a series of fun exercises to turn a concept or story into a game you can play using paper, tape, pens, and your imagination.

Downtown Library 3rd Floor Freespace – Teens

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Signing: Chris Giarrusso

Head over to the Vault of Midnight to meet the author/artist of the superhero series G-Man!

The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing: Zac Gorman & Zack Giallongo

Zac Gorman, author of Rick and Morty and Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, and Zack Giallongo, the artist behind Star Wars Doodles, Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, Broxo, and the Stratford Zoo series, make a never-before-seen dual appearance at the KRC table! Stop by, say hello, and get a signed copy of their books!

Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages