Kids Read Comics at AADL July 7-8: A Brief Look at Sunday

Join the fun in downtown Ann Arbor at the Ann Arbor District Library the weekend of July 7-8 for the 2012 KIDS READ COMICS convention, a comics convention – offered at NO admission charge - for comics creators and fans of all ages. This convention
is for all “kids” whether 5 or 45!

Sunday, July 8 will continue the comics craze with fun stuff like drawing Adventure Time characters with Chris Houghton, animation with Australian cartoonist Richard Stevens, exploring classroom comics with Josh Elder, storytime with voice actor Neil Kaplan, a “Bigfoot Boy” sighting with J. Torres, and hamming it up in the "Interactive Graphic Novel Theater" with Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman, and so much more.

Check the schedule to see how you can visit/shop with 60 cartoonists in Artists Alley, attend the many workshops, and take in Quick Draw sessions.

AADL Summer Game Players – there will be new Game Codes on Sunday!

The Sixth Gun series

“During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. The Sixth Gun – the most dangerous of the weapons – has vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Villains thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing anyone in their path. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunslinger with a shadowy past, stands in their way.”

Thus begins The Sixth Gun, a fast paced supernatural horror series currently consisting of three volumes – Book 1: Cold Dead Fingers; Book 2: Crossroads; and as of April 25, Book 3: Bound. Follow Drake, Becky, O Henry, and Gord through a wild and twisted old west.

One more thing - Book 1: Cold Dead Fingers is up for two Eisners, Best Writer-Cullen Bunn and Best Coloring-Bill Crabtree.

Comic Artists Forum – Jannie Ho and Adobe Illustrator

Sunday June 3 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Downtown 4th Floor Meeting Room

Chickengirl is back! Cartoonist and children's book illustrator Jannie Ho will offer a demonstration on the use of Adobe Illustrator for creating comics and discuss the pros and cons of creating and submitting work with Illustrator. Illustrator is a popular tool in the publishing world and one to become acquainted with if you have never used it.

Join the Forum to get fresh ideas for your next comics or graphic novel creation. Drawing supplies will be provided, so drop in to draw, learn, and network with other cartoonists.

Marzi: A Memoir takes a look at life behind the Iron Curtain

"I am Marzi, born in 1979, ten years before the end of communism in Poland. My father works at a factory, my mother at a dairy. Social problems are at their height. Empty stores are our daily bread. I'm scared of spiders and the world of adults doesn't seem like a walk in the park."

Told from a young girl's perspective, Marzena Sowa's memoir of a childhood shaped by politics fits right in today’s world of political upheaval. The striking thing about her story is that in spite of the harsh realities of life behind the Iron Curtain, Marzi: A Memoir also portrays the simple normalcy of everyday life - going to school and to work, children playing in the courtyards, holidays.

Marzena’s stories are engaging while Sylvain Savoia’s art draws the reader in with many of the panels presented at a child’s level view. This is one story not to be missed.

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with the Family Comic Jam

Saturday, May 5 | 9:00 a.m.-Noon | Downtown Multipurpose Room | All Ages

Work as a family to make your own comics story!

In this hands-on workshop teaching artist Jerzy Drozd will show you how a cartoonist uses shape, size, and line to write with images. Then each family or group will divide up into a team consisting of a writer, artist, and letterer, switching between jobs with every page. The result is an improvisational cartoon story you create together.

This event, for all ages, coincides with Free Comic Book Day and Vault of Midnight will be donating comics to give away.

Australian / American Cartoonist Exchange in AA

Monday, May 7 | 5-8 PM | Roos Roast - 1155 Rosewood St Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Local cartoonists and writers, here’s your chance for a little international comics exchange at the first ever KRCC Cross-Cultural Exchange hosted by Kids Read Comics Celebrations! A group of Australian cartoonists will be passing through the SE Michigan area, and they agreed to make a stop in Ann Arbor to meet up with area cartoonists for some drawing and conversation. We’ll be joined by:

· Pat Grant
· Ben Hutchings
· David Blumenstein
· Sarah Howell
· Gregory Mackay
· Michael Hawkins
· John Retallick

Roos Roast has generously offered us their studio space for the meetup. It’s the best coffee in town, and a terrific meeting space, so a good time is sure to be had!

Bring your favorite drawing supplies and let’s make some comics international style!

Comic Artists Forum with Cartoonist Gale Williams

Sunday, May 6 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Downtown | 4th Floor Meeting Room

Gale Williams, cartoonist and creator of the weekly webcomic "Patbird and Galesaur", will demonstrate how to flat comics in Adobe Photoshop, and share tips and tricks to speed up your coloring process.

Join the Forum to get fresh ideas for your next comics or graphic novel creation. Drawing supplies will be provided, so drop in to draw, learn, share, and network with other cartoonists.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Drawing Lab: Sketching the Human Hand

Saturday, April 21 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Downtown Multipurpose Room

Drawing the human hand makes many artists cringe. Trying to get all the bones, joints, blood vessels, finger positions, etc. correct is tricky business. No worries. Patricia Underdown, a faculty member at College for Creative Studies will first demonstrate how to master drawing the human hand. Then it’s your turn. You’ll study a hand model and begin drawing. Drawing supplies will be available.

Here's your chance to grow artistically, whether you're an amateur or a professional artist.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Whedon Rises Again!

Joss Whedon, writer, director, producer, cult favorite and god of the geek pantheon, is going to have a good month. His highly-anticipated thriller, The Cabin in the Woods, opens today. In two weeks his Marvel comics blockbuster, The Avengers, will explode into theaters everywhere. Both films have already received exalted critical praise. Converts to Whedon’s fandom must wait to see the second of his films, but you can revel in his other works right now.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Whedon’s first and perhaps greatest work. Seven seasons on the air, and one season in graphic novel form.
Angel – A part of the Buffyverse, this avenging vampire was certainly not the first of his kind, but he is one of the best.
Firefly – An interplanetary smuggler and his ragtag crew try to survive in the wild black yonder.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along BlogNPH is a mad scientist trying to win the heart of Penny, but how is he to do it when he is thwarted at every turn by that disgustingly handsome Captain Hammer?
DollhouseLa Femme Nikita meets The Pretender in this short-lived espionage series.
Runaways – A group of teens who have inherited their supervillain parents’ legacies decide to run away and live apart from the traditionally defined good guys and bad guys.

The case against Sacco and Vanzetti

History comes to life under the capable hands of graphic novelist Rick Geary. In the latest installment of his “Treasury of XXth Century Murder” Geary meticulously lays out the April 15, 1920 robbery and murder and outlines the evidence for and against the accused Nicolo Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. He also provides details of the trial of these two Italian immigrants. He discusses both men’s lives, the times in which they live,and why this case had worldwide impact. Geary provides the facts with impartiality. After reading The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti you get to decide whether these two men were villains or victims.

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