Kids Love Comics at the Comic Book Diner in Baltimore. Left to right, Harold Buchholz, Jimmy Gownley and Steve Conley.
Well, it's been over a week since the Baltimore Comic-Con wrapped up, and we at Kids Love Comics are only just now catching our collective breath! The Comic Book Diner was a huge hit, and the free posters we had were flying off the tables! In all, we had 15 all-ages creators at the Diner, and folks were clamoring to have each and every one of us sign their posters! The coloring stations for kids were extremely active throughout the two day show, and kids of all ages, crayons flying, were creating new drawings by the minute! Many of the creators at the Comic Book Diner remarked that they'd never had so many kids visit their booths before, with KLC proving once again that kids really DO love comics! All in all, it was an outstanding weekend, both in terms of outreach to kids and families, as well as sales of the all-ages material we all had at our tables.
In addition, many of the CBD participants and friends attended KLC-sponsored panels for kids. On Saturday, KLC co-founder Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!) and John Gallagher (Buzzboy) hosted a panel called "Kids Love Comics. Why Don't Comics Love Kids?" In it, they discussed the general industry trend of comics getting away from kid-oriented material, and what Kids Love Comics is doing to reverse that trend.
On Sunday, Rich Faber moderated the "Kids Love Comics" panel, featuring an interactive session of creating comics. Panelists were Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani of Patrick the Wolf Boy fame, and the brand new Tiny Titans from DC's all-ages Johnny DC imprint, as well as their super-enthusiastic editor, Jann Jones and their pal, Jamie Cosley; Jamar Nicholas of Tokyopop's Grosse Adventures; Thom Zahler of Love and Capes; and Mark McKenna, whose Banana Tail is a favorite of kids as well as Kids Love Comics. Kids and parents who attended the panel were treated to lessons on how a comic book is created from some of today's best all-ages creators, and were thrilled to be able to work with those creators to make their own comics and characters. All in all, it was a fun time for everyone involved!
Here are some pictures to hold you over until next year's show. We hope we'll see you there!
John Gallagher introduces the panel, as Mark McKenna looks on.
Jamar Nicholas teaches his new pals how to lay out the borders on a comics page.
"Aw, yeah man!" Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani show the kids how to create characters, as Jamie Cosley looks on.
Jamar got right into it with the kids!
Thom Zahler teaches the finer points of lettering and sound effects to Jann and the kids.
Even parents were getting into the act! Parents Love Comics too!
This young man is destined for museum work! Excellent dinosaur!
Art attempts to add to the Sky-Dog pantheon of characters with this entry... Roy Buzz Pink! Art will soon be hearing from Gallagher's attorney!
Rich Faber and John Gallagher show that even Babies Love Comics (and baseballs)!
Well, that's it for now. See you all soon!
Monday, September 17, 2007