Monday, September 17, 2007

Baltimore Comic-Con Wrap

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!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes KLC at the Comic Book Diner!

News Release: Kids Love Comics hosts the Comic Book Diner in Baltimore!
Sept 8-9, Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes All-Ages Comics Pavilion, featuring Kids' Comics Creators.

Baltimore Comic-Con is recognized as a star-studded, family-friendly show; one of the few major conventions still focused primarily on comics. Kids Love Comics is a non-profit organization made up of comic creators, publishers, fans, educators and journalists, as well as those involved in the marketing, promotion, distribution, and retail end of the comic book medium. Together the Baltimore Comic-Con and KLC have formed the Comic Book Diner, an all-ages comics pavilion, offering up comics that are cool for all kids, from age 6 to sixty!

All-ages creators will be on hand in "The Diner" include Steve Conley (Star Trek, Astounding Space Thrills), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), John Gallagher and Rich Faber (Buzzboy, Roboy Red), Art Baltazar and Franco Aurleani (Patrick the Wolfboy, Tiny Titans), Scott Neely (Scooby Doo), Josh Elder (Mail Order Ninja), Dean Trippe (Butterfly), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail, DC Countdown), Scott Cohn (Krypto, Ben 10), and Jamie Cosley (Fearnots). Also, Disney artist Ted Tucker will be on hand to draw super hero caricatures all weekend!

KLC will be presenting panels on the subject of the kids comics industry, as well as a special Sunday HowYaGonna comics tutorial session, with cool stations designed for kids and parents to learn how to create comic books. Comic Book Diner creators will be on hand to give personalized instruction in the process of creating a comic book, from initial ideas through completion. Also, a unique Comic Book Diner print featuring all of the Comic Book Diner creators' characters will be available for fans to have signed. Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan has been working with local libraries, as well as the Baltimore County Boy Scouts to make sure the Sunday panel is well attended, even offering up free admission to kids with a paying adult (Sunday Only).

"This is a great way to showcase the large variety of kids comics available," said Comic Book Diner organizer John Gallagher, whose own Buzzboy will be a part of the Comic Book Diner. "Marc Nathan has always supported kids comics, and when he offered us the opportunity to create an entire section at the Baltimore Comic-Con specifically devoted to kids, we jumped at the chance! Oh, and I almost forgot... we'll have an actual diner booth set up too!

There are plans for the Comic Book Diner to hit many of next year's comic shows, including the New York Comic Con, Charlotte's Heroes Con, San Diego's Comic-Con International, and of course, back to Baltimore for next year's Baltimore Comic-Con. But first, we'll save a seat for you this weekend, at the 'Diner!!