Thursday, May 15, 2008

FCBD 2008 Pictures

As promised, we have pictures from this year's Free Comic Book Day! Kids Love Comics was well-represented. Jimmy Gownley, John Gallagher, and Steve Conley appeared at Marc Nathan's Cards, Comics, and Collectibles in Reisterstown, MD, while an hour north of there, Rich Faber was joined by John, and KLC friends, Jamar Nicholas, Mike Manley, and Scott Neely in the afternoon at Captain Blue Hen Comics, in Newark, DE. (and yes, John is so dedicated to Kids Love Comics, and Free Comic Book Day, that he managed to be in two states, and appear at two different stores on the same day!) As you'll see from the below pictures, kids (and families), comics, and fun were the order of the day!

Steve Conley (left) and Jimmy Gownley with their outstanding sketches.

Conley, Gownley, and Cards, Comics, & Collectibles owner Marc Nathan.

The crowds line up outside Captain Blue Hen Comics for FCBD '08!

Just look at them all!

Jamar Nicholas and his new pal.

(Blue Hen owner) Joe Murray and His Amazing Friends!

More super friends.

A prized Hulk from Mike Manley.

John Gallagher sketches for the kids.

With the movie opening that weekend, it was no surprise that Iron Man was the most requested sketch subject for Rich Faber.

Rich and John do a little white board demo on creating superheroes.

Learning how to create superheroes.

Scott Neely sketches Scooby Doo for a new friend

All in all, the theme of the day was that "Kids Love Comics!" And we're all thrilled about that!

Stay tuned for more news, events, and info soon!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Karen Gownley, KLC Executive Director speaks!

Hello! It's been quite an exciting few weeks as convention season gets underway. I wanted to thank everyone who stopped by the Kids Love Comics booth at NYCC. It was great to meet so many parents & teachers who were interested in finding graphic novels for the kids in their lives. I also got the opportunity to meet some amazing little artists! I'm hoping to see their work on our Recommended Reading List some day.

I'm pleased to announce that there are 3 "Amelia Rules!" books now available for FREE from the great website Wowio. Once you register on the site, you can download "Amelia Rules!" issues 1, 2, & 18. Again, it's absolutely free, so go for it!

The link is:

Issue #18 is the book nominated for "Best Single Issue" at this year's Eisner Awards. So if you haven't gotten a chance to read it, you'll certainly want to do that. (and if you're an industry professional, don't forget to vote for the Eisner Awards: link: )

The next KLC event I'll be attending is Heroes Con. I really look forward to seeing everyone there!

Executive Director, KLC

Some pictures from NYCC '08

Hey there, everyone! Things have been crazy here at KLC Central, but we're all working very hard to bring you the best and the latest about kids comics. A lot of great things came out of this year's New York Comic-Con, so please continue watching this space for some exciting announcements in the coming weeks and months!

We all had a terrific time at the show, and recruited some spectacular new members to KLC! We'll have some announcements about membership in the near future, so keep checking back.

Thanks to everyone who came by the KLC booth to chat and show support. We really love hearing all the fantastic suggestions and words of encouragement, and appreciate you all stopping by to say hi! We met so many great supporters of Kids Love Comics and look forward to seeing all the kids, educators, librarians, and retailers at upcoming shows!
For now, we'll leave you with these pictures of the KLC booth and members:

A young fan stops by the KLC Kids Day table.

Todd Webb sketches for the kids!

Josh (Mail Order Ninja) Elder, John (Buzzboy) Gallagher, and Scott (Dreamland Chronicles) Sava take a break for a photo op!

Rich (Roboy Red) Faber and John Gallagher manning their booth!

Jimmy Gownley with Amelia! (photo by Dan Kois, and borrowed from this nice NYCC interview with Jimmy on the Hermenautic Circle Blog)

We'll see you all in Charlotte, NC next month for Heroes Con!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Free Comic Book Day, May 3, 2008

Wow, it's May already! We here at KLC Central have barely had time to catch our collective breath from the New York Comic-Con (a report is forthcoming. Please forgive our tardiness as most of the crew have been fighting colds and family crises since the big event), and now Free Comic Book Day is upon us! On Saturday, May 3, many of your favorite Kids Love Comics creators will be attending events at participating local comic book shops across the nation! Among them will be Jimmy (Amelia Rules!)Gownley, Steve (Astounding Space Thrills, Star Trek)Conley, and John (Buzzboy, Roboy Red, NASCAR Heroes)Gallagher at Cards, Comics and Collectibles, in Reisterstown, MD; John Gallagher (can the man really be in two states in one day?!?) and Rich (Roboy Red, Buzzboy) Faber will be at Captain Blue Hen Comics, in Newark, Delaware, along with KLC friends Jamar (Grosse Adventures) Nicholas, Scott (Scooby Doo) Neely, and Mike (Monsterman, Brave and the Bold cartoon, Superman Adventures) Manley, among others. Other friends of KLC who are making appearances include Mark (Banana Tail) McKenna, at Grasshopper Comics in Williston Park, NY; Art Balthazar and Franco, of Tiny Titans and Patrick the Wolf Boy fame, at Challengers Comics + Conversation, in Chicago, IL; and Mike (Herobear and the Kid) Kunkel at Atomic Comics – Metrocenter, in Phoenix AZ. For more info on where to find your favorite comics creators check out the FCBD website!

Oh, in case you want to know what to look for, here are some of the covers of the KLC FCBD comics. First is Amelia Rules! Comics and Stories:

Next,the Kids Love Comics "Comic Book Diner" anthology features fun stories, how-to's, and more, by some of comics' top all-ages creators! John Gallagher's Buzzboy! Scott Sava's Dreamland Chronicles! Patrick the Wolfboy! Roboy Red! Banana Tail — and more! All hosted by Jimmy Gownley's Amelia Rules! characters! Plus: A Super-Cool Guide and Recommended Reading List of the best in Kids' Comics! A great introduction (and helpful guide) to comics for readers of all-ages:

Finally, NASCAR Heroes All Stars Special:

Please check the above link to the rest of the Free Comic Book Day offerings for more! We hope we'll see you at your favorite comic shop on May 3rd, Free Comic Book Day!