Kids' Comics Revolution!
Summary: Cartoonists Jerzy Drozd and Dave Roman discuss all things related to comics and lit for kids. Featuring book talks by special guests and interviews with people who are working to fan the flames of the kids' comics revolution!
El Deafo! Yotsuba!Super Smash Brothers, and more! We’ve had some terrific book talks on this show from kids on the comics they love. Some of you have even suggested that they’re the best part of the show. And why not? The enthusiasm of kids talking about the stuff they love is way infectious. So let’s […]
Giants Beware! Mermin! Rafael Rosado, and more! Comics and animation may share a lot of DNA. After all, the artists are clarifying their worlds through use of shape, size, line, and color. But unlike comics, animated cartoons have sound and motion! Surely switching from animation to comics puts an artist at a disadvantage, or does […]
Artist Alley! Storm in the Barn! G-Man! Secret Science Alliance! And More! Tabling at conventions is an integral part of how cartoonists promote their work. But now that the American Library Association has opened up an artist alley for graphic novelists at their Annual Conference, we’ve got a brand new venue with an entirely different […]
Kids Comics Awards, Unsinkable Walker Bean, ALA GN Stage & more! We’re on the red carpet getting ready for a special awards edition of the Kids’ Comics Revolution! There are many awards for cartoonists and authors. The Harveys, The Eisners, The Ignatz, and even more in the world of children’s book publishing. And while every […]
Nerdy Book Club! Kid Cartoonists! Comics in the classroom! & lots more! We’ve all heard someone say “well at least they’re reading,” as a defense of kids’ love of comics. And it’s true–comics can be a great inroad to developing a love of reading. But is that all comics offer? Or can we celebrate them […]
Kickstarter! Crowdfunding! Alexis Fajardo, and more! The internet has opened the doors wide, to both published and unpublished authors. And crowdfunding services like Kickstarter have made things even more exciting. But is it really as simple as posting a video and reward tiers to Kickstart a project? What unforeseen challenges come with these new platforms? […]
Peanuts! Snoopy! Charlie Brown! Alexis Fajardo, and more! Happiness is…a new episode of the Kids’ Comics Revolution! Many of us have daydreamed about working on a book featuring characters we grew up with. It’s a dream job, right? Be careful what you wish for, because now you’re now the caretaker of a creator’s legacy that’s […]
Spider-Man! Avengers! Hulk Smash! Stuff Said, and more! For a long time superheroes were synonymous with kids’ comics. Many of us fell in love with the medium through the genre. But why are superheroes so compelling? Is it wish fulfillment? Do they operate as modern mythology? Or is it as simple as the joy of […]
Fullmetal Alchemist, Giants Beware!, Lunch Lady Comics, and more! We’ve talked about the importance of book launch parties in the past, but what about taking your show on the road? But how do you break into doing school and library visits? And how do you condense a lifetime of skill-building into an hour of presentation […]
Zita the Spacegirl! Ben Hatke! Book Reviews! Welcome to a special BOOK CLUB edition of Kids Comics Revolution! This episode is dedicated entirely to the graphic novel Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, published by First Second Books. We hear from kids, teachers, cartoonists, librarians, and maybe even a few aliens to find out what […]
Reed Gunther, Binky the Space Cat, Naruto, Eisner winners & more! Discovering what comics are right for you or your kids can be a lot more difficult than it might seem.Â Do you judge by the art? The writing? Can these two even be evaluated separately? And what about cartoony art coupled with mature themes?Â We're joined by Scott Robins, librarian and co-author of A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics, who helps us unravel this challenge. And we have more great book talks by guest contributors Jen Vincent, teen contributor Isabella, and sister team Shelby and Sarah! And don't forget about the KCR Book Club! Next episode we'll have an in-depth discussion on Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl. You can be a part of the discussion by submitting a 1-3 minute talk on the book (in .mp3 or .wav format) to kidscomicsrevolution AT gmail DOT com. Or you could just send us a good ol' email about what you thought about the book. Your contribution might be run on the show during our conversation. Links mentioned in this episode: No Flying No Tights Nancy Pearl The School Library Journal SLG's Good Comics for Kids blog Bone The 2012 Eisner Winners Book Recommendations: Legends of Zita the Spacegirl Broxo Reed Gunther Binky Under Pressure Naruto Dragon Puncher Book 2: Dragon Puncher Island SNARKED: Forks and Hope Anya's Ghost Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing and IndyPlanet Digital. Follow Jerzy, Dave, and Scott on Twitter!
Comics conventions in the U.S. have historically been a place to meet your favorite authors, get a book signed, and maybe sit in on a few panels to find out whatâs coming next from your favorite creative teams. And while this can be a lot of fun, how much better might that experience be if you could participate in creating something with your favorite author? Weâre joined by the organizers behind the Kids Read Comics Celebration, an annual event held in Michigan. Together we discuss why such an event is important and how others can start up similar events in their areas. Weâve also got more book talks from teen reviewer, Kaprice, and Maria Selke, an elementary school teacher and Nerdy Book Club member. And don't forget about the KCR Book Club! In two episodes we'll have an in-depth discussion on Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl. You can be a part of the discussion by submitting a 1-3 minute talk on the book (in .mp3 or .wav format) to kidscomicsrevolution AT gmail DOT com. Or you could just send us a good ol' email about what you thought about the book. Your contribution might be run on the show during our conversation. Links mentioned in this episode: Kids Read Comics on Facebook The Chelsea District Library The Chelsea Center for the Arts The Ann Arbor District Library Kids' Comic Con Reading with Pictures Green Brain Comics (comics store) The Beguiling (comics store) Casablanca Comics (comics store) Small Press Expo SNAP! Comics Show by Green Brain Comics Ryan Estrada and his experience at Kids Read Comics (audio) Dave's photos from KRC 2011 The Comics Quickfire! Book Recommendations: Zita the Spacegirl Calvin and Hobbes Cow Boy Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing and IndyPlanet Digital. Follow Jerzy, Dave, Dan Mishkin, Dan Merritt, Edith Burney, and Kids Read Comics on Twitter!