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KCR! 13 – Cartoons to Comics, with Rafael Rosado

September 29, 2014 by  
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Giants Beware! Mermin! Rafael Rosado, and more!

Kids' Comics Revolution! 13

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 it?

We talk with Rafael Rosado, storyboard artist on shows such as Scooby Doo and Transformers: Prime, who shares his experience and observations on switching from working in animation to co-creating the popular graphic novel, Giants Beware!

Rafael shows us how to draw Claudette, the heroine of Giants Beware!

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This episode features songs by Superchunk, The Pixies, and Maury Law & Glenn Yarbrough. Theme music by Harry and the Potters.

Audio hosting and production provided by the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids Comics Awards 2014 Winners

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Kids' Comics Revolution!, News

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The KCR! Kids’ Comics Awards offers kids the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for comics of various styles and formats. Kids cast a vote for their favorite comics and characters across twelve categories, both serious and silly. The ceremony was held at the Kids Read Comics celebration at the Ann Arbor District Library.

*Full length video of the 2014 ceremony coming soon!

The 2014 nominees & winners are:

Favorite Graphic Novel (Adventure):
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff (First Second)
G-Man: Coming Home by Chris Giarrusso (Image)
The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman & Darren Rawlings (Graphix)
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrel (Top Shelf)
Mouse Guard: The Black Axe by David Petersen (Archaia)

And the kids chose…
G-Man: Coming Home by Chris Giarrusso (Image)adventure

Favorite Graphic Novel (Humor):
Extreme Babymouse by Jennifer and Matthew Holm (Random House)
Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf)
Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso (Amulet Books)
Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon (First Second)
Stone Rabbit #8 Robot Frenzy by Erik Craddock (Random House)

And the kids chose…
Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf)humor

Favorite Graphic Novel (Non-Fiction/Myth):
Bluffton by Matt Phelan (Candlewick)
Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale (Abrams)
Fairy Tale Comics by Various (First Second)
Poseidon: Earth Shaker by George O’Connor (First Second)
Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks (First Second)

And the kids chose…
Poseidon: Earth Shaker by George O’Connor (First Second)nonfiction

Favorite Comic/Novel Hybrid:
Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo Boxers by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)
Dork Diaries: Tales of a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell (Aladdin)
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and K.G. Campbell (Candlewick)
Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffery Brown (Scholastic)
Vordak the Incomprehensible: Time Travel Trouble by Scott Seegert and John Martin (Egmont)

And the kids chose…
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and K.G. Campbell (Candlewick)hybrid

Favorite Comic Book Series (Licensed/Franchise):
Adventure Time (Boom)
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search (Dark Horse)
Batman ‘66 (DC Comics)
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW)
Sonic Universe (Archie)

And the kids chose…
Adventure Time (Boom)licensed

Favorite Comic Book Series (Original/Creator Owned):
Aw, Yeah Comics! By Art Balthazar and Fraco (Aw, Yeah)
Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt (Red 5)
Herobear and the Kid by Mike Kunkel (Boom)
Skyward by Jeremy Dale (Action Lab)
Super Dinosaur by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard (Image)

And the kids chose…
Herobear and the Kid by Mike Kunkel (Boom)creatorowned

Favorite Cartoonist/Author:
Faith Erin Hicks
Jennifer and Matthew Holm
Jeff Kinney
Jeff Smith
Kazu Kibuishi

And the kids chose…
Jeff Kinneyauthor

Favorite Webcomic:
Cucumber Quest by Gigi D.G. (cucumber.gigidigi.com)
Gronk by Katie Cook (gronkcomic.com)
Princess at Midnight by Andi Watson (pmmidnight.blogspot.com)
Saturday Morning Webcartoons by Various (saturdaymorningwebcartoons.com)
Yeti 4 Hire by Jeff Crowther (yeti4hire.com)

And the kids chose…
Saturday Morning Webtoons by Various (http://saturdaymorningwebtoons.com/)webcomic

Cutest Comic Character:
Babymouse (Babymouse)
Beandog & Nugget (Beandog & Nugget)
Chi (Chi’s Sweet Home)
Little Sister (The Big Wet Balloon)
Ulysses the Squirrel (Flora & Ulysses)

And the kids chose…
Ulysses the Squirrel (Flora & Ulysses)cutest

Best Hair in Comics:
Aphrodite (Olympians series)
Bodie Troll
Delilah Dirk
Johnny Boo
Salem Hyde

And the kids chose…
Johnny Boo by James Kochalkabesthair

Grossest thing in Comics:
Cannibalism (Hazardous Tale: Donner Dinner Party)
Fregley chewing him with his belly button (Diary of Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck)
Pool full of fish (Mermin: Out of Water)

And the kids chose…
Fregley chewing him with his belly button (Diary of Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck)grossest

Congratulations to all the winners!

Photo by Laura Given

The KCR! Awards trophies, photo by Laura Given

See List of 2013 Award Winners.

Cast your vote for the 2014 KCR! Awards!

May 6, 2014 by  
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The Kids’ Comics Revolution podcast is pleased to announce the nominees for the second annual KCR! Awards, and we’re asking kids everywhere to vote for the winners!

KCR! hosts Dave Roman and Jerzy Drozd have teamed up with Chris Duffy (Nickelodeon Magazine) and the Ann Arbor District Library to honor some of the best kids’ comics to come out in 2013.

Here’s how you can vote (only kids, please!):

Winners will be announced June 22nd at a special ceremony at the conclusion of Kids Read Comics in Ann Arbor, Michigan!

And here’s a printable PDF ballot for distributing at your school or library! Just be sure to send them in before June 10, 2014!
(click the image to download the PDF)
KCR Awards Ballot

The KCR! Awards trophies, provided by the Ann Arbor District Library

The KCR! Awards trophies, provided by the Ann Arbor District Library


The Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards 2013 Ceremony, held during the Kids Read Comics Celebration.


2013 KCR! Award Winner George O’Connor expresses his excitement over his trophy.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney with his awards for Favorite Cartoonist/Author and Favorite Comic/Novel Hybrid.

KCR! 12 – ALA Annual with Chris Giarrusso and Matt Phelan

September 20, 2013 by  
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Artist Alley! Storm in the Barn! G-Man! Secret Science Alliance! And More!
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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 set of expectations. How do things change when selling your work to librarians instead of the general public?

We’re joined by cartoonists Chris Giarrusso and Matt Phelan, who help us bridge that gap and reveal how librarians are our best allies in connecting our books with the readers we’re looking for.

We’ve also got a book talk from teen contributors Shelby and Sara!

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Audio hosting and production provided by the Ann Arbor District Library.

This episode features songs by The Phenomonauts and Morrissey. Theme music by Harry and the Potters.

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KCR! 11 – Aaron Renier & KCR! Award Winners LIVE at ALA Annual

August 24, 2013 by  
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Kids Comics Awards, Unsinkable Walker Bean, ALA GN Stage & more!
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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 one of these awards are terrific honors and vehicles to introduce audiences to worthy works, might not there be room for one more award to specifically honor the authors of kids’ comics?

We have a special panel discussion about the Kids’ Comics Revolution! Awards recorded live at the 2013 American Library Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois. We’re we are joined by Aaron Renier, author of The Unsinkable Walker Bean.

We’re also joined by librarians Laura Given and Jess Stork Glicoes, who pick up the banners and sound the charge for the Kids’ Comics Revolution!

Check out the KCR! Awards Ceremony held at Kids Read Comics 2013!

Photo of Jeff Kinney winner of Best Cartoonist and Best Comic/Novel Hybrid in the 2013 KCR Comics Awards!

Jeff Kinney with awards

Additional Photos & Complete List of Winners in the KCR! Kids Comics Awards.

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