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Kids Comics Awards

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On Sunday June 23rd the first ever KCR! Comics Awards ceremony was held at the Kids Read Comics Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The nominees were selected by a committee of teachers, librarians, and retailers, then voted on by kids online and via paper ballots.

Watch the full ceremony here:

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The awards themselves were presented as customized LEGO trophies provided by the Ann Arbor District Library, and included a mix of serious and silly categories from Best Graphic Novel to Excellence in Drawing Delicious-Looking Food.

Lego Awards

Dave Roman and Jerzy Drozd were the hosts, and introduced all of the amazing presenters.

Award hosts Dave & Jerzy

House band The O-Matics (fronted by Happyloo cartoonist Mark Mariano) provided live music and sound cues to help keep things moving!

O-Matics Band

Presenters included comics creators Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), John Green (Teen Boat!), Dan Mishkin (Amethyst), Thomas Zahler (Love and Capes) and library superstars Scott Robins and Eli Neiburger.

As each winner was announced, the trophies were stolen by evil kidlit villain Vordak the Incomprehensible (played by the book’s illustrator, John Martin)!

Vordak and Aang

Guest presenters also included Aang and Naruto, performed by Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders). Sadly, because of their felt arms, these heroes couldn’t stop Vordak from continuing to take the awards from the podium!

Kid Cartoonists

The final award for “Best Cartoonist/Author” was presented by three talented young artists, Natalia, Olivia, and Ellie (who had also exhibited at the Kids Read Comics festival). The trio tried their best to stop Vordak but were no match for his nefarious tricks!

Doctor saves the day

Luckily, the day was saved thanks to a surprise visit from Doctor Who (played by Kevin Coppa), who convinced the thieving Vordak to come along in his time traveling TARDIS and deliver the trophies to their rightful owners.

Dave Roman and Kevin Coppa

The entire ceremony was filmed in front of a live audience, and will hopefully be posted online soon!

Huge thanks to all the presenters and performers, AADL for hosting, Chris Duffy and Nickelodeon Magazine for inspiring, everyone who voted, and the teachers and librarians who encouraged kids to vote!
Let’s do this again, next year!

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KCR! 09 – Kickstarting Your Graphic Novel

Kickstarter! Crowdfunding! Alexis Fajardo, and more!

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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?

We’re joined by Alexis Fajardo, author of the recently funded Kid Beowulf graphic novel series. Lex shares his experiences in running a Kickstarter campaign as well as the research he did leading up to the campaign’s launch.

Book Recommendations:

Links mentioned:

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

This episode features music by Let’s Audio. Theme music by Harry and the Potters.

Follow Jerzy, Dave, and Alexis on Twitter!



Vote on the First Annual KCR! Awards!

May 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Kids' Comics Revolution!, News

KCR! AwardsThe Kids’ Comics Revolution podcast is holding its own 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 2012. You can vote by picking up a ballot in the Novella Room (2nd floor, Toronto Reference Library) at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and Kids Read Comics, or use the online ballot below. Winners will be announced June 23rd 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, 2013!
(click the image to download the PDF)
KCR Awards Ballot

KCR! 08 – Working for Peanuts

Peanuts! Snoopy! Charlie Brown! Alexis Fajardo, and more!

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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 loved by millions. How do you create new works that respect the legacy without falling into an endless reiteration of old ideas?

We talk with Alexis Fajardo about the new Peanuts comic books published by Boom Studios. He explains how he and his team combine creative sweat and exhaustive research to live up to the responsibility of making new stories featuring Charlie Brown and all of Charles Schultz’s iconic characters.

Book Recommendations:

Comics and Artists mentioned:

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

Theme music by Harry and the Potters.

Follow Jerzy, Dave, and Alexis on Twitter!



KCR! 07 – Superheroes with Gregg Schigiel

February 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Kids' Comics Revolution!, News, Podcasts

Spider-Man! Avengers! Hulk Smash! Stuff Said, and more!

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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 watching big muscley characters punch and blast each other?

We sort it out with the help of Gregg Shigiel of the Stuff Said podcast, as well as some other kids who lend their thoughts with more book talks on their favorite superheros old and new.

Book Recommendations:

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

Theme music by Harry and the Potters. This episode also featured the songs We Are Superheroes by Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine , (We Wear) Capes by Uncle Monsterface, and Super Hero Me by Let’s Audio.

Follow Jerzy, Dave, and Gregg on Twitter!



KCR! 06 – School and Library Visits with Jarrett Krosoczka

November 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Kids' Comics Revolution!, News, Podcasts

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 and performance?

We’ve got Jarrett Krosoczka of Lunch Lady Comics, who shares his experience in leading author visits. Together we explore the narrative of an author’s presentation, how the author visit promotes one’s work, and also helps get more kids excited about comics.

We’ve also got more book talks from teen contributors Randall and Kaprice, who demonstrate that it’s already here. It’s happening. It’s the Kids’ Comics Revolution!

Links mentioned in this episode:

Book Recommendations (affiliate links):

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing and IndyPlanet Digital.

Theme music for this episode is by Harry and the Potters. Special thanks to Recess Monkey for the Lunch Lady Comics theme song. And extra-special thanks to Alyson Beecher for arranging one of the book talks for this episode.

Follow Jerzy, Dave, and Jarrett on Twitter!



KCR! 05 – Zita the Spacegirl (Book Club)

September 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Kids' Comics Revolution!, News, Podcasts

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 they thought of Zita and her out of this world adventures. Also included with this episode is a lesson plan (PDF) with activities to participate in the world of Zita. Use it in the classroom or in the home!

We even have an exclusive reading of a chapter from Zita the Spacegirl by the book’s author and his family!

Our thanks to everyone who sent in clips and comments for this episode, including:

Check out Maria’s Space Camp photos here:

Music for this episode is by Field Mouse.

If you liked Zita The Space Girl be sure to check out:

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing and IndyPlanet Digital.

Follow Jerzy and Dave on Twitter!



KCR! 04 – The Best Kids’ Comics with Scott Robins

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. Do you judge by the art? The writing? Can these two even be evaluated separately? And what about cartoony art coupled with mature themes? 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:

Book Recommendations:

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing and IndyPlanet Digital.

Follow Jerzy, Dave, and Scott on Twitter!



KCR! 03 – Creating the Kids Read Comics Celebration

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 what’s 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?

We’re 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.

We’ve 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:

Book Recommendations:

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!



KCR! 02 – Working in a Vacuum vs. Instant Gratification with Kazu Kibuishi

June 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Kids' Comics Revolution!, News, Podcasts


In this episode we have a discussion with Kazu Kibuishi of the popular Amulet series about a topic he inspired recently on Twitter:

There’s never been a greater focus on sharing on the internet and the benefits of the immediate feedback an author can receive from their fans. Success stories abound of creators who have bypassed traditional publishing and met great successes by connecting directly with their readers. It’s fantastic–you create a comic, an illustration, or a snappy line of prose, and you can instantly distribute it to the whole world at virtually no cost. Update early, update often, and you will find your legions of fans.

But can we get hooked on this immediacy? Where’s the line between making something interesting and getting caught up in an online popularity contest? We’re grateful to be joined by Kazu who helps us step back, take a breath, and look at publishing our work from a more pragmatic perspective.

We also have some more book recommendations provided by some students from Grand Rapids, Michigan!

And don’t forget about the KCR Book Club! In three 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:

Book Recommendations:

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing and IndyPlanet Digital.

Follow Jerzy, Dave, and Kazu on Twitter!



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