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Cast your vote for the 2015 KCR! Awards!

May 5, 2015 by  
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The Kids' Comics Revolution! Awards!The Kids’ Comics Revolution podcast is pleased to announce the nominees for the third 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 2014.

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

Winners will be announced June 21st 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, 2015!
(click the image to download the PDF)

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 2014 Ceremony, held during the Kids Read Comics Celebration.


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

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

CAG! 109 – Make Comics Like a Photographer, with Peter Baker

March 24, 2015 by  
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Talking about composition, context, and color on CAG!

Photographers got it easy, right? All they have to do to tell their stories is point their magic box at their subject and hit click. Cartoonists, on the other hand, have to create the reality of their work from scratch. Surely photographers have zero insights to offer cartoonists.

Of course we know that’s a bunch of troll talk. So this time I’ll be joined by photographer and designer Peter Baker. Together we’ll talk about how cartoonists might benefit from looking at how photographers tell stories through their medium.

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Book Recommendations:

Live streams at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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KCR! 14 – Video Games & Comics – Kids’ Eye View

February 9, 2015 by  
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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 turn it over to the kids, shall we? We’ve got kid creator and former Kids Read Comics guest Natalia on the show to give us a better understanding of what comics and games kids love, why they love them, and how they think about making their own.

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

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CAG! 108 – Comics for the Holidays! with Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman

December 19, 2014 by  
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El Deafo! Hilda and the Midnight Giant! Roz Chast, and more!

We’re continuing our tradition of closing out the year with Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier of The Comics Bakery. Join us for a rapid round of book talks on some of our favorite comics, which you can use as your last-minute holiday gift guide!

And check out the book talks we did last year!

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Book Recommendations:

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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CAG! 107 – Animals Doing People Things, with John Green

December 6, 2014 by  
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Talking about the special communicative power of the cartoon on Comics Are Great!

Anthropomorphic comics characters have enjoyed a wide appeal almost since the invention of the comic. Who doesn’t love Snoopy? Characters like Garfield have inspired an entire generation of professional cartoonists. Even the critically-acclaimed Maus featured talking animal characters.

So what is it about “animals doing people things” that’s so compelling? Why are we so willing to invest in a character whose design is so defiantly absurd and unrealistic?

I’m joined by John Green , co-creator of the Teen Boat! graphic novels and creator of the upcoming Hippopotamister, published by First Second Books. Together we unlock the secret powers held within “funny animal characters.”

We’re also joined by Anne Drozd of the Ann Arbor District Library for another round of book recommendations!

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Book Recommendations:

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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CAG! 106 – Talent or Effort? with Zack Giallongo

December 6, 2014 by  
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Broxo! Ewoks! Shakespeare! Banjo music, and more!

It’s time to unbox the age-old question of Talent vs. Effort on Comics Are Great!

How does your comics work change when you shift your focus from “expressing yourself” to “putting in the effort?” Are these terms mutually exclusive, or does the focus oscillate between those poles throughout the project? If so, how do you know when it’s time to change your focus?

I’m joined by Zack Giallongo, cartoonist behind Broxo, Star Wars: Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, and the Stratford Zoo Midnight Review series. Together we explore how a career in cartooning is equal parts creative expression and herculean effort, and how one finds balance between the two.

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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CAG! 105 – Banned Books

December 6, 2014 by  
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Challenged Comics! Censorship! Dave Carter, and more!

Join us for a discussion on Banned Books Week with David Carter, Librarian at the University of Michigan’s Comics and Video Game Archive. Together we explore censorship in comics and ways we can better advocate for our medium.

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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CAG! 100 – Getting Your Comic Into Libraries

December 2, 2014 by  
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Gregg Schigiel! Laura Given! Erin Helmrich! Finding new audiences for your work, and more!

It’s the 100th episode of the Comics Are Great show, recorded live before a studio audience at the 2014 Kids Read Comics Celebration!

I’m joined by guest co-host Gregg Schigiel of the Stuff Said Show, librarian Laura Given, and librarian Erin Helmrich. Together we discuss the growing importance of libraries in the world of comics, and how cartoonists can better connect with libraries to promote the medium.

We also spend a bit of time talking about Gregg’s new comic, PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND, which is available for pre-order in Previews now! Item #DEC141546

Links mentioned:

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

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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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Books recommended in this episode:

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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CAG! 103 – Blending Cute and Eerie, with Eric Orchard

September 22, 2014 by  
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Talking about walking the line between eerie and cute on CAG!

In this special unscheduled episode of the Comics Are Great! show I’ll be joined by Eric Orchard, cartoonist behind Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch, published by Top Shelf. Maddy Kettle is a plucky young girl who faces witches, vampire bats, and spider goblins, yet never loses hope or refuses help when asked. She is assisted by friendly ballon-riding bears, banjo-playing raccoons, and vampire bats. So is this a creepy story or a light-hearted adventure? Maybe it can be both, thanks to the special affordances that only comics can offer!

Join us for a discussion on how comics is the perfect medium to blend opposite elements together and produce something new.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

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