Last weekend, I attended the Kids Read Comics convention in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was super fun! Unlike last year in Chelsea which took place on the front lawn, the artists got to sit indoors at the Ann Arbor District Library (thank goodness for air conditioning because the heat reached 100+ on Saturday!). Once again, I tabled next to the incomparable Jannie Ho and her adorable artwork (not to mention her ADORABLE baby daughter). And I also got to hang around the likes of Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and Chris Houghton, who were also tabling in the same area. Great to hang around you folks!
I also got to meet fellow Spacedock 7 mate James Anderson for the first time at the show. He was promoting his super webcomic Ellie on Planet X, which you should all check out. Unfortunately, he was tabled in the opposite corner. There were a ton of other tables on the other side of the library that you can’t see in my photos. I believe there were about 60 tables in all.
I did one Quick Draw event with Jannie on the (hot!) streets of Ann Arbor. We captured some passerby and drew some crazy suggestions like monkeys playing guitars, surfing polar bears, and man eating bananas. Sadly, I forgot to snap a picture, but I will leave it to your imagination.
I was excited to have a good collection of new stuff to share compared to last year, from the My Sister the Freak collected paperback, Captain Bacon minicomics (the Bacon was popular!), and some Gourdmans and Zombie Bunnies.
I also got to show off a preview of my upcoming book Monsters Vs. Kittens. It’s always exciting to see the reactions of readers for new work! I can’t wait to share it with the full public soon. (Incidentally, I got some copies of MVK in the mail right after I returned home, so keep an eye out for it in comic stores and bookstores VERY soon.) If you were at the show and didn’t get to grab what you wanted, or if you couldn’t make it to the show, you can find a lot of my books in my online store.
I don’t get around to many conventions and events like these, but I’m really happy that I at least get to take part in something like Kids Read Comics. Unlike the larger shows that are all about movies, TV, the Big Two, and super promotional pushes, KRC is all about the love of comics and interacting with kids, parents, teachers, librarians, and fellow artists. The atmosphere is most inspiring.
My favorite moment of the show was when a ten-year-old artist came up to my table to show me his drawings and a minicomic he made in one of the earlier workshops. He was excited to show off his work, and the minicomic was more entertaining than many books I buy from the pros. Selling books is awesome, but it is moments like these that I REALLY enjoy, and it encompasses what Kids Read Comics is all about.
Thanks to all the organizers that helped put the show together, and a shout out to all the artists I met and re-met while I was there. Hope to see you again soon!