This year I attended two comics shows and both were super fun.
First up was the Maine Comics Arts Festival – MeCAF – back in May. If you have never been, it is a beautiful show that takes place right on the water in Portland, Maine. This was my second time visiting, but my first time exhibiting.
Here was my view from my table:
And here’s all the MeCAF photos:
Kids Read Comics and the Kids Comics Revolution Awards
Kids Read Comics was as fun as ever! This was my third year attending. As usual, there were lots of great artists and lots of enthusiasm for comics from kids, creators, librarians, parents, and teachers alike.
Me and my table:
I was excited to see my former schoolmate Mike Laughead, who attended the show for the first time. We haven’t see each other since our BYU-I days. Nice catching up Mike!
This year, they also held the first ever Kids Comics Revolution Awards. I was honored to receive the award for Favorite Webcomic for My Sister the Freak. My award was almost stolen by the evil Vordak, but he was rescued by a good librarian and it now sits on my desk.
The rest of the KRC photos:
Fun times! These are the only shows I had scheduled for this year, but I hope to go to these shows again or find some other events for next year. Thanks to all those who came up to me and said hi. I hope I get to meet more of you all in the future. I enjoy it immensely.
Next week, I will be headed to Michigan to attend Kids Read Comics in Ann Arbor. It will be Saturday and Sunday June 22-23 at the Ann Arbor District Library. There will be lots of other comics creators there like Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), John Green (Teen Boat), Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!), Mike Laughead (Legend of Acornhead), and James Anderson (Ellie on Planet X). It is a really fun event (this will be my third time attending!) so please come and check it out!
Details, schedule, guest list, and more at kidsreadcomics.org.
I will be attending the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland, ME this weekend May 19. I visited the show last year, but this is the first time I will be exhibiting. It is a great show and the location is beautiful! Please come and enjoy Portland and all the great comics artists that will be there. I am looking forward to meeting some of you in person. (Plus, you know, Jeff Smith will be there. You might want to come for him too.)
The show is 10 AM to 5 PM at the Ocean Gateway. Adult admission is $5, and kids 12 or under are free.
The Kids’ Comics Revolution podcast are holding their own awards at the Kids Read Comics convention in Ann Arbor, Michigan next month (which I will be attending, BTW). I was honored to find out yesterday that my webcomic My Sister the Freak has been nominated for Favorite Webcomic!
Here’s the info you need to know:
Voting is open to kids only. You can vote online or by mail. You can also pick up a ballot in person at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival or at Kids Read Comics. Winners will be announced June 23 at the KRC convention.
PLEASE VOTE HERE!
My fellow nominees are all awesome webcomics in their own right, and I’m flattered to be included among them. They are:
Please take a moment to vote if you can and show appreciation to your favorite comics creators, even if you’re not voting for me! Many of these people are some of the hardest working, most dedicated people I know and they deserve the recognition!
See you at Kids Read Comics!
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!
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Hey Michigan friends, artists, and fans – I am heading to Ann Arbor this summer to participate in the Kids Read Comics festival. It will take place July 7 and 8. I will have a table with books and drawings and free stuff. If you are anywhere near the area in July, hope you come by and say hello. This will be my second year attending. It is a GREAT event for kids and adults alike, and there will be many great artists there. So mark your calendars!
More info here: kidsreadcomics.org
I just got back from the Kids Read Comics event in Chelsea, Michigan. It was super fun! I’ve attended professional conferences and mingled with other artists and authors before, but this was my first event where I got to meet readers, fans, and kids! There’s no greater thrill for someone like me than seeing someone get excited about your art or walk away with a fistful of comics. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table, shook my hand, chatted with me, and let me draw stuff for you.
And a special THANK YOU to the KRC organizers and Jerzy Drozd for rounding up all the terrific artists and putting together such a fantastic event.
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This weekend, I will be heading to Chelsea, Michigan to attend an event called Kids Read Comics. It is a free comic convention especially for kids and teens. Not only can you meet tons of great artists and comic creators, but there are also lots of other activities and workshops going on throughout the weekend. And did I mention it’s FREE?! Yes, free.
I will be there in the artist alley selling books and art, and will be participating in some of the activities. I would love to meet you if you can make it. I will even draw you something!
There are also a TON of other great artists attending, including Raina Telgemeier (Smile, The Baby-Sitters Club) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy).
Kids Read Comics is June 18-19 at the Chelsea District Library in Chelsea, Michigan (near Ann Arbor). You can go to their website for all the details, directions, and full list of artists attending. http://kidsreadcomics.org
I attended the annual New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference this past weekend. Here are some highlights, thoughts, and lessons learned from this fabulous event:
I will be teaching a workshop this year at the New England SCBWI spring conference, “Celebrating Milestones”. It will take place May 13-15 in Fitchburg MA. All the info you need about the conference is here: http://www.nescbwi.org/conferences/spring/
I am collaborating on one of the TWO Illustrator Academies being offered this year. The other faculty teaching with me will be writer/illustrator John Lechner (Sticky Burr), my rep Nicole Tugeau (tugeau2.com), and designer Kerry Martin (Clarion). Our workshop is going to be about web presence and digital publishing and will feature website portfolio critiques for the attendees. There will also be some kind of assignment to complete beforehand. Read more info here: http://www.nescbwi.org/2011/02/illustrators-academy-at-nescbw.php
If you would like to attend, I highly recommend registering as soon as possible in order to get the workshops that you would like. This is a very popular conference and space runs out fast.
Hope to see you there!
I just came back from spending the weekend in Fitchburg, MA for the annual New England Regional SCBWI conference. As always, it was an inspiring and educational trip.
The picture at the top of this article is the poster I drew for the competition this year. There were lots of great entries and some talented artists and friends garnered some awards. Congrats!
I got to meet and re-meet many cool artists. Some of them were folks I already knew from Twitter, and it was great to speak to them face to face for the first time. Be sure to check out their work and their websites. They are all swell people!
I hope I’m not forgetting anyone. If I did, I apologize – there were sooo many people there!
I also attended workshops taught by Matt Phelan (“Writing the Graphic Novel”), Jennifer Morris (“Photoshop Techniques for Illustrators”), and Frank Dormer (“Thinking Before You Draw”). All of them were excellent and very educational. I also had brief run-ins with some talented writers like Mitali Perkins and Cynthia Lord. They are very kind and gracious ladies.
This was also a special conference for me because I taught my own workshop for the first time. It was called “10 Ways Artists Can Improve Their Online Presence”. I mostly talked about online marketing, and my love of Twitter. :) (Seriously, if you’re not on Twitter yet, what are you waiting for?) I hope to make another blog post soon about some of the specific topics and tips I talked about. Thank you to everyone who showed up and chatted with me at the workshop!
Now, with the conference over, it’s time to take all the advice, critiques, and inspiration and start revamping my artwork.
If you’ve never attended a conference like this, I highly recommend it. The NESCBWI conference in particular is always very good. I’m looking forward to next year. If you come, look for me and say hi.