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Monday, April 23, 2007

Kyle Baker at NYC's First Kids' Comic Con!

Saturday, April 28, 2007
Bronx Community College
Colston (Community) Hall
West 183rd Street & University Avenue

Directions to Bronx Community College

Alex Simmons gets a standing ovation from all NYC comics-loving families for putting together NYC's first ever Kids' Comic Con.

Below is a schedule of events. In addition to participating in Cartoon Alley, Kyle will be here:

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Youth Workshop D – What A Character!
Kyle Baker (creator of the Bakers; and the Nat Turner mini series) will take young artists through the process of drawing characters and caricatures. This workshop is for advance art students.


10 a.m.: Welcome—Alex Simmons, MC
• Intro Convention events
• First raffle
Marketplace opens
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Youth Workshop A – The Art of Making Comics 101, an introductory class in creating comics, lead by artists Rich Tea and Jerry Craft, or Ray Felix.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Kids’ Corner: A gathering area where kids can sit and read comics and relax during the convention.
11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Professional Workshop I
The ABCs of Comics: What they are and their value to children past, present, and future. Panelist: Chris Ryan (Teacher & freelance writer), David Saylor (Scholastic Vice-President, Creative Director), Sheila Keenan (Scholastic Executive Editor), Dan Fingeroth, and Joan Hilty.
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Portfolio Review Crew.
All day, professional writers, illustrators, and editors will review students’ portfolios and artwork to give them tips on how to improve their work. Reviewers: Michael Wright, Mike Siglain, Nachie Castro, Phyllis Novin, Steve Wacker, Rodney Ramos, etc.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.: MoCCA Presents: Comics Then & Now – A brief walk along the time line of comics and cartoons, from the 1800s to 2006; Hosted by Fred Van Lente & Professor W.H. Foster. This event occurs on the main convention floor.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Youth Workshop B – How to Draw Manga – (An Introductory class in how to create Manga style comics), with artists Tania delRio (Sabrina the Teenage Witch for Archie Comics), and Jamar Nicholas.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Professional Workshop II
Comics in the Classroom. Participants will be introduced to several successful methods and curriculums to aid in the use of using comics to teach academic subjects. Artist: Rich Tea, Hilarie Staton, Kerry Morris of HarperCollins /Tokyopop.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Youth Workshop C – Learning to Draw Fantastic Figures – An class for advanced art students, lead by Jamal Igle (Nightwing, and Firestorm for DC Comics)
1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cartoon Alley: Kids will meet artist who have either worked on, or created comics characters that have gone on to TV or film. And after learning a little of how cartoons are created, kids will be allowed to sit and watch some of those cartoons characters on TV. Participants throughout the day will include: Joe Staton (Scooby Doo), Kyle Baker (the Bakers), Shannon Denton & Dave Mishkin, Al Johnson, Jerry Craft, Dave Roman.
1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Youth Workshop D – What A Character!
Kyle Baker (creator of the Bakers; and the Nat Turner mini series) will take young artists through the process of drawing characters and caricatures. This workshop is for advance art students.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Professional Workshop III
Comics in the Classroom. Participants will discuss benefits and methods for using comics in the classrooms and libraries to support understanding of academic subjects. Panelist: George O’Connor, Michael Pirelli (Archie Comics), Ray Felix, and Jane Fisher.
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Youth Workshop E
Give it Some Color! JD Smith, artists and professional colorist, assisted by comic artists Shawn Atkinson, will teach students some of the tricks of the trade in the wonderful world of coloring comics!
3 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Youth Workshop F – The Art of Making Comics
The Art of Making Comics 101, an introductory class in creating comics, lead by professional artists Raina Telgemier and Phyllis Novin.

Youth Workshop G – Where the Action Is – Learn to draw wild Locations and Moody Settings. James Sherman, artist for comics, film story boards, toy designs and more will show advanced art students how to put flash, style and atmosphere in their scenery and back grounds.
3 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Professional Panel
“Looking for A Face Like Mine” – A panel on the cultural and racial colors of comics, and their impact on children. Moderated by Professor W.H. Foster, author of the book by the same name. Panelist: Joe Illidge, Jamar Nicholas (illustrator), Nachi Castro, Carl Kent, Akinseye Brown.
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Youth Workshop G – The Art of Making Comics
The Art of Making Comics 101, an introductory class in creating comics led by artists Eric Battle and Rodney Ramos.

Youth Workshop H – Star Ships and Cadillacs – Learn some of the tricks to drawing cool technology. (Artists to be announced.)
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Professional Workshop V
The ABCs of Comics: What they are and their value to children past, present, and future. This time the emphasis will be on the FUTURE of comics, literacy, and kids.
Panelist: Jim Salicrup, Roland Laird, Tanya del Rio, Don McGregor, and Tina Ryan.
6 p.m. Closing Remarks
“What we can imagine, we can often create.
What we can imagine ourselves as, we can often become.”
~ Yumy Odom, Founder, 1st World Komix, Inc.

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