Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S 'MAIN FEATURE':
I receive quite a few 'invites' to attend comic cons, comic shows, and other pop culture conventions...
Although we are based out of SoCal, we try to attend the ones that we can, based on what is happening at the event and costs of attending. If not, I try to at least 'publicize' those that look interesting to me at my Facebook Group Page at: http://www.Hamersky.com.
Those events and or shows or cons that I believe are unusual and deserving of more publicity, I usually at least mention in the 'Featurette' section of this Blog, (which would be seen at the bottom right of this blog).
This Event 'invite' was sent to me, and seemed timely to post here because of Vinnie's article in the Featurette section of this blog today.
The 'Kids Read Comics' Event in Dearborn, Michigan is one that I would take Vinnie to, IF we lived near that area! Why?
First...Here's the dates, time, and location:
Start Time: Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 9:30am
End Time: Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 5:30pm
Location: 16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan
Second, here is what the promo blurb sent to me said in the invite:
Our Kids Read Comics Convention is a totally free event that unites kids, teens, parents, teachers and librarians with professional artists and writers from the comics and animation fields. Our goal is to introduce kids to worlds of imagination while unlocking their creative impulses, and to serve that goal, the convention features:
* hands-on workshops
KRC also works throughout the year to promote comics and creativity for kids and teens. We’re building a recommended reading list; gathering resources for parents, teachers and librarians; and organizing artists and writers who can bring presentations and workshops to libraries around the state of Michigan and beyond.
Kids Read Comics was founded by youth and teen librarian Edith Burney of Chelsea, cartoonist and educator Jerzy Drozd of Ann Arbor, comic shop owner Dan Merritt of Dearborn, and comic book writer Dan Mishkin of East Lansing.
Our second annual convention will be held on June 12 & 13, 2010 at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn, and we hope to see you there!
So yeah, this is something I would take Vinnie to AND enjoy myself! You see, when I was growing up, (which was after the comic book burnings of the early to mid 1950's), comic books, or what my Great Aunt and Uncle called 'funnybooks', were given to me to read to expand my reading habits.
I've already stated here before that I started with 'Chilly Willy' comics, the usual Disney comics, and other 'funny books'.Of course there were a few DCs and several TV Western comics included in that mix of reading.
It was until the early 1960's that I discovered comic 'collecting' when Stan Lee and the 'Bullpen' published comics that I considered not to trade with my friends.
Too many comic cons that Tina and I go to, don't have enough kids there for the 'business' or 'pleasure' of reading comics, IMO. That's because most of the 'comic cons' I've been to in recent years are media cons, where the comics people are relegated to smaller booths out of the main walkways. Which is why I tend to go to sections like 'Artists Alley' and 'Small Press' sections.
But, those sections are not always conducive to exposing 'kids' to. So when I see an event like the one posted above, I've got to hi-light it in my Blog.
Without the younger generation being exposed to comics books, for stories aimed at their level, and not 'R' or 'XXX' rated, this comic industry is going to be an even smaller niche in the future, self-publishing not withstanding.
So here's the link to the Facebook Event Page for this Event. Please look at, become a 'Fan', AND 'invite' your Friends / Facebook Friends to become a 'Fan' also. This is the link:
My thanks to the Event people for bringing this event to my attention! Sorry we can't attend this year, but doing my part in publicizing it to those that could!
AND...My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts!
Join us again soon, as we publish another 'Main Feature'. And don't forget to check out the 'Featurette' shown below this 'Main Feature' article at the bottom right!
~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
Note: Comic books / fanzines / and graphic novels like the ones that will probably be mentioned on the radio show can be found at our own web site for sale at: