Beginning in 2016, Kids Read Comics’ annual two-day comics celebration, hosted by the wonderful Ann Arbor District Library, will have a new name: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF for short).
The Festival will still feature dozens of comics artists along with workshops, demonstrations and interactive drawing games. It will still be as kid- and family-friendly as ever. And attending the event will be free as always.
What we hope the new name makes clear is that young children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a fun-packed Ann Arbor weekend filled with comics and creativity. We welcome teens and adults (always have) and offer a slate of guests and activities to meet a wide range of comics-related interests (ditto).
So join us as Kids Read Comics celebrates eight years of bringing comics excitement to Michigan libraries, when we inaugurate the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18 & 19, 2016 at the Ann Arbor District Library.
Keynote speakers at A2CAF 2016 will be Cece Bell, whose comics memoir El Deafo was named a Newbery Honor Book, and the children’s author Tom Angleberger, writer and illustrator of the bestselling Origami Yoda series.
Other guests include Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Rafael Rosado (Dragons Beware), Ruth McNally Barshaw (The Ellie McDoodle Diaries), Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales), Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), J. Torres (Alison Dare), Katie Shanahan (Silly Kingdom), Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes), Kean Soo (March Grand Prix), Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles), and many more!
Please go to the website for full details: a2caf.com
Cartoonist Sonny Liew (Malinky Robot, Doctor Fate) appears at McDermott Library on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM to speak about his new graphic novel “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye”. There will copies available to purchase and Sonny will be available for signings after the presentation.
University of Texas at Dallas – McDermott Library
800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080
Comic creator Sonny Liew (Doctor Fate, Malinky Robot, Flight) appears at Elliott Bay Book Company on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye!
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Isotope proudly presents award-winning cartoonist Sonny Liew visiting us for the first time all the way from Singapore on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM!
We’re massive fans of Sonny’s gorgeous work, and love his creative team-ups with Gene Yang on THE SHADOW HERO, with Paul Levitz on DOCTOR FATE, with Mike Carey on MY FAITH IN FRANKIE, with Tommy Kovac on WONDERLAND, on the fantastic series of FLIGHT anthologies, and especially his solo MALINKY ROBOT and… the book that we think will be dominating the Best of the Year lists for 2016… THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE.
THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE is a brilliant (and totally fictional) historical biography detailing the life of an famous (faux) cartoonist as told through (falsified) excerpts of work from throughout the artist’s ‘career.’ Featuring a variety of styles from vintage newspaper strips to commercial art jobs, articles and found objects, pages of Chye’s various sketchbooks, intertwined with a glimpse of the actual history comics and also the island city-state of Singapore. Sonny’s work here is a true tour de force and already making huge ripples in the art world as well as being considered so controversial in Liew’s homeland that it has been cited for its “potential to undermine the authority and legitimacy of the Republic of Singapore government.”
The reviews for this eagerly awaited book from Sonny are universally glowing, positively gushing, and rightfully efficacious. We agree, this is definitely not to be missed!
The Isotope is honored to get to be part of Sonny’s exclusive ten-stop tour of North America for this remarkable book. Come join us for a very special celebration of one of comics best, and most unique, creators.
Isotope – The Comic Book Lounge
326 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Artist Sonny Liew (Doctor Fate, Malinky Robot, Flight) appears at Escape Pod Comics on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM to sign The Art of Charlie Chan Hok Chye!
Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Kazu Kibuishi (Copper, Flight) appears University Book Store to sign Firelight: Amulet, Book #7 on Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
Kazu Kibuishi is the writer and artist of the New York Times Bestselling AMULET graphic novel series, published by Scholastic. He is also the editor/art director/cover artist of the EXPLORER and FLIGHT Comic Anthologies, and is the cover illustrator of the Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition paperbacks from Scholastic. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently works as a full-time graphic novelist. Kazu lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife and two children.
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
Celebrated graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama) appears at Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM to discuss her work — especially her new book The Baby-Sitters’ Club #4 — and sign books for fans. Bring your questions and your enthusiasm!
This a free event. Please make your reservations through Eventbrite.
3 Railroad Ave, Danville, California 94526
Kazu Kibuishi, creator of Amulet, appears at Comics Dungeon on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM to sign comics and celebrate 10 years of Graphix Comics!
319 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105
Cartoonist Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters) appears at the Millbrae Library on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm to deliver a humorous discussion about growing up reading comics and how it affected the rest of her life. She’ll also create some comics before your very eyes! Refreshments will precede the event courtesy of the Millbrae Friends of the Library and a book selling and signing opportunity will follow the event.
1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030
Little Island Comics is thrilled to welcome author Kean Soo, creator of the Jellaby series of graphic novels, to launch his brand new all-ages graphic novel MARCH GRAND PRIX!
March Hare wants to be the fastest and furriest racecar driver around. But first, this rabbit racer will have to prove his skill at the speedway, on the streets, and in the desert. With pedal-to-the-metal illustrations and full-throttle action, March is sure to be a winner!
Kean Soo will be visiting Little Island Comics on Saturday, August 15th, at 1:00 PM and you’re invited to join him to celebrate the release of the new graphic novel! Kean will be drawing and signing for fans in what is sure to be a hoot!
Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2R6