Since 2007, comic book creator and writer Alex Simmons has been promoting the Kids Comic Con, a one day event where kids (including teens), parents, and educators could meet and greet illustrators, writers, publishers, animators and more. The gathering presents panels and free workshops with these professionals. Admission is free to kids 17 and under, and for the past four shows they have served over 3,500 patrons, not even counting the two KCC Road Show events including the Miami Book Fair International (with an attendance of over 200,000) where they taught workshops to hundreds more.
“Having seen what the arts can do for kids, whether they pursue it as a career or not, and considering the recent cut backs in after-school and in-school arts programs, I feel we’re needed more than ever,” Simmons said.
“So I’ve launched a fundraising drive to make this and so much more possible. It’s at a website called www.kickstarter.com and it is safe and easy to use,” he said.
To view the information about the program, go to the site and in the SEARCH box type: kids-color. When the KCC page comes up watch the video and read the information. Or you can get there directly by clicking on this link. People can pledge anywhere from $1 to $1000, using one of ten Pledge Categories. You’ll also see what gifts you receives depending on the amount you pledge.
You make the pledge using your credit card, but no one is charged until we reach the full amount we’re aiming for, which you’ll see when you go to the site. If we do not make that amount. No one is charged, period.
“So, I’m asking, if you believe in what I’m trying to do, to pledge a buck or two. They add up. Also, please feel free to pass this along to any of your friends or acquaintances who might wish to support this program,” he said. “Thanks for the time and consideration.”