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
Joelle Jones, Lukas Ketner, Lucy Bellwood, Tom Rogers, and Jack Ciolli appear at Angry Pigeon for an art show opening receptions on Thursday, March 5th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and Friday, March 6th at 4:00 to 7:00 PM!
712 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood appears at Trident Booksellers on Monday, July 14th at 7:00 pm!
Have you ever yearned for a life at sea? Wondered what it would be like to sail aboard an 18th century vessel? Been perplexed by the confusing nautical terminology in Melville and O’Brian? Join tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist Lucy Bellwood as she reads from her educational, autobiographical comic series Baggywrinkles. Whether working as a deckhand on the Lady Washington or documenting the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport, her visual insights into life on board historic vessels will illuminate and delight.
About the author: Lucy Bellwood is a cartoonist and illustrator working out of Periscope Studio in Portland, OR. Since 2007 she has been an avid lover of tall ships and sailing, working aboard vessels up and down the West Coast. In 2014 she traveled to Boston to document the 38th voyage of the freshly-restored 1840s wooden whaling ship the Charles W. Morgan. Her work has appeared in Symbolia Magazine, The Nib, Cartozia Tales, and many other venues. You can find her online at lucybellwood.com or on Twitter as @LuBellWoo.
Trident Booksellers and Cafe
338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
Cartoonist Danielle Corsetto appears at Bridge City Comics with special guests Erika Moen and Lucy Bellwood on Saturday July 19th on 6:00 – 9:00 pm! Corsetto is celebrating her webcomic Girls with Slingshots’ tenth anniversary with a coast-t0-coast signing tour.
Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227