Kids Comic Con
Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. Everyone still may be coming down from the excitement of Free Comic Book Day and the blockbuster opening of Marvel Iron Man 3, but we’re already looking ahead to Wednesday’s releases and Saturday’s two noteworthy events: Kids Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo.
But first, back to Wednesday, as ROBOT 6′s contributors single out some of the best titles going on sale this week, including a new edition of Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack and Red Handed.
Conventions | The University of Calgary’s student newspaper looks at the rapid growth of the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, and the problems that go with it: Last year, ticket holders had to be turned away because the event was over capacity. “Last year it was really a shame that people had so much trouble,” says Lyndsay Peters, owner of Dragon Chow Dice Bags. “We saw a lot of frustrated customers and we talked to a lot of frustrated people. I know there are some people who won’t be coming back this year. But everything we have been told as vendors and everything that has been communicated to us shows that they are taking it very seriously this year.” This year’s convention will be held April 26-28. [The Gauntlet]
Awards | The jury has been announced for the Doug Wright Awards. [Doug Wright Awards Blog]
I went to Kids Comic Con last year and it was amazing. This one event really captures what comics are all about — fun! There were big-name artists there as well as newcomers promoting their first projects, and the room was full of kids who were running around having the time of their lives. The con offers the opportunity to meet creators, take part in a hands-on workshop, or just sit and read and draw some comics; it’s as laid back as anything involving hundreds of kids can possibly be.
This year’s KCC takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Bronx Community College in New York. Admission is free for kids, $5 for adults (17 and over), and you don’t have to preregister or stand on line. DC and Archie will be there, as well as Chris Giarrusso, creator of the Mini-Marvels and G-Man: Cape Crisis. The con is organized by Alex Simmons, a writer for Archie Comics, so you know a good time is guaranteed for all.