KIDS’ COMIC CON ANNOUNCES GUESTS FOR 11th ANNUAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT EXPO
NEW YORK (March 21, 2017) – Kids Comic Con (KCC) the annual children’s outreach event celebrating its 11th anniversary returns on Saturday, April 22 at the Bronx Community College from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Organizers are happy to announce an exciting guest line-up featuring noted comics and children’s entertainment creators, including several new talents making their first KCC appearance.
Seventeen-year-old Julie Averbach is the creator, writer and editor of Adventures From My World, a comic designed to support siblings of individuals with special needs. This comic reassures siblings that they are not alone and enhances general awareness about the challenges they face, while empowering individuals to express their emotions more openly. Julie produced the comic in collaboration with student artists from the Kubert School as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, and thousands of copies have been distributed at sibling support groups, hospitals, universities, and resource centers both across the nation and around the globe. This year, Julie was one of ten girls in the United States to be recognized by Girl Scouts USA as a National Young Woman of Distinction for her work on this project.
Robert Geronimo brings his imaginative project, Little Maia to KCC. A wordless graphic novel series appropriate for readers of any age and language, it is inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Winsor McKay’s Little Nemo & the Adventures in Slumberland. Little Maia’s adventures follow a brave little problem-solver who visits magical worlds and must find her way back home. The wordless format is designed to encourage children to use their imagination, develop a dialogue between the characters, and to serve as a great introduction to comic book storytelling!
Julie and Robert join this exciting roster of returning guests:
- Alex Simmons (comics writer-playwright-educator, Archie, Scooby Doo, Tarzan)
- Jim Salicrup (artist/publisher, Papercutz)
- Diana Leto (artist on Cave Girl, My Little Pony, artist/co-creator of Halloween Legion)
- Danny Fingeroth (writer/editor Spider-Man, Superman)
- Mark Mariano (writer-artist, Happyloo, Adventure Time, Aw Yeah Comics)
- Chris Giarusso (author-illustrator, G-Man, Mini-Marvels)
- Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (puppeteer and voice of Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby)
- Joe Endres (writer/artist/co-creator, Space Scamps, Colossians)
- Michael Grassia (creator of Plunger Pup and the educational cartooning website, getintoon.net)
- Emilio Velez Jr. (artist/creator of The Dodgeball Teens)
- Mike Lopez (educator, kids’ comics advocate)
- Kate Cohn (sketch artist)
- The Lair, the Bronx’s premiere comics and gaming store will once again host role-playing card game tournaments featuring Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon and Magic, the Gathering.
- Several cosplaying heroes from the East Coast Avengers group will be back, on-hand to help everyone connect with their inner hero.
This year’s theme is Rainbow Rangers, celebrating the diversity of heroes around the world! Exciting new programming and activities will put kids of all ages right into the heart of the action. Look for further details soon.
KCC is accepting applications for guests and vendors for its April 22nd show. There is a small registration fee for those wishing to exhibit at KCC. Secure your table space by going to our web site’s Registration Page: http://kidscomiccon.com/artist-vendor-registration/.
Exhibitors interested in leading workshops, panels or lectures can submit their ideas to KCC founder, Alex Simmons for his review at Alex@KidsComicCon.com.
The 2017 KIDS COMIC CON takes place April 22 at Bronx Community College, 181st Street and University Avenue, Bronx, NY from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Up-to-the-moment updates on additional programming and guests for KCC11 can be found on our main site (www.KidsComicCon.con) as well as on our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/KidsComicCon) and Twitter account (@KCC4Kids).