NEW YORK CITY (April 30, 2013) – KIDS COMIC CON 7 (KCC 7), one of the best entertainment values around, is rocketing to earth on Saturday, May 11 at Bronx Community College. This year’s theme for the fabulous free event is: Sci-Fact to Sci-Fiction, Where Creativity and Technology Meet. Kids will be able to meet with over 30 acclaimed artists who use different forms of science and technology to create comics, animation, video games, puppets, and more.

Among the exhibitors at this year’s KIDS COMIC CON is the Scholastic Book Fair. While Scholastic will have some materials available for kids to take away, KCC organizers thought they’d go the extra mile and actually give the children who attend the opportunity to purchase books they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. Because its primary goal is to promote reading, creativity, and exploration in kids’ lives, KCC 7 launched an Indiegogo campaign to put more books in the hands of underprivileged children. Called “KCC Bucks 4 Books,” the goal is the help build a literacy treasure chest and collected more than $700 as of this writing.

On the day of the event, organizers will give KCC Coupons worth $5 to as many children as possible. The number will depend on the amount of money raised through this funding campaign. The coupons will be honored by the Scholastic Book Fair booth, and by any other book vendor at the show. At the end of the day, the vendors will redeem the coupons for an equal amount in actual dollars.

“This is a great event for families and we hope to inspire the love of learning and creativity,” said KCC creator and founder Alex Simmons, writer for Archie, Scooby-Doo, and Tarzan, among others. “The not-for-profit enterprise was designed to engage children’s imagination and creativity through the medium of comic books, drawing, art and storytelling and to let kids know that people care about them and believe in their ability to do positive things in the world. Inherent in this is the educational aspect of literacy – helping kids both read and write.”

Featured events include:
Cissé Samba Ndar, a talented international cartoonist and comics artist is traveling from Senegal to meet, greet, and talk about his experiences in the arts. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about his international experience in comics.

First International Screening: “The Comic King of Guatemala” Is a carload of comics heading from the U.S to Guatemala, a dream or a disaster? Dan and Sarah are opening Guatemala’s first ever comic book shop! In a country where illiteracy rates are high, a bookshop may not perhaps be the best business venture. However Dan and Sarah are on a mission … and comics are at the core. The acclaimed short films screens at KIDS COMIC CON at 12:15, 1:45, and 3:45.

KCC 7 Patrolled By NEW CRUSADERS! The creators of Archie Comics’ sci-fi superheroes The New Crusaders will be there to answer questions, sketch, and share an inside peek of their creation.

Around the Corner to SESAME STREET! Come meet members of the Jim Henson/Sesame Street creative team. Learn how they work with the Muppets, and much more.

Expand your reading library with an on-site SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR! Representatives from Scholastic will be on hand with special offers just for KCC attendees!

Additional fun and activities include workshops including how to write and draw comics, the science behind superheroes, an archery demonstration, costumed characters from Marvel and DC Comics, and a raffle for prizes including original one-of-a-kind art, autographed books, an Iron Man “Build-a-Bear” and more!

Other notable guests include veteran editors Jim Salicrup and Joan Hilty, artist Rick Parker, Louis Mitchell and Diana Leto from Sesame Workshop, Karen Falk from the Jim Henson Company and a variety of writers, artists and editors from Archie Comics including Suzannah Rowntree, Alex Simmons, Jamal Peppers, Alitha Martinez, Ryan Jampole, Joe Morciglio, Angelo DeCesare and Paul Castiglia.

Since 2007 the annual event has introduced thousands of kids and families to the power of imagination and creativity, This year, KCC is developing programming for students and teachers in Africa, and continue to bring interactive programming to Ronald McDonald House NYC and partner with them, and others, in its fight for children against cancer.

The 2013 KIDS COMIC CON is set for May 11 at Bronx Community College, 181st Street and University Avenue, Bronx, NY from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Admission is FREE. For additional information and up-to-the-minute programming updates, please visit

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