On Saturday, May 10, children, parents, teachers, and fans of comic books, manga, graphic novels, animation, anime, sci-fi, movies, pop culture and fantasy literature will have an opportunity to enter into a world of wondrous imagination, fun and learning at the KIDS COMIC CON 8 (KCC 8) taking place at the Bronx Community College from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The annual event continues KCC’s mission to encourage positivity through imagination and creativity, with special kid-targeted programming including drawing workshops, special presentations, cosplayers, panels and autograph signings by a variety of comics industry and children’s entertainment professionals.
“KCC’s primary goal is to promote reading, creativity, and exploration in kids’ lives,” KCC organizer Alex Simmons said. “We believe it’s so important that young people embrace a continuous flow of positive ideas, skills, and outlets for their thinking as well as self-esteem. This year’s theme is EVERYDAY HEROES! So come share the day and the magic.”
Those interested in participating in the event are encouraged to contact Alex Simmons via email at Alex@KidsComicCon.com or to visit the official KCC website at www.kidscomiccon.com for more details. Whether you’re an artist or writer with your own comic book, manga series or graphic novel or a multi-media artist, performer or educator with a unique and entertaining way to reach out to children, Kids Comic Con wants you!
Guests already confirmed for the May 10th event include:
Alex Simmons (Archie, Scooby Doo)
Mark Mariano (Happyloo, Flabbergast) www.mypalmark.com
Fathers of the Dark Knight (a costumed play that brings the origins of the world’s most” popular comic book hero to life) www.FathersoftheDarkKnight.com
Gregory Garay (Jack B) http://weflyhi.com
AEON Media Entertainment
Joey Endres and Jesus Marquez
…And many more.
More guest, panels, workshops and special presentations in the works for KCC 8 will be announced soon.
“Since 2007 our annual Kids Comic Con event has introduced thousands of kids and families to the power of imagination and creativity,” added Simmons. “Our road shows have traveled from Upstate New York to Miami to Senegal in Africa. This year, we’re developing programming for students and teachers in the West Indies, and continue to bring interactive programming to Ronald McDonald House NYC and partner with them, and others, in its fight for children against cancer.”
As a lead-in to the flagship KCC 8 event, founder and organizer Alex Simmons will take part in the following events where he will represent Kids Comic Con:
April 5th: Geppi Pop Culture Museum, Baltimore, MD. Guest speaker, Signing
April 18-20: Awesome Con, Washington, D.C. Guest, Kids’ Programming Consultant
April 25-27: C2E2 in Chicago. IL. Guest, Kids’ Programming Consultant/Coordinator
At several of the above events, Alex will be joined by fellow KCC team members as well as creative talents local to each area.
The excitement doesn’t end with KCC 8, though! KCC is also happy to announce the following post-KCC 8 events.
May 16-18: Alex will be the guest speaker and Kids’ Comics Consultant at the South Carolina Book Festival.
June 19: Invitation-Only event teaming KCC with Ronald McDonald House for Sesame Street-themed NICU Reunion Party at Kings County Hospital Center, NY.
October 4: Invitation-Only event teaming KCC with Ronald McDonald House for “Superhero For a Day” event at Ronald McDonald House, NY. Children from area hospitals will be invited as well for a party that will feature real-life heroes like police, firemen, teachers and more plus superheroes from comics and cartoons and the actors who portray them.
Coming off of a very successful 2013 that found the KCC team not only organizing KCC 7 but also revving up the “KCC Roadshow” for special events including The Montgomery Arts & Music Fest benefitting the Make a Wish Foundation, a private autograph signing event for the children of Ronald McDonald House of author Shira Frimer’s graphic novel Nistar, participating in the annual Ronald McDonald House Block Party, and co-running the first-ever “Family Room” area of New York Comic Con, 2014 carries on the theme of bringing the mission of Kids Comic Con far and wide.
The 2014 KIDS COMIC CON is set for May 10 at Bronx Community College, 181st Street and University Avenue, Bronx, NY from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information and up-to-the-minute programming updates, please visit www.facebook.com/KidsComiCon.