Alex Simmons here. I’m the founder of the Kids Comic Con, an all age event bringing the arts, literacy, science, and fun to kids, teens, parents, and educators through the world of comics and graphic novels.
This all started out in 2007 when my team and I produced this one-day extravaganza on the campus of Bronx Community College, in New York City. We brought professional writers, illustrators, editors and publishers together to create an a wild and exciting environment where kids were encouraged to meet comics professionals, ask questions, take free drawing workshops, participate in panels, games, and more.
Admission to our event is FREE for ages 17 and under, plus they receive a bag of free books and other goodies. (Tkts are $5 for those over 17.). And we manage all of this mainly through the kindness of our volunteers and supporters.
Inspired by our success with KCC, I co-created the COLOR OF COMICS Exhibit. The COC exhibitions seeks to throw a spotlight on the diversity of characters of color in comic art so that young people will see themselves represented in this art form, and educators will find a new source of images and cultural contexts for classroom discussions.
Over the past four years we've produced four main events in New York City, and created a road show version which has appeared in upstate New York, and Miami, Florida.
Our success has proven that a stimulated imagination leads to curiosity, exploration, and discovery. And discovery inspires goals and direction, something young people need to help them envision and plan for their future.
As I said before, much of what we do is through volunteers and donations of books and art supplies. But we want to do more and recently we were offered a special opportunity.
We’ve been invited to bring our KCC Expo to Senegal, Africa, in December 2010. Our first fundraising efforts did not reach its goal, but this is to important a program to let it die on the vine, so we’ve pared our program down (less teaching artists, books, equipment). Still we'll be taking them:
• The Color of Comics exhibition (over 75 illustrations)
• Professional development workshops for educators
• Creating comics workshops for over 1500 young people
• A panel on comic art, kids, and education on a global scale
Now we need your help to meet these goals. So, please pledge what you can as soon as you can. This would be a phenomenal meeting of the minds both artistically and educationally.
And if being part of this is not enough reason to elicit your pledge, we’re offering some truly super cool goodies and give-aways!
So, please click, pledge, then call a friend. I truly want to be able to email you all about how well the program was received -- complete with photos and thank yous.
- (34 days)