I had a blast putting together this year's Kids Love Comics pavilion for the Baltimore Comic Con. I'm excited to say we have an all star line up of guests and some amazing programming planned this year! Our section is booth 3000 and below is all the information about our pavilion. Make sure you stop by our area and see why Kids Love Comics!!
 

Baltimore Comic-Con Offers Interactive Kids’ Comics Area with cartoonists, comic creation, capes, and light saber training!

Kids 10 and under get in free at the Baltimore Comic-Con September 5-7, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center — and show organizers are once again presenting a kid-friendly comics area, full of all-ages comics, as well as the artists and writers who make them. Creators from such companies as Archie, Scholastic, Disney, Simon & Schuster, First Second, Marvel, and DC will be on hand to sketch, say hi, and help to teach young ones about the magic of comics through mini-How-To’s through the weekend, right at the Kids Comics Pavilion! Plus, kids can take part in comic crafts, game shows, and more!

Activities in this super cool section of the show include:
* Interactive Comics Talks from some of Kids’ Comics top creators, such as Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Andy Runton (Owly), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and more!
* Design your own super hero cape and mask
* Doodle Scribble Draw! Kids Drawing Gameshow!
* Creator sketches and autographs
* Kid-Safe Star Wars Light Saber Training
* Puppet making with Chris O>Matic!
“The Baltimore Comic-Con has always been a welcoming, family-friendly show, and every year, we aim to make the Kids Love Comics Pavilion inspiring to young comic fans. Not only do we want kids to read comics, we show them how they can create their own! I wish there was an event like this when I was a kid,” said Mark Mariano, creator of the Happyloo graphic novel series, and co-organizer (with John Gallagher) of the kids section. “It’s so cool that I bring my own family here every year,” added Gallagher.
 
Here’s a rundown of the Kids Love Comics Pavilion Creators:
 
Scott Alboum (Sunday only) – Don't Dress Me Up For Halloween – That's Just Mean
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Harold Buchholz - Archie Comics
 
Ben Caldwell- The Dare Detectives, Star Wars Adventures
daredetectives.com
 
Frank Cammuso - Salem Hyde, Otto’s Backwards Day, Knights of the Lunch Table
cammuso.com
 
Jamie Cosley (Saturday only) - Cody the Cavalier, Zucchini
Tyler Cosley (Saturday only) - AlakaZach, Ninja Squirrel
jamiecosley.com

 

 

Franco (Appearing Saturday and Sunday) - Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Hellboy
awyeahcomics.com

Jay Fosgitt - Bodie Troll
jayfosgitt.com

John Gallagher - Zoey and Ketchup, Buzzboy, Roboy Red
Katie Gallagher - Zoey and Ketchup
skydogcomics.com

 

 
SL Gallant - GI JOE
 

 

Chris Giarrusso - G-Man, Mini-Marvels
 

Jimmy Gownley - The Dumbest Idea Ever!, Amelia Rules!
jimmygownley.com

Ben Hatke (Saturday only) - Zita the Spacegirl, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures
benhatke.com

Jason Horn - Ninjasaur
ninjasaur.com

 

 
Jamal Igle - Molly Danger, Supergirl, Firestorm
 
Lora Innes - The Dreamer
 

Mike Maihack - Cleopatra in Space
cowshell.com

Mike Manley – Judge Parker, Darkhawk, Batman, Captain America
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Mark Mariano - The Other Side of Hugless Hill, Happyloo, Flabbergast
mypalmark.com

 

Mark McKenna - Banana Tail, Star Wars, Marvel, DC
markmckennaart.com

 

 

 

Jamar Nicholas - Leon: Protector of the Playground
jamarnicholas.com

 

 

Chris O>Matic - The Chris O>Matic Show!
omatics.net

 

 
Chris Otto and Ben Taylor - A Dog’s Life
 

Dan Parent - Archie, Kevin Keller
danparent.com

Andy Runton - Owly
owly.com

 

 

Gregg Schigiel - Spongebob Squarepants Comics, Pix
hatterentertainment.com

 

 

Jeff Schultz - Archie Comics
 
Ted Tucker – Caricature Artist
caricatureconnection.com
 
Tickets
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale!
Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now!
KIDS LOVE COMICS 2014 PROGRAMMING
All programs take place at the Workshop Area at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion
 
Friday
 
4pm 
Drawing Aliens, Robots, and Nature with Steve Conley
The beautiful world of Steve Conley's book, BLOOP, is full of trees, flowers, lush landscapes, and a splash of aliens and robots. Join Steve as he teaches you how to draw the nature that surrounds us and all the awesome aspects of BLOOP!
 
5pm 
Drawing Heroic Females and Felines with Mike Maihack
Mike Maihack is the amazing author/artist of the graphic novel, Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice, from Scholastic/Graphix. In this workshop, Mike will share his technique for drawing heroines like Cleopatra, Supergirl, and Batgirl. He'll also be drawing cats, and who doesn't love cats?!
 
6pm
How Cynja Are You?
Today, our battlefield is a new frontier. It’s one that’s invisible to all but those with cyber powers. It’s time to train a new kind of superhero—one who will protect cyberspace from attack! Join the creators of the new comic series, The Cynja, as they show you how to acquire the cyber powers to fight zombies, worms and botnets. The world needs boys and girls with digital skills to become Cynjas and keep the Internet safe for all. It's time to become a cyber hero!
 

Saturday

 

 

 

11am 
Creating Comic Strips with Ben Taylor and Chris Otto

Do you have a funny idea for a comic strip? Chris Otto and Ben Taylor are the minds behind the popular webcomic, A Dog's Life. They'll share their insight on writing and drawing comic strips. Working with ideas from the audience, Chris and Ben will create a brand new comic strip.

 

 

 

12pm 
Learn to Draw Owly and Everything Else! with Andy Runton

Andy Runton teaches you how to pencil and ink your drawings. Open to kids, parents, and anyone who wants to learn how the professionals draw comics! 

 

 


1pm
 

Doodle! Scribble! Draw! hosted by Mark Mariano
Franco and Gregg Schigiel VS. Chris Giarrusso and Jay Fosgitt.
Join in a frenetic game where you and professional comic artists pit scribbles against one another in a series of improvisational drawing quests. Do you have the courage to doodle silly things for a crowd? Will the crowd have the imagination necessary to help the teams complete the quests and win the Doodle Scribble Draw championship belts? 

  

 

 

2pm 
Light Saber Training with Jedi Master Jongal
Learn the ancient techniques of the light saber in this fun and safe workshop lead by Jedi Master Jongal of the Dagobah system.

 

3pm 
The Three Secrets of Making Great Comics with Ben Hatke
Learn where stories come from, how to invent new characters, and how words and pictures work together. Ben touches on all this in his presentation that includes live drawing, masks, story card activities and more. PLUS: The secret origin of Zita the Spacegirl!

 

 

 

4pm 
Paperbag Puppet Pals with Chris O>Matic
Make a monster! Make a sidekick! Make a strange animal! With a paperbag, crayons, construction paper, gluesticks, and your imagination, your Puppet Pal can be whatever you want!

 

 

 

Cartooning with Cosleys hosted by Jamie and Tyler Cosley
Can you make awesome monsters using basic shapes and ordinary words?!? You sure can! Join Jamie Cosley and his son Tyler Cosley as they teach kids to create their own cartoon characters! Tyler will also be on hand to encourage kids to write their own graphic novels. Tyler is thirteen-years-old and has written two!

 

 

6pm 

 

Groove Is In The Art with Mark Mariano and Chris O>Matic
The forecast is calling for a Jam Drawing with chances of Dance Outbursts in this exciting art experiment. Music can make us happy, make us cry, invoke childhood memories, but what kind of drawings will it inspire? YOU can draw alongside a bunch of guest artists with DJ Chris O>Matic spinning the tunes.

 

 

 

Sunday

11am 
Alien Art with Dawn Griffin
In Dawn Griffin’s popular webcomic, Zorphbert & Fred, two aliens disguise themselves as dogs to experience life on earth. In this workshop, you'll meet Dawn, learn how she creates her comic, and draw your own wacky alien!  

 

 

 

The Zany Faces of SpongeBob SquarePants with Gregg Schigiel
Learn how to draw SpongeBob SquarePants from the man who draws the SpongeBob comics! Gregg Schigiel gives young cartoonists an inside look on creating the many expressions of everyone's favorite sponge!

 

 

 

1pm 
Doodle! Scribble! Draw! hosted by Mark Mariano
Jason Horn & Lorra Innes vs Ben Caldwell & Frank Cammuso
Join in a frenetic game where you and professional comic artists pit your scribbles against one another in a series of improvisational drawing quests. Do you have the courage to doodle silly things for a crowd? And will the crowd have the imagination necessary to help the teams complete the quests and win the Doodle Scribble Draw championship belts? 

 

 

 

2pm 
Superhero Factory: Cape and Mask Making 
You won't be able to fly and it won't give you super powers, but you can still have fun making your own cape!  PLUS, the best way to protect your secret identity is to make and wear your own superhero mask!

 

 

 

3pm 
The Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas 
Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wetsuit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!

 

 

 

4pm 
Groove Is In The Art with Mark Mariano and Chris O>Matic
The forecast is calling for a Jam Drawing with chances of Dance Outbursts in this exciting art experiment. Music can make us happy, make us cry, invoke childhood memories, but what kind of drawings will it inspire? YOU can draw along side a bunch of guest artists with DJ Chris O>Matic spinning the tunes.