Friday, May 30, 2008

It's Been a Long Time Since I Rocked and Rolled!

It's Been a Long Time Since I Rocked and Rolled!!!!! (For those of you not old enough to know or remember, this photograph is of the immortal Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin!!!!!) These guys rock, just like a bunch of things I want to talk about in this blog!!!!! Darth Bill is back, oh yea, and his boots were made for walkin'!!!! Can ya dig it????

This first announcement is by far one of the coolest I will make in this blog. "Alright are you ready!!!!" I said "Are You Ready!!!!!! I Can't Hear You!!!!!! Alright Here We Go!!!!!"""

A very cool program “Kids Love Comics! Workshop for Aspiring Artist & Young Fans" which is geared for 7- to 13-year-olds will be held here at ImaginOn on June 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This program will feature three 30-minute sessions with well-known comic artists John Gallagher (artist/writer “Buzzboy” and “NASCAR Heroes”), Josh Elder (creator/writer, “Mail Order Ninja” and “Batman Strikes!”) and Rich Faber (inker of “Superman”, “Green Lantern”, “Buzzboy” and co-creator/artist of “Roboy Red”).


MAKING COMICS THE NINJA WAY with Josh Elder - Learn the fundamentals of writing and illustrating comics, manga and graphic novels with award-winning graphic novelist and nationally syndicated cartoonist Josh Elder (Mail Order Ninja, Batman Strikes!). Then you can amaze your friends, impress your parents and certify your awesomeness with your mad ninja comic-creating skillz!

Mail Order Ninja by Josh Elder


John Gallagher explains how you can pull from your own interests to create heroes, villains, and other characters, using your own life story as a template. Themes covered include powers, costumes, character names, and story conflicts. (For example, what would Superman be without Kryptonite around?)

uzzboy by John Gallagher

MAKE YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK! with Rich Faber, Josh
Elder, John Gallagher and special guest artists

In 30 minutes, you can lay out the first page of your own comic! Josh, Rich and John will work with kids to pencil, ink, letter and design the first page of a real comic book, showing off their own actual scripts and
comic art!

Red by John Gallagher & Rich Faber

The Kids Love Comics! Workshop includes a meet and greet, Q&A session, and every kid will leave with a free comic (or two). The Kids Love Comics' Comic Book Diner will be provided to attendees, as well as an issue of NASCAR Heroes, the new NASCAR-themed superhero comic book. For more information about this free event, call the Spangler Children’s Library at ImaginOn at 704-973-2720.

The artists on the panel all belong to Kids Love Comics, a non-profit organization made up of comic creators, publishers, fans, educators, and journalists. Kids Love Comics hopes to share the value and potential of age-appropriate comics with a larger audience and is dedicated to the development and growth of children's comic books in North America.

Man, that is just a hard thing to top! So if you guys can make it, mark your calendars and be here at ImaginOn for the event!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And now for something completely different; A Super Cool Book Review:

Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher - This book is right up there with Tunnels in my opinion (for my Tunnels review see my April 5, 2008 post). If you remember that review, you will recall I gave it pretty high praise. Well Stoneheart is just as good!!!!! This book is the first in a trilogy (shoot, I hate waiting for the next installment) about a 12 year old boy named George. While on a school visit to a museum in London, George looses his temper and breaks a small carving of a dragon from the face of the building. He soon finds out that this stupid act has brought him into a London he never knew existed. A London where statues are very much alive and fall, generally, into two categories either Spits or Taints (to find out what this means you'll have to read the book). A fragile truce lies between them and George finds himself through his thoughtless actions very likely to cause all out war between the two fractions. Added to all this, George is given 24 hours to make amends for the breaking of the carving or face a fate worse than death. George meets many allies and enemies throughout his journey of this "other London." Some of these characters are Edie (a Glint), The Gunner, The Black Friar, The Sphinxes, Dragons, Gargoyles, The Grid Man, a Minotaur, The Clocker, The Walker, among many others. All these characters are wonderful and fascinating; jammed into a fast moving story that will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. Miss this book at your own disappointment!!!!!!!

Whelp, that's all I got for now, kiddos.

Happy Trails,


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