This is a bit overdue, but I wanted to do a quick recap of the Kids Read Comics event I attended in Chelsea this last weekend.
This was the first time this event has been organized, and it was really a great turnout. There were tons of families present with their children, getting some great exposure to some very talented creators and expanding their appreciation for the comic art form.
The fate of comics is one that I’m sure will prosper in the years ahead, but given how comics have matured so much in so little time it’s harder for parents to find books that are appropriate for young readers, leading many in the industry to develop plans for attracting the next generation to this amazing medium. It’s events like this one that really go that extra mile to help them do just that—promoting education as well as entertainment—and it was a privilege to be a part of it.
A big thanks to Dan Mishkin, Edith Burney and Dan & Katie Merritt for organizing this very special event, and may it grow by leaps and bounds in the years ahead!
For those who are interested, there’s a podcast from the event that actually discusses the future of comics, which you can find here: http://mlatcomics.com/krc/?p=303