Last week, we had an incredible time visiting several classrooms' worth of fourth- and fifth-graders at Laurelhurst Elementary School in Seattle.
The event was put together by Sue Nevins of Seattle's fantastic Mockingbird Books and overseen by Laurelhurst school librarian Tom Brown. Of course, we took lots of photos! (Click on the image for a bigger version.)
The Bolton brothers arrive at Seattle's Laurelhurst Elementary.
A grand welcome!
The brothers pose before the event. (Chris on the left, Kyle on the right)
Laurelhurst librarian Tom Brown warms up the crowd.
We start with an excerpt from Smash: Trial by Fire, with Kyle and I performing the voices of the characters and providing sound effects.
Kyle demonstrates "How to Draw Smash."
Kyle and I show the kids how we make comics, with me describing the panel that Kyle draws in front of the students.
We ask the kids for dialogue suggestions, then they vote for their favorite.
Kyle draws the second panel.
Then we have the kids vote again. Is this how the story should end? The choice is theirs!
Some kids wanted their shoes signed afterward. (I just hope their parents didn't get mad!)
Afterwards, we signed books for all the kids who ordered a copy.
Sue capably handles crowd control as we're swarmed by eager readers.
By now, Kyle and I have mastered the art of synchronized signing.
HUGE thanks to super-powered school librarian Tom Brown (left) and the amazing Sue Nevins (far right) from Mockingbird Books!
We had such a great time and loved meeting so many enthusiastic young Smash fans!
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