SMASH artist Kyle Bolton just got another year older. Please join us in wishing him a very happy birthday! (They grow up so darned fast…)
Come visit us at the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington, from Friday, March 28th through Sunday the 30th!
You will find us at Artist’s Alley table LL-14 (click here for a map). We’ll be selling copies of Smash: Trial by Fire and the Emerald City-exclusive poster below.
In addition, we’ll be at the following panels:
Comics are for Kids Again!
Friday, March 28th – 1:00PM
Room: TCC 302
For many years, the comic industry ran away from its kid-friendly roots, toward more serious, dark, “adult” work. Now a slew of comics and graphic novels are embracing younger readers and finding a new generation of eager comic lovers! Panelists include Jake Parker (Missile Mouse), Shelli Paroline Lamb (Adventure Time), Chris Giarrusso (G-Man), Kevin Konrad Hanna (Creature Academy), and Chris & Kyle Bolton (Smash: Trial by Fire).
Kids Make Comics!
Saturday, March 29th – 5:00PM
Room: TCC 302
Making comics is fun… and so easy, any kid can do it! Chris and Kyle Bolton, the creators of the all-ages comic SMASH, offer quick and easy instructions for kids of all ages to create their own comics, learn to work together, and have fun doing it.
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.)
Kyle demonstrates “How to Draw Smash.”
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SMASH: TRIAL BY FIRE just got a great write-up on the website Bookslut (don’t worry, it’s safe to read!) from ace blogger Colleen Mondor, who calls it “a funny story with bright artwork and a nice wide size that early readers should enjoy exploring on their own.”
She goes on to write:
SMASH has a lot of humor….[Chris] Bolton makes Andrew extremely believable and lets him fulfill a few kid fantasies along with the more serious hero stuff. Kyle Bolton’s artwork is perfect; the faces are very expressive, and he captures Andrew’s alternately confident and overwhelmed expressions with aplomb. Elementary-schoolers are going to get a lot of joy out of this one, and I hope a sequel, set up by the final pages, will be released soon.
Click here to read the whole column. Thanks, Colleen!
And you can check out more reviews for SMASH right here.