Free Comic Book Day and More!

freecomicbookdayIt’s no coincidence that we try to schedule Kid Central Festival on the first Saturday of May every year. That’s the same day as Free Comic Book Day across the country!

This year we’re excited to have Ellen Toole with us. She’s the co-author of the web comic Gracieland and one of the real -life characters in the new graphic novel The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley. Stop by to meet her and get a copy of the Free Comic Book Day edition of Dumbest Idea Ever! while supplies last. Jimmy Gownley himself will be visiting The Briar Patch on Saturday, May 17 so you can get your comic signed by him too!

Don’t miss the other amazing Maine children’s authors at Kid Central this year:

ChrisVanDusen     President Taft

Chris Van Dusen will be reading from his newest book, the hilarious President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Van Dusen and written by Mac Barnett. His event will begin at 10 am and he’ll be staying to autograph books and meet fans until noon. Van Dusen is the creator of many outstanding books for children, including Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, If I Built a House, The Circus Ship, and many others. About President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, he says, “This is just the kind of outrageously silly story I love to illustrate. Plus, President Taft was a blast to paint!”

hazelmitchellHazel Mitchell is originally from Scarborough in Yorkshire, UK. She moved to America in 2000 and now lives and works in Maine. Hazel still misses fish and chips and mushy peas, (but she’s learning to love lobster). She have two dogs, two horses, a cat and several snow shovels.

Stop by Hazel’s table, see some of her fun artwork and maybe ask her to draw a doodle for you to take home!

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_MG_2395Josh Alves is an Illustrator/Cartoonist who gets to doodle with his wife and kids in Maine! His work includes illustrations for books, graphics/animations for iPhone games, and his own comics and stories. He is the creator of the all-ages, puzzle-comic series “Adventures of the Araknid Kid” as well as the single-panel comic strip “Tastes Like Chicken”!

In addition to signing copies of “Lilly Bristol, Dinosaur Wrangler” and “Zeke Meeks” books, Josh will have limited number of his new “Star Wars-ish” finger puppets handouts. Don’t miss out!


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