Art Teachers Wanted
On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 the General Store & News Stand Comics, located in Quaker Square on the University of Akron campus, invites you and your family to stop by and check out our facility. We are looking for any input you can contribute about expanding our previous success working with the Akron Public Schools during our annual Free Comic Book Day on the 1st Saturday of May. Light refreshments will be served and we are planning a Q & A period with teachers around 5:30 PM.
Over the past three years we have teamed up with APS art teacher Bill Rose and Betty Jane Elementary School to bring together Comic Book artists with students of all ages in a themed comic art contest. Great prizes are awarded, the students participate in a Q & A session with the comic artists, and just have a whole lot of fun. Last year alone we gave out over 1000 free comics while students, their families, and customers met over ten artists who provided sessions on comic book creation. We had artists such as Mike W. Barr (DC Comics), Marc Sumerak (Marvel Comics), and Craig Boldman (Archie Comics) participate, just to name a few, as well as many other local artists.
Among the topics for the Q & A session will be:
Akron Public Schools again providing art work from students to be entered into a themed art contest. Judging will take place during Free Comic Book Day by the attendees of the event with fabulous prizes awarded to the winners in two categories, 13 and younger and over 13. Additionally, the comic professionals will supply feedback on some of the submissions.
Betty Jane School runs incentive programs building up to this event around attendance and tardies. We will be looking for suggestions about how to further engage with the high schools this year during our Q & A session with teachers at the store.
Activities and events already planned for this year are:
On Friday, May 2, assemblies are planned by grade level at Betty Jane School with students and teachers interacting with three of our comic artists, watching the artists produce their art, talk about their craft, and participating in Q & A sessions.
In the evening of May 2 an additional assembly is planned at 6:00 PM at Betty Jane School with students, their families, and the local community interacting with the same artists. All are welcome.
Saturday, May 3 will be this year’s Free Comic Book Day at the General Store, with free comics, meeting the professional comic artists, and opportunities to get artists’ autographs.
This year we are also considering hosting a lunch with the comic artists where students could bring a box lunch to eat while enjoying conversation with one of our artists. Students would have to sign up for the free tickets in advance since there would be a limited number of seats available.
We are also working on a number of other events which we should be able to announce on January 29 during your visit.
Where we are:
Quaker Square General Store and News Stand Comics
120 E Mill Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Any questions can be addressed through Bill Rose at [email protected] or you can contact Thom Hoff of News Stand Comics at 330-289-1821.
You can find an invite on EventBrite or click on the link below