Kings’ Kids Corps

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Summer school holidays are in full swing, and the spawnlings are not yet restless… but only a fool would allow them to reach that point.

Kings Comics are to the rescue! They are putting on a special kids day for all your little heroes and villains.

So what’s on offer?

  • Cosplay Competition
  • 10% off All-Ages comics (DC Superhero Girls is a fave in our Lair)
  • Games and Activities
  • Kids workshop with Louie Joyce
  • Face-painting (I want a unicorn)
  • Lucky dip bags
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Used with permission / Kings Comics

The staff at Kings Comics have really been building its community spirit over the past year. Free Comic Book Day was huge back in May, with special guests Nicola Scott, Dean Rankine, Tristan Jones, and Mark Sexton. That particular celebration was the most family friendly (and the most fun) in all of Sydney—dare I say, the best of ALL FCBD events.

Yes, I will dare to say it!

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Used with permission / Kings Comics

 

The team at Kings Comics always make people welcome in their store. In 2016, Kings also kicked off the women’s only comic-book club Queens of Kings with monthly meets and special guests. They also had their first Single Issues Night earlier this month; a social night of merriment with fellow comic-fans and plenty of single issues to flick through (single issues of comics, not single people with issues… though, I see your point…)

But forget about the ladies, and who cares about drinking and reading comics!! The next big thing is the Kids Corps! Now is the time for all the spawnlings to come and have some fun!

For more info, check out the King Comics Facebook page. Evil Genius Inc will be there (minus EG Dad). Cosplay and all. You couldn’t keep us from the party!

 

When:                 

Tuesday 10 January 2016  –  11am to 4pm

Where:                

Kings Comics

310 Pitt Street, Sydney

 

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Art of The Brick: DC

There are only a handful of themes which truly stand the test of time. The kind of things shared between generations; dancing across language barriers; appreciated by any child, anywhere, anytime. Lego is definitely one. DC characters are absolutely there. Art is certainly there.

And then whoa! You have someone like Nathan Sawaya combining all three?!? Welcome to the Art of the Brick: DC Comics.

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FCBD 2014 & EGP Award #46

Free Comic Book Day has come and gone, leaving naught by silent reading in its wake.

If ever there was a time to conquer the geeks of the world, it would be the first Saturday of May.

And let’s face it – is there really anyone else in the world worth conquering?

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This annual event is promoted as an opportunity to encourage reading in children, when really it is an opportunity to recruit the oncoming storm of GEEKS!!

Basically a bunch of comic publishing groups band together and print off a selection of comics specifically for the day. Local comic-book stores purchase these (yes, they actually pay a nominal fee for printing and delivery costs), and then publicise the be-jeebus out if the event.

These comics are then offered FOR FREE (in most places), with in-stores sales used to support the local business.

For me, the highlight is the cosplay by participants and general public. Why?

Because it gives you an excellent idea of the competition – who is parenting right.

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Once again, Evil Genius Inc attended in various outfits. Sinister chose Pikachu – the Pokemon that refuses to be put in a Poke Ball. Talk about attitude.

Then we had Nefarious as 1960s Batman – whose secret weapon is no-one taking him seriously until he kicks you in the junk (just ask the Joker at Kings Comics).

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And there is Wonder Woman, who roped her Invisible Jet into carrying her around all day. Nice work, Zaltu.

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However, there is one standout of parenting from FCBD:

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This is awesome!! Not only does the dad go as a sentinel, but he even sets the kids up for a fastball special.

So, to @michaelare23, you are awarded this weeks Evil Genius Parent Award.

Free Comic Book Day 2013

May the 4th be with you…

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Well played, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) organisers. Well played. Doubling up your day with the Geeks Holiday:  Star Wars Day.

Of course, as with any geek festival, there were plenty of cosplay opportunities (including Evil Genius Inc). And of course, there were a couple of violations of the rule: “Spandex is a privilege; Not a right.”

What is Free Comic Book Day? Infidel…

Oh, okay. Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday of May each year. Participating Comic Book stores (and some regular book stores and libraries) offer at least one free comic book on the day. The range of comics come from many publishers, including the usual producers of evil: Marvel, DC, Dark Horse.

So why free comics? It is quite ingenious really – what better way to attract more readers, and secure your established market, than with free stuff?

Add some cosplay festivities and competitions, and bam! You’ve got yourself an instant expansion to what some think is a dwindling audience.

It also provides a great opportunity for artists and writers, like Gail Simone, to head over to their local bookstore and pimp their wares while supporting what is essentially a ‘physical retail store only’ event.

Again, well played FCBD.

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EG Inc partipated in cosplay for the first time this year. Your Future Leader was unfortunately limited in costume opportunities – how many pregnant characters do you know (and yes, I do retain some dignity by NOT dressing up as a Japanese school girl). Instead, how about the Death Star? Yeah baby.

EG Dad spent the last week growing his goatee and transformed into Tony Stark/Iron Man. We were so upset when we realised half way into the city, we had forgotten the obligatory martini glass. But he still nailed it – maybe I should have made him wear the wedding ring…

And the spawnlings – Ben 10 and Yoda. I think they are going through their rebellious phase. Or maybe they understood the limitations on my make-up artistry. Tony Stark beard colouring – yes! Darth Maul face paint – Hells to the No!

Comic books really are an evil way to introduce your spawnlings to reading while making it fun. It also is perfect for young budding artists to see some new and creative ways to display their ideas. Comic books aren’t just art – they capture movement, imagination, and craziness all in one.

And no, not just the big bosom ladies either. There are plenty of child-friendly comics out there. They’re harder to find but they are out there. 

Comics. *sigh* Is there anything they cannot do?