As has become pretty standard (at least in the bigger cons that I have attended myself), the last day of the Philly comic con (Sunday June 3rd) has been designated “Kid’s Day”. All kids 10 or under get in free, and there will be all sorts of activities and events designed for the younger set that day.
The main problem with comics today (in my humble opinion) is the lack of things actually geared towards children. With the main DC & Marvel lines ostensibly aimed at 15-25 year olds (but closer to 30-45 year olds), and the lack of wide awareness of their more all-ages/kid targeted books, it’s not hard to see why the mean age of readers keeps getting older and older. Writers drawing on their childhood nostalgia for stories, graphic violence, nudity, and frank sexuality passed off as “maturity”, rape and crying replacing punching giant robots… how do you give that to a 10 year old and be like “Have at it, Junior!” I got into comics myself when I was 9, with an issue of X-men that I had NO idea what was going on, but it was fun, and didn’t seem to talk down, but also wasn’t something I shouldn’t have been reading.
Basically, what I’m saying is the comic companies are underestimating how important kids are as an audience, and that can all be fixed by you, the parents. Show your kids (appropriate, natch) comics, let them find what they like, introduce them to the stories from your youth through trades and collections. And days like this Kid’s Day are perfect opportunities to show them the sense of community that comics & geek culture can engender.
Just keep them away from anything with the name “Liefeld” on it. That’s bad news bears.
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‘Kids Day’ Activities Highlight Sunday, June 3, At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
Face Painting, Superhero Improv, Arts & Crafts, Mascots, ‘Kid-Friendly’ Booths, Passport Program, Costume Contest Lead Special Children’s Programming At Pennsylvania Convention Center; Kids Under 10 Free With Paid Adult
Move over, mom and dad. Sunday, June 3, is “Kids Day” at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, with activities designed especially for children all day (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Face painting, Superhero-themed panel room programming, an appearance by the Camden Riversharks mascot, the famous Wizard World Kids Passport program, Costume Contest and more are all a part of the fun for the younger ones.
Admission for kids 10 and under is free with a paid adult (two free kids per adult).
Some of the highlights of Kids Day include:
- Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con Passport (all day) – upon arrival, kids should go directly to the Kids Day booth (No. 613) to pick up a Passport, which will guide them to kid-friendly booths, activities, celebrities and artists. Kids who earn stamps at each stop will win a prize.
- Walnut Street Theatre – Superhero Improv (11 a.m.) - Working with a “Superhero theme” participants will take on a superhero persona. Kids will use their superhero power to tackle a specific mission given by the teaching artists. Limited to the first 30 to sign up!
- Superhero Arts and Crafts (noon) - This is not an ordinary arts & crafts session, this is specifically made for superheroes! Kids can come join the Justice Twins, Wonder Woman and Supergirl to make their very own superhero mask to wear for the Kids Costume contest.
- Kids Costume Contest (1 p.m.) - Too cute to resist! It’s like Halloween in June as kids show off their best costumes and win prizes.
- Camden Riversharks (all day) – Meet the fun Camden Riversharks mascot, usually seen greeting kids and other fans at the Atlantic League baseball team’s games in the shadow of the Ben Franklin bridge, but today roaming the Pennsylvania Convention Center
- Face painting (all day) – Talented Wizard World face painters have kids as their canvas, with butterflies, kitty whiskers, flowers and more.
- Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer (all day) – Learn a little more about the game and how to get on the field as the EPYS celebrates 40 years of promoting youth soccer in the region.
- Fun Fan Groups – Meet costumed characters from the N.Y. Jedi, Philadelphia Ghostbusters, 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs. What a blast!
- Kid-friendly celebrities (all day) – Well, we like to think every Wizard World celebrity loves kids, but Peter Mayhew and Melissa Joan Hart will be stamping Passports and saying an extra hello.
- Kid-friendly artists (all day) – Visit super-talented artists Christine Larsen, Sara Richard, Mark Pingitore and Georgia Ball in Artists Alley for a Passport stamp and maybe a commissioned piece!
Top celebrities such as Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, Thor), comics legend Stan Lee (creator, “Spider-Man,” “X-Men”), William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” X-Men), Scott Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap”), WWE® Superstar CM Punk™and Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, “Burn Notice”) are scheduled among more than 60 special guests at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con.
Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.
For more on the event, including hours, celebrities, creators, vendors, VIP and photo opportunities, programming schedules, evening entertainment, autographs, sponsorship and volunteer information and more, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-pa.html.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com