By Jason Harris
Rhode Island Comic Con announces activities for the littlest fans
A mainstay in the Rhode Island Comic Con event schedule, Kids Con sets the stage for an exciting weekend for the younger generation of fandom. Kids Con is a series of organized activities within the walls of Rhode Island Comic Con, the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, slated for November 7th and 8th at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center area. Activities are designed for fans 12 and under.
Some of the activities scheduled for the two-day program include:
- Puppet making and “How to be a Puppeteer,” hosted by Julio Robles. Robles is a former student of Michael Earl, the original man behind Snuffleupagus and Forgetful Jones on Sesame Street. Julio is a puppeteer and a puppet builder and has been featured in TV shows such as The Steve Katsos Show and movies including “What’s Your Number?” Recently Julio finished work being a puppet teacher to the Stratton cast of Avenue Q. He currently spends a great deal of time working on his YouTube page called ScrapsTV.
- Comic Construction Workshop, hosted by Matt Ryan. Ryan is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. His work appears in his own comic, Food Fight, the 2015 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award nominated The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ and the Junk Food comic strips.
- Roger Williams Zoo’s Zoomobile will visit with the children with the animals.
- A gaming tournament hosted by Rhode Island Comic Con sponsor, GameStop. Kids will compete in video games Mario Kart and Smash Brothers.
- A magic show by Dezrah Blinn.
Aside from these scheduled events, Kids Con will feature story time with costumed characters as well as a princess dance party and a heroes vs. villains dance-off.
Commenting on this year’s Kids Con, coordinator Jillian Aldrich said, “It’s going to be the biggest Kids Con yet! Tons of games, crafts, and events!”
Kids Con is free to attend with a paid admission to the convention. Tickets for Rhode Island Comic Con are currently on sale through Ticketmaster, or by visiting http://www.ricomiccon.com. Daily tickets start at only $29.00 and a three-day weekend admission is $75 in advance, $85 at the door (if available). For kids ages 6 to 12, a weekend admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Kids under 6 are admitted free.
In its fourth year, the award-winning Rhode Island Comic Con, produced by Altered Reality Entertainment, expands to three days, two venues, and over 100 celebrity guests, including actors from Star Trek, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Agents of Shield, and Transformers, among many others. Comic book artists from Marvel, DC and the independent market all converge on downtown Providence. Gaming, cosplay, and after parties all add to an exciting schedule of events and panels.