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Jamar Nicholas
Writer and Artist
Booth K12
Leon: Protector of the Playground, Fist Stick Knife Gun, Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop

Jamar Nicholas is an award-winning, Philadelphia-based artist and educator, dedicating his career to helping young people realize the power of visual narrative. Recent works include adapting and illustrating Geoffrey Canada’s Fist Stick Knife Gun; Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop, serialized in the US Metro newspapers (Philadelphia, NYC and Boston); and Leon: Protector of the Playground, which won the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in 2018. He is also a writer and columnist for DRAW! Magazine, the How-To source for comic and animation professionals, as well as co-host of the Pencil To Pencil Podcast with industry legends Mike Manley and Bret Blevins. Next year will begin a new chapter for Jamar as the first in his three-book series, Leon the Extraordinary (Scholastic Graphix), will launch August 2022.

Jamar Nicholas's panels and programming:

It Ain’t Hard To Tell: Live!
Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Room: 323

Since the pandemic began, Mike Hawthorne (Wonder Woman: Evolution, DC) and Jamar Nicholas (Leon series, Scholastic Graphix) collaborated on a podcast series where they answer questions from their Patreon supporters. For the first time live, you can be part of the show as the two friends talk about any and everything! Will have giveaways and goodies too! Supplies limited.

Kids Love Comics on Tour! Jumpstarting Reading and Literacy with Comics
Sunday October 24, 2021 11:00 am to 12:00 pm | Room: 321

Helping kids get back to reading is a major challenge in the post and current pandemic world. But comics (and the Kids Love Comics! team) are coming to save the day! In this panel for educators and parents (and any interested kids!), KLC Founders Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!, Dumbest Idea Ever), Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics, MST3K), and John Gallagher (Max Meow, Buzzboy) are joined by Jamar Nicholas (LEON series/Scholastic Graphix) to launch a new initiative to get comics creators in schools, and graphic novels in the hands of every single student. KLC will offer up a unique plan for school districts to directly engage with some of kids’ favorite creators in the comics market, all while increasing participation and literacy for students. Every attendee will receive a FREE all-ages comic book or graphic novel, with an accompanying lesson plan for use in the classroom or at home!

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