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Jamar Nicholas
Writer and Artist
Booth K11
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 panels and programming:

It Ain’t Hard To Tell: LIVE!
Friday October 28, 2022 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm | Room: 343

Since the pandemic began, Mike Hawthorne (Wonder Woman: Evolution, Batman, Deadpool) and Jamar Nicholas (LEON The Extraordinary) collaborated on a podcast where they answer questions from their Patreon supporters.

Now you can be part of the show as the two friends talk about any and everything! Will have giveaways and goodies too! Supplies limited.

The Jamar Chronicles: From Small Press to Scholastic!
Sunday October 30, 2022 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm | Room: 339-342

Join us for a riveting hour as long-time friend and collaborator, John Gallagher (Max Meow) joins our BCC Spotlight subject, Jamar Nicholas in a fun, funny, and enlightening stroll through Nicholas’ cartooning career, beginning in 1998 with his self-published/small press comic series, The Jamar Chronicles, to the present with the release of Leon the Extraordinary, the first in a series of middle grade graphic novels, published by Scholastic Graphix.

Show and Toon: Leon the Extraordinary with Jamar Nicholas
Saturday October 29, 2022 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm | Room: Kids Love Comics Pavilion

Jamar Nicholas, the author/artist of the Leon graphic novel series, teaches you how to draw the heroes and villains from his hit series. Jamar will discuss the creative process and the journey of Leon from first idea to finished book.

Imagination Aquarium with Jamar Nicholas
Sunday October 30, 2022 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm | Room: Kids Love Comics Pavilion

Ever find yourself stuck for cartoon ideas? Put on your wetsuit and dive into the IMAGINATION AQUARIUM, where cartoonist Jamar Nicholas will help you catch ideas in your net and create awesome cartoons!

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