Jimmy Gownley developed a love of comics at an early age when his mother read Peanuts collections to him. By the age of 15, he was self-publishing his first book, Of Gray Comics and Stories; the series ran 16 issues and enjoyed cult success. He followed this with Amelia Rules!, which became a critical and fan favorite, earning Gownley 13 Eisner nominations and 6 Harvey nominations. It has been named a Junior Library Guild selection four times, been translated into several languages, and won the 2007 Cybil award for best graphic novel. His latest book, The Dumbest Idea Ever!, is a memoir about his experiences as a teenage cartoonist. Gownley travels around the country talking to students, teachers, and librarians about the creative process and the art of cartooning. He has been an Artist-In-Residence at the Museum of Cartoon Art and The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center.
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!