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Kids once again heroes of comic-book world at Nashua event

By MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader
June 07. 2017 12:56PM
Children arrive at a Kids Con New England event dressed to flex their imagination. 
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WHAT: Kids Con New England

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

WHERE: Nashua Radisson, 11 Tara Blvd.

TICKETS: $12; $10 for ages 5 to 17 as well as seniors and military

INFO: kidsconne.com

An activity gets invented with kids in mind. Kids embrace it, it flourishes. Eventually adults take notice.

And in what you’d expect from someone old enough to shave, they push kids out of the activity that was theirs in the first place.

Such is the world of comic books and their social offshoot — comic-cons, short for comic book conventions.

Most comic book themes are dark. And adults don’t want to have kids around when they’re dressed like comic book characters, and — well — acting like kids.

But Emily Drouin has had enough of the adult appropriation of comics. On Sunday she hosts the second Kids Con New England at the Nashua Radisson Hotel.

A comic artist herself, Drouin created Kids Con after attending comic-cons and realizing that “there wasn’t much for kids to do. They were really geared toward adults,” she said.

She initially opened a kid zone at adult comic-cons; she went the next step last year and started Kids Con. The New England-wide event, held in Concord, drew about 1,000.

She later moved the event to Nashua to accommodate larger crowds. It is geared toward children ages 5 to 12, she said.

“We want the parents to be there with kids. We’re not a baby-sitting service,” she said.

They can even participate, she said.

Sixty-four artists/writers are signed up, according to the event web page. The event will also include Jedi training (for fans of the “Star Wars” movies), pirate play, networking with superheroes and princesses, games, mask making, and workshops.

There will be a family costume event, a video-game tournament, and a sketch-off that pits kids against adults, who have to use their non-dominant hands.


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