The Next Stan Lee
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The Next Stan Lee

Comic book panels bursting with rippling muscles and bulging breasts, a guaranteed sight at this weekend’s Toronto Comicon (at the Holiday Inn, 377 King Street West), might be more than a Captain Underpants–obsessed kid normally sees. In an attempt to cater to older fans with children—and nurture a new generation of DC-obsessives—this year’s Comicon will feature a Comics for Kids area for children under 12 (who, consequently, can attend free with an adult). The annual event, taking place today and tomorrow at the Holiday Inn On King, is a hub for the city’s comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts.
Instead of forcing younglings to shuffle around the venue looking at books and waiting to get their copies signed, kids are encouraged to get creative and interactive. Some young participants might be too squirmy to sit through guest artist workshops designed to teach them about sequential art and panel drawing, but they’ll at least be able to get their pen on at a special work station where they can let their inner illustrator go nuts. That amoeba-shaped scribble drawn by your four-year-old daughter might not look like much now, but colour in a lamé bodysuit with underpants over top and you’ve got yourself a superhero.
Scheduled workshops will allow artists to show kids how to draw some classic cartoon heroes including The Simpsons, Scooby Doo, Wonder Woman and Superman. Old school kid-favourites OWL magazine and MAD magazine will also have a presence with workshops on Sunday afternoon. Check out the whole line-up here; a one-day pass is $15; a weekend pass is $25.
Photo by Simon Chambers from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.