Lake Erie Ink hosts Bananagrams fundraiser and Kids' Comic Con

Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth (LEI) is holding two special events this month. The fourth annual Giant Bananagrams Tournament will take place on March 12, 2–4 p.m., at Cleveland Heights High School (Wiley campus). Then, on March 19, LEI will host its fourth annual Kids’ Comic Con, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring workshops with professional writers and illustrators, including keynote speaker Marc Sumerak, an Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated comic book writer (for Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius).

LEI’s Giant Bananagrams Tournament is a fundraiser that celebrates words and teamwork. Teams of two to four players will compete against one another in front of an audience for prizes. Other entertainment includes a banana-inspired haiku contest, food, door prizes and a cakewalk. If you want to go bananas with words, visit for more information, and to register.

On March 19, LEI’s 2016 Kids' Comic Con will give young people a chance to work with local independent comic creators during four hours of workshops. In addition to Sumerak, guest artists include: Jake Kelly and John G. (The Lake Erie Monster), Bryn Adams (The Crooked Cuyahoga), Lee Smith (The Ohio Chronicles), Miguel and Michelle Hernandez (4th Hanzo and Karate Coco), and freelance artists Sequoia Bostick and Clare Kolat. Workshops will cover both drawing and writing comics, as well as the ever-popular “create your own comic character in clay.” This year, LEI will also facilitate a panel on “Girls and Women in Comics—as Characters and Creators.”

Attendees also will have the opportunity to purchase comic books, art and graphic novels at LEI's Artist Alley. Lunch will be sold on-site or attendees may bring their own. Costumes are encouraged, but super heroes and super villains should leave their weapons at home.

The Comic Con is open to young people ages 8–18. Adults are welcome if they are accompanied by a kid, and teachers may attend if they show a staff ID. Admission is $10, with scholarships available on request. On-site registration begins at 9:30 a.m.; pre-registration is available online at or by calling 216-320-4757.

The fourth annual LEI Kids’ Comic Con is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Lake Erie Ink is located at 2843 Washington Blvd. (the Coventry School building) in Cleveland Heights.

Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 that provides creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth in the Greater Cleveland community. LEI offers programming all year long, including summer camps for youth in grades 3–8. Camp registration begins March 1.

Cynthia Larsen

Cynthia Larsen teaches writing at Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 11:05 AM, 03.01.2016