Wild About Comics – A Wild Day Out

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By Olly MacNamee

Returning to set up camp at Birmingham's Wildlife Conservation Park this April 2nd is Wild About Comics, a fun, family day out highlighting the power of comics as a tool to encourage reading all against a backdrop of wonderment provided by the wildlife. Originally aimed specifically at children, the parents will find they are just as easily lured in with the chance of sketches from some of Birmingham's finest such as Laura Howell (Regular Show), Graham Higgins (Discworld graphic novels), Roland Bird (DC Convergence: Legion of Superheroes) and several others.

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With cosplayers provided by the International Charity Cosplayers, guests at this year's Birmingham Comics Festival, anyone with cheeky monkeys of their own, will no doubt appreciate the enjoyment and wonder to be had at a event like this one. With a walk round the Wildlife Conservation Park too, remember to bring a picnic. It could be a long, but memorable day for the rugrats.

Brainchild of Solihull student, Alex Birch, and sponsored by Rainforest Concern and Nostalgia & Comics, who both provide free comics for kids, this pop-up party will be running on Saturday 2nd April. Entry is through the main entrance to the Conservation Park, then make your way down to Nature's Classroom and get involved with the range of activities on offer during the day.

Olly MacNamee teaches English and Media, for his sins, in a school somewhere in Birmingham. Some days, even he doesn't know where it is. Follow him on twitter @ollymacnamee or read about his exploits at olly.macnamee@blogspot.co.uk. Or don't. You can also read his articles fairly frequently at www.bleedingcool.com too.