Kids invited to join in the fun in 2nd round of The Comic Book Project

Young artists from the LaPorte Park and Recreation Department’s fall Comic Book Project program show their creation at Monroes Collectibles in LaPorte: (front row, from left) Conrad Miselwicz, Margaret Hobbs, Ethan Messacar, Cameron Lewis; (back row, from left) Comic Book Coach Debra Sawyer and Batman of Michiana (Gary Bingaman).

The LaPorte Park and Recreation Department will offer The Comic Book Project, an after-school program for kids of various ages, in two upcoming sessions.

The after-school programs will be held in two different age categories at Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park:

— Comic Book I is for kids 4th–6th grade/ages 9-12, 15 sessions, 4–5:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 26.

— Comic Book II is for kids 7th-10th grade/ages 13-16, 15 sessions, 4–5:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, March 5 through May 7.

The cost is $150 for each 15-session program and is limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required. Also offered is Kidz Arts, an after-school arts program. For more information or to register, contact the park department office at (219) 326-9600.

In the park department’s first round of The Comic Book Project in fall 2017, young LaPorte artists completed their very first published comic, “The Defenders of LaPorte,” a superheroes story. Creators were Margaret Hobbs, 13, Conrad Miselwicz, 11, Cameron Lewis, 10, and Ethan Messacar, 9. The young artists learned teamwork while combining skills such as reading, writing, brainstorming and conceptualizing ideas to create characters and a story. More local youths are invited to join them in the 2018 program to create new adventures and new characters.

The Comic Book Project ( is an established worldwide program that has engaged more than 200,000 kids in a creative process leading to academic achievement, social awareness and community development.

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