Drawn Together- Next MSCA Meeting In Person

It’s finally happening!

Only one week until our first in-person monthly MSCA meeting– in over a year and a half!

Tuesday, August 3rd- 6pm in Overton Park Formal Gardens.

Below is all the info from the MSCA President Kevin L. Williams:

Dear Ink Slingers, Digital Doodlers, Pencil Pushers, and Word Doctors,

IN PERSON GATHERING

The first IN PERSON gathering will be in the Overton Park Formal Gardens, Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 6:30 pm!!  Bring your own chair, your own food and drink, artwork to share (I plan to have a table for us to put items on).  This area is under some trees and flowers, it’s wide-open so we can spread out.

CLICK HERE for directions. You can park in the road behind the Levitt Shell.

RULES: 

If you are fully vaccinated, masks are optional but not required.
If you are NOT fully vaccinated, masks are required.
We trust you to make the decisions that are safer for you AND our members, so do what is right and don’t be “that guy.”

You might want to bring some mosquito spray just in case…

RAIN OPTION:

If it rains, we’ll use Zoom* to gather and visit.

Future gatherings in person will be in the gardens of the Woodruff-Fontain House Museum, with more details to come!

Be Safe, Be Happy, Be Well!
Your Pals,
Kevin L. Williams
& Muley the Mule

*(You can email Kevin at midsouthcartoonists (at) gmail (dot) com for the Zoom link and/or to join the MSCA mailing list.)

Going into 2022 we are planning on being back at our usual monthly meeting joint- the U of M area Garibaldi’s Pizza. We’ll be meeting there on Walker Ave. the 1st Tuesday of each month- if all goes well! March 5, 2020 was the last time we all met there…wow!

There are a few other events happening around our area, and some within driving distance. Before heading out, be sure to check out our “Drawing Funny” Con Survival Guide episode for tips on attending and setting up at conventions and other events.

This week/weekend is the annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL – July 30-August 1. The town festival is usually the second weekend in June, but like many events, it had to be cancelled in 2020 and moved this year because of COVID. It’s only about 3hrs north of Memphis, across the Ohio River from Paducah, KY.

Lots of artists, writers, celebs, events, vendors, costumes, and corndogs- plus a \S/uper-Museum and statues! Click here to see the full schedule.

‘INSIDE THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES’

July 23, 2021 – January 2, 2022. Graceland Exhibition Center, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. in Memphis, TN (just behind the Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex).

Elvis Week (Aug. 11-17) here in Memphis is just around the corner, but this 10,000-square-foot traveling  exhibit features Disney props, costumes and more will be in the M-town through January 2nd.

Tickets: $15 (adult); $8 (child, 5-10); free (4 and under). A $50 “Passport” allows a holder to visit the exhibit as often as he or she wants to during the six months. “VIP” tickets and other options also are available.

Numerous events will be held at Graceland in connection with the exhibit. For a full calendar and for tickets and other information, visit graceland.com/exhibition-center.

Comics & Collectibles has announced their plans for Free Comic Book Day, which is normally the 1st Saturday in May. It’s been pushed back to the middle of next month, and there’s a lot happening around town to celebrate this annual comics holiday.

Here are the details from C&Cs for this year’s FCBD

Annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is Saturday August 14, 2021!
Due to the pandemic, this year will be a little different than previous events. Please see below…
1. MASK REQUIRED. No exceptions. This applies to ALL customers, including vaccinated individuals and children. Masks will not be provided, so don’t forget to bring your own. This is to protect everyone including those with weakened immune systems, our St. Jude patient customers, and children that are not old enough to be vaccinated. We appreciate your cooperation.
2. LIMITED NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS INSIDE THE STORE AT ONCE. We will have an employee at the entrance monitoring the number of customers in the shop, so there may be a wait to enter.
3. 20% OFF STOREWIDE – excludes, Sideshow Collectibles, new comics and previously discounted merchandise.
4. MINIMUM PURCHASE OF of $5 (before tax) required to obtain Free Comic Book Day books. Limit one copy of each book per person that makes a $5 or more purchase.
(Previous FCBD comics.)

901 COMICS EAST GRAND OPENING!!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2021 @ 10 AM CDT

FCBD will also see 901 Comics opening a 2nd location out in Cordova near the Wolfchase area- 8551 Macon Rd, Cordova, TN 38018. They have special guests Denys Cowan (Sat/14) scheduled for the grand opening, David Yost (Blue Power Ranger) on Sunday, August 15th from 12 PM – 4 PM, and more guest signings to appear later in the month.

They also have done some recent remodeling to their original Cooper-Young location. You can still find our MSCA zine, Watusi zines by Dale Martin, and Stoned Ninja comics by Greg Cravens there.

A new con has thrown its hat into the ring here in the Mid-South. The Covington Comic Con will be on FCBD- August 14th in Covington, TN.

Speaking of hats, congrats to our own Kevin “Nuggethead” Thorn. He’s wearing another hat around Hernando, MS moving forward. Kevin was recently appointed to the Hernando Planning Commission by newly elected Mayor Chip Johnson. Kevin will be helping the mayor and board of aldermen with the future growth of Hernando, which is the county seat for DeSoto County.

I (Lin Workman) recently just finished up some more ULTRAMAN sketchcards for RRParks Cards. These are the second batch I’ve done for this card set, and they will be randomly inserted in the card packs.

You can see my first set and some step-by-steps on my site- linworkman.com. I’ve got Zorro and Halloween/horror sketchcards on the drawing table next. I’ll have artist returns available for sale for each set.

I’ve got some of my Ultraman and other artist’s returns for sale at The Cellar over in Bartlett, TN. There are some sketchcovers for sale there as well.

Be sure to snag some swag while you’re there. Free stickers and buttons are available while they last.

Also, they carry copies of our MSCA Zine. You can also purchase some at Comics & Collectibles and 901 Comics in town and pick up some of the free swag, too.

That’s all for now- stay safe, stay hydrated, and stay tooned!

Lin

Playing Doctor With Writer John Ostrander

There’s a new episode of the “Drawing Funny” podcast available – Episode 26: “John Ostrander”.

This episode, Nicki Workman and I (Lin) sit down for a comics conversation with the legendary writer (and actor) John Ostrander.

We discuss his origin story of reading comics in Chicago and then creating comics and characters- including his creator owned books Grim Jack, Hexer Dusk (with Jan Duursema), and Kros (with Tom Mandrake).

We also discuss his cool cameo as Dr. Fitzgibbon in the upcoming The Suicide Squad movie by James Gunn, creating Amanda Waller, an Easter egg in the previous Suicide Squad movie, and his previous acting in Chicago theater.

Look for John and The Suicide Squad on the BIG screen in theaters and on HBO Max this August 6th.

You can listen to the episode on most podcast platforms such as Apple, Google, Sticher, Anchor, and others- or just go directly to www.drawingfunny.com and listen to episode 26 from there.

Oh, I got busy editing the last two episodes, so I forgot to post here about my HEROINEBUGH” episode!

HEROINEBURGH” is a live-action episodic video series and a printed comic book series (and created in that order). The stories are about a universe of superpowered females in a fantastical version of Pittsburgh.

Oh, and Martheus and Janet Wade have got a new He-Man/Castle Greyskull WADE’S WORLD video up on YouTube. Kevin Williams is running the camera while Martheus shows off his new plastic precious. If you’d like to own some of their merch check out their STORENVY Toshigawa Universe shop.

I’ve got a couple sketchcard gigs and other art projects I need to finish up, so it’ll probably be at least a couple weeks before I record/upload another Drawing Funny episode. I do plan on doing some recording while in Metropolis for the upcoming Superman Celebration.

Stay tooned!

Superman Day And “Drawing Funny” Promo Spot

Hey, gang- Happy \S/uperman Day!

Normally, many of us would be up in Metropolis, IL this weekend for the annual Superman Celebration. Unfortunately, like a lot of things it was cancelled in 2020 because of Covid. Well, it’s back on for 2021, just a bit later in the summer than usual…July 30 – August 1.

If you’ve never been before, the real town of Metropolis is a bit more like the fictional Smallville, and the Celebration is more like a county fair than a convention- but that’s it’s small town charm and sets it apart from other events.

It has guest movie/TV celebs, artists, writers, and lots of cosplayers- but it also has a carnival, street vendors, food, music, Supermuseum, GIANT Superman statue and more. To find out more click here.

I will warn you- Metropolis is known to get hot during the summer, so stay hydrated and be sure to cool off when you can.

In other news…I just made a new promo spot for our Drawing Funny” podcast. You can click the player below to listen to it.

So far there are 22 episodes to listen to. I’m working on lining up some more guests, and hope to record a bit on the road later this year- possibly while in Metropolis. I’m looking forward to hitting more shows in 2022.

You can find the podcast at www.drawingfunny.com as well as follow the podcast on social media.

My “Drawing Funny” social media handles are-

If you have any feedback, questions, would like to be a featured guest, or want to share some news for the show please feel free to contact me by email at podcast (at) drawingfunny (dot) com.

I hope you all “stay tooned” and keep drawing funny.

Lin

 

MSCA Meetings And “Drawing Funny”

Tuesday was our monthly MSCA Zoom meeting.

We discussed what all we’d each been working on, what we’ve been watching and reading, plus the status of upcoming meetings.

Speaking of meetings, we’re keeping an eye on local regulations and recommendations from the health department and City of Memphis, plus waiting to hear back when we can reserve the big room at Garibaldi’s Pizza again.  We have this announcement from MSCA President, Kevin L. Williams regarding the next two monthly meetings:

“Dear Ink Slingers, Digital Doodlers, Pencil Pushers, and Word Doctors,

The next MSCA Gathering will be Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at 7 pm on Zoom

Here’s some good news:
The first IN PERSON gathering will be in the Overton Park Formal Gardens, Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 6:30 pm!!  Bring your own chair, your own food and drink, artwork to share (I plan to have a table for us to put items on).  This area is under some trees and flowers, it’s wide-open so we can spread out.

CLICK HERE for directions.

RULES: 

If you are fully vaccinated, masks are optional but not required.
If you are NOT fully vaccinated, masks are required.
We trust you to make the decisions that are safer for our members, so do what is right and don’t be “that guy.”

You might want to bring some mosquito spray just in case…

RAIN OPTION:  If it rains, we’ll use this Zoom link to gather and visit, but you’ll still be required to provide your own food, drinks, and chairs – J

Hope to see you at each of the events above! “

 

Calling all pod-people..!


There are a couple new episodes of our podcast “Drawing Funny” that are available at www.drawingfunny.com – or wherever you like to download/listen to podcasts like Apple, Google, Spotify, and more.

Since many folks are heading to cons again or are gearing up to, for Ep.21 I thought I’d share some thoughts on setting up at and/or attending conventions. I’ve been doing it off and on since the early ’90s as an attendee, artist guest, volunteer, con staff, organizer- at one time doing a con a month or every other month..! I’ve stopped setting up as an artist/guest or putting on shows, but still love attending cons. There’s lots more I could have put into this episode, but figured this one was long enough at 45min. Plus, I remembered a few extras after I had edited it…D’oh! So, maybe I’ll do a follow up episode after attending a few post-pandemic events. If you’d like more info on conventions and portfolio reviews, or see some of the cons and events I’ve attended be sure to check out my LinWorkman.com art blog and HaveGeekWillTravel.com travel blog (lots of posts in the archives).

 

For Ep. 22 I had Marvin Wynn, writer of The Edge” comic join me from Pittsburgh via Zoom.

We discussed his origin story, his upcoming show/store appearance schedule, the art scene in Pittsburgh (AKA “Comicsburgh“), plus his involvement with the live action “Herioneburgh” and its upcoming crossover with “The Edge“.  You can find Second Sight Publishing and “The Edge” Comic in Diamond’s PreviewsWorld catalogue.

If you’ve got a comics series you’d like to discuss on the show, have reading recommendations, con survival advice, or just have any questions about the show please shoot me an email- podcast (at) drawingfunny (dot) com. Always enjoy talking toons with comics creators, and would love to have some CONversations with show/event organizers and see what info/advice/stories they can share.

Stay safe, and stay tooned!

Lin

PS: If you have any questions about our meetings, members, being a member, or joining our mailing list email the MSCA at midsouthcartoonists (at) gmail (dot) com.

“All aboard..!” Talkin’ Toons With Steve Bryant About His “Athena Voltaire And The Terror On The Orient Express” Kickstarter Campaign

New “Drawing Funny” Podcast episode is available for downloading/listening!

This episode I continue my unintentional CGS and Kickstarter theme. Over the weekend I got to talk toons, kickstarting art projects, conventions, (not) traveling, going back to school, and local weather conditions with the “Athena Voltaire” creator – Steve Bryant. We discussed his early work at gaming companies and with Action Lab Comics, and his current Kickstarter for his graphic novel- “Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express“.

 

From Steve’s Kickstarter campaign page:

An all-new 120 page graphic novel starring globetrotting aviatrix Athena Voltaire!

Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express finds the heroine reconnecting with an old friend during a personal trip on the famed train line. When an old foe sets a plan in motion, the voyage turns deadly, as Athena must find the source of horrific slayings that are terrorizing the passengers! Obviously, someone has to do something…

Planned for issues 9–12 of the Action Lab Athena Voltaire ongoing series, the prologue follows Athena on a mad dash to the train station. This sequence serves as a framing sequence to tell tales of the adventuress’ past.

Like every other volume in the series, Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express works as an excellent introduction to Athena and her world. Each volume tells a self-contained adventure. Of course, when combined with the other volumes in the series, a larger story begins to take shape.

This part of the story seems like something we’re all dealing with this week..!

Best of all, Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express is already written, drawn, and lettered, and the colors will be completed by the time that funding is completed- which is February, 25 2021!

Lots of backer rewards and stretch goal incentives!

You can check out and back Steve’s “Athena Voltaire” campaign by clicking here.

If you’ve been considering crowdfunding your comics (or other) project, be sure to check out these last three Drawing Funny episodes with Sal Abbinanti, Dave Dwonch, and Steve Bryant. We not only talk kickstarting art campaigns, but how they got started in the comics industry as well as some info on their tools and techniques and lots of pro tips in general.

I’ll have another new episode up soon where I talk with my wife Nicki Workman where we discuss her experiences with backing crowdfunding campaigns as a fan, and some toon tech talk.

Oh, and be sure to listen to Episode 13 to find out how to enter our first Drawing Funny contest and be part of an upcoming episode.

Stay safe and warm, and as always- “Stay Tooned!

Lin (somewhere on Hoth)

 

 

 

 

“Kickstart My Art” – Talkin’ Toons on the Drawing Funny Podcast

Hey, gang-

I’ve been recording, editing, and uploading more episodes of “Drawing Funny“. Episode 16 will be going up this week- if I can keep from freezing to death! Thankfully the Batcave is actually quite toasty and comfortable.

I’ve been talking with a few of the friends I’ve made over the years through the Comic Geek Speak Podcast. It just worked out that I’ve got back to back interviews with three CGS friends who are all doing Kickstarter campaigns this month! If you’ve been wanting more info on starting a comics crowdfunding campaign of your own, these guests share lots of advice. Here’s a run down of those episodes and their links, as well as some info on those Kickstarter projects…

 

 

Episode 14 – “The Hostage” by Sal Abbinanti (Run time: 1hr 45min)

Show Notes: I talk toons and kickstarting art projects with Sal “Uncle Sal” Abbinanti. We discuss his early work in advertising, self-publishing comics, representing other artists, and his first ever Kickstarter for his first ever graphic novel- “The Hostage“.

WARNING: F-bombs and other colorful language await you in this conversation with Sal.

From his Kickstarter campaign page:

By day, Sal Abbinanti is the art rep for comic book superstars Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz, but by night he, too, is an artist. For more than two decades, the Chicago native has been obsessed with creating a graphic novel inspired by a visit he made to Brazil when he was in his early 20’s. Now, Abbinanti is launching a Kickstarter campaign for his dream projecta 115-page full-color original graphic novel set in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro titled THE HOSTAGE.

“When I was 25, I spent six months living in Rio de Janeiro,” said Abbinanti. “I was a starry eyed, full of shit college kid who went there for a Brazilian vacation of samba, nightlife, and beaches. To see the level of poverty, suffering, and death in Rio de Janeiro was eye opening. I will never forget it. THE HOSTAGE is my tribute to the amazing country and especially to the kids living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.”

Loosely inspired by the culture and religions of Brazil like the Umbanda and the Candomblé, Abbinanti has been building the world of THE HOSTAGE in his studio for over 10 years—sketching characters, panels, and scripting pages. Abbinanti’s unique art style and vibrant color choices create a spellbinding effect. THE HOSTAGE tells the story of a group of street kids who are abandoned by society. Dying every day from poverty and gang violence, the kids join together and summon a mystical spirit—THE HOSTAGE—who will protect them and avenge the deaths of their friends.

THE HOSTAGE Kickstarter campaign includes limited edition lithographs from Alex Ross, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jeffrey Alan Love, Sanjulián, Geof Darrow, and Eric Powell, as well as tiers with original sketch cards, postcards, and bookmarks by Abbinanti.

The crowdfunding campaign is live now and concludes on February 25th, with pledge tiers ranging from a digital edition available in both English and Portuguese (translated by Kelsey Trotta), to The Complete HOSTAGE Package, which includes an 11×17 original drawing by Sal Abbinanti and a complete set of lithographs by all guest artists.

For updates, follow Sal on social media or on Kickstarter at the links below:

“The Hostage” Kickstarter by Sal Abbinanti – kickstarter.com

Alex Ross Art  www.alexrossart.com

Sal Abbinanti on Twitter – @SalAbbinanti

Sal Abbinanti on Instagram – @salabbinanti

Mercury Comics on Twitter – @comics_mercury.

 

 

Episode 15 – “Party Monster” Dave Dwonch (Run time: 1hr 19min 52sec)

Show Notes: I talk toons, kickstarting art projects, married life, health issues, and “real nerd $#*+” with the man with the golden couch, Party Monster Supreme – Dave Dwonch. We discuss his early work with Action Lab Comics, his upcoming “Jenny Zero” mini-series with Dark Horse Comics, and his current Kickstarter for his graphic novel- “SPORES: The Broken Circle“. Dave has been a man on the move!

WARNING: F-bombs and other colorful language and adult situations await you in this comics conversation with the man with the golden couch, Dave Dwonch.

From his Kickstarter campaign page:

The continuing adventures of private school kids trapped in a VERY different kind of apocalypse. Prom was just the beginning…

From the creators of Mind Palace and Prom of the Dead comes the next installment of the coming-of-age horror series SPORES: THE BROKEN CIRCLE!

When last we saw the surviving students of the Pineview Academy, they had survived the worst night of their lives, aka Prom Night. Now, just one day later, Erika, Travon and Shauna are on the road looking for safety in an ever-increasingly hostile world. Little do they know that the worst is yet to come as the ‘friends’ they abandoned the night before are coming for them.

Dave Dwonch (co-creator of the upcoming Dark Horse series “Jenny Zero“- see below) reunites with Santi Guillen (Mind Palace) to continue the “SPORES” saga with more twists, turns and betrayal than any teen drama has any right to contain!

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, March 7 2021.

JENNY ZERO #1 Sex, Drugs, and Giant Monsters!

Meet Jenny Tetsuo, the hard drinkin’, hard partyin’ daughter of beloved superhero, Mega Commander Zero. After washing out as the military’s top Kaiju-killer, ”Jenny Zero” now lives the celebutante life with her hotel heiress and publicist best friend, Dana Sheraton. But when the massive creatures return, Jenny must decide if she can sober up and save the world!

From Dave Dwonch (Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab, Mind Palace), Brock McKinney (MAD Magazine, Full Moon Deadly Ten films) and superstar in the making, Magenta King comes a new hero for a new decade!

You can pre-order this miniseries through your local comic shop or online retailers through Diamond Distributers.

Publication Date: April 14, 2021
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC: 7 61568 00695 7 00111
SPORES: The Broken Circle (Kickstarter campain)www.kickstarter.com/projects/thebrokencircle/spores-the-broken-circle/
Dark Horse Comics (Jenny Zero miniseries)www.darkhorse.com/Comics/3007-355/Jenny-Zero-1#prettyPhoto
Dave Dwonch on Facebookwww.facebook.com/dave.dwonch
Dave Dwonch on Twitter@davedwonch
Dave Dwonch on Twitterwww.instagram.com/davedwonch/
Episode 16 – “Athena Voltaire” By Steve Bryant (airs later this week)
I talked to Steve Bryant yesterday (Sat.2/13), and will have the show up this week. We discuss his latest Kickstarter for “Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express” comics and graphic novel.

From his Kickstarter campaign page:

A graphic novel starring globe-trotting, Nazi-punching, monster-killing adventuress Athena Voltaire!

An all-new 120 page graphic novel starring globetrotting aviatrix Athena Voltaire.

“Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express” finds the heroine reconnecting with an old friend during a personal trip on the famed train line. When an old foe sets a plan in motion, the voyage turns deadly, as Athena must find the source of horrific slayings that are terrorizing the passengers!

Planned for issues 9–12 of the Action Lab Athena Voltaire ongoing series, the prologue follows Athena on a mad dash to the train station. This sequence serves as a framing sequence to tell tales of the adventuress’ past.

Get “Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express” as 4 individual Kickstarter-exclusive comics (ATHENA VOLTAIRE ongoing series issues 9–12), and the variant covers: the retro variant (issue 9), the Mike Norton variant (issue #10), the homage variant (issue 11), and the Bobby Breed variant (issue 12)! Plus the PDF of “Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express” and the Kickstarter-exclusive print. Lots of other items, incentives, and combinations available- it’s cray-zee!

You can find out more about Steve and his Kickstarter at:

www.stevebryantcomics.com/

www.kickstarter.com/

 

“Feeling lucky…” Then listen to Episode 13! (Run time: 18min 13sec)

I was going to use a bit of the MSCA Zoom meeting but had some technical difficulties- but Idid  announce the details for our first “Drawing Funny” contest (listen to win a set of MSCA Zines, Samurai tee by me, and some MSCA and Drawing Funny swag). I also give a few art tips, and I discuss some of what I’ve learned from my days of self-publishing comics.

Regrets, yeah- I’ve had a few, and few enough to mention here on this episode.

Oh, and in Episode 12 – “The Dirty Dozen (or so)” I’ve got a few reviews and reading recommendations for you- “WINK” by Rob Harrell, “The Impending Blindness Of Billie Scott” by Zoe Thorogood, and the NCSFEST are my recommendations- but I also review “Hit-Girl In HOLLYWOOD” by Kevin Smith (and don’t really recommend it so much). I also have some MSCA news, say goodbye to some local Memphis talents- George HuntAnthony Biggers, and Chris Jarman, and say good riddance to 2020. (Run time: 26min 21sec)

You can find all of the Drawing Funny Podcast episodes at www.drawingfunny.com or most anywhere you like to listen to podcasts. Be sure to like, subscribe, and share!

If you have a project you’d like to discuss on the show and/or have featured here on our website please let us know through our social media accounts or by contacting me or MSCA president Kevin L. Williams at midsouthcartoonists (at) gmail (dot) com.

Stay tooned!” (and stay warm!)

Lin

Dale’s At It Again!

MSCA member and Zine publisher Dale Martin and his art can be seen around town this month- virtually.

Dale has two paintings included in the new “Nasty Women Memphis : War Paint!” exhibit. Spring D. Lamb has also contributed artwork to this exhibit and says her work is the positive aspect of racial equality. This third “Nasty Women” exhibit, moved to a virtual event due to COVID-19, features over 60 artists at www.nastywomenmemphis.com in a virtual art exhibition & sale benefiting Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi. The show runs from October 1 until after the presidential election, closing on Friday, November 6, 2020. It serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a “Nasty Woman” in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and reproductive rights.

Get in the Halloween spirit at the first ever virtual Monster Market pop-up! Our own Dale Martin is one of the many artists featured online at www.monstermarket2020.com from October 1-31, 2020. Monster Market is a curated pop-up shop happening in Memphis, TN each October; it has gone virtual for the first time in its history, rather than be yet another cancelled event in 2020! 

You can also follow the adventures of Watusi The Talking Dog on Dale’s website- www.watusithetalkingdog.wordpress.com/.

“Hey- Where Is Everybody..?”

Hey, gang- Lin, you’re friendly neighborhood cartoonist and assistant webmaster here. Wanted to introduce you to the new MSCA website and am gonna try and get you caught up with what’s going on with the group these days…

So, as you may remember the MSCA started out 2020 with a lot of momentum. We were having our monthly dinner meet-ups at Garibaldi’s Pizza near the U of M on the first Tuesday of each month, and our MSCA Drawing Nights at Michaels in Olive Branch, MS on the second Tuesday of the month. I was enjoying drawing at The Cellar comic shop each Wednesday night, and occasionally getting together with members at other events, or to just hang out.

We had also produced two issues of the new MSCA Zine, The Good, The Bad, And The Sketchy which were for sale at local comic shops around town. Then a few months later that all came to a screeching halt because of the pandemic- no meetings, no drawing together, and no open comic shops.

Well, things are slowly starting to happen again for this group. One is this new website. It’s still under construction, but more and more of it will be unveiled this month as the content becomes available. We’re working on a members page, comics gallery, helpful links, and more. Thanks to my wife Nicki Workman for helping me bring the MSCA website back online.

The MSCA Zines are still alive and being produced. We actually have enough art in the can for issues #3 (magic themed) and #4 (animals). Luckily our jam piece for issue 3 had already been drawn at the last dinner meeting we had, and we could each submit our art through emails. Thanks to Dale Martin and Jason Negen for spearheading this printy project.

Both of the next two issues are at the printer and we should have them back in hand for assembly and in stores soon. Issue #5 (winter themed) is currently being drawn together. You can still purchase copies of the first two issues (#1 horror, #2 space) at Comics & Collectibles on Poplar Ave. near Colonial, 901 Comics in the Cooper/Young area, and at The Cellar on Bartlett Blvd. near Stage.

Speaking of The Cellar, you can find hand drawn sketchcovers by me, Charles Ettinger, and Lonnie Easterling for sale- as well as several of my sketchcards. Proceeds go to support our comics and art habits- neither of which are cheap these days.

We’re planning to gather again (virtually) on the first Tuesday of the month, which happens to be this Tuesday- October 6, 2020, at 7pm.  You won’t have to have a Zoom account to join- but you will need the link, ID, and passcode to participate. Just contact MSCA president Kevin L. Williams to get the Zoom invite and login info. He can also add you to our mailing list if you’d like. You can email Kev at midsouthcartoonists(at)gmail(dot)com.

We had a lot of fun on our first MSCA Zoom call this summer. It was great to see everyone’s faces and talk toons with each other again. Hope you can join us for this next meeting. BTW, FYI it’s BYOP (bring your own pizza).

 

Speaking of takin’ toons, I’m currently in the process of creating a new MSCA podcast- Drawing Funny. I’m still learning how to record, edit, upload, and distribute a podcast, but I’m slowly becoming a pod-person. I’ve been on a few podcasts over the years, and I listen to several a week, but I have to admit- tech and I aren’t good friends so wish me luck. My plans with this show are to help spotlight some of our MSCA members, our events, learn some tips and tricks, catch up with artists I haven’t talked to in a while, and find out more about folks in the comics industry and fandom who just like to draw funny. I’m also going to try and record our Zoom meetings, and look at doing some video podcasts and time-lapse drawing videos for the new MSCA YouTube channel that Kev is setting up. Will post more soon about it and how members can share their drawing videos, too.

That should catch you up on what’s currently happening with the MSCA. For a group that hasn’t really seen each other in person for over 6 months we are still moving forward- just mostly socially distanced and online right now. I’ll be posting more news here as I get it. Feel free to share any on our Facebook page, or email us at midsouthcartoonists(at)gmail(dot)com. Just be sure to put “news” in the subject line so it will get forwarded to me.

Not sure when we will all see each other again in person, but until then I hope to see you here.

Take care, stay safe, and keep drawing funny!

Lin