Greetings Wordsmiths, Digital Doodlers, Inkslingers, Pencil Pushers, and Enthusiasts,
Another good batch of information below for you all to look at. Grab your calendars and start marking them for the upcoming events.
We will begin gathering again August 1 at 6pm and otherwise meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm at Garibaldi’s Pizza, 3530 Walker Ave, Memphis. Bring food money, art, show-and-tell, conversation – it’s a good time! Looking forward to seeing you all.
DALE MARTIN SHARES:
 Sales tax free weekend!
Once again, TN is suspending state & local sales taxes (9.75% in Shelby Co.) on back-to-school items, including computers and art supplies, from Friday, 7/28 thru Sunday, 7/30. More details & list of exemptions here: https://www.tn.gov/revenue/taxes/sales-and-use-tax/sales-tax-holiday/sth-traditional.html
 “The Good the Bad, and the Sketchy” update!
Our 7th issue (the gaming issue) is booked up! A 8/19 deadline for final art should get it back from the printer in time for a binding party at our September meetup. Which opens up the idea for an 8th issue focused on vampires, to coordinate with our October art show. If you’re contributing to the art show, would you like that art featured in an issue? If you’re not, would you be interested in drawing some vampire-themed comics or cartoons? Dale’s trying to gauge interest and see if the idea is worth pursuing. Email him at email@example.com if you’re interested…
 Zine fest is coming!
Crosstown Arts’ Zine Fest is returning to Crosstown Concourse on Saturday, 9/2 & Sunday, 9/3 from 10:00-2:00pm. If you’re interested in exhibiting and selling your own zines or comics, fill out the vendor request form: https://crosstownarts.formstack.com/forms/zine_fest_2023
More MSCA news…
ART SHOWS!! Two to remember, limited space so claim those spaces now!
ART SHOW 2023: “DRAWING BLOOD”
By Tuesday, August 1, 2023, I need a head-count of who is participating and the number of pieces you’re entering in the show, please, and if you’d like a space at the Closing Reception. I have heard from one or two; but, please update me again as I now need to get some folks commitments. $3 hanging fee – just charge accordingly for the art. The Germantown Community Theater is a great place with great people, and the art shows are great fun with wonderful receptions.
The show will run during the Germantown Community Theater’s presentation of “Dracula: The Bloody Truth,” a comedy musical, from October 27 – November 12, 2023. Art is due at the October 3, 2023, dinner gathering. I’ve attached the details/prospectus for that art show, along with advertising art to share on social media and websites.
The OPENING RECEPTION will be on Friday, October 13, 2023, from 5:30 – 8pm. There will be a cash bar and theater snacks available from the Germantown Community Theater.
The CLOSING RECEPTION will be Saturday, November 18, 2023, from Noon – 4pm, during which we’ll have the MSCA Fest (first dibs on space to the artists in the art show, bring your own table) in the GCT Rehearsal Hall. A percentage of proceeds will go to the theater. Once space is taken by the artists participating in the art show, the space will be open to the remainder of the membership!
Please take a photo of your artwork in advance to submit it to the Zine editors at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the artbook to coincide with the art show (which you read about above).
ART SHOW 2024: CINDERELLA aka The Glass Slipper
This will display in June 2023 at Theater Memphis along with the presentation of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” performance. The space is VERY limited, so be sure you claim your spot(s) right away! Our own Katie Jones has done some preliminary work to help as many of us that want to participate be able to do so. Please let me know ASAP that you can commit to the show and how many pieces.
Art will be due at the May 7, 2024, dinner gathering. Hanging will happen on June 4, 2023, with the show running June 7 – 30, 2024. Breakdown will happen Monday, July 1, 2024. The prospectus and details will be coming soon.
We will NOT be playing off Disney’s version – so try to think about creative ways to tell the story of Cinderella. This might be the video to watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1F4YhBOA14
Tuesday, August 1, 6pm, MSCA Dinner Gathering, Garibaldi’s Pizza, 3530 Walker Ave
Saturday August 12 – Sunday August 13, Covington Comic Con, Covington Civic Center, 100 W Washington Ave, Covington, TN
Wednesday, August 16, 6 – 8 pm, Drink-N-Draw, 901 Comics East, 8551 Macon Road
Saturday, August 26, 10am – 2pm, Sat-Art-Day, 901 Comics East, 8551 Macon Road
Tuesday, September 5, 6pm, MSCA Dinner Gathering, Garibaldi’s Pizza, 3530 Walker Ave
Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, from 10am – 4pm, Crosstown Art’s Zine Fest returns to Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Saturday, September 23 – Sunday September 24, Memphis Comics Expo, Agricenter International Wing C, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis
Tuesday, October 3, 6pm, MSCA Dinner Gathering, Garibaldi’s Pizza, 3530 Walker Ave.
Monster Market – October 13-18, 2023 at the Medicine Factory, 85 Virginia Ave W, Memphis, TN.
Wednesday, October 18, 6 – 8 pm, Drink N Draw, 901 Comics East, 8551 Macon Road.
DRAWING BLOOD Art Show October 27 – November 12, Germantown Community Theater, 3037 Forest Hill Irene Rd.
Saturday, October 28, 12-4pm, Halloween Comic Fest, 901 Comics East, 8551 Macon Road.
Tuesday, November 7, 6pm, MSCA Dinner Gathering, Garibaldi’s Pizza, 3530 Walker Ave.
Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12 – Memphis Comics and Fantasy Convention/MCFC, Holiday Inn UofM, 3700 Central Ave, Memphis.
Wednesday, November 15, 6 – 8 pm, Drink N Draw, 901 Comics East, 8551 Macon Road.
Saturday, November 18, Closing Reception/MSCA-GCT Mini Con, Germantown Community Theater, 3037 Forest Hill Irene Rd. (Times TBD)
Tuesday, December 5, 6pm, MSCA Dinner Gathering, Garibaldi’s Pizza, 3530 Walker Ave (Walt Disney’s Birthday, too, BTW). MSCA Art Swap – bring some art to swap with other members, same as we did last year. That was fun.
And, of course, the Glass Slippers art show in 2024 at Theatre Memphis off Perkins at Southern Ave.
Please send your news, images, and such to me at email@example.com to share with the association. For your social media sharing, the MSCA Logo and calendar are attached below, too.
If there are questions about anything, please let me know; but double check this information and attachments to be sure I didn’t already answer it.
Oh, and if you’d like to see pictures from the comic art show at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumia, AL just click here.
I’m sure I’m missing something, but also this is probably enough. See you soon, all you crazy, wonderful artists!!
Kevin Williams MSCA President