“What’s Goin’ On” – New “Drawing Funny” Podcast Episode

New “Drawing Funny” episode is available for download.

Show notes: In this solo episode I have an update and details on the current MSCA art show at the Germantown Community Theatre. It and the play “The Complete History Of America (abridged)” can be seen February 17-27, 2022. This is one of our 35th anniversary events, and we’re working on a couple more (additional announcements coming soon).

BIG NEWS– after meeting virtually on Zoom for the last two years due to the pandemic, we’re happy to announce our return to in-person meetings at Garibaldi’s Pizza…we’ll be back on the first Tuesday in March! I also share some Mid-South Cartoonists Association history in our first MSCA Fun Facts segment, and unfortunately there’s some more sad MSCA member news.

If you have any ideas for ways for us to celebrate our MSCA anniversary, or would like to be on this podcast please contact me at podcast (at) drawingfunny (dot) com. I’d love to hear from you.

If you stop by The Cellar and/or our dinner meeting in person be sure to snag some free Drawing Funny podcast and MSCA swag. Lots of buttons, stickers and sketchcard blanks are available while they last. You can also find some at Comics & Collectibles and 901 Comics as well.

Stay well, stay tooned, and hope to see you in person this March..!

Ep. 37: “What’s Goin’ On”
www.drawingfunny.com/2022/02/15/episode-37-whats-goin-on/

(L-R) Lin Workman, Jack Cassady, Greg Cravens, and Kevin L. WIlliams.

Original flyer for our first meeting back in 1987!

MSCA – Return to In-Person Gatherings!

From MSCA President Kevin L. Williams:

Hi, MSCA’ers,

WE’RE BACK!

Heard from Garibaldi’s Pizza and the room is reopening soon, meaning March 1, 2022, at 7pm, we will return to in-person gatherings for those who are comfortable doing so!  This will begin our monthly, First Tuesdays of the month gatherings.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW – and I also added a printable reminder that you can put on your fridge.

CLICK HERE for directions to Garibaldi’s Pizza. (3530 Walker Ave, Memphis, Tn 38111)

LET PEOPLE KNOW!It’s always the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm, same place (in the U of M area off the Highland Strip, and across from Tiger Book Store and Brother Juniper’s).

I’ve attached the MSCA logo (and schedule) for you to use on social media and email!

WHAT WE DO

This is where we gather to talk about and share comics, art, and techniques; to bounce ideas off one another; to connect on projects and collaborations; to discuss MSCA plans and projects.

Don’t forget to bring money for food – it’s delicious and you’re gonna love it!

HONOR SYSTEMIf you’re not sure if you have covid or have been exposed to it, please take consideration of the other members and stay home.  Remember the old adage when it comes to old food: “When in doubt, throw it out.”

Not sure how to tell if you’re safe or not?  CLICK HERE for a self-checker.

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

ABOUT THE MSCA 

The Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) is a non-profit organization comprised of and created for professional cartoonists, aspiring cartoonists, and cartooning enthusiasts.

On Saturday, March 28, 1987, a small group of professional cartoonists came together to form The Memphis Cartoonists Group. The name didn’t stick. By December of that year, for the third meeting and first official newsletter, the name had become The Mid-South Cartoonist Association (with the word ‘Cartoonist’ becoming plural in 2000).

Since its origins, the group has put its creative strengths behind various cartooning classes, appearances, conventions, fundraisers, art shows, anthology comics/zines, monthly drawing nights, a podcast, and more. In 2022 the MSCA celebrates 35 years of drawing funny!

Our founders went on to start clubs in other states and begin careers in syndicated comics, many working for comic book publishers Marvel, DC Comics, Image, IDW, and others, as well as self-publishing their own creator-owned projects.  Our members also participate in other art forms such as fine art, pottery and sculpture, textiles, photography, and more.

We hope to provide a social group to help more cartoonists reach their goals- no matter how young or old, published or just starting out. Whether you enjoy simply reading cartoons, stain your fingers every day drawing magazine cartoons or comic books, like to mentor others or want to learn, or even if you just need to find an artist to collaborate with for your funny ideas, please check us out. If you love cartoons, are drawn to comics, or just like drawing funny then the MSCA is the group/association for you…and it’s free to join us.

Our current art show ‘Murica is currently on display at the  Germantown Community Theater alongside the comedy play, “The Complete History of America (Abridged).”.

“Business As Usual” – New Drawing Funny Podcast Episode

In this episode my fellow Mid-South Cartoonists Association members Kevin L. WilliamsGreg Cravens and I pay respect and share stories about our friend and cartoonist Sam Ray who passed away in December, 2021.

I’ve been wanting to get together with some of the local cartooning gang to record a tribute to Sam, and in spite of some technical difficulties we were able to record for a bit during the MSCA monthly zoom call this week (thanks to some quick thinking by Kev.) Dale Martin was able to join us for a bit at the beginning of the Zoom call before having to cut out early before our recording..

Another left-hander, Sam was a great cartoonist/writer & created his “Business As Usual” comic strips which were published in The Commercial Appeal, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Boy’s Life, Reader’s Digest, Barron’s, Woman’s World, Forbes, and our first MSCA comic anthology.

He was also a writer on the “Hagar The Horrible” comic strip for 6 years.

Sam was a soft-spoken artist who was always willing to talk toons and swap stories with other cartoonists at our meetings and events. He was part of the MSCA since it’s creation in the late ’80s, and will be greatly missed.

2022 represents the MSCA’s 35th year of “drawing funny” and I got a recorded state of the association address from MSCA prez Kevin. He mentions some club history and discusses his future plans for our milestone anniversary year.

One of which is the upcoming group art show “’Murica”, which will be presented February 17 – 27, 2022, at Germantown Community Theater alongside the comedy play, “The Complete History of America (Abridged).” This art show shares a variation of art styles and techniques from different members Terence Washington, Jim Palmer, Dale Martin, Greg Cravens, Kevin Williams, and Lin Workman (me). For more info, links, and pics please check out the MSCA website at www.midsouthcartoonists.org, or previous episodes at www.drawingfunny.com. If you’d like to be a part of the show, you can contact me (Lin) at: podcast(at)drawingfunny(dot)com.

Stay safe, and “stay tooned”..!

Lin

“Drawing Funny” podcast – www.drawingfunny.com

Run time: 41min 35sec

MSCA Updates – “’Murica” And More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

February 1, 2022

THE MID-SOUTH CARTOONISTS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS “’MURICA” AT GERMANTOWN COMMUNITY THEATER 

The Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) art show “’Murica” will be presented February 17 – 27, 2022, at Germantown Community Theater alongside the comedy play, “The Complete History of America (Abridged).”

2022 represents the MSCA’s 35th year of “drawing funny” and this art show will be one of a few big events planned for the year.  This show shares a variation of art styles and techniques from different members Lin Workman, Terence Washington, Jim Palmer, Dale Martin, Greg Cravens, and Kevin Williams.

“While the MSCA has done many themed shows for decades, we’re especially proud to partner with Germantown Community Theater to present our art show “’Murica.” It’s special as it focuses on American History – with a twist, of course,” said MSCA President, Kevin Williams. “And you can’t get more twisted than a cartoonist’s take on history.”

The play, “The Complete History of America (Abridged)” is described as a ninety-minute rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History, reminding us that it’s not the length of your history that matters — it’s what you’ve done with it!  The play, written by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor is directed by Elizabeth Perkins.

Hours to see the show are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3037 Forest Hill Irene Rd. in Germantown, TN 38138.

Stay “tooned” for more info on our upcoming fall art show downtown…

There’s a new “Drawing Funny” podcast episode available for downloading: Ep35- “The Dragon Templar. You can listen directly at www.drawingfunny.com or download at most any place you like to subscribe to your podcasts.

This episode I(Lin) talks to MSCA member Dale Martin and local writer Brad Starnes about their new comic, their origin stories, convention plans, and more.

The first issue is available now at 901 Comics (Memphis and Cordova)The Cellar Tabletop Games & Comics (Bartlett), and Quimby’s (Chicago), with more outlets to come soon! It is also available direct from the creators at www.dragontemplar.com.

Tonight is our monthly MSCA online Zoom meeting at 7pm. We will be recording some audio of some of our members’ memories of  cartoonist Sam Ray, who passed away back in December.

From MSCA founding member, Jack Cassady:

Hi Gang!  I see where you guys are mighty busy trying to get ready for the Art Show in Germantown. I wish you all the best of luck and much success in that fine venue.

I was greatly saddened at the news of Sam passing. It was a shock to me. I always considered Sam to be one of the charter members of the group. I enjoyed his company and talents. We were indeed fortunate to have someone like Sam to help us along the yellow brick road. Please note that I will be lifting a toast to Sam later this evening. He will be missed.

Jack

Sad news from writer Mark Waid about the passing of comics creator Brian Augustyn (aged 67):

This one hurts unimaginably: Brian Augustyn, rest in peace.

The Augustyn family has asked me to let Brian’s friends and fans know that Brian left us today after suffering a sudden, severe stroke over the weekend. I have spent a lot of time these last few hours writing a great deal about Brian, and I’ll share those thoughts soon, but for now I simply wanted to let everyone know. Comics has lost a very kind, very talented man who has been my big brother and one of my very best friends for nearly 35 years.

If you’ve ever been a friend, colleague, or fan of Brian’s–or, frankly, a fan of the work done by Humberto Ramos, Mike Wieringo, Mike Parobeck, Oscar Jimenez, Howard Porter, Travis Charest, or any of the many, many other creators who owe their careers to Brian, myself included–I’m asking you to send a card or a note to his wife Nadine and daughters Carrie and Allie to express your condolences and tell them what he meant to you. I believe it would mean a lot to them. I realize we live in an ephemeral era of emails and texts, but something tangible, something on paper, something they can treasure, would be appreciated. Send to the following address and I will pass everything along, so please keep it to letters and cards if you will. Thank you.

Send to:
Mark Waid for the Augustyns
c/o Humanoids
6464 Sunset Blvd, Suite 1180
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Some more sad news, MSCA member Martheus Antone Wade‘s mom passed recently. Jan Hardrick’s services will be held Thursday, February 10, 2022.  Visitation will be 9am, with services beginning at 10am, at M.J. Edwards1165 Airways Blvd, Memphis, TN 38114

If you’d like to send along condolences to the Wade’s, please send them to midsouthcartoonists(at)gmail(dot)com and Kevin will collect them to forward them to him.

“THE DRAGON TEMPLAR!” – New Ongoing Comic Series By MSCA Member Dale Martin And Local Writer Brad Starnes

RELEASE THE DRAGON!

MSCA member Dale Martin has released a new ongoing comic series with local writer Brad StarnesTHE DRAGON TEMPLAR!

Set in the depths of the Middle Ages, during the era of the Crusades, this medieval adventure comic follows a band of Knights Templar, Rome’s agents on the ground as the Universal Church tries to lay claim to the Holy Land. The band of knights deploy their talents for war protecting Rome’s interests and traveling pilgrims alike … all the while harboring in their midst a power they can’t fully understand!

The first issue is available now at 901 Comics (Memphis and Cordova), The Cellar Tabletop Games & Comics (Bartlett), and Quimby’s (Chicago), with more outlets to come soon! It is also available direct from the creators at www.dragontemplar.com.

Dale Martin is a Memphis-based artist, writer, and publisher, best known for his Watusi the Talking Dog comics (both in print and online). He’s been handcrafting comics featuring his original creations since the 1980s, and doesn’t see any reason to stop now! (He’s also the editor and a contributing artist to our MSCA zineThe Good, The Bad, And The Sketchy.)

Brad Starnes was first published in the 901 Comics Anthology (teamed with his brother, artist Skoot Starnes), and has written comics in a variety of genres since then.


12-page black & “white” (interiors are on ivory paper) comic w/full-color cover; 6.75×10.25″ trim.

We’ll have an upcoming interview with Dale and Brad on the Drawing Funny podcast soon- stay “tooned”!

MSCA Founding Member Sam Ray Has Passed Away

We just learned that Mid-South Cartoonists Association founding member Sam Ray died back in December.

Sam was a great cartoonist/writer & created his “Business As Usual” comic strips which were published in The Commercial Appeal, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Boy’s Life, Reader’s Digest, Barron’s, Woman’s World, Forbes, and our first MSCA comic anthology.

He was also a ghost-writer on the “Hagar The Horrible” strip for six years, illustrated the book “Sane Investing For The Non-Financial”, and self-published a collection of his “Business As Usual” cartoons.

He had a great smile & was known to offer friendly advice with soft-spoken words to his fellow cartoonists at many an MSCA dinner meeting- usually while drawing a funny chicken, duck or penguin.

Sam will be missed.✏️😢

MSCA GCT Art Show Info Update

Okay, good news/bad news

Bad news first– since there’s been an increase of COVID the art show at the Germantown Community Theatre has been delayed a bit.

The good news– that gives anyone who wanted to participate but ran out of time a chance for a few more weeks to get their art completed and turned in.

Here are all the details from the MSCA’s president Kevin L. Williams

Hello, Fellow MSCA’ers,

This is the update on the MSCA Art Show at the Germantown Community Theater:

The performance was delayed due to Omicron Covid-19; but, will resume in February- as will the art show. Therefore, we have until END OF JANUARY/FIRST OF February to gather all artwork for the art show. This means if you were interested in participating, YOU STILL CAN! Just let me know.

Special thanks so far to Greg Cravens, Dale Martin, Jim Palmer, Terence Washington, and Lin Workman for submitting their art already! There’s still room for YOU, too!! They may have us out for “friends and family” night at the theater, too. Whether you’re in the show or not, don’t forget to PROMOTE it for everyone.

THE DETAILS OF THE ART SHOW ARE:
Sales: Artist keeps 60%, the theater gets 40%.
Artwork DUE BY FEBRUARY 8, 2022 (first Tuesday in February).
Make sure your art can be hung easily. (wire on back preferred)
Information cards: 3×3” with piece name, artist name, media, and price (include your website as well).

Do you have a profile/caricature on www.midsouthcartoonists.org in our Members Directory? If so, I’m taking your profile and caricature from there for the show. If not, send an email to me midsouthcartoonists(at)gmail(dot)com and Lin podcast(at)drawingfunny(dot)com so we both have your profile.
(And don’t forget to connect: www.facebook.com/midsouthcartoonists

The show will be hung and available for viewing February 17-27, 2022.

THEME OF SHOW:
www.gctcomeplay.org/complete-history
Something that parodies American History. It doesn’t have to be current events, but think “founding fathers” and what can be made funny about that?

With a ten year run in the West End at the Criterion Theatre, The Complete History of America (abridged) ought to be funny. And informative. And it’s both. In the short space of ninety minutes, Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor take us through 600 years of History, from Washington to Watergate, from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from New World to New World Order – The Complete History of America (abridged) is a breakneck rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American history.

Tackling such controversial questions as: Who really discovered America? Why did Abe Lincoln free the slaves? How many Democrats does it take to screw in a light bulb? – absolutely nothing is sacred in the authors’ unique satirical exploration of America’s past.

“History has never been this much fun. Or as delightfully mutilated.” Montreal Gazette

“This History of America should be a required course.” – Boston Herald

ART SHOW ART DROP-OFF/PICK-UP
Feel free to drop art work off at my work between 8am – 4pm Monday – Friday:
Crone Memorials, 811 S Dudley Street, Memphis, TN 38104 (Map above)

OR – let me know your address and we’ll make plans to meet there or somewhere so I can get artwork.

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

Kevin is working on trying to schedule another art show for later this year- fingers crossed! BTW- this is what the 3″x3″ cards should look like and how they will be placed. (Art by Greg Cravens.)

I dropped off my cartoon piece for the art show, and hope to try and get at least one more finished in time.

Speaking of dropping off art, I recently dropped off some of my latest sketchcards to The Cellar out in Bartlett. I sell them and my sketchcovers through the shop –2737 Bartlett Blvd.

If you haven’t stopped by to pick up some of the freebie MSCA and Drawing Funny podcast swag, there’s plenty to be had. I left behind some more stickers and buttons, as well as some MSCA sketchcard blanks. They are all free and located near the front entrance.

If you draw on any, please post pics on social media and tag the MSCA– we’d love to see what you create. (I had these printed back before we had the new website or our Instagram account- (at)midsouthcartoonists.)

Oh, you can also pick up some MSCA swag while it lasts at Comics & Collectibles (on Poplar) and 901 Comics (Cooper/Young). I’ll try to drop off some sketchcard blanks by each shop the next time I’m in Memphis. The freebies are usually near the register- just ask if you don’t see any.

If you have any ideas for celebrating the MSCA’s 35th anniversary please let us know. Not sure when we’ll be getting together in person at Garibaldi’s Pizza again. We had hoped to be back in the big room this month, but they had to cancel groups due to the upswing in COVID cases in Memphis/Shelby County. For now we’ll be doing Zoom calls/video on the first Tuesday of the month, unless we can safely meet in person somewhere. If you’d like to be on our Drawing Funny podcast to promote anything you’re working on or have it mentioned on the show and/or this website please let me know- podcast(at)drawingfunny(dot)com.

That’s all the news for now. Stay safe and stay tooned!

Lin

 

 

Presidential Address: In Person Dinner Meet-Up Cancelled

MSCA President Kevin L. Williams has sent out some news for our upcoming dinner meet-up and art show at Germantown Community Theater in January.

From Kev:

Hi, all,

JANUARY GATHERING
Garibaldi’s called and verified that due to the increase in Omicron in Shelby County they are not opening the meeting room in the near future.  Instead, let’s just gather on Zoom for January 4, 2022, at 7pm.  (Zoom link here.)

If we still want to meet up starting in February 2022, reply to let me know where you’d like to meet.

ART SHOW ART DROP-OFF/PICK-UP
As we aren’t meeting next week, feel free to drop art work off between 8am – 4pm at my work:Crone Memorials, 811 S Dudley Street, Memphis, TN 38104 (Map attached)

OR – let me know your address and I’ll plan to pick up the art Thursday. Need a reminder about what’s due for the artwork?  (Email Kev at midsouthcartoonists (at) gmail (dot) com.)

*Note: Show will be at Germantown Community Theater in January 2022 and will coincide with the play The Complete History of America (abridged). We’re allowed to sell the pieces keeping 60% and the theater gets 40%.

MSCA WEBSITE details – if anyone wants to be featured please send jpegs- RGB 300dpi at 450 pixels tall (doesn’t matter width). We could use 4-10 from each member.

If you aren’t already listed in the member directory on the site, we need a short bio, caricature jpeg (can resize it after uploading it), and whatever personal art website and/or social media links you’d like to share.

The images and info can be emailed directly to  podcast(at)drawingfunny(dot)com – just put “MSCA website” in the subject line. You can visit the site at www.midsouthcartoonists.org and feel free to share this information with your social media.  An image is attached for good measure.

35th ANNIVERSARY
2022 marks the 35th Anniversary of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association.  Do you have any ideas how you’d like to celebrate?  Message me with ideas! *(That’s a flyer for the very first meeting back in 1987

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

If you need more info check out previous posts here on the website, or you can email the MSCA president or webmaster(s) at- midsouthcartoonists(at)gmail(dot)com.

Also, the latest “Drawing Funny” podcast episode is up- Episode 33 – “Priced To Sell- Or Sit..?”

How much is that art in the window?” In this solo episode I discuss pricing and selling– or not selling my art, what some folks have thought about the prices I charge, and if my work is worth the cost.

If you have any ideas or stories on selling art and/or how you price things, please give me a yell at podcast (at) drawingfunny (dot) com. If you’d like to promote anything you’re selling or doing in 2022 feel free to contact me about it. I’d love to hear from you. Always looking for member news and guests for the show. I’m seriously running out of things to talk about- especially about myself!

Oh, and don’t forget to snag some free MSCA and Drawing Funny swag at local comic shops in Memphis. You can find some at Comics & Collectibles (Poplar), 901 Comics (Cooper/Young), and The Cellar (Bartlett).

Hope you have a Happy New Year!
Lin

“Priced To Sell- Or Sit..?” – New Drawing Funny Podcast Episode

New “Drawing Funny” episode is available- listen online here or most anywhere  you like to download podcasts.

“How much is that art in the window?” In this solo episode I discuss pricing and selling– or not selling my art, and what some folks have thought about the prices I charge and if my work is worth the cost. I’ve talked before about how I got into drawing funny for a living and how I’ve set up at conventions and art shows, but really haven’t mentioned why I charge what I do for my sketchcards, sketchcovers, paintings, prints, tees and more. I also talk a bit more on how I create my own art, where I’ve sold it over the years, and what expenses I’ve experienced. Plus if you’ve wondered what exactly is a sketchcard and/or a sketchcover, wanted to know how to get into doing them, or how much they pay- I talk about that as well.

I don’t have all the answers by a long shot, but if you’re struggling with what to charge for your work maybe this will help you understand art pricing and some possible avenues for selling and buying art. If you have any ideas or stories on selling art and/or how you price things, please give me a yell at podcast (at) drawingfunny (dot) com. I’d love to hear from you.

Shameless plug alert: Lonnie Easterling and I have several of my hand drawn sketchcards and a few sketchcovers available for sale at a comic shop here in Memphis- The Cellar. There are both official artist returns cards from companies like ToppsBreygentCryptozoic, and RRParks Cards and personal sketch cards drawn on my own custom blanks- with more to come after the holidays. If you’re interested in buying any of these please contact the shop. I don’t do commission work so this is the only way to currently purchase/collect any of my art from me.

Oh, and if you stop by The Cellar in person be sure to snag some free Drawing Funny podcast and MSCA swag. Lots of buttons and stickers are available while they last, plus they make great stocking stuffers!

The Cellar: Tabletop Games & Comics
2737 Bartlett Blvd
Bartlett, TN 38134
(901) 382-8623
If you like to shop online, be sure to check out MSCA member Antonio Johnson and ADJ Designs’ merch on his website. Lots of hats, tees, hoodies, art prints and more are available.
You can also order a copy of the novic book “Bluff City Blues” on their website, or at Comics and Collectibles on Poplar Avenue.
Merry Christmas- stay warm and stay tooned!
Lin (and Lex)

“What A Tool(s)” – New Drawing Funny Podcast Episode

A new episode of “Drawing Funny” is available.

In this episode I (Lin) talk about the different tools and materials I use to create my art, and how I got into drawing funny for a living. (That’s me far left, and Greg Cravens with the hat at the Mid-South Fair in Memphis back in the late ’80s.)

I’ll be discussing my early days of airbrushing in malls in the ’80s, literally cutting and pasting art, starting off on working digital, creating early webcomics in the ’90s, working on independent comics, my sculpting experiences, how I got into using markers, and some other ways I like to get the job done. (Oh, above that’s the first tee I ever painted, and my old waistline.)

Plus I send out some congrats to fellow podperson Joe Stuber (aka “Stuberman“) for Comic Book Central‘s 400th episode and 8th anniversary (DF and I both get a shout out on his show)…

…and I give you some info on former guest Sal Abbinanti‘s new Kickstarter campaign for his creator owned “Atomika” omnibus. You can hear my interview with Uncle Sal about his first Kickstarter for “The Hostage” graphic novel in Episode 14.

BTW: If after listening to this episode and still have any art questions, have suggestions on what types of tools and materials you use, or would like to come on the show to discuss your techniques and/or just talk toons, please give me a shout. I’m happy to give you any answers I can, or hear about how you create your art.

You can contact me at: podcast(at)drawingfunny(dot)com – would love to read your email’s and/or have you on as part of our second season! Don’t forget to snag some free Drawing Funny swag at local Memphis area comic shops- Comics & Collectibles, The Cellar, and 901 Comics.

Stay safe, stay tooned– and please subscribe and share with others..!

www.drawingfunny.com