“Bluff City Life” Interview And Clip Studio Tutorial With “Bluff City Blues” Novic Creator At MSCA Dinner Meeting

On March 29th MSCA president Kevin L. Williams was interviewed by host Andy Mannis for “Bluff City Life”, which aired on WMC TV5 here in Memphis. Kev and Andy discussed the MSCA and our 35th anniversary this year (March 28, 1987).

If you missed the MSCA segment when it played you can now check it out online here.

On Tuesday, April 5th, we got back together for our MSCA monthly dinner meeting at Garibaldi’s Pizza. This was our second meet-up back at Garibaldi’s since we had to stop due to the pandemic back in March 2020.

We had another great turnout- not only some of our usual suspects, but folks we haven’t seen for a while like brothers Marvin and Spencer Cheveallier, former MSCA prez Charles Ettinger, and a new face- Courtney Dunn, from the Brooks Museum Of Art who heard about us from one of the postcards we recently sent out. She brought a few of her sketchbooks to show- which were great. Always love to see other artists’ sketchbooks.

I had Dale Martin sign my copy of “The Dragon Templar” comic. I picked up a copy of the first issue at The Cellar. He and writer Brad Starnes are working on the second issue now.

We had fun hanging out, talking toons, and eating pizza and pasta. Lots of catching up to do as always, sketchbooks to be looked at, drawings to be done, and more freebie swag to be had.

Towards the end of this meeting, member Antonio Johnson brought along his laptop, tablet, and extra monitor to do a tutorial on the art program Clip Studio Paint.

He showed us the basics that can be done, and took lots of questions from the group. A few members use the program and added some of their expertise to the conversation.

A few months back Charles had shown us a bit of how he used the program while on one of our Zoom meetings. He was working on the Memphis issue of our MSCA Zine. I was impressed with the what could be done with it in just those few minutes.

After last night I’m amazed to find out more about what else it can do and support, and for a very reasonable price. I really hadn’t thought about getting a new graphics program (I use Corel Draw and Photoshop), but am really tempted to get it and a new tablet for my new laptop. The question is, since I draw outside the computer left handed, and draw inside the computer right handed, do I just stick with the way things are, learn it left-handed since I’ve got to learn to use the program, or try to get comfortable with either hand- just in case..?

You can check out Antonio’s art at www.adjdesign.com, as well as purchase some of his and wife Tamika’s books, merch and apparel in their shop here.

Since the restaurant closes a bit earlier these days we didn’t have a long time to really get into what all the program can do, but it was a fun introduction to it for many of us. Thanks to Antonio for teasing us with Clip Studio Paint. I hope we can have more demonstrations at future meetings. If anyone would like to lead one, please give Kevin a yell so we can schedule it.

Also looking for guests to talk toons on our Drawing Funny podcast. I can either do a Zoom call or meet in person if needed. Just shoot me an email at podcasy(at)drawingfunny(dot)com and we’ll schedule it. I’d also be happy to interview anyone at our meetings or other events.

I’m glad we were able to have monthly Zoom meetings during the pandemic, but man it’s great to be meeting back in person again.

Don’t forget that MidTownCon is this Saturday from 10-4pm at Black Lodge Video here in Memphis. More and more cons and events are starting up again.

Also, mark your calendars- Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2022 is set to be celebrated on Saturday, May 7 at local comic shops across the country and around the world! Check with your local comic shop to see ig/how they are participating, and if there are any requirements/restrictions.

Oh, and Dale Martin has his first show of the year he’s participating in- the Annesdale Snowden Neighborhood Art Walk in Memphis. Dale does a lot of art shows and festivals around the mid-south, so keep an eye out for him and his work.

Stay “tooned” for more MSCA anniversary updates and member news. Hope you all are doing well and drawing funny!

Lin

“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.

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.✏️😢

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

“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