On Thursday, March 9th the MSCA’s Greg Cravens and myself (Lin Workman) stopped by the WMC TV5 studios to record a couple segments for thier show “Bluff City Life” with host Gina Neely.
MSCA president Kevin L. Willams was on “Bluff City Life“ back during the pandemic (3/29/22) to discuss the MSCA’s 35 anniversary with then host Andy Mannis. (You can watch the interview by clicking here.)
We were there to talk about our upcoming events, like our monthly dinner meeting in April at Garibaldi’s Pizza, and our Drink-N-Draw and Sat-Art-Day at 901 Comics East.
I dropped off a promo pizza box press kit to the station the week before on my way out to the “Spamalittle” art show reception at GCT.
We got to the station a bit after noon, and waited up front with Jamie from the Memphis Public Libraries. We met Gina in the lobby, then hung out in the “green room” for a few minutes with the other guest on the show, designer David Quarles IV and his Chasing Paper Wallpaper associates.
It was strange to be in the studio…there were no camera operators on the news floor. The cameras were all operated remotely in the contol room, and Gina and her assistant were in contact with the director via ear buds.
And the studio was a lot greener than the actual green room! This was the big green screen for doing the Action News 5 weather.
While waiting out front Greg did a quick sketch of Jamie who was there to talk about the Memphis Public Libraries‘ “5 Fridays Of Jazz” events.
Greg warmed up a bit before our segment by doing a quick caricature of Gina while sitting off camera.
Greg got his start as a caricature artist at Opryland in Nashville, TN back in the ’80s.
Notice that Greg lettered this comic strip first before drawing in the figure.
Greg did this comic strip of Gina while off camera after our segment so it didn’t make it on the show.
Thanks to Gina and her crew at TV5. We had a lot of fun in the two or so hours we were there. Hope to get to be back on again later.
The show aired on Tuesday the 14th at noon on Channel 5 here in Memphis, and will be available to watch on their site soon.
The following night we had our latest Drink-N-Draw where as you may suspect, we drink and we draw.
The gang were hanging out in the back gallery room at 901 Comics East out on Macon Road.
We had a great turnout again for this event, and the weather outside was nice and were able to draw with the lights on inside this time.
Jake did some more sketchcard mash-ups…
And I did another Muppets sketcard.
First time attendee Jose’ handed out some great promo business cards.
Our next Drink-N-Draw will be on Wednesday, April 26th from 6-8pm. It’s free and open to the public, but bring a few bucks if you’d like something to drink and/or eat.
Our next MSCA monthly dinner meet-up at Garibaldi’s Pizza on Tuesday, April 4th from 6-8pm. Same as the Drink-N-Draw, it’s free to attend but bring your wallet if you’d like to order off the menu.
Our next Sat-Art-Day at 901 Comics East is this Saturday, March 25th from 10-2.
You never know who’s gonna show up at our events!