It been a very busy (and wet) couple of weeks here for our merry band of cartoonists, but overall it was a lot of fun.
First up was our “Spamalittle: Knights Of The Drawing Table” art show reception at Germantown Community Theatre on Friday night.
This is the second art show that the MSCA has exhibited in the lobby of GCT, and apparently we’ll be back for another next season.
GCT will be announcing their next season on March 9th, and we’ll be announcing that show shortly after.
This art show featured “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” inspired artwork on display (and for sale) by our members.
Lots of great takes on that epic Monty Python movie! You can see more pics by heading on over to the MSCA Facebook page.
We also got to enjoy a live performance of “Find Your Grail” by Sir Muley and Annie Freres who performs as ‘The Lady Of The Lake“). This video can also be seen on our Facebook page.
I really enjoyed catching up with A.G. Howard. We talked about many of our misdaventures togeher back in our airbrush days, and some of our recent health scares and brushes with death..! Yeah, it’s been a scary few years for many of us, but always great to still be able to get together for events like this.
The cold rain and scary weather around the midsouth kept the attendance down a bit, but definitely not the sales! Several of the show’s pieces were sold that night, and two were sold before we even got set up for the reception. Heck, the show hasn’t even officially opened yet and it’s been one of our most successful ones yet.
Thanks to Kevin Williams and DaMarco Randle for hanging the art show and setting up the refreshments table for the reception. And thanks to everyone who participated in the show, braved the bad weather, and bought art. Big thanks to the staff and volunteers at GCT for having us back out again, and again.
You can check out the show for yourself at the theater during their normal box office business hours and during Spamalot performances.
The Spamalittle art show runs in conjunction with their production of “Spamalot The Musical” March 3-19 at GCT – 3037 Forest Hill Irene Rd.👑
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The next morning many of us were drawn together for our latest Sat-Art-Day at 901 Comics East out on Macon Road.
It was another full house for our latest sketchy Saturday in the back gallery room at 901 Comics’ Cordova location. We were surrounded by a lot of comic art on the walls – including some original comic book pages from”The Walking Dead“.
We had some of our regular attendees, as well as some new faces there. Was great to have Izzy and Timothy join us this time, and I hope they can make it back for future Sat-Art-Days and other MSCA events.
Many folks brought their own stuff to draw with/on, but we also provided extra art supplies such as markers, pencils, pens, paper, and sketchcards for anyone who needed them.
And they were put to good use.
Like the night before at the art show reception, it was cold and wet outside, but warm, dry, and a lot of fun inside. We only heard the occasional bit of rain hitting the roof while we sketched.
The only rules we have other than have fun and be respectful of your felllow artists is that if you’re not old enough to drive yourself to the comic shop, you need to have a parent or guardian come with you.
They’re welcome to sit and draw as well, play a game in the gaming area, or hang out and watch some TV at the bar.
The shop serves beer on tap and in cans, but you don’t have to just drink beer. 901’s “Bar With No Name” also serves sodas, bottled water, snacks, and personal sized pizzas.
We’ll be back out at 901 for another Sat-Art-Day on March 25th, as well as another Drink-N-Draw event on March 15th, the Wednesday before St. Patrick’s Day.
901 Comics (both locations) also sells many locally created comics including several comics series made by MSCA members.
One of those Memphis made comics is “Stoned Ninja“.
It (and others) are published by 901’s Shannon Merritt and his own Bad Dog Comics Publishing.
And speaking of Stoned Ninja, the creative team behind it will teach you what they know about making comics all while enjoying a beer at Crosstown Brewery (1264 Concourse Avenue, Crosstown Concourse) on March 23rd from 6-8pm.
Join writer Gabe DeRanzo and the MSCA’s own Greg Cravens (The Buckets, Hubris, Shoney Bear) as they teach the next class in Crosstown’s Creative Juices sereies- which are instuctional classes for the creative 901.
They’ll be throwing out lots of comic knowlege, and knowing Greg- probably a lot of ninja star stickers as well.
Everyone in the class will get:
- A written breakdown of The Process, spelling out the steps and the order in which they have to be taken
- A full size comic book practice page that you classroom creators will pencil your own dialogue, characters, and action into.
- One beer will be included in ticket price for those of legal drinking age. Must present ID at the bar to get your beer. Minimum age for this class is 13 years old.
TIckets are $30.00ea and can be purchased through eventbrite by cliking here.
Our next upcoming MSCA event is the monthly dinner meet-up at Garibaldi’s Pizza on Walker Ave. near the U of M on Tuesday, March 7th from 6-8pm.✏️🍕
The meeting is casual, free, and open to the public. Do feel free to bring your sketchbook, tablet, or other drawing supplies if you like, as well as any promo items you might want to share with the group. Plus bring a few bucks to order off the menu if you’d like anything to eat or drink. Like the Sat-Art-Days, any age or skill level is welcome to join us, just bring a parent with you if you can’t drive yourself there. We meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month (except for the 4th of July this summer).