Back To Virtual Until 2022

Hey, gang-

I have a quick few bits of MSCA news for you. First up is some meeting updates from our Prez Kevin L. Williams

Hi, all-

With the latest details on Covid-19/Delta Variant from the Shelby County Health Department, I am going to cancel further in-person gatherings until January 2022. We will still gather digitally (via Z00m).

I look forward to seeing you all in a week at the zoom meeting!!  Have a great week, keep well, and keep safe

Sling that ink!
Push those pencils!
Craft those words!
Doodle those digitals!

Your Prez,
Kev

For the link to join in on the Zoom meeting or to join our mailing list contact Kevin at midsouthcartoonists (at) gmail (dot) com.

Hopefully if all goes well between now and the end of the year we will be back in person in the big room at Garibaldi’s Pizza near the U of M on the first Tuesday of January, 2022.

Here is some MSCA member news…

Member Jim Palmer let us know that he’s acting in “The Secret Garden” starting this month at Theatre Memphis. We all know it’s no secret that Jim and his wife JoLynn are terrific thespians!

Jim says, “I play the “crusty ol’ gardener” BEN WEATHERSTAFF, (a nice, but small role).  Of course, ALL this could change due to Covid, but, for now, this is the plan.”

The Secret Garden                

Next Stage

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Adapted and Directed by Jason Spitzer

Touching and Sentimental. Foul-tempered, young Mary Lennox is an orphan sent from India to live in her distant family’s gloomy mansion on the desolate English moor. Once there, she discovers a sickly cousin who has never seen the light of day, a magical boy who can talk to the animals, a mysterious uncle haunted by the memory of his dead wife, and a long forgotten, secret garden hidden behind a locked door. This new adaptation of a timeless classic will open the door to the innermost places of your heart.

THE SECRET GARDEN is scheduled to open Fri. September 24 at THEATRE MEMPHIS, & continue Sept. 25, 26, 29, 30, Oct. 1,2,3,6,7,8,9,&10.  All evening performances will now begin at 7:30pm & Sunday afternoon shows at 2:00pm.

For information contact Box-office at 901•682•8323 or email theatrememphis.org .

The MSCA would like to welcome cartoonist Tim Jones to our group!

Tim is a self-syndicated comic strip artist from Rhode Island where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Cartooning for over 20 years, he created his comic strip, Sour Grapes, in 2013, which is currently published in multiple newspapers throughout Rhode Island, Southern Massachusetts, California and Texas. Tim is a member of ARIA (Association of Rhode Island Authors) and a member of The National Cartoonists Society.

You can read his comic at sourgrapescomic.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

I (Lin) got laid off this summer from my printing day job. Since most of what we printed was event and school related orders, COVID had caused printing orders to slow to a trickle. I was able to pick up a part time job working at Area 51 Ice Cream a couple weeks ago. The new/larger location is still on Commerce Street in Hernando, MS. It’s within walking distance of our house, so I don’t have to risk my life driving on I-55 and 240 every day- well, unless they need me to fill in any at their Crosstown Concourse location! I’m also working on some new tee designs for them and will post those later.

Nicki and I have known the Cubbage family who run A51 for years now. We stopped in for Nicki’s birthday right after they opened and have been frequent customers ever since. Oh, I’m not the only “Lin” at the shop- their alien mascot shares my name. The ice cream is scratch made in-house and several of the flavors feature produce grown locally. Great seasonal flavors, shakes, drinks, and baked goods are available. Check out their Facebook page for their daily menus, or stop by and sample some.

I recently dropped off my latest sketchcover to The Cellar out in Bartlett. It’s a “Suicide Squad” Polka-Dot Man comic with a wraparound hand-drawn cover. Done in pencil, Copic markers, black Pigma Micron pens, white Gelly Roll pen, and white Prismacolor pencil.

Lonnie Easterling’s two sketchcovers (top left and center) and my three- Polka-Dot Man, Dr. Who, and The Riddler are for sale at the shop.

I also still have several of my sketchcards that are available for sale- both official artist returns from companies like Topps, Crytozoic, and RRParks Cards and personal sketch cards drawn on my own custom blanks. The profits from those sales help fund my comics and art supplies habits..! I recently did sketchcards for an Ultraman card set, and am finishing up a Zorro set this week.

Be sure to check out the MSCA Zine The Good, The Bad, And The Sketchy at The Cellar- issues 1-6 are available for sale.

Don’t forget to snag you some free MSCA, Drawing Funny Podcast, and Memphis Ghostbusters swag while you’re there. It’s near the front door. Lots of stickers and buttons to choose from.

The Cellar: Tabletop Games & Comics

2737 Bartlett Blvd

Bartlett, TN 38134

(901) 382-8623

ComicCellarOnline.com

Hope you all are having a Happy 901 Day!

Lin

News On New “Drawing Funny” Podcast News Episode

Hey, gang-

We’ve got a new news episode of “Drawing Funny“- Episode 27 – “MSCA News Update.

Show Notes: This episode is a semi-shorter one, but lots of MSCA news like Greg Cravens‘ “Hubris” Patreon, Kevin “Nuggethead” Thorn‘s new political hat in Hernando, MS, the updated MSCA links page, thoughts on next year’s MSCA 35th anniversary (1987-2022), info on upcoming MSCA monthly meet-ups – plus local events like Free Comic Book DayThe Covington Comic ConDisney exhibit at Graceland, and Artists’ Link art show at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Also a little bit of discussion of this year’s Superman Celebration and Supergirl Radio podcast interviewThe Suicide Squad” movie, and my recent sketchcards and unemployment situation- yay, fun…

Stay safe, and stay tooned- but mostly stay safe..!

BTW: If you want to be a part of the show, would like to have your comics project, event, or podcast featured on a future episode, or have MSCA member/Memphis art scene news please give me a yell. 30-60sec MP3 commercials are welcome, too.

You can contact me at:

podcast(at)drawingfunny(dot)com

You can hear my “Drawing Funny” promo spot here.

Hope to talk toons with ya!

Lin

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$upport You Local Cartoonist$


Our own Greg Cravens has a Patreon for his webcomic “Hubris”. Patreon levels begin at $1 a month!

“As the newspapers dwindle, and webcomics are the go-to for the daily comics, Hubris! is your safe-for-work/family comic. Aside from four comic strips a week (at this point), there are links to outdoorsy videos, cartooning lessons and video, absurd product reviews by people that, frankly, abuse their outdoor/recreational gear just the way YOU do, and silly stories about mishaps out-of-doors. Join Team Hubris, read, enjoy, then go outside and play, for heaven’s sake.”

There are several different sponsorship levels, some include getting original comic strip art and caricatures by Greg.

Check out the Greg goodies at:
www.patreon.com/Hubris

You can find copies of his books in bookstores and online at Amazon, and see several examples of Greg’s advertising, illustration, syndicated strips and webcomics work on his site:

www.cravenscartoonist.com


Greg also has his comic book “Stoned Ninja” available for sale at 901 Comics.

While you’re at 901, be sure to pick up one of our  MSCA zines, or Dale Martin’s “Watusi” zines. You can also pick up the MSCA zines in town at Comics & Collectibles and The Cellar.


At The Cellar you can also purchase sketchcards by me (Lin Workman), and sketchcovers by me and Lonnie Easterling.

Each are hand-drawn and one of a kind. There are both official artist returns from companies like Topps, Cryptozoic, Breygent, and RRParks Cards ($100ea)…

…and personal sketchcards done on my own custom card blanks ($25ea).

I’ll be adding more of them and hopefully soon we can get back to drawing these at the comic shop and/or at Michaels again.

We are planning to be at the Woodruff-Fontaine House next month, and back at Garibaldi’s Pizza starting in January (fingers crossed), so be sure to get Greg to scribble on your comics at one of our MSCA monthly meet-ups!

Lin

Playing Doctor With Writer John Ostrander

There’s a new episode of the “Drawing Funny” podcast available – Episode 26: “John Ostrander”.

This episode, Nicki Workman and I (Lin) sit down for a comics conversation with the legendary writer (and actor) John Ostrander.

We discuss his origin story of reading comics in Chicago and then creating comics and characters- including his creator owned books Grim Jack, Hexer Dusk (with Jan Duursema), and Kros (with Tom Mandrake).

We also discuss his cool cameo as Dr. Fitzgibbon in the upcoming The Suicide Squad movie by James Gunn, creating Amanda Waller, an Easter egg in the previous Suicide Squad movie, and his previous acting in Chicago theater.

Look for John and The Suicide Squad on the BIG screen in theaters and on HBO Max this August 6th.

You can listen to the episode on most podcast platforms such as Apple, Google, Sticher, Anchor, and others- or just go directly to www.drawingfunny.com and listen to episode 26 from there.

Oh, I got busy editing the last two episodes, so I forgot to post here about my HEROINEBUGH” episode!

HEROINEBURGH” is a live-action episodic video series and a printed comic book series (and created in that order). The stories are about a universe of superpowered females in a fantastical version of Pittsburgh.

Oh, and Martheus and Janet Wade have got a new He-Man/Castle Greyskull WADE’S WORLD video up on YouTube. Kevin Williams is running the camera while Martheus shows off his new plastic precious. If you’d like to own some of their merch check out their STORENVY Toshigawa Universe shop.

I’ve got a couple sketchcard gigs and other art projects I need to finish up, so it’ll probably be at least a couple weeks before I record/upload another Drawing Funny episode. I do plan on doing some recording while in Metropolis for the upcoming Superman Celebration.

Stay tooned!

Superman Day And “Drawing Funny” Promo Spot

Hey, gang- Happy \S/uperman Day!

Normally, many of us would be up in Metropolis, IL this weekend for the annual Superman Celebration. Unfortunately, like a lot of things it was cancelled in 2020 because of Covid. Well, it’s back on for 2021, just a bit later in the summer than usual…July 30 – August 1.

If you’ve never been before, the real town of Metropolis is a bit more like the fictional Smallville, and the Celebration is more like a county fair than a convention- but that’s it’s small town charm and sets it apart from other events.

It has guest movie/TV celebs, artists, writers, and lots of cosplayers- but it also has a carnival, street vendors, food, music, Supermuseum, GIANT Superman statue and more. To find out more click here.

I will warn you- Metropolis is known to get hot during the summer, so stay hydrated and be sure to cool off when you can.

In other news…I just made a new promo spot for our Drawing Funny” podcast. You can click the player below to listen to it.

So far there are 22 episodes to listen to. I’m working on lining up some more guests, and hope to record a bit on the road later this year- possibly while in Metropolis. I’m looking forward to hitting more shows in 2022.

You can find the podcast at www.drawingfunny.com as well as follow the podcast on social media.

My “Drawing Funny” social media handles are-

If you have any feedback, questions, would like to be a featured guest, or want to share some news for the show please feel free to contact me by email at podcast (at) drawingfunny (dot) com.

I hope you all “stay tooned” and keep drawing funny.

Lin

 

Monthly MSCA Zoom Time, and Talkin’ Tech With Nicki on Drawing Funny!

This Tuesday, March 2nd at 7pm will be the MSCA’s monthly Zoom meeting. This happens on the first Tuesday of each month, and just happens to be on former Memphian and MSCA member David Beaty’s birthday- happy birthday, Dave. Oh, and happy belated February birthdays to Anakin and Antone Wade.

Our in person dinner meetings were always free and open to the public, and we’ve tried to keep that going online- the only difference is you need the Zoom invite link to join the meeting. To get that, just contact the MSCA’s president Kevin L. Williams at midsouthcartoonists (at) gmail (dot) com and let him know you’d like to join in on the conversation.

I’m no longer recording the entire meeting for the Drawing Funny podcast, but I will be recording members’ answers to their origin stories, and what advice they were given- good or bad, that they’ve used in their art. I’ll be using that part of the meeting for future Drawing Funny episodes.

Which reminds me, that’s what I’m looking for to enter you into our first ever Drawing Funny giveaway. If you’d like to win a full set of the MSCA Zine: The Good The Bad & The Sketchy issues 1-5, plus a cartoon samurai tee by me, and some cool MSCA and Drawing Funny swag, then listen to the latest “Drawing Funny” Podcast with guest Nicki Workman to find out what you need to do to enter and win. I’ve moved the deadline for entries back to March 20th.

I hope you enjoy Ep.17- “I.T. Phone Home” and my tech talk interview with Nicki. Be sure to check out the show notes for her links and some of the things we discussed.

As I post this, the latest issue of the MSCA zine will be having the finishing touches put on it and then sent off to the printer. Issue 6 is Memphis themed and will be available for purchase around the M-town at Comics & Collectibles, The Cellar Tabletop Games and Comics, and 901 Comics.

Once the pandemic has ended and we can get together in person I do plan on recording episodes at local comic shops, conventions, and our monthly meet-ups at Garribaldi’s Pizza. Until then I’ll be using Zoom, so if you’d like to promote your project, announce your event, kick off your crowdfunding, or just talk toons with me, then here’s your invitation to join me on a future episode. Again, I hope to be able to talk to you all in person. I really miss our MSCA meetings and drawing nights, and attending cons and events.

Hope you all are doing well after “Snovid-21“..!
Stay safe, stay warm, and stay tooned.

Lin

“All aboard..!” Talkin’ Toons With Steve Bryant About His “Athena Voltaire And The Terror On The Orient Express” Kickstarter Campaign

New “Drawing Funny” Podcast episode is available for downloading/listening!

This episode I continue my unintentional CGS and Kickstarter theme. Over the weekend I got to talk toons, kickstarting art projects, conventions, (not) traveling, going back to school, and local weather conditions with the “Athena Voltaire” creator – Steve Bryant. We discussed his early work at gaming companies and with Action Lab Comics, and his current Kickstarter for his graphic novel- “Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express“.

 

From Steve’s Kickstarter campaign page:

An all-new 120 page graphic novel starring globetrotting aviatrix Athena Voltaire!

Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express finds the heroine reconnecting with an old friend during a personal trip on the famed train line. When an old foe sets a plan in motion, the voyage turns deadly, as Athena must find the source of horrific slayings that are terrorizing the passengers! Obviously, someone has to do something…

Planned for issues 9–12 of the Action Lab Athena Voltaire ongoing series, the prologue follows Athena on a mad dash to the train station. This sequence serves as a framing sequence to tell tales of the adventuress’ past.

Like every other volume in the series, Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express works as an excellent introduction to Athena and her world. Each volume tells a self-contained adventure. Of course, when combined with the other volumes in the series, a larger story begins to take shape.

This part of the story seems like something we’re all dealing with this week..!

Best of all, Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express is already written, drawn, and lettered, and the colors will be completed by the time that funding is completed- which is February, 25 2021!

Lots of backer rewards and stretch goal incentives!

You can check out and back Steve’s “Athena Voltaire” campaign by clicking here.

If you’ve been considering crowdfunding your comics (or other) project, be sure to check out these last three Drawing Funny episodes with Sal Abbinanti, Dave Dwonch, and Steve Bryant. We not only talk kickstarting art campaigns, but how they got started in the comics industry as well as some info on their tools and techniques and lots of pro tips in general.

I’ll have another new episode up soon where I talk with my wife Nicki Workman where we discuss her experiences with backing crowdfunding campaigns as a fan, and some toon tech talk.

Oh, and be sure to listen to Episode 13 to find out how to enter our first Drawing Funny contest and be part of an upcoming episode.

Stay safe and warm, and as always- “Stay Tooned!

Lin (somewhere on Hoth)

 

 

 

 

“Kickstart My Art” – Talkin’ Toons on the Drawing Funny Podcast

Hey, gang-

I’ve been recording, editing, and uploading more episodes of “Drawing Funny“. Episode 16 will be going up this week- if I can keep from freezing to death! Thankfully the Batcave is actually quite toasty and comfortable.

I’ve been talking with a few of the friends I’ve made over the years through the Comic Geek Speak Podcast. It just worked out that I’ve got back to back interviews with three CGS friends who are all doing Kickstarter campaigns this month! If you’ve been wanting more info on starting a comics crowdfunding campaign of your own, these guests share lots of advice. Here’s a run down of those episodes and their links, as well as some info on those Kickstarter projects…

 

 

Episode 14 – “The Hostage” by Sal Abbinanti (Run time: 1hr 45min)

Show Notes: I talk toons and kickstarting art projects with Sal “Uncle Sal” Abbinanti. We discuss his early work in advertising, self-publishing comics, representing other artists, and his first ever Kickstarter for his first ever graphic novel- “The Hostage“.

WARNING: F-bombs and other colorful language await you in this conversation with Sal.

From his Kickstarter campaign page:

By day, Sal Abbinanti is the art rep for comic book superstars Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz, but by night he, too, is an artist. For more than two decades, the Chicago native has been obsessed with creating a graphic novel inspired by a visit he made to Brazil when he was in his early 20’s. Now, Abbinanti is launching a Kickstarter campaign for his dream projecta 115-page full-color original graphic novel set in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro titled THE HOSTAGE.

“When I was 25, I spent six months living in Rio de Janeiro,” said Abbinanti. “I was a starry eyed, full of shit college kid who went there for a Brazilian vacation of samba, nightlife, and beaches. To see the level of poverty, suffering, and death in Rio de Janeiro was eye opening. I will never forget it. THE HOSTAGE is my tribute to the amazing country and especially to the kids living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.”

Loosely inspired by the culture and religions of Brazil like the Umbanda and the Candomblé, Abbinanti has been building the world of THE HOSTAGE in his studio for over 10 years—sketching characters, panels, and scripting pages. Abbinanti’s unique art style and vibrant color choices create a spellbinding effect. THE HOSTAGE tells the story of a group of street kids who are abandoned by society. Dying every day from poverty and gang violence, the kids join together and summon a mystical spirit—THE HOSTAGE—who will protect them and avenge the deaths of their friends.

THE HOSTAGE Kickstarter campaign includes limited edition lithographs from Alex Ross, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jeffrey Alan Love, Sanjulián, Geof Darrow, and Eric Powell, as well as tiers with original sketch cards, postcards, and bookmarks by Abbinanti.

The crowdfunding campaign is live now and concludes on February 25th, with pledge tiers ranging from a digital edition available in both English and Portuguese (translated by Kelsey Trotta), to The Complete HOSTAGE Package, which includes an 11×17 original drawing by Sal Abbinanti and a complete set of lithographs by all guest artists.

For updates, follow Sal on social media or on Kickstarter at the links below:

“The Hostage” Kickstarter by Sal Abbinanti – kickstarter.com

Alex Ross Art  www.alexrossart.com

Sal Abbinanti on Twitter – @SalAbbinanti

Sal Abbinanti on Instagram – @salabbinanti

Mercury Comics on Twitter – @comics_mercury.

 

 

Episode 15 – “Party Monster” Dave Dwonch (Run time: 1hr 19min 52sec)

Show Notes: I talk toons, kickstarting art projects, married life, health issues, and “real nerd $#*+” with the man with the golden couch, Party Monster Supreme – Dave Dwonch. We discuss his early work with Action Lab Comics, his upcoming “Jenny Zero” mini-series with Dark Horse Comics, and his current Kickstarter for his graphic novel- “SPORES: The Broken Circle“. Dave has been a man on the move!

WARNING: F-bombs and other colorful language and adult situations await you in this comics conversation with the man with the golden couch, Dave Dwonch.

From his Kickstarter campaign page:

The continuing adventures of private school kids trapped in a VERY different kind of apocalypse. Prom was just the beginning…

From the creators of Mind Palace and Prom of the Dead comes the next installment of the coming-of-age horror series SPORES: THE BROKEN CIRCLE!

When last we saw the surviving students of the Pineview Academy, they had survived the worst night of their lives, aka Prom Night. Now, just one day later, Erika, Travon and Shauna are on the road looking for safety in an ever-increasingly hostile world. Little do they know that the worst is yet to come as the ‘friends’ they abandoned the night before are coming for them.

Dave Dwonch (co-creator of the upcoming Dark Horse series “Jenny Zero“- see below) reunites with Santi Guillen (Mind Palace) to continue the “SPORES” saga with more twists, turns and betrayal than any teen drama has any right to contain!

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, March 7 2021.

JENNY ZERO #1 Sex, Drugs, and Giant Monsters!

Meet Jenny Tetsuo, the hard drinkin’, hard partyin’ daughter of beloved superhero, Mega Commander Zero. After washing out as the military’s top Kaiju-killer, ”Jenny Zero” now lives the celebutante life with her hotel heiress and publicist best friend, Dana Sheraton. But when the massive creatures return, Jenny must decide if she can sober up and save the world!

From Dave Dwonch (Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab, Mind Palace), Brock McKinney (MAD Magazine, Full Moon Deadly Ten films) and superstar in the making, Magenta King comes a new hero for a new decade!

You can pre-order this miniseries through your local comic shop or online retailers through Diamond Distributers.

Publication Date: April 14, 2021
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC: 7 61568 00695 7 00111
SPORES: The Broken Circle (Kickstarter campain)www.kickstarter.com/projects/thebrokencircle/spores-the-broken-circle/
Dark Horse Comics (Jenny Zero miniseries)www.darkhorse.com/Comics/3007-355/Jenny-Zero-1#prettyPhoto
Dave Dwonch on Facebookwww.facebook.com/dave.dwonch
Dave Dwonch on Twitter@davedwonch
Dave Dwonch on Twitterwww.instagram.com/davedwonch/
Episode 16 – “Athena Voltaire” By Steve Bryant (airs later this week)
I talked to Steve Bryant yesterday (Sat.2/13), and will have the show up this week. We discuss his latest Kickstarter for “Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express” comics and graphic novel.

From his Kickstarter campaign page:

A graphic novel starring globe-trotting, Nazi-punching, monster-killing adventuress Athena Voltaire!

An all-new 120 page graphic novel starring globetrotting aviatrix Athena Voltaire.

“Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express” finds the heroine reconnecting with an old friend during a personal trip on the famed train line. When an old foe sets a plan in motion, the voyage turns deadly, as Athena must find the source of horrific slayings that are terrorizing the passengers!

Planned for issues 9–12 of the Action Lab Athena Voltaire ongoing series, the prologue follows Athena on a mad dash to the train station. This sequence serves as a framing sequence to tell tales of the adventuress’ past.

Get “Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express” as 4 individual Kickstarter-exclusive comics (ATHENA VOLTAIRE ongoing series issues 9–12), and the variant covers: the retro variant (issue 9), the Mike Norton variant (issue #10), the homage variant (issue 11), and the Bobby Breed variant (issue 12)! Plus the PDF of “Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express” and the Kickstarter-exclusive print. Lots of other items, incentives, and combinations available- it’s cray-zee!

You can find out more about Steve and his Kickstarter at:

www.stevebryantcomics.com/

www.kickstarter.com/

 

“Feeling lucky…” Then listen to Episode 13! (Run time: 18min 13sec)

I was going to use a bit of the MSCA Zoom meeting but had some technical difficulties- but Idid  announce the details for our first “Drawing Funny” contest (listen to win a set of MSCA Zines, Samurai tee by me, and some MSCA and Drawing Funny swag). I also give a few art tips, and I discuss some of what I’ve learned from my days of self-publishing comics.

Regrets, yeah- I’ve had a few, and few enough to mention here on this episode.

Oh, and in Episode 12 – “The Dirty Dozen (or so)” I’ve got a few reviews and reading recommendations for you- “WINK” by Rob Harrell, “The Impending Blindness Of Billie Scott” by Zoe Thorogood, and the NCSFEST are my recommendations- but I also review “Hit-Girl In HOLLYWOOD” by Kevin Smith (and don’t really recommend it so much). I also have some MSCA news, say goodbye to some local Memphis talents- George HuntAnthony Biggers, and Chris Jarman, and say good riddance to 2020. (Run time: 26min 21sec)

You can find all of the Drawing Funny Podcast episodes at www.drawingfunny.com or most anywhere you like to listen to podcasts. Be sure to like, subscribe, and share!

If you have a project you’d like to discuss on the show and/or have featured here on our website please let us know through our social media accounts or by contacting me or MSCA president Kevin L. Williams at midsouthcartoonists (at) gmail (dot) com.

Stay tooned!” (and stay warm!)

Lin