Note, the following is from one of our members – John Vestevich – this was shared internally on our meetup forum and through our email list, but I wanted to share it here as well to provide access to others. I edited it slightly to work on this site – Ed
I sent this info out in an email a few weeks ago, but we’ve had a lot of new members join since then, and some people on the original list didn’t get the full skinny, so here it is:
THURSDAY NIGHT COMICS
This is a bi-weekly comics/newsletter type thing, edited by me (John).
Every issue will be one side of one 8.5×11 sheet, printed in one color. Simple. We will post it online (always a scan of the print, never a purely digital version) and print up copies and leave them in whatever businesses will let us. (the comic book stores, some cool neighborhood food places, Rotofugi, etc – I have no idea who will let us leave copies in their stores, but we have many tendrils extending out into the city, and I’m sure we’ll be able to make it work).
Each issue will include work from three to six different artists, each doing a small strip (think sunday comics) according to an assignment from me that will consist of nothing more than the square inches you will have available to you. Content-wise: the weirder the better (do NOT think sunday comics). Me being the editor means you will be free to be crazy.
Also included will be a section listing our upcoming meetups and general news about the group. If nothing big is going on, it will just be, like, what’s up with shop cat, or speculation about when Stu will finish his pencils.
I think, for now, we’ll keep it PG-13 for language, and R for sex and violence.
How to get your work into Thursday Night Comics:
email me at email@example.com and pitch your concept.
YOUR IDEA WILL NOT GET REJECTED BY ME FOR ANY REASON AT ALL. The only obstacle between you and print will because we are full, and then you and I will schedule when there is space for you so you know when your work will be due. all artists featured will get their names and whatever url they want put in there somewhere as well.
Things to keep in mind:
I’d be open to you doing a regular strip that appears every time, but may skip some issues to accommodate for other artists doing one-shot things.
Random ideas that I just thought of:
you can do a tiny weather comic based on the two week forecast
you can make a visual puzzle for people to solve
you can make a comic that is just a progression of interesting forms and shapes. I’ll go abstract, idgaf!
whatever you’re interested in drawing – think of this as your chance to experiment.
If you pitch me a concept, I will still force you to work within my space constraints, so dont get married to specific dimensions before you hear back from me on your pitch.
one thing I’ll be doing for the fist one, maybe the first few, to make sure there is content, will be a city sights panel – one drawing from life of some thing or person I saw that interested me. So, you can think in those terms, too.
I may approach you with something in mind
this will largely be with regards to those who regularly attend the meetup, because I have a better sense of them as drawers and cartoonists.
You can offer to re-draw the letterhead. Ideally, every single issue will have a version of the letterhead re-imagined by a different artist. I’ll do the first (spoiler-alert: Dinos).
There will be a devoted section each issue to feature one outside project that one of our members is working on, and you can pitch a plug for your project:
- working on your own book
- launching a webcomic
- doing a kickstarter for an anthology
- designing a video game
- shooting a film
- your band is playing somewhere in town
- you have a gallery show coming up
- you’re hosting a sudden death Go tournament
- you’re saving the world with volunteer work and want to recruit people
***To qualify for this section, you will have to do one one-inch by one-inch line drawing to accompany the content. If you’re making a game, it’s a drawing of the character, or you sitting at the computer chugging energy drinks, or a little drawing of the book you’re working on, whatever. But I will not feature your project if you don’t give me a tiny drawing. You can also go nuts on this section yourself, designing and drawing and hand-writing the whole thing. You will be given square inch constraints before you get the green light from me.
IN GENERAL – this thing will be ultra informal and goofy. Visually, I want it to be packed with comics and words and sections and stuff so that it’s fun to read, like, on a train ride.
DEADLINES – they will be tight and strict. This is going out once every two weeks, even if nobody gives me anything. If you have something due for it, draw it fast and be loose. Remember, whatever you’re contributing will be SMALL, so don’t hem and haw about making it just right. Look at the attached image for the layout. This will at least be the layout for the first one, maybe for future issues if it works well. Think about how your idea will fit into one of these boxes. Measure it out on physical paper and look at it. Think about how to economize your drawing style to fit in this tiny space and still be legible. The idea is to get everyone used to working on a semi-regular deadline. I used to do it for my university’s paper, and I miss it. It will be especially fun this time around, since there is basically no editorial oversight in terms of content. I want this to be weird as hell.
IF YOU MISS YOUR DEADLINE – I will go to print with something else, even if its just a drawing that I did the other day. If you miss your deadline, you will have to RE-PITCH to me, even if the pitch includes the finished work you didn’t get done the first time around. This is for scheduling purposes.
Whatever you’re drawing for this, draw it fast! Just jam.
THE FIRST ISSUE WILL GO TO PRINT ON MARCH 1st, and every two weeks after that.
I have all of the content lined up for the first issue.
Start thinking of pitches now and email me them ASAP- even if its just half of an idea, we can go back and forth to iron it out. That’s part of an editor’s job – I’m assuming
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GO GO GO GO (PSHEEWWW *explosion*)
Here is the link to the first layout. Save it, print it out, jam it into your notebook so you accidentally see it all the time. https://drive.google….