The July edition of the northside comic artists newsletter is now available. This month’s addition features a call for comics, details on two special events, a feature on our favorite comic book shop, and links to a youtube video on coloring and a suggested book on comic writing. You can view it online here. You can subscribe for future updates here.

This year our monthly meetings will feature demos and presentations about different aspects of the process of making comics. It’s Christmas in July because we have a second presenter on July 12th! Our special guest presenter is Will Porter. See details below. 

Will Porter will be joining us to discuss his comics-making process. Specifically he’ll share some of his image construction methods and comic-ing processes with some examples from prior work and a demonstration of a technique he uses for splicing hand drawn textures into digital pieces. Along the way he’ll also share his experiences in self-publishing.

Will Porter is a terrestrial mammal, cartoonist, and illustrator based in Chicago. His work has been featured in SAIC’s F Newsmagazine, Xerox Candybar, and Printed in Blood’s The Thing Artbook. Will has also written, illustrated and published his own comic, Dinosaur Sheriff since 2009. You can see more of is work here and here.

Third Coast Comics is located in Rogers Park on Sheridan Rd. just south of the Loyola Red Line station (east side of the street next to Felice’s kitchen).

The event is BYOB, so feel free to bring something to drink and/or eat.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP: Facebook | Meetup

This year our monthly meetings will feature demos and presentations about different aspects of the process of making comics. Our special guest presenter for July is Pascal Saint-Clair. Pascal will be walking us through his process for creating a cover for the comic ‘Red Sunrise’. See details below.

Pascal Saint-Clair will be joining us to demonstrate the process of making a comic book cover using pencil, pen & ink, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator by walking through his process in creating the cover for the comic Red Sunrise. He will also answer any questions people have.

Pascal Saint-Clair is a graphic designer, fantasy illustrator, and comic book artist in the Chicago area. Pascal’s work has been featured in numerous small-press and self-published books including the recently kickstarted comic Red Sunrise.  You can see some of Pascal’s work here.

Third Coast Comics is located in Rogers Park on Sheridan Rd. just south of the Loyola Red Line station (east side of the street next to Felice’s kitchen).

The event is BYOB, so feel free to bring something to drink and/or eat.

If you plan to attend please RSVP: Facebook | Meetup

Calling all artists and writers! We are now collecting contact info for creators who are interested in participating in our next comics anthology. If you’ve never seen one of our previous anthologies you can buy them in local Chicago-area comics stores or you can purchase digital copies here.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form by June 15th. Completing this form will put you on a mailing list specifically for participants in the anthology and is the sole method we use for communicating information about the anthology, including instructions and deadlines.

Note, that this is a general form and signing up for it does not guarantee you a spot in the anthology. You must meet the following additional criteria in order to be considered for inclusion:

1.) Must have attended at least one of our in-person meetings prior to submission.

2.) Must submit a story script (if only writing), art samples (if only drawing), or both a story script and concept art (if both writing and drawing).

Writers and artists who do not want to both write and draw a story are still encouraged to participate. We will pair you with a writer or artist later in the process. We are also open to submissions for individuals who would like to do the cover art and/or pinups for the book’s interior only.

If you have any questions please email info@northsidecomics.org OR message us on twitter or Facebook.

 

Sign up for the anthology here.

This year our monthly meetings will feature demos and presentations about different aspects of the process of making comics. Our presenter for May was Ed Witt, founder of Northside Comic Artists who presented on the comic-making program Clip Studio Paint.

Last Wednesday night we had a great turnout for the presentation. Thanks very much for coming. Here are a few resources that I mentioned in the talk and a few that I didn’t that I’ve found helpful for learning to use the program and/or enhancing your experience with it:

Photos by Ben Alexander

Ed’s Links:

Tyrell Cannon’s page (did the cable illustration I was using as a demo)

Other Youtube channels featuring manga studio/clip studio paint

Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint Brushes

Fonts

Next month’s meeting will be a joint meeting between Northside Comic Artists and Ladies’ Night Anthology. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 7th, 7:00 pm at Third Coast Comics. The meetup and Facebook event pages will be posted as soon as they are available.