This year our monthly meetings will feature demos and presentations about different aspects of the process of making comics. Our special guest presenter for June is Hannah K Chapman. As part of a joint meeting between Northside Comic Artists and Graham Crackers Comics Ladies’ Night Anthology Hannah will be doing an interactive comics writing workshop. See details below.
Join Hannah K Chapman on June 7th at 7:00pm at Third Coast Comics for a series of writing games that will flex your visual storytelling muscles. This workshop is open to artists and writers of all skill levels.
You’ll need to bring a pencil/pen, paper and a comic (not your own work). No laptops, please 🙂 Hannah K Chapman is a comics writer and print maker living and working in Bristol, UK. She is the founder of Comic Book Slumber Party, has written about comics for Off Life and Forbidden Planet International, and works as an editor at Blank Slate Books.
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.
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.
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:
Other Youtube channels featuring manga studio/clip studio paint
Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint Brushes
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.
This weekend is C2E2, one of the biggest comic-related events in Chicago. Accordingly, we’ve rounded up a couple of suggestions for events to check out. Some of these are our own, some are events being put on by members or friends of the group, some are just plain cool/interesting. There’s a little of something for everyone here. I’ve included links, where appropriate, and I’ve noted which events are sponsored by our group with an asterisk.
*Sketch Party (4/17) 7pm @ The Edgewater Workbench
*Mural-Making (4/20) 7pm @ Empirical Brewery
Drink and Draws:
Drink and Draw (4/21) 6 pm @ Baderbräu
Panels During C2E2:
“The Revolution of Craft Beer & Comics” (4/21) 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM Room S404 – Group member Max Bare will be here to talk about his comic for Revolution.
“Pitches and Portfolios: How to Get the Attention of Editors and Get Into Anthologies” (4/23) 3:45 PM-4:45 PM Room S503 – The Editors of the ladies night anthology (our special guests for our April monthly meeting) will be giving a panel on presenting your work to Editors/Anthologies. Free stuff!
Say “hi” to these folks who are part of the group or have been guests of the group in the past
Tyrell Cannon (E-15)
Max Bare (Q-9)
Ali Cantarella (D-6)
Jacob Halton (L-14)
Jason Muhr (R-16)
Tony Moy (K-4)
Press Start to Rock (4/21) 9pm @ Hard Rock Cafe
C2E2 After Party (4/22) 8pm @ Baderbräu
C2E2 After Party w/Devi’s Due (4/22) 7:30pm @ Motor Row Gallery and Lofts
CAKE Auction/Fundraiser (4/21) 7pm @ 826CHI
This year our monthly meetings will feature demos and presentations about different aspects of the process of making comics. Our special guests for April were three of the Editors from Graham Cracker Comics Ladies’ Night Anthology
The GCC Ladies’ Night Anthology is a comics Anthology for Women and Women-Identifying comic creators. Unlike many other anthologies, artists and writers submit pitches to the Anthology separately and are paired up to work on stories. This approach has proven very successful as they are currently accepting pitches for their 5th volume! (submissions due by April 30th).
We were lucky to have not one, not two, but three of the editors from the group with us for the evening. Their combined experience spanned comics publishing, traditional publishing, and comics reviewing. After a great presentation and discussion, they were kind enough to stick around well afterward to review our members’ work and answer questions.
Below are a few tips and links that the editors provided during the meeting:
- Read Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and ICV2 to keep an eye on trends in comics and book publishing
- Follow @AnthologyComics on twitter to see calls for various comic anthologies
- Check out this Facebook Group that connects artists with writers (they really need artists!)
- This site and this site are required reading for people trying to make a living off their comics
- This podcast is required listening for comic creators
- Follow Gene Ha(!) to see an example of a local artist doing a great job of promoting his work
- Check out Iron Circus, the largest independent publisher of comics in the Midwest
- And of course, follow Caitlin, Lauren, Megan, and GCCLadiesNight for more awesome resources
If you missed the event but will be attending C2E2 you can see the official version of the presentation on Sunday, April 23rd at 3:45 pm. More details here. Word is, they will be offering some sweet giveaways!
It was a lot of fun and very informative. Thanks to Caitlin, Lauren, and Megan for coming out to Third Coast Comics. We’ll have them back soon. Also, big thanks to Terry at Third Coast for hosting the event and supporting our group.
Next month, Ed (yes, the Ed who runs this group) will be giving a presentation entitled: “Making Comics in Clip Studio Paint (Formerly Manga Studio): From Start to Finish” Wednesday, May 3rd, 7:00 pm at Third Coast Comics. The meetup and Facebook event pages will be posted as soon as they are available.
This year our monthly meetings will be featuring demos and presentations about different aspects of the process of making comics. The special guest for March was Tyrell Cannon.
Photos by Ben Alexander
Tyrell is a comic book artist living and working in Chicago, IL. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he is known for his comics Gary, Simon, and Victus. Additionally, he is the co-editor of the science fiction romance comics anthology Speculative Relationships.
Tyrell was kind enough to show our packed house at Third Coast Comics his comic inking process and a bit of his behind-the-scenes touch-ups when finishing a piece digitally.
It was a lot of fun and a lot of people said that they enjoyed the presentation. Thanks very much to Tyrell for coming out and spending so much of his time sharing his techniques with us. Also thanks to Terry at Third Coast Comics for hosting the event and supporting our group.
Next month, the Editors of the Ladies’ Night Anthology will be giving a presentation entitled: “Pitches and Portfolios: How to Get the Attention of Editors & Into Anthologies” Wednesday, April 12th, 7pm at Third Coast Comics. The meetup and Facebook event pages will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Our new anthology “The Other Side” is now available on gumroad. You can download it here (see the cover below). Physical copies will be available in Chicago-area comic shops in Mid-March. Stay tuned to this site for announcements of our signings.
This past Friday Empirical Brewery in Ravenswood asked us to come and make a mural celebrating their one year anniversary.
That annual tradition where you make an ink drawing a day for the full month of October (that’s 31 drawings for those of you counting at home) is almost upon us!
To get things off to a start we’ve created a number of drawing prompts that you can use for the event. What’s more, if you draw something and tag it on instagram with #nscinktober or any of the hashtags below you will automatically get one entry to possibly win a free artist’s series speedball pen nib set (you guessed it, that’s 31 potential entries). You don’t have to use a prompt below to qualify they’re just there to help. But you do have to use one of the hashtags to count and you have to do it on instagram. You’re more than welcome to post your work to other social media sites, we just won’t be checking there for your entries.
This is a fun event that really helps get you into a daily drawing habit (if you aren’t already). Please join us! We’ll be meeting at our usual spot on Thursdays (The edgewater workbench from 7pm-10pm) throughout the month and we’ll have some india ink on hand for you if you need a refill (while supplies last).