Thursday, October 31, 2013

10/31/13 - BOO! Scary Stuff: Don't Miss Out on 2013 OSU Festival of Cartoon Art!

It only comes around every three I'm not talking about Halloween (which is rescheduled this year due to impending storms and high wind) - I am talking about the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum's Festival of Cartoon Art.

Add to this that this is also the Grand Opening of the new home for the library and museum in the newly renovated and spacious Sullivant Hall! A once in a lifetime event!

The Festival is a triennial event that has been in existence since at least 1983 and consistently brings together an impressive group of guests from academia, comics, syndicated comic strips and illustration (many of whom are members of the National Cartoonists Association or NCS) together to celebrate, discuss and postulate on the topic of comics and cartoon art and creators. We have Curators Lucy Shelton Caswell and now Jenny Robb (along with numerous hard working library/museum staff) to thank for hosting and organizing these incredible festivals, sure to delight even the most worldly comics and cartoon aficionado.

If you missed the deadline for the main forum registration, don't despair,  you can still join in this year events by attending the academic conference or by getting ala carte tickets (cheap $5) to some of the individual programs!! Here is a complete list of programs and events

If you have never heard of this comics and cartoon mecca in have missing out on an incredible treasure - here is an excerpt from their website regarding their history:
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum was established in 1977 in two converted classrooms in the Journalism Building with the founding gift of artwork and papers of alumnus Milton Caniff. Its collections of original art and manuscripts have been built primarily through gifts-in-kind. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is now the largest and most comprehensive academic research facility documenting printed cartoon art. Administratively it is part... read more
Contact info:

The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210-1393
Telephone: (614) 292-0538
Fax: (614) 292-9101

Friday, October 25, 2013

10/27/13 - October 2013 CCG Meeting/Worskhop & FREE TLD

This Sunday at the Beaumont Branch of the Lexington Public Library we will be having a formal meeting for the first time in several months! Please come out and join us - should be a lot of fun! Free and open to the any interested parties (children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult).
Facebook event link:

Times: 1:30-4:30 pm (TLD only from 2:30-4:30pm, approximate times)

Location: Large conference room, Beaumont Branch of Lexington Public Library

Meeting Topics: 
Current events, share recent works, CCG publications, independent distribution network, upcoming events: OSU Billy Ireland Comics Museum and Library grand re-opening and 2013 Festival of Comic Art (including talk with the Hernandez Brothers), 2014 Lexington Comic & Toy Con, Bob McLeod Comic Art Workshops in March, 2014 (right before and after the LC&TC) link to 2012 workshop with Bob.

Workshop Topics: 
Ghost tryout story from Dark Horse Comics, prep to complete a sample 4-page story, including reference drawing/photography for Ghost Character (Themed Life Drawing session*), luxury SUV and warehouse district (location sessions)

Our first formal meeting in several months - new and old members - or just the curious are welcome to attend. FREE "Ghost" Themed Life Drawing session.

*Drawing session will start around 2:30 pm - all artists are welcome and may attend just that portion of the CCG meeting if they like.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

9/29/13 - CCG Themed Life Drawing (TLD) - Long Pose - Sultan's Harem

Continuing in our initiative (see the CCG TLD tab) to create more diverse drawing and learning opportunities for all artists - The Lexington KY Comic Creators Group  (CCG) is hosting a Themed Life Drawing (TLD)  event with  the cooperation and support of the UK Community Arts program this Sunday, September 29th from 1-4pm. The event will be held in one the studios on the 2nd floor of the Reynolds Building #1.  (Follow the posted signs or call ahead for exact details.)

Long Pose - Sultan's Harem Theme - UK Reynolds Building - Sunday S9/29/13 - 1-4pm - All Mediums Welcome*
* Mediums that will be SAFE in an enclosed space

2011, Jonathan Gilpin,
Pitt Markers size?
Date: Sunday 9/29/13 1pm-4pm
Location: UK Reynolds Building #1, drawing or painting studio 2nd floor
Cost: $ 8-7 adults, $5 students
Format: clothed, 10 minutes of short exploratory poses, 5 minute setup, 2-1/2 hour pose with three 5 minute breaks - long pose drawing, painting or sculpture  - possible extension of pose for 2nd session if there is support, photos taken with model's approval and willingness to share with host
Theme: Sultan's boudoir, model in belly dancer costume, hookah, large potted palms, candles, Persian rugs, pillows, tapestries, fainting couch, Moorish pattern screens, lighting, soundtrack
Budget: model fees: $45, props $:0-45
Technical Assistance: prop collection, lighting, audio - Teresas, Melissa, Farhad, Mike, Matt Cooper
Contacts: Tony Roccanova, Jonathan Gilpin

Updcoming CCG TLDs:
I propose these two days** and possibly two costume/themes: (note both will be clothed modeling sessions, based upon the models preferences- and appropriate for !4+ years of age artists)
**If you have other ideas for themes or venues - please tell me! Would like to get these happening on a monthly basis - next up would be October (Halloween Theme) and November (Thanksgiving, Football, or Pilgrim Theme)

CCG Themed Life Drawing - Dark Horse Comics Ghost 

December 2012, Katie as Ghost,
photo by Mike Burrell
Date: Sunday 10/27/13, 2:30 -4:30pm
Location: Beaumont Branch, Lexington Public Library
Cost: Free Event
Format: clothed, short poses, 1 min -15 min, drawing and sketching
Theme: Comic Book character portrayal with Katie as Ghost (tie into try out script Ghost script from Dark Horse Comics or aspiring comic artists?) fan, lights
Budget: model fees: $30 ( costume, $0 (already made/assembled)
Contacts: Jonathan Gilpin

CCG Themed Life Drawing - Dark Horse Comics Ghost 

2013, Jonathan Gilpin,
india ink and wash, 19" x 25"
Date: Sunday, 11/17/13 evening (exact time TBA)
Location: TBD (Jonathan to host)
Cost: $ 8-7 adults, $5 students
Format:  clothed 1, 2, 5, 10, 15 minute poses, 30 minute poses, 45-60 minute pose sketching and drawing
Theme: Movie Re-enactment of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Katie as lead Femme Fatale
Budget: model fees: $45, costume: $0 (already made/assembled)
Props: 60's era stuff, motorcycle, switchblade, tire chains, male motorcycle gang member victim for Katie to hold down {John Howard?}
Contacts: Jonathan Gilpin

If you are interested in modeling, drawing, or helping with staging, makeup, cosutming or props please contact me!

Email (lexkyccg"at"gmail"dot" com), phone (859) 276-5528 or text message me Jonathan Gilpin (859) 699-8640. Also watch our facebook page (or join our private group), CCG Coordinators's events on my facebook page and listings on The Lexington Drawing & Painting Group on for more info and further artistic opportunities!

UDPATE: 10/28/13 Long Pose - Sultan's Harem Theme

2013, Mike Burrell, media?, size?
Here a few images from the Harem Boudoir TLD from a few weeks back:

We ended up having about a 2-hour long pose. The abundance of textures and surfaces was quite challenging!

Looking forward to our next long pose! As an artist you definitely need to strategize your approach differently than from shorter poses. If we extend the poses even longer to allow sculptors to join the session then that changes it even more!

Link to group gallery:

Friday, May 24, 2013

5/24/12 - Heroes Con 2013

Great Comic Convention coming up next month! Heroes Con June 7-9 in Charlotte NC! Classy show that focuses on the creators! Great line up of guests and quality programming! Met Shawn Crystal there back in 2007 - he was presenting for SCAD at Heroes Con's great "how to" line up!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

1/4/13 - January CCG Meeting/Workshop Sunday the 27th

Out with the Old and in with the New!

Happy New Year! 

Let's hope the Mayans are right (this time) about thirteen being a lucky number! We will be having a full three hour CCG meeting/workshop this month! New and old are welcome, and as always all meeting are free and open to the public. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Large Conference Room, Beaumont Branch, Lexington Public Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way, Lexington, KY 40513

Tell everyone you are coming on Facebook!

January 27th 2013 CCG Meeting/Workshop - Tentative Agenda:

Community Announcements -

  • The Lexington Drawing and Painting Group on MeetUp - a new collaborative venture with other area arts groups. Another way to get the word out about local arts events, classes and opportunities! Think of it as arts clearing house. Might be the virtual start for a Student Art League in this area! Last month we co-hosted a Themed Life Drawing (TLD) event: Zoe from the Firefly/Serenity universe of Joss Whedon! 
  • Lexington Comic & Toy Convention is a multimedia show highlighting mainstream comics - coming March 16 & 17 in downtown Lexington. Do we want to get a table? Do we want to have something (mini comic anthology or group sketchbook) ready for then? Do we want to present, as in a panel? Do we want to set up a talk/demo/workshop with one the pro guests coming to Lexington? 
  • SPACE (Small Press and Alternative Comic Expo) is geared to the independent comics producer and consumer - coming up April 13 & 14 in Columbus OH. Another great opportunity to set up at a table and promote the CCG, collective work and individual work by the members!

Educational Activities -

  • Comics project - Work on/show work for Dark Horse Comics Ghost Script (will everyone have something ready by then - or do we start the process at the meeting? Who needs some help getting started? Does everyone have an idea of how to work from a script? If not let me know - I have lot's of how to material that may give you some ideas. 
  • Themed Life Drawing - if we can pull it together (model and costume) my idea is to have a real life "Ghost" that we can all use for making a character sheet/model sheet for Ghost. This is what you use as a guide for drawing your characters - serves to keep you consistent in your depiction of the costume and character likeness. 

Networking Opportunities -

  • Business Card Swap - learn more about each other and how to get and keep in contact 
  • Sample or Tear Sheet Exchange - cartoonists, illustrators, caricature artists, storyboard artists, entertainment design artists - show us your skills! 
  • Mini Comic/Zine Trade - from xeroxed miniature comics to oversize full color magazines - mini comics are short run publications - likely 1000 copies or less (does not describe size or page count ). If you have 'em - bring 'em! Trade, barter or sell to our assemblage!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

10/7/12 - 24-Hour Comics Day & Halloween Comics Fest - What a Combo!!

Wanted to alert/remind folks about these two October comics events. These will likely be hosted in comics stores and art schools all around the nation, as well as Louisville, Cincinnati, Nashville, Huntington, Columbus and Lexington.

What I like to do is post a master listing of what's being done locally and regionally on the CCG blog! So if you know of events in your area please send me the scoop and I will post it for all to see!

24-Hour Comic Book Day - can be shortened to a 4-Hour event or I have even heard of it being a 24-Day Comic event. Please follow the above link or visit Scott McCloud's site to understand the history of this challenge Scott made with his colleagues and friends  Steve Bissette and Neil Gaiman. The most important part is MAKING COMICS and breaking out of the inue of  thinking - to the state of doing! You can do this alone or with a group - but as Nike is fond of saying "Just Do It!" Then share it....

Here is a link to the official event locator:

Halloween ComicFest (Free Comic Book Day II) - This year we get a second FCBD! Because of Halloween and new comics day both falling on a Wednesday the ever thoughtful l Diamond Distributors came up with this new version to help promote sales in October. This is a chance not only to pick up free comics made for this event, but also for LOCAL creators to distribute (with the approval of the shops) their mini comics and other products. For COSPLAYERS this is a chance to strut their costuming prowess and compete in best Halloween Costume contests!! For artists this can then become a costumed life drawing event....the opportunities just continue to bloom!

Here is the link to the official event locator:

As you now no doubt see these two events can feed into one another - as you share your comics made one week the following week as your own mini comic! Happy cartooning to all!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Stephen R Bissette - Comic Art Workshop - September 25th 2012

The CCG will be hosting a series of  comics storytelling presentations by Stephen R Bissette  at the NKU METS Center on Tuesday September 25th, 2012 from  9:15 am - 5:45 pm. On site registration begins at 9:00 am.

Facebook event here:

Online registration here:

Here is the latest info on the content of those presentations . Contact CCG Coordinator for more info or to register. Space will be limited! :-)

1. Stephen R. Bissette: Horror Comics, Ghost Stories & Storytelling Staples

The Award-winning SWAMP THING artist, creator of TYRANT, and co-creator/editor/publisher of TABOO offers an illustrated lecture offering an overview of his career, his approach to storytelling, and some basics of the comics medium. Includes illustrated readings from two of Bissette's comics-format ghost stories and his serialized "day in the life of a dinosaur" graphic novel TYRANT.(All ages)

2. Stephen R. Bissette: Basics of Comics Storytelling

Using examples of his own work on comics like SWAMP THING, TYRANT, and self-contained short comics stories, the Award-winning vet SWAMP THING and TYRANT artist and Center for Cartoon Studies instructor discusses his philosophy of visual storytelling and step-by-step analysis of his process. Includes illustrated readings from SWAMP THING and TYRANT. (All ages)

3. Stephen R. Bissette: Stories on Storytelling

Using some of his most recent comics and short story creations, Award-winning cartoonist (SWAMP THING), writer (ALIENS: TRIBES), and editor/publisher (TABOO) Stephen R. Bissette workshops his own process of storytelling, specifically citing more introspective "story on story" devices, techniques, and dissection of process, including the use of dreams, pop culture artifacts, and more. Includes readings from recent stories, including "Tenderfoot," "Secrets & Lies, Windows & Wounds" and "Copper." (Adult audiences; ages 16 and up)

4. Area Premiere - Independent Documentary film "Cartoon College", (76 min , 2012, NR)

In the summer of 2007 filmmakers Josh Melrod and Tara Wray left New York City for the wilds of Vermont to begin shooting CARTOON COLLEGE. They spent the next three years following the lives of a few unique students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, the nation's premiere institution of higher learning for aspiring literary cartoonists and graphic novelists. Along the way they interviewed some of the most famous names in independent comics, including Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Kim Deitch, Scott McCloud, Francoise Mouly, R. Sikoryak, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, among others, in addition to traveling across the country to meet comic book store owners, museum curators, convention goers, critics, librarians, college professors, and fans to find out what it takes to make it in the world of indie comics. (With live intro and closing by Stephen R. Bissette, CSC Faculty)

Working Schedule:

9:00 am
Arrival & Set up

9:00 - 9:30 am
Registration and check in

9:30 - 9:45 am
Introduction and Welcome (TBA)

9:45 - 11:15 am
Presentation #1: SBR

11:15 - 11:30 am


11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Presentation #2 SBR

End of Morning Session and All Ages presentations
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Lunch break

2:30 -4:00 pm
Presentation #3 SBR

4:00 - 4:10 pm


4:10 - 4:20 pm
Introduction to Film by SBR

4:20 - 5:30pm
Cartoon College Documentary screening

5:30 - 5:45 pm

5:45 pm


5:45 - 6:00 pm

Take down & departure