Archive for September, 2007
September stepped up against seemingly impossible odds and punched August right in the mouth. We got not one but, get this, are you ready for it, TWO jam comics. The first you can see in this blog post, was a free-form, pass-around sketch. The second I’ve posted in the comics section for September 24th. Mike started with the first frame and we each added a frame as it went around. This was Mike’s first meet up with us and I’m glad he came. He brought with him the best freebie ashcan I’ve ever seen. I kid you not, they were perfect bound. He did his own glueing. Damn man. Anyway, we all drew a panel, I put our names at the bottom in order of our panels. Everyone did a fantastic job drawing straight in ink, so much so that when it got around to me, I paniced. I punked out. I choked at the last second and re-drew mine when I got home. Sorry guys, you all are giants of the jam session, true professionals, and I’m a chicken shit little sissy ass who can’t draw in public.
As always it was great to see Ron, Wayne, Sam and Ed. Union Jacks turned out to be yet another great spot for meeting. A little dark, as most pubs will be but the foods great, the staff is talented and the beer flows like… wine. So now we need suggestions for places and times for next month’s meet up. I’m thinking October 21st or 28th. Where? Lets get some suggestions! Also I want to shout a hello to Geoffrey, who works at Union Jacks. Geoff is currently writing two of his own comic series which I will gladly link to here on the blog. There are more comic creators out there! They walk among you, they serve your food, they do your taxes, and sometimes they just make comics.
Pat pointed this article out to me on the INtake site. I think this would be a great thing to go see. The following is part of an article posted on INtake.
• Where: The Herron School of Art, Basile Auditorium, 735 W. New York St.
• When: 7 p.m. Sept. 28.
• Tickets: $5, students $3.
• Info: nervousfilms.com.
“I didn’t know if the 14 frames per second thing was true, but I decided to make the film at 15 per second,” Green said. “I storyboarded the whole thing out second by second and wrote the music for it. I drew the whole thing, bought an old blue iMac and got fired from my job.” Green used a borrowed digital camera to shoot “Susa’s Red Ears.” When Green completed the film, he was astonished to see that it turned out exactly as he had imagined it in his head. The short movie was taking up valuable space on his iMac, so Green took it to an editing house in Lancaster, Pa., which had agreed to transfer it to film for $40.” I was shaking like crazy,” said Green, 28. “I couldn’t sit in the same room while they watched it. I had to sit in a different room facing a corner away from them.” In spite of Green’s anxiety, the editing technicians loved the film, and told him he should “send it places.” Green soon forged working relationships — and friendships — with several more of his favorite musicians, including the North Carolina-based goth folk outfit Sin Ropas. It is with them that Green will travel to Indianapolis next week to showcase his films at Herron Gallery.
Time now to alert the people; Indy Webcomics Group to meet this Sunday, September 23rd. Follow your nose to Union Jack’s at 924 Broad Ripple Ave. I’ll be there at 5-ish for food. I’m sure we’ll have plenty to talk about. In case you hadn’t already noticed, I updated the links at the right to include our members’ portfolio sites. So far I’ve added Amory’s, Darren’s and Kyle’s sites to the list. Congratulations to Kyle and Darren for getting your sites up recently. And I will surely add Ed Cho’s site to the list as soon as he sends me the link. Well done to Ed as well.
Sorry for the short notice on the date and time for the meeting. Things have been crazy in both good ways and bad lately. If you’ve spent as little as five minutes around me lately, you know why. The good news is I have evidence that the IWG meetings are having some positive effects on some of you. The best way to get a creator motivated and inspired is to surround them with other creators. I can’t wait to see the new stuff some of you are working on, it’s enough to get me out of my own artistic slump. I feel positively lazy next to some of you and I’m ready to hit the canvas, tablet blazing like hellfire.
Can you feel it?
First, thank you to all of you who made this last meeting of the Indy Webcomics Group, I think, the best meeting we’ve had yet. Old Point Tavern was universally cool but a little small. Maybe next time we’ll get an outdoor table. They did have Smithwick’s and Guinness on tap so that totally made up for it.
It was so great to get to meet Kyle, Ed, and Darren for the first time. I was very impressed by everyone’s work and I hope I get to work on something with you guys in the future. In the mean time, please keep coming to the meetings!
Thanks also to Amory for making it out, it was good to see you again. And of course it was a pleasure as always to see Pat, Wayne, Sam and Ron. I really had a blast with you all and can’t wait for the next one.
If I’ve forgotten anyone or you’ve talked to me since the meeting and you would like to introduce yourself on the blog, please feel free to drop by the comments for this post. Also if anyone has any ideas about our September meeting (when and where) please say so in the comments.
Thanks everyone, have a good week.