Monday, November 28, 2011

December 2nd - Minicomics Tutorial Pt. I

Salutations, Allies!

We hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving! It's the final month of the semester, so the Gauntlet is finally upon us. Join us in these last three meetings for a series of fun and informative tutorials, culminating in our Digital Projection Comix Reading! But let's not get ahead of ourselves, 'cause this week we're hosting our...

Part I: Digital Basics
This Friday, 12/2
6:30 - Room 703G

Learn the basics of self-publishing your own comics with just a computer, a scanner, and a printer! 
Check under the cut for specifics, coming events, and other business.

This week, our officers will lead a field trip to the Digital Imaging Center, where they will give a step-by-step tutorial on scanning comic pages, laying them out in InDesign and Photoshop, and printing out a complete minicomic. This is a must-see demonstration if you've never made a mini (especially if your professors expect you to make one by semester's end) or need a refresher.

This demo will give you the foundation for the next part of our tutorial, in which we'll share advance techniques for creating cool covers and making color minis with the copier.

Also, if you don't know how to prepare you files for submission to our Digital Projection Comix Reading, we will also be hosting a short tutorial to get you prepared.

We will meet in Room 703G as usual and migrate to the DIC as a group after covering other business.

Coming events:

Saturday, 12/3:
Friday, 12/9
  • CA Meeting - Minicomics Tutorial Part II: Advanced Techniques / Digital Projection Comix Reading Tutorial
Friday, 12/16
  • CA Meeting - Digital Projection Comix Reading [see instructions under "Other business"]

Other business:
  • If you would like to perform at this semester's Digital Projection Comix Reading, please submit your files in a zipped folder emailed to (with the subject line "Winter 2011 DPCR: [Name]") or bring them to a CA meeting on a flash drive before Monday, December 12th. Files must be JPGs, GIFs, or PNGs at 72 dpi, should be no larger than 1024 pixels wide or 768 tall, and named in chronological order (e.g. xxx01.jpg, xxx02.jpg, xxx03.jpg). Panel-by-panel sequences, as opposed to full pages, are strongly advised, and you will have a 5 minute time limit. More information will be given at future CA meetings, and we will host informational tutorials in the coming weeks. 
  • Have you checked out last week's articles on the SVA blog? New articles will be posted every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • Do you want publicity for your minicomics? Enter the Mini Reviews Box. Bring your minicomics to our meetings or the Senior Studio to submit them for review on the Cartoon Allies blog. Each week, bloggers Eric and Hayley will randomly select a student's mini from the box and offer readers a preview of the comic and their thoughts. We hope to improve student promotion and give members a space to show their work to a greater audience.
  • If you would like to be listed on our Members page, email your name, year, website url, and 50x50px icon to with the subject line "Active Member [Name]". As we collect a nice group of links, we'll update our long out-of-date Active Members list.
  • If you're interested in helping us distribute Cartoon Allies event posters, let us know by email or at the next meeting. We need posters for the Digital Projection Comix Reading and next semester's Fresh Meat festival!
  • The SVA Library now has access to a new Underground Comix Database. Check it out!
Stay strong, Allies!

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