Monday, November 14, 2011

November 18th - Comics Swap

Greetings, Allies!

After a tear-jerking session screening The Iron Giant, we find ourselves steadily approaching Thanksgiving Break and the end of the semester. While we prepare for a gauntlet of special events, we thought it'd be a great opportunity for you to collect new reading material for the plane flights, bus rides, and long nights ahead. So please join us for this week's...

First Ever
This Friday, 11/18
6:30 - Room 703G

Bring in old, well-loved (or harshly despised!) comics to trade with your peers for some new reads! 
Check under the cut for rules regarding our first comics market, coming events, and other business.

There will be a few ways to participate:
1. Barter with your fellow Allies!
See a comic you like? Think its owner will dig what you've got? Go for a trade! Even if your books don't fall into someone's usual interests, share what got you to pick up the comic. Don't be afraid to trade for something new, exciting, and beyond your normal palette. 

2. Visit the Swap Table!
There will be a table designated for swapping comics at your leisure. If you see any comics on the table that pique your interest, deposit at least a single book of your own and pick one up! While you won't need to leave as many comics as you take, please be courteous to the other participants and pick responsibly. If you just want to get rid of some comics, drop them off here so they can find new homes!

3. Take a seat in the Reading Corner!
If you don't mind the ambient noise of rowdy cartoonists, you can read your new acquisitions at the meeting. Feel free to continue trading with others as you go through your stack.

All printed comics are fair game, from self-published minis to monthly floppies to graphic novels and collections. Our inventory will be based on what we all can bear to part with and how much space we need to make in our apartments!

Coming events:

Friday, 11/25:  
  • NO MEETING - Thanksgiving Break
Friday, 12/2:
  • CA Meeting - Minicomics Tutorial Part I: The Basics / Digital Projection Comix Reading Tutorial
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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