Monday, January 9, 2012

January 13th - Jam Comic Jam

Welcome back, Allies!

We hope you had a splendid break, whether you spent it on a foreign operation or hunkered down in the trenches. Prepare to get your fingers covered in ink (and if your hands are already dirty, get a pair of gloves), 'cause classes are in session and the Cartoon Allies are back in full swing. This semester will be packed with more field trips, more tutorials, and appearances from professional cartoonists, along with returning events such as group critiques and another Live Comics Reading. The semester will culminate with MoCCA Fest and our annual Fresh Meat art show, where our department transforms the Monkey Bar Lounge into a public comic festival to showcase our work.

We're kicking off this semester with a...

JAM COMIC JAM
This Friday, 1/13
6:30 - Room 703G

Collaborate and create (or destroy) in multiple formalist comic games (while listening to JAM Project)!
Check under the cut for specifics, coming events, and other business.


Using a similar format to last semester Demo Jam, we'll have multiple tables set up with a jam comic at each. Instead of different media, each table will feature a different form of jam comic with different constraints. These will include Matt Madden and Tom Hart's Tic-Tac-Toe Jam, Béleleu's Domino Jam, where three-panel strips continually branch off each other, and more, like the return of the Demo Jam's "whatever's in your pocket" comic. Even if it's eyeliner, ketchup, or a stick of glitter glue, you can draw with it (except for blood) as long as it was in your pocket. 

While we jam, always remember the improv rule of  "Yes, And...": Accept what's presented in the previous panel and add to it. If you deny the characters and stories established by the other cartoonists, the jam comic will come to a halt and you'll be doing the opposite of collaboration. Have fun and work together!

Next week we'll be traveling to the Rubin Museum of Art to attend the exhibit Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics. Admission is free on Friday nights. Also, we urge you to participate in our ad campaign for this year's Fresh Meat by submitting poster art! Your work could appear in the Village Voice!

Coming events:

Friday, 1/13
Friday, 1/20

Other business:
  • We need you to make the poster for Fresh Meat 2012! Jump over to our submissions page to find out how you can help advertise for our department's biggest annual event!
  • The CA Blog is still on winter hiatus. Come back Tuesday, January 24th for new series, helpful tutorials, and more reviews!
  • 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 cartoonallies@gmail.com 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 Rubin trip and the 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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