UPDATE: Here is part 2.
Here is the cover of a Spider-Man bootleg comic made by Ben Zmith and his son Henry at the Minneapolis Mini-Comics Day event.
Mini-comics pioneer Steve Willis (creator of the longest running comic series of all time, Morty Comix, currently at issue #2370, available only at an abandoned phone booth) organized a great-sounding Mini-Comics Day event in McCleary, WA. Here is Steve’s overview of the event (note: you’ll want to follow his blog, as it is immensely entertaining).
Here is a video of Steve telling some kids how to make a mini-comic:
Here are links to the entire contents of a number of the Mini-Comics Day comics that were produced at the McCleary event:
Untitled - by Steve Willis
Headgear - by Jim Gill
The Tapir’s Pug Dog Sweater - by Paul Tumey
All New Refraction Comix - by Frank Young
Emanations and Expectorations - jam with Willis, Gill, Young, and Tumey
The Floating Head of Humptulips - jam with Willis, Gill, Young, and Tumey
This is the Story of Ludwig - by Bryan Willis (Steve’s brother) and Amy
Mini-Comics Day in Minneapolis was a whole lot of fun… of the numerous cartoonists who showed up, at least 15 comics were completed (pictured below… apologies if I didn’t get a photo of yours for some reason). Afterwards we went to Grumpy’s to drink, eat tater tots, and give out the 2012 Stapler Award for the Best Minnesota Mini-Comics Day Mini-Comic. Eric Lorberer (Editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books), Courtney Algeo (Editorial Director of Paper Darts and Marketing Coordinator at The Loft Literary Center) and Miles Johnson (of the Read My List blog and Altered Esthetics gallery) deliberated for quite a while to determine which mini was the best one by their subjective standards… and a winner was picked! The award went to Athena Currier for her very deserving entry “My Little Sister Phoebe Just Graduated from College,” which made me laugh out loud when I read it… I wish I had remembered to take a picture of her with the award. Additionally, last year’s winner of the Stapler, Dan Murphy, was given an honorable mention for his entry “The Spider Lady,” which was good, because if he had won we would have had to change the name of the award to the Dan Murphy award.
Here are some (bad) pictures from the event, and pictures of the completed minis.
The Stapler-Award-winning comic by Athena Currier
The runner up, by Dan Murphy
A.Z. McGinty‘s untitled comic:
“The Bridge” by Carlos Merino:
“Darkly Swoops” by Chris Beck (unforutnately mangled by my bag):
“Danno and the Giant Apple” by Danno Klonowski
“Hazards” by Joe Combs
Untitled mini by Lars Kommienezuspadt
“The First-Ever Mini-Comic About Making a Mini-Comic” by Mike Toft
“Abra-Ka Deborah” by Thomas Boguszewski
“Plotz #2″ by Stwalley
Mini-Comic Day in San Francisco will be held tomorrow (May 26, 2012) at the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore organized with local artist group inkDrinkDraw. The event will be held from 11am to 5:30pm in the museum’s lobby and is FREE to anyone who wants to participate. We will have basic materials on hand (paper, pencil, pencils, stapler) and there are copy stores nearby to finish the challenge by reproducing your book to give away, trade, barter, sell, etc. Of course you can bring your own materials to work with too as well as copies of your own mini-comics that you can sell during the event.
But if you need more convincing to come on down there is also the Museum itself with it’s excellent new exhibits: Mad Magazine, Avengers Assemble, Darth Vader and Son, and La Raza Comica: A celebration of the Latino-American experience in the Comic Arts. I have seen all four exhibits and I can safely say they are some of the best shows the museum has shown.
We hope to see you tomorrow! AND stay tuned to this site to see the final results next week.
Happy Comic Making!
Directions on Google Maps (note, the official marker is one door off, but it is close for directions.) View Larger Map
Pictured above: The 2012 Stapler Award for the Best Minnesota Mini-Comics Day Mini-Comic
You’re encouraged to use the hash tag #minicomicsday2012 for whatever you may want to use a hashtag for.
Cartoonists around the world will be drawing and printing a mini-comic in a day. Any cartoonist anywhere can participate.
There are event sites this year in:
San Francisco, CA
and McCleary, WA
(and we had a site in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK participate last month)
If you live near one of those locations, go here for the details of your local event.