About Mini-Comics Day


(Above image by Athena Currier)

Mini-Comics Day is an annual event celebrating the art of cartooning and creating hand-made comic books (the first event was held April 9th, 2011). It happens on the second Saturday of March every year.

On Mini-Comics Day, participating cartoonists from around the world will write, draw, and print copies of a mini-comic, completing the entire process from start to finish in a day or less. Anyone in the world can participate.

Mini-comics have been democratizing the art of making comic books since the 70’s or earlier… with the popularization of photocopiers, it became apparent that anyone with an inclination and some spare change could print a little comic book. Wildly varying in both form and content, mini-comics are a wonderful synthesis of cartooning and hand-made art objects.

Guidelines: To participate, create a mini-comic from start to finish on Mini-Comics Day (including writing, drawing and printing it). You can make your mini-comic by yourself or with other artists.

Format: Your mini-comic can be any size, length and format you desire. A standard mini-comics size would be eight 4.25″x5.5″ pages (which can be made from one 8.5×11 sheet of paper printed on both sides).

Help: For more information on how to make a mini-comic, see the Cartoonist Conspiracy’s mini-comic tutorial How to Make Mini-Comics. More resources can be found here.

Submit: Optionally, you can post information and/or images from your comic on this blog. Contact for an account to post here.

Bonus points: If you are working with a group of cartoonists, you may want to consider collecting your mini-comics together to distribute as a set. Bags, rubber bands, or boxes all work great for this purpose.

Events: Mini-Comics Day events will be organized at different locations around the world. You can read more about how to organize an event in our FAQ. The purpose of Mini-Comics Day events is to provide a place for cartoonists to draw and/or print their comics, and possibly to trade or sell their minis if they choose to.

If you would like to organize an event, you can contact us at and we can set you up with an account on this blog to post whatever you want about your event here.

About The International Cartoonist Conspiracy: Founded in Minneapolis in 2002, The International Cartoonist Conspiracy is a loosely organized group of cartoonists with cells all over the world. The Conspiracy has been responsible for many collaborative projects, including anthologies, gallery shows, and numerous jams every month. Any cartoonist anywhere can start a cell, and anyone with a desire to draw comics is encouraged to participate.

10 thoughts on “About Mini-Comics Day

  1. Call for Mini Comics and mini comix submissions

    I am looking for mini comic submissions for a new two-volume set of hardbound books to be published by Fantagraphics. This series will cover mini comics from the dawn of time (early 70’s) to the present. Since Newave (1980’s) has already been covered, the main focus will be on the 1990’s to the present although earlier minis will be covered too. The books will be the same size as the original Newave book (only more like 700 pages each) and will only reproduce whole mini comics that are 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 or smaller just like in the Newave book. (If you are concerned about the size of your submission contact me and we can talk about it). No digest sized comics or bigger will be accepted.

    The two volumes are to be simply titled “Treasury of Mini Comics” Volumes one & two.

    I am looking for contributors. I am looking for the best of the best. Any creator can send me their mini comics, disks, or photocopies to be considered for publication for this project. Or email me and send low-res jpegs to: brownfieldpress@hotmail.com.

    Please send titles to: Michael Dowers 361 E. Birnie Slough Rd., Cathlamet , WA 98612.

    If you want your material returned it is important to enclose return postage. Any mini comics that are kept will be placed in the Fantagraphics collection after the books are published. Also anybody sending actual mini comics will receive comics in trade from Brownfield press.

    1. Great, Bob! We haven’t set the day yet, but we should get it figured out sometime in the next couple months. Keep an eye on this blog or the blog at cartoonistconspiracy.com/conspire for the announcement.

    1. Hi Bob! It is scheduled to happen the second Saturday every year (this year March 12th), but you can certainly participate March 5th instead if you want to. Let me know if you want to promote or post anything here about your project or event. Have fun!

      1. Today at the Indie Comix Fair at the Ace of Cups in Columbus we produced 10 minicomics.
        The Diet by Evette Langford

        Galaxy of Anxiety by Bobby Fisher

        Hotshot by Michael Watson
        Dino Feelings by Steve Steiner
        Packing Peanut Blues by Bob Corby
        Toaster Cat by Hannah Bogart
        Toaster Cat vs Sup Cake by Hannah Bogart
        RoboStick: Inquiry “Where Did I Go?”
        Dirty Johnny by Jed Collins
        Empty Boxes by Maryanne Rose Papke

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