What is Mini-Comics Day?
Mini-Comics Day happens annually on the 2nd Saturday in March, and is a celebration of the art of cartooning and creating hand-made comic books. 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. The first Mini-Comics Day event happened in 2011.
When is Mini-Comics Day?
Mini-Comics Day falls on the second Saturday in March every year.
Can I host a Mini-Comics Day Event?
Anyone can participate in Mini-Comics Day who wants to. To encourage participation, some people may wish to organize an event around the holiday. Below are suggestions for organizing a successful Mini-Comics Day Event.
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.
1) Promote your event. Print up posters and flyers. Put information about it on any websites, blogs or social networking sites you use. Talk about it and let people know it will be happening. If you know any cartoonists, make sure to let them know about it.
2) Encourage people to bring materials… but you may want to consider providing some as well. Some materials to consider:
-Staplers (ideally, long-necked staplers)
-Glue Sticks or Rubber Cement
-A paper cutter
-A computer with image editing software (GIMP is a free software option), a scanner, and a printer with plenty of ink
3) You’ll need plenty of tables and chairs. You’ll probably want to let people know that space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, in case you get more participants than you have room for. Alternately, you could consider registering people in advance for the event.
4) You may want to consider providing refreshments for participants. You’ll definitely want to have water available.
5) You’ll need to have a bathroom available.
6) You can have your event site be open for however many hours you want. However, any less than 8 hours may not be enough time for participants to complete their projects.