Mini-Comics Day “event” at Wizard World St. Louis

Hi, I’m Steve Higgins, a mini-comics creator based out of St. Louis, MO. Because I have a table at the convention going on in town this weekend, Wizard World St. Louis, I won’t be able to participate in Mini-Comics Day in the traditional way, by creating my own comic on Sunday. Instead I decided to do something a little different that still celebrates Mini-Comics Day.

A friend and I got together and created a special mini-comic which we will be GIVING AWAY for free at the convention on Sunday to the first 100 people who come by our booth. It’s called “Spirited Encounters: First Impressions,” and it’s about a guy named Greg and a girl named Beth who go out on a blind date together. The catch is, that Greg’s a ghost.

It’s only four pages long, but it’s in full color and it’s absolutely free.  So come by my table (table 1033/1035) at Wizard World St. Louis if you’re in the neighborhood and pick up a free mini-comic in honor of Mini-Comics Day! (Try to get there early though because we only printed up 100 copies and you don’t want to miss out! ;) )

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Mark Your Calendars: Participate in Mini-Comics Day 2013 on March 24th!


(Above image by Athena Currier)

March 24th, 2013 is the date for the third annual Mini-Comics Day, celebrating the art of cartooning and creating hand-made comic books (the first event was held April 9th, 2011).

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 March 24th, 2013 (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, contact us at so we can promote your event and add it to our event listing.

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.

Here is the poster for the Minneapolis event by last year’s Stapler Award Winner for best Mini-Comics Day Mini-Comic, Athena Currier:

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Colin Upton’s Mini-Comics Day Mini-Comic From Vancouver

Colin Upton did a thoughtful Mini-Comics Day mini-comic that you can view on facebook here (thankfully, no facebook account is necessary to view it).

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Danno and the Giant Apple

Danno Klonowski has posted the entirety of his Minneapolis Mini-Comics Day Roald Dahl tribute here.

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Action Athena’s My Little Sister Graduated: Part 1

Athena Currier (pictured below) has begun serializing her hilarious Stapler-Award-winning Mini-Comics Day mini-comic on her website here.

UPDATE: Here is part 2.

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Ben and Henry Zmith’s Minnesota Mini-Comics Day Comic Cover

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.

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The Mini-Comics Day Report from McCleary, WA

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 Jim Gill’s report on the event.

Here is Paul Tumey’s account of how things went down.

Here is a video of Steve telling some kids how to make a mini-comic:

You can see all of Steve’s Mini-Comics Day posts here on his blog.

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

Also, Bruce Chrislip somehow managed to participate in the McCleary event all the way from Cincinati, Ohio!

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Colin Tedford’s Mini-Comics Day Mini-Comic

Colin Tedford has posted the comic he did for Mini-Comics Day at the Keene, New Hampshire event here.

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Brian Kolm’s Mini-Comic Day Mini-Comic

Brian Kolm has posted the mini-comic he did at the event at the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore in San Francisco here.

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Action Athena Wins the 2012 Stapler Award

Here’s that picture of Athena Currier winning the Stapler Award I wanted, courtesy of Kevin Cannon’s Twitter feed

Thanks again to Big Brain Comics and the Northeast CDC for providing the cool prizes (a $25 gift certificate to Big Brain and a pass to the upcoming Northeast Ride happening June 2nd, respectively).

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