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Participate in the 2nd Annual Mini-Comics Day: May 26th, 2012

(Above image by Dan Murphy)

May 26th, 2012 is the date for the second 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 May 26th, 2012 (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.

Also, you may want to consider trading copies by submitting some to the Mini-comix Co-op.

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. In 2011, we had 17 event locations participate internationally.

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.

Come to the Art? Show at Altered Esthetics This Friday and Read the Minneapolis Mini-Comics Day Mini-Comics

If you’re curious what people made in Minneapolis for Mini-Comics Day, you can read the comics this month at Altered Esthetics as part of their Art? show. The show opens this Friday, May 6th.

Above: Carlos Merino’s Mini-Comics Day mini-comic. Click to visit his site for the full Spanish version… the English version will be available to read this Friday at Altered Esthetics.

The featured Mini-Comics Day comics are by:

Alex Bodine
Talia Carlton aka Talonman
Douglas Cox
Susan Cox
Athena Currier
Ryan Dow
Earl Luckes
Lupi McGinty
Carlos Merino
Dan Murphy
Erik Nelson
Jamison Penny
Bill Prendergast
David Steinlicht
Steven Stwalley
Mike Toft
Lance Ward

More info about the Art? show can be found here.

More Mini-Comics Day Comics Posted to the Internet

Ryan Dow’s mini-comic on the economics of mini-comics is being serialized on his website a page a day for a week.

Athena Currier is serializing her fun mini-comic on her site here, and has a report on the Minneapolis event.

Devin Kraft posted his comic he made at the Dragon’s Lair event in Austin, TX.

Check out this gorgeous one from Ingi Jensson.

Long-time mini-comics cartoonist Colin Upton has his mini-comic posted here.

Aardvark Farmer has his mini-comic and a video of him talking about it here.

Jesse Hughes has his mini-comic posted here.

April Nash has her mini-comic posted here.

Michael Anthony Carroll has his mini-comic posted here.

Lis Huey has her mini-comic posted here.

Martin Jackson posted his mini-comic here.

Sheika Lugtu posted her mini-comic here.

If you participated and put your comic online, let me know and I’ll link to it here. Email me at webmaster(at)

More Mini-Comics Day Events

Many updates have been made to our facebook page, where many people have started posting their comics made on Mini-Comics Day.

One post there is from another one of the most prolific mini-comics cartoonists of all time, Matt Feazell, creator of Cynicalman, who organized an event at the Harper Woods, Michigan library.

Bob Corby, who responded above to Matt Feazell’s post, participated in an impromptu event in Columbus, Ohio that you can read about here.

The Paperjam Comics Collective at Newcastle upon Tyne posted some event coverage here.