Thursday, May 28, 2015


 Thanks to Beth Neal on the heads up about this.

From the page:

Contracts can be a frustrating part of the art 'business'.

What is a fair contract agreement between yourself and a gallery? How do you handle contracts for freelance design work?

Three attorneys from the Cincinnati Bar Association will be joining us at the Manifest Drawing Center to discuss and answer questions about contract law for artists, makers, and designers.

Please spread the word!

This is offered free of charge at Manifest Drawing Center, 4905 Whetsel Ave., 2nd Floor, in Madisonville. (NOT at Manifest Gallery.)

May 30th from 3:00 to 4:30

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mad Max-ish Board Game

I created a bunch of character pics for a board game with a post-apocalyptic setting. Their kickstarter just went live a couple days and is going pretty strong.

Also, I'm heading out to Spectrum this week and I hope to see some of you there!Also, don't forget about my patreon at

Friday, May 15, 2015

OAR Art Show Benefit

Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic would like to invite you to our fundraiser, Lil’ Bub’s Big Art Show!

The event will be held at the Leapin’ Lizard in Covington on July 17th, from7-11pm. Space will be provided for local artists to display and sell pieces to the attendees, an expected crowd of 150-200 people. There is no fee to participate in this event; but OAR will hold a silent auction with donated art pieces, and we would be grateful if you could donate a piece for the event. We will also feature attending artists in our marketing materials for the event; if you will be attending, please include in your RSVP a brief bio, and a JPEG of an art piece that represents your oeuvre.

If you are not familiar with OAR, we are a cat rescue in the Madisonville neighborhood of Cincinnati. Since 1998, OAR has offered shelter to and adopted out homeless cats; and fixed pet, stray, and feral cats to curb overpopulation and euthanasia in our area. Now, in 2015, OAR helps more than 10,000 cats annually – a feat possible only thanks to the generosity of our community.
OAR’s 2nd annual art show will feature a special guest, famous internet cat Lil’ Bub; as well as the art auction, live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. It will be an informal, fun, funky event, in a space with a great vibe – a perfect space to show your work!

Get more info from Robin Moro.

Kyle T Webster on Art 'Contests'

We have talked about this here before, but here is a tumblr post by Kyle Webster about a recent 'contest'.

From the post:

"All they do is provide the client with tons of free art and a tiny pay day for the selected artist. I’m getting more direct with my replies to these annoying emails - the one below was in reply to an email about designing a can for Mike’s Harder Lemonade (this is a multi-million dollar brand, folks, offering to pay $7500 for winning can design… pathetic)- let’s show these companies that we don’t work for free."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Lunch Locations

We are thinking about adding some new places to the rotation. Any ideas?

Ideally not a chain restaurant and reasonable priced.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Motion Meetup in Cincinnati!

Guys! Motion Meetup with Animators and Motion Artists in Cincinnati is this Thursday 5/14/15 at 6pm! Come and meet people and network! Find out where they work and what they know! Debate the superior cartoons of the day! 


1126 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 381-1952

Friday, May 8, 2015

Davif Michael Beck Lecture at Plaza Art Supplies in Kenwood May 9th

Illustration by David Michael Beck

David Michael Beck will giving an open lecture at the Kenwood Plaza art store on the “dynamics and process of cover illustration and sequential, and graphic storytelling” on May 9th at 1:00PM.

Library Comicon May 16th

Library’s Comic Con blasts back for its third year!

Fans of comic cooks, superheroes, anime and
zombies will descend on the Public Library of
Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Main Library
Saturday, May 16, for the third annual Cincinnati
Library Comic Con.

The fun lasts from noon to 5 p.m. and features
artists, writers, game creators, event partner booths, free comic books (first come, first serve, one comic book per person), the CLCC15 Drawing Contest awards, a Cosplay contest, LEGO robotics, superhero and geek crafting, comic book trivia, face painting and a gaming area hosted by Gateway Games and More!

The lineup includes:

Noon–5 p.m.: Celebrating Local Cartoonists exhibit, Con-Quest challenge, creator booths, face
painting, gaming area, LEGO robotics, Board Games Through Time and Culture exhibit,
MakerSpace demos and photobooth, Train of Thought: A Community Storyboard and coloring
activities in the Children’s Learning Center.

Noon–2 p.m.: Comic Book Trivia

1–1:30 p.m.: Pictures with 501st Legion Ohio Garrison’s very own Darth Vader

1:30–2 p.m.: Pictures with Cincinnati Iron Man

1–2 p.m.: Superhero Training Camp for Kids

2–3 p.m.: Superheroes to the Rescue!

2–3 p.m.: The CSO’s Music Lab

3–4 p.m.: Superhero Essentials for Kids

3–4 p.m.: Cosplay Contest (Family friendly and library appropriate costumes only please)

4–4:45 p.m.: Drawing Contest Awards Ceremony

Special guests include: Christopher Bennett, Cincinnati ComiCon, Cincinnati Comic Expo, Hamster
Bomb Comics, 501st Legion – Ohio Garrison, Steve Harmon and Harmon Comics, Ken Henson, Ellen Schreiber, Scott Simmons, Tim Fuller, Tim Kask and Jim Wampler.

Cincinnati Library Comic Con is for all ages. The Main Library is located at 800 Vine St. Call 513-369-6900.

Visit for more information.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New Short from Allison Craig

Allison Craig says: "I got to work on this Menehunes short for Nickelodeon with Edward Artinian and the talented folks at Titmouse! Check eet owt!"

More Classes from Marlene Steele

 Marlene Steele is an accomplished courtroom artist. Learn about her tips and techniques!
NARRATIVE DRAWING: Defining the Moment in a Courtroom Environment
1:00PM- 4:00PM 
PLAZA ART KENWOOD  8154 Montgomery Rd.  (513)  793-5300

Join local instructor and Courtroom Sketch Artist, Marlene Steele, as she demonstrates how to capture and define the moment in a courtroom setting. Marlene will discuss and demonstrate how to identify key figures, capture the moment, and define the narrative as fates are decided in the courtroom.
CHECK their website for additional info
Some of Marlene's other classes: 

Art Academy Com Ed classes:
Drawing Dynamics   Sat. 9:30AM -12 noon  June 27- Aug 8
Oil Painting: A Fresh Start    Wed. 6:30pm -9PM   Clifton Art Center
Pastel Portrait  Tues. 9:30AM - 12 noon       Essex
Calligraphy Foundations: Italic Lower Case  Sat. 1:00PM - 3:30 PM July 11 - August 15

AAC Contact: toll free  800-323-5692
513-562-6262   or register online.

Creative Juice Podcast Part 2

Because practice makes perfect, part 2 of the podcast I did with Margot and Jeb on practice and sketching!

 First part here:

While you are on the site, check out some of their other topics. The Juice Cast is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Kickstarter Cat Calendar by Gabe

2016 Cat Calendar on Kickstarter by Gabriel Utasi

Hey everyone,
I know it's been forever since I've been to lunches, but I do still draw a bit.
I just wanted to share a Kickstarter campaign I just launched.
The intro is a fun little animation that I made as well.
Gabe's Kickstarter
See you soon!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Free Comic Book Day

Comic book stores all over have FREE Comic Book Day May 2nd!

Rockin' Rooster

Up, Up and Away

Arcadian Comics and Games

Comic Book World

There are many more too!

Here are some of the comics available: