I always love exhibiting in my home state of Michigan for Motor City Comic Con each year! I’m table L7 in artist alley. The show floor is different this year than before, maybe for it’s 30th year? Doubly exciting is that I’ll also be speaking on a panel this Friday! It’s called “The Trouble Shooters” from 2-3p in room Legacy III. Check out the description below - it’s me and other indie creators talking about making comics! More program schedule info here. Hope to see you there!
It’s that time of the year where there’s some comic event going on each weekend! Join me for X-Con this Saturday May 11th at Xavier High School! It seriously has the coolest name for a convention, and that’s reason enough to go XD
$5 admission - Noon to 5p! 30 West 16th St.
This convention is in honor of the school’s art teacher, Renzo Ventrella, who passed away last October.
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2172450112817441/
What? FREE COMICS? Yes indeed! This Saturday all comic stores across America are celebrating Free Comic Book Day, or FCBD for short. FCBD is a great mix of free comics from the larger publishers and in-person connection with local indie comic creators. Anyone Comics in Brooklyn is extending this to a whole indie arts fair in their lower level! I’ll be exhibiting with my new AER HEAD prints along with around 15 others - it’s a party! Here’s some info:
Anyone Comics 1216 Union St. Brooklyn, NY 11225.
FCBD & indie arts fair hours: Noon - 8pm
FREE ADMISSION! Note that only select comics are free. If all the comics in the store were free, the store would go out of business XD Also some creators may or may not have freebies. Rest assured though that you’ll walk out with SOMETHING free + a smile!
Here’s their Facebook event.
MAY THE FORTH BE WITH YOU!
Does anyone else think that FCBD is the first Saturday in May JUST to say that phrase every few years?
Are you a freelancer and haven’t done your taxes yet? If you’re near NYC, please come to this special edition of Business Basics for Freelancers that’s focused on taxes! The tax deadline is approaching, but there’s still time to get organized and file for an extension if you need it, and even make a payment plan so you don’t have to pay all at once. Please join me at Caffeine Underground this Wednesday 4/10 from 2-5p (yes, freelancer time!).
Tickets are $50 online and walk-ins are $55. If you’ve taken my other classes before, you can get a 50% discount with a special code.
As a freelancer myself, I’ve figured out a bunch of stuff for my own taxes that I want to share with others. Taxes are probably some of the hardest things to tackle as a freelancer, but I’ve found a way to streamline my taxes so they’re more manageable, and I can help you formulate a plan to do so yourself.
NYC’s biggest indie comics festival is here - MoCCA Fest is this weekend! I’ll be tabling with my friend Nadia Burgess of ToughSpirit Creations once again at table H260. I’ll also have AER HEAD prints for sale! I’ll still take commissions but am transitioning to become more AER HEAD focused. Here’s some info for MoCCA Fest:
Dates: Sat 4/6, 11a-7p. Sun 4/7, 11a-6p
Location: Metropolitan West (West 46th Street between 11th and 12 Avenues)
Hope to see you there!
It’s spring - yay! That means the comic con season is gearing up and I’ll be posting about more events, like this one in Harlem this Friday! This is a comic “happening” that’s growing from Dare2Draw, a nonprofit that’s facilitating mentoring and networking opportunities for cartoonists of all levels. I’ve been to some of the Dare2Draw events before and if you want to be in the comics SCENE, this is a great place to start. Creators, get to know Charles and he’ll hook you up with a table - we want more creators here. The table is free and 10% of profits go to Dare2Draw.
So far this happening looks like they’ll have things for vintage comics fans and newer fans too. I’ll have a table with some of my comics there - not the full setup due to it being outside (kind of outside? It’s under the train overpass). It’s at Uptown Grand Central at the underpass of East 125th and Park Ave, from 3-7pm this Friday March 29. It’ll be a really nice day - looks like almost 60°. If you’re in the area, after work you could combine going to the ComiX Pop-UP ShopP with going to Marcus Garvey Park around the corner and read your comics in the sunshine :)
If you’re unfamiliar with the area, here’s a pic - look for the colorful murals under the train on the street level! Hope to see you there!
Please join me for DRAW FAST NOW YES!! at Classeteria THIS SATURDAY 2/23 from 2-3p! Level up your speed drawing skillz! We’ll do a series of fun quick prompts to help you break out of perfectionism. Only $25. Sign up here: http://www.classeteria.nyc/draw-fast-now-yes?fbclid=IwAR3MUyvgGeNd6j0FeJLsIFB1cKzGB2PVGFwUVWi-kLOlF4JN3QvtDwm2fQs
Very excited to exhibit for the first time in FanFaire NYC this weekend with ToughSpirit Creations! It’s at the HIgh School of Art & Design and I’m absolutely blown away by the special guest and programming they have! Art Spiegleman & Neil Adams are both alumni and are giving folio reviews to high schoolers - what an incredible opportunity for youth! I wish I could have gotten to see panels like “Pitch to Screen” and “How To Develop Thick Skin” as a student. But at least I get to exhibit here! Nadia and I are way in the corner, table 500, so if you’re at the show please make sure to check out all the corners XD. Here’s more info:
Hope to see you there!
One of my comics will be displayed in the Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery this Sunday! For over 6 years I’ve drawn a weekly web comic for the Dysautonomia Foundation called “No Tears: Life With FD.” FD stands for Familial Dysautonomia, a rare Jewish genetic neurological disorder that effects the sensory and autonomic nervous systems. The comic’s title has a double meaning - one of the symptoms of FD is the absence of overflow tears / corneal drying. The title also encourages FD patients and their families to have hope through their daily struggles. Topics in the comic series range from dealing with specific FD situations, like Crisis, to social scenarios of persons with disabilities, and more. The comic has always had a light-hearted and touching theme focusing on the closeness of families.
This is the comic that will be featured! For the past few years, I’ve been writing the scripts as well, and this strip was inspired by my love of music.
Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery: Congregation Kol Israel, 603 Saint Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
The show will run for a month but I’ll be at the opening this Sunday Feb 10 from 1-5pm. Please stop by to hear some panel discussions and see some influential Jewish art! Very excited to be a part of this show!
SURPRISE! After many years, I’m doing a Jersey show again! If you’re in the NJ area and have missed me, please stop by the Jersey Shore Comic Book Show this Sunday January 27th in Toms River! Apparently it’s “the biggest little con on the east coast,” which reminds me of how Ann Arbor is like a big town but small city. I’ll be taking sketch commissions as always and you can grab a copy of Other Realms, my newish sci-fi comic.
It’s 10a-4p at the Elks Lodge: 600 Washington St.
Hope to see you there for the first comic con of 2019!
Happy New Year! If one of your new year’s resolutions is improving your drawing skills, I’m teaching the perfect class for you if you’re in the NYC area. DRAW-FAST-NOW-YES! at Classeteria in Bushwick
is a short & sweet class on how to draw faster this Saturday 1/12! Only $25 ! Only 1 hr long! Drawing fast is more about quick thinking than about technical skill XD We'll do lots of drawing exercises to loosen up & it'll be lots of fun - please join! 2-3p. Classeteria is 284 Suydam, between Irving and Knickerbocker, 11237. Take the L train to Jefferson or M train to Central.
In January I’ll be teaching 2 FUN classes at CLASSETERIA in Bushwick! For adults, a quick one hour workshop called DRAW-FAST-NOW-YES!! Do you want to draw faster? Are you frustrated by how long it takes to create a nice detailed drawing? This fast-paced class will help you break out of your perfectionism and sketch on-the-fly! I’ll take you through a series of exercises (set to music) building upon repetition, speed, and creative thinking. This class is inspired by my experience sketching at comic conventions, Inktober, and my doodletunes.
DRAW-FAST-NOW-YES!! is Saturday, Jan 12, 2 - 3p, $25
I’m also going to be teaching Cartooning for Kids! Students will learn the basics of creating elements of a comic, such as character building, styles and usage of word balloons, panels, coloring, and more. The main project will be creating an 8 page mini comic.
It’s a 10 session course starting Jan 7 and running until March 25. We’ll meet Mondays from 3 - 4p. It’s for 3rd - 5th grade and is $350.
Classeteria is a brand new program in Brooklyn and I’m very happy to be getting in on the ground floor. The space is very cute & comfortable, which is great for creativity. Please spread the word if you know anyone with kids in the Bushwick area who would like to participate in Cartooning for Kids or other after school programs at Classeteria. There’s an OPEN HOUSE this Friday December 14th from 5-7pm at 284 Suydam, between Irving and Knickerbocker, 11237. Feel free to drop by - I’ll be there to answer any questions and pass out mini comics!
Since Classeteria is just starting up we need help in getting the word out. Fell free to share this post on social media & everywhere! Thank you and cheers to a fantastic 2019!
Yes, YOU TOO could have a lovely family portrait just like this one, as the cast of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia! There are some ads where the cast is all smiling bug-eyed like this :) You’re giving the gift of laughter! Other ideas include the cast of Seinfeld, Modern Family, The Simpsons, and more. There’s still a week to get your sketch order in if you’d like one.
Side note, I’ll no longer be participating in the Brooklyn Museum WinterFest, due to unforseen circumstances.
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!
Very excited to open my new online store! I have Christmas greeting cards for sale at www.mindyindy.com/greeting-cards ! All 5 of the card designs are based off of last year’s Christmas carol doodletunes (illustrations of songs). Left to right: Carol of the Bells, We Three Kings, Silent Night, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Suzy Snowflake! You can order one card for $5 or a pack of 5 for $20 = buy 4 get one free (+$1 shipping for one and $2 shipping for a pack). The store takes PayPal, which can also take credit cards if you don’t have a PayPal account. Now is the time to start getting cards because Christmas will be here before you know it! The only one that says “Happy Holidays” is Suzy Snowflake - the rest say Christmas.
If you’ve been following me long enough you know how crazy my TO DO lists are, and creating an online store has been on my to do list for YEARS. For awhile I was deciding if I should go with Etsy or upgrade my own Squarespace site for commerce. Etsy is actually a lot harder than it looks. Granted, you have more discoverability on that platform, but I felt that just for starting out, it’s hard to compete with all the other cards out there. For example, people have their cards set up against a fireplace with holly branches and freakin’ hot cocoa with perfect lighting etc. Screw that, I just want to get the thing done! I found out that I didn’t need to upgrade my Squarespace site and can still have basic commerce functionality! I only have a few products after all, that are currently the same size & weight, so I don’t need a complex store. It was fun to build the store and put the descriptions in and learn new stuff about shipping (ALWAYS learning new things as a freelancer!).
Anyway, over time I’ll add more items to the store like mini comics. If you’d like some mini comics for stocking stuffers in the meantime, email me at mindy at mindyindy dot com.
OH and my times at the WinterFest at the Brooklyn Museum are now switched to Saturdays!
Happy Black Friday! The holiday shopping season has officially begun! Brooklyn has a new mega winter village and holiday market called WinterFest! It’s near the Brooklyn Museum, and in addition to a cute maker’s village where you can buy gifts, they have wine & chocolate tasting, “The Enchanted Tree Maze,” a huge slide, movies, performances, Santa of course, and a special “Vinopolis” tent where other workshops and activities will take place. It really is an extravaganza - families & couples could spend the whole day there.
I’ll be in the Vinopolis tent EVERY SUNDAY from 11a-6p doing sketches and selling my new line of Christmas cards based on carols. WinterFest starts today and goes on every Tues-Sun until New Year’s Eve.
You can get chances to win tickets to the attractions and tastings by following WinterFest on social media and/or using my special code https://wn.nr/h54NPL
Really just take a look at everything on the WinterFest site https://winterfestbrooklynmuseum.com/ … I can’t believe how many cool things are going on there! Oh yes and I heard the tents are heated :) I hope that you can check it out and join the fun!
It’s that time of year, there’s a chill in the air, it’s close to Thanksgiving, and you realize “Oh crap, I need to get presents for people!” What better present than personalized artwork? If you’ve gotten a sketch from me before, you know how happy it’s made you and others. (If you haven’t yet, please see my folio) The great thing about custom art is that it’s different each time! Give the gift of awesomeness to your kids when they see themselves as their favorite superhero! Give the gift of laughter to your spouse when they see your pet as THEIR favorite superhero!
No shame in giving YOURSELF a gift too! I’ll let you in on a family tradition of the Mystery Present. On Christmas, we pass around a present that’s untagged and everyone shakes it. Often it’s wrapped very garishly/strangely with many boxes nested inside each other. The first year I think it was my mom that started handing the gift off to people and it ended up being for HER! The gift of laughter! All this is to say that YOU could totally get a custom sketch for yourself and start a mystery present tradition of your own XD
Sketches are 5”x7”. Ink is $40 for one figure +$20 per additional figure. Color is $50 for one figure +$25 per additional figure. Larger sizes like 8”x10” available upon request.
If you want a whole custom comic drawn about how you met your spouse, or your first Christmas or Hanukkah together, or about how your kids are awesome, send me an email to mindy at mindyindy dot com and we can work it out! You can also get your office to pitch in for a custom comic honoring a special leader or coworker.
I take Paypal and credit cards via Square Invoices. Super easy & convenient.
I’m leaving for vacation on December 18, (about a month away from now) so get your orders in ASAP so I can add you to my project cue!
Hope everyone has Happy Holidays!
I’m exhibiting in Philly Zine Fest again! I did it once a few years ago and am excited to return! It’s always great to do shows that just focus on zines. They’re affordable to exhibit in without relying on sketch art. I like doing sketch art, but creating stories is why I love being a cartoonist.
One day I’ll have to spend more time in Philly though - it’s just been quick day trips both times. The life of a busy entrepreneur!
If you’re in the Philly area, please check it out! Here’s the site: http://phillyzinefest.com/
I just found out about Doxacon a few months ago from my writer’s group. It’s a “Faith & Fandom Convention,” which I’d never heard of before! I knew that Tolkien was Catholic, and C.S. Lewis was Christian, but there are actually many more ways in which faith and fandom overlap. Doxacon a lecture and gaming based con, with topics such as the “God and Comics Podcast Panel.” My friend/writer’s group comrade Alexi Sargeant is lecturing upon “Theology and Teleology in Magic: The Gathering.” I noticed there weren’t any artists at the con and asked him if I could exhibit. Long story short, now I’m the first sketch artist to participate in Doxacon! There are other vendors too like sci-fi authors. This is a great example of a topic I teach in my Business Basics for Freelancers classes: create your own opportunities! If you see a need for something that isn’t there, make it happen!
I’m very surprised and honored to be at the top of the vendor list on their site! Very happy to participate in this unique convention! In this day and age, I’ll be honest, in the comics world I don’t usually talk about my Catholic faith unless it comes up in conversation (which is rare). As a Catholic artist I often feel like I’m in between two worlds, like a part of each but always having to balance them carefully. But I realized that exhibiting at Doxacon can actually be a great way to begin to dialogue with those who will listen. In light of the devastating shootings this weekend at the Tree of Life Congregation, the First Baptist Church last year, and Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2015, people of all religions need to stand up for our faith and not be afraid.
So, if you’re in the D.C. area, please stop by the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral 11/2 & 11/3! The con is open to everyone, not just people of faith. If you’re curious in any way, why not check it out? You may have lots of questions or criticisms about various faiths (related to comics or not) that people are happy to talk to you about.
There’s a new con in town: Diversity Comic Con at FIT! Celebrating diversity in the comics world! It’s this Thursday 10/11, so if you missed NYCC this is perfect for you - their panel lineup is all the best of what NYCC should have had, such as “breaking in” and “self-publishing.” Since cosplay has had such a boom, FIT is the perfect venue. It’s FREE but you must get a free eventbrite ticket. I’ll be exhibiting at table 41 in the corner near the stage, along with many other diverse comic creators.
In other news, the next Business Basics for Freelancers class is NEXT WEDNESDAY October 17th from 6-9p at Anyone Comics! I promoted this class like crazy at NYCC, and will at Diversity comic con, so don’t wait til the day before to get a ticket if you’ve been considering it. People always ask “will I have other classes?” and I try to have them once a month, but if you can actually make this time, go for it, because my classes may start to fill up! Thanks!
Hey everyone! I didn’t get into NYCC’s Artist Alley unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do sketches! I’ll still be at the convention all 4 days doing sketch work onsite! Please email me at mindy at mindyindy dot com with these details:
What do you want drawn? In color or ink? Are you at the con for just that day or multiple days? See the price list below and note I charge extra per figure. Paypal to mindy at mindyindy dot com. We can email each other about a time to meet and I can give you the sketch onsite! If you prefer cash we can meet up before I start sketching.
I’ll also be walking around the convention scoping out interesting panels, promoting my next Business Basics for Freelancers class, networking etc. 2 years ago I didn’t get into artist alley, but I actually made 2 essential connections to my career, so I try to look at the bright side!