Glad to be a part of Pete’s Mini Zine Fest once again! I’m outside this year and looks like it’ll be sunny! I always love this little show because it focuses on just the mini comics & zines, which is why I am a cartoonist in the first place! This year I’ll also have my new AER HEAD prints for sale.
Also this week is surf week! Lots of fun surfing competitions and hangouts going on in Long Beach! I may or may not be able to make some of these events, but if I do, I’ll let you know!
This weekend June 15-16 I’ll exhibit at Brooklyn Comic Con with my friend Nadia Burgess of Toughspirit Creations at table A29. Brooklyn Comic Con is a new show that’s quintessentially BROOKLYN - focusing on local eats, music, and videogames! Brought to you by Sexy Nerds, this is sure to be a scene. It’s in Greenpoint at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Take the G to Greenpoint Ave (the G has improved A LOT over my time in Brooklyn - probably due to the L being messed up).
I’ll be debuting my new AER HEAD banner at Brooklyn Comic Con! I’ve been wanting a banner like this for YEARS and now it’s finally here! All the comics pros have free standing banners like this. I wanted to hold off on spending $ on one until I made the cover for AER HEAD #1 and now I’ll use this for years in all its glory. See the process of how I made this banner and the cover by joining the “See the Future” tier of my Patreon!
In other news, did you know that this Saturday is International Surfing Day? This is an environmental day to focus on protecting our oceans (while having a fun beach day!) Looks like it’ll be half-sunny 80° weather in NYC, so here’s the plan - go to the beach on Saturday (International Surfing Day) to enjoy some rays, swimming (and surfing if you surf!) and please pick up a few pieces of trash while there. Then on Sunday, go to Brooklyn Comic Con (it’s supposed to rain). You’re welcome for planning an awesome weekend for you ;)
So after the NY ESA surf challenge went so awesomely last week, I decided I’d like to exhibit in more beach locations! What a fun theme for the summer, right? I’ll be at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar this Sunday June 9th! It’s in the Rockaways: 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Queens, NY 11694. This Bazaar actually goes on every day from 11a-6p, and I’ll be trying it out to see how it goes. Going to sell AER HEAD prints and also draw summer themed sketches! There will be music too: Screamin’ Rebel Angels from Noon- 5 and two DJs! Also there is food and other cool random stuff that’s quintessentially NYC.
You know how most of summer goes by and then you’re like “omg I haven’t gone to the beach yet” in late August? Don’t let that happen! NYC has tons of great beaches, so please visit the Rockaways this weekend and stop by the Riis Park Beach Bazaar!
Very excited to announce that I’ll be participating in a surfing event this Sunday June 2nd! No I’m not competing (ha after only one surf lesson!) but I’ll be onsite creating surf themed “flash sketches” and offering AER HEAD prints for donations. If you’re in Long Beach and want to check it out - should be a fun time! It’s run by the NY Eastern Surfing Association and is sponsored by all those companies with the logos on the graphic (look I’m there too! :D ) 10% of donations will go to NY ESA.
This is a prime example of creating your own opportunities as an artist (of any kind). I’m doing freelance social media marketing for others, and am coordinating some events for my clients, which got me thinking I should “level up” my own game in terms of marketing on and off line. So I googled around for any surf events going on and this one appeared. I emailed the organizer just to see if I could participate somehow and here we are! You just never know! It never hurts to ASK. The worst someone could say is “no.”
At this event, I’m hoping to get more people interested in my AER HEAD comic and Patreon. I’m also curious about the event vibe, as there is a scene at the end of AER HEAD #1 at a surf competition. Research! And also fun! One challenge will be to keep all my prints and paper free of sand and water droplets. Yay for Krystal Seal protectors! Also wrapping everything in plastic. Super pumped for this event! Oh and the site for NY ESA says there is another “craft-vendor” fair on the board walk, but I’m NOT part of that - I’ll be under a tent with the ESA team chilling on the beach!
The “flash sketches” will be of similar detail to this “ROCK LOBSTER” doodletune I did recently (so many people loved in on instagram - if you’re not already following me there I’m @mindyindy_art . I’ll be drawing simple sharpie sketches of animals surfing, and you’ll see more examples on all my social media this week.
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!