Sunday, October 12, 2008

24 Hour Comics 2008.

October 25th-26th, 2008. 12:00 PM start.
Comic Kazi will host a small group of artist, who will attempt to produce individual stories of 24 pages in 24 hours. This is a limited event, contact us if you would like to take part...via Maple Ink or Comic-Kazi.
Thank you.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

CCEE 2008

The BIG SHOW is on now...this is the one show to event for all comic and collector fans.

It keeps getting bigger and better.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Zuda Comics is Coming!

DC Comics and IBM are working together to form ZUDA comics. Web comic creators are given the opportunity to present their work to the public. Creators compete for a one year work contract. Comics are voted on by the public and chosen by the editors. Instant winners are also given spots.
More info on the link.


Saturday, February 17, 2007

MI Sketch Network!

MISN ( Maple Ink Sketch Network) has been launched. The simple idea is to provide a quick way to inform creators , of upcoming meetings for sketches and meets. There are no set times or locations. Notices my be sent out the day of the meet , or advance postings may occur.

Everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to participate contact me by PM on the Maple Ink Forum.


G. Gerald Garcia.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

February Drawing Challenge 2007

It's on again. The challenge is to do one drawing a day for the month of February. There are currently nine MICers taking this on, but everone is welcome to join us. Here are some of the images so far:

More can be seen at the forum , under COMIC JAMS & ONLINE ACTIVITIES. Check it out everyday.


Sunday, January 07, 2007

Comic Workshops @ the Calgary Public Library.

I am happy to announce this year’s series of Comic workshop programs by Maple Ink members James Davidge, Nick Johnson and myself. Everyone is welcome to assist and or participate. I would like to see as many of us get out there and help out aspiring creators. Thank you.

More information can be found at or call 260-2600.


April 21, 1 – 3:00 p.m. Central - Meeting room #1,

April 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Forest Lawn


January 11, 6:30 – 8:30p.m. Village Square

January 22, 6:30 – 8:30p.m. Country Hills -

March 12 , 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. GLENMORE

March 24, 1 – 3:00 p.m. Forest Lawn

April 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Crowfoot

April 14, 1 – 3 p.m. Central -- Meeting Room #1

April 28, 10:00 a.m. – Noon Shaganappi


February 13th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM Southwood Library

February 24th, 10:30 to 12:30 PM Memorial Park Library

March 24th, 2:00 to 4:00 PM Glenmore Square Library

Done to Death DONE!

The five issue mini series from Andrew Foley and Fiona Staples has wrapped up. A tradepaper back may be sometime in the future. Look out for COWBOYS AND ALIENS, co-written by Foley, out on store shelve now. There will be more stories coming from the F crew.

CCEE 2007!

Sunday, April 29th will be the second annual Comic & Entertainment Expo, which will be held at the Calgary Stampede / Round Up Center.
Get your tickets early online for $10.00 ($15.00 at the door) and get in faster to the show. Guest line up will continue to grow check the CCEE website for updates.

SKETCH GROUPS: Drawn Together!

There are several opportunities to get your drawing/sketching fix in Calgary. The Pallette at ART CENTRAL host MIC sketch groups on Sunday afternoons after 1 PM and on the first Thursday of the month.
Everyone is welcome, come and join us when you can.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Post 2006 24HC Challenge.

Over 20 participants took part in the 24 Hour Comics challenge in Calgary. 18 completed their 24 page comic in under and over 24 hours. Ones completed after the given time are dubbed "valliant efforts" or "noble attempts". A post event report by individual creators can be seen HERE.

A huge thanks to Wes, Mary Ann ,CK staff, sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible. Photos will be up soon at the Comic-Kazi site.

Many of us will be participating again next year, dates are still to be announced.


Saturday, August 26, 2006

Team Death Signings!

Issue #2 of DONE TO DEATH should be out by the end of August. Creators Andrew Foley and Fiona Staples , will be at Happy Harbor Comics and Toys on September 2nd to meet a growing number of fans. Edmonton, Saturday 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Happy Harbor 10112-124 St Upper Level (780) 452-8211. (Update Aug 27th: This Event will be re-scheduled due to late shipment)

Issue #1 is a hard book to find. Ask your comic retailer about future issues.

Andrew Foley will be at WORD ON THE STREET with Red Skull Comics, this October.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

24 Hour Comics Challenge 2006.

Can you create a 24 page comic in 24 hours?

October 7th 2006, will be the next Challenge Day. Canadian event host this year are: Elfsfar in Vancouver, Happy Harbor in Edmonton, Comic-Kazi in Calgary and two stores in Ontario: The Artel and Gemini Jetpack.

If there are no host for this event in your area, get it started. More information at the 24 HC Day website- click on the sidebar link .

Calgary (403)286-0544
Edmonton (780) 452-8211
Vancouver (604) 688-5922
Waterloo (519) 746-1527


Friday, July 14, 2006

What's Happening Summer 2006!

Saturday July 15th, Comic-Kazi will be having their Grand Opening.There will be BBQ burgers,prizes and a few costumed guests.
Vicious Ambitious will also be in attendance(Cocksure Johnnies: Conor, Nick and Vince will have COMIC JAM WAR to sign at the store). Dario Carrasco and Konsequential Studios(TBA) may be dropping by.

Saturday, August 12th, X-FEST will be at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Hall. Featuring on comics , toys and gaming. Local comic artist will also be in attendance.

August 11th to 13th, Conversion will be taking place at the BEST WESTERN HOSPITALITY INN (Macleod Tr. South and Southland Dr.) This should appeal to Science Fiction & Fantasy fans of books, TV and film. Jeremy Bullock (SW: Boba Fett) is one of the guests.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Comic Craze in Banff!

Submitted by James Davidge
Comic Craze at the Banff Center of the Arts, features over 400 samples of Canadian independant comics in a reading friendly environment. They have erected numerous pillars with shelves at various heights to display the comics with areas where people are encouraged to sit and read. It was pretty unique for a visual arts gallery space.
The exhibit runs until September 3rd,2006.
Two comic Jams are scheduled on June 1st and 15th at 7:00 PM.

More information HERE.

Friday, May 19, 2006

May Days & Blog Bites!

We are more than half way through MAY DAY,
the idea was to produce a drawing a day in the month of May. Several have taken on the challenge, but only the most dedicated( or have least to do) have been able to keep up the pace.

Spring time and Blogs are sprouting about.
Fiona and Vicious Ambitious are the latest to join us Bloggers.

Webcomics are also coming up! PENCILTOWN
and WARP 9 are the latest entries coming from Calgary.

Most of us MIC members will be at the Comic & Toy Expo at the Red & White Club on May 27th.
We hope to see you there.

We have a regular Comic Jam going every second Saturday, check the MIC forum
for the next scheduled meet.


Sunday, May 14, 2006

Process Junkie: Canada Rocks!

Process Junkie: Canada Rocks!

We were very happy to have met Alberto Ruiz at the CCEE in Calgary. We appreciate his kind words towards Calgary and our Fan community.

His articles in DRAW magazine is always something I look forward to. Draw is the magazine I direct many aspiring artist to, when they want to learn how things are done.

We hope to see him again in Calgary.

Thank you.


Monday, May 08, 2006


This was an amazing weekend for the comic community in Calgary! The Comic and Entertainment Expo was a success in many levels. There were a few glitches to be worked out, but with everything NEW that is to be expected. All the fans and especially most of our GUESTS were very happy to have attended our show.

My thoughts:

Our local artists: Out Of Mind Studios, Panday, Vicious Ambitious, Cats Paws, Rozencrantz...were happy to accommodate sketches and autographs and talk about comics and what they do. An ARTIST ALLEY sign would have helped. A gallery on the back wall, using photo copied images by the Artists in that section could have generated more interest in our work.

Volunteer staff should have offered to give single exhibitors a relief for washroom and food/drink breaks. The banana bread was much appreciated and great advertising for COCO BROOKS.

A portfolio review section staffed by volunteer artists or writers on a rotating basis would have made many aspiring talent happy. Getting feedback on work can encourage more local talent.

The publicity and attendance was phenominal, it was an hour to get in through the doors.
The people in costumes gave it a public and show appeal, giving it a festival atmosphere. This could have been extended to interior decorations with posters and media slides on the walls. Something to fill up all the empty space of black curtains on booth dividers, and table skirting or cloths to hide the dealer’s boxes, would have given the show a more professional look.

Turnstiles should have been placed at the doors to take a better count on attendance. Two or three doors for admission would have helped alleviate the long line-ups. Security personal may have to be considered to watch the extra doors.

I never got to see if there was a FREE table set up, usually publishers would have poster giveaways and loot bags to hand out, a perfect opportunity for advertising and getting show sponsors. A FREE program book could have been arranged with the Calgary Sun or local printers. Advertising space could generate extra funding. The local talent should be more involved in the show books; many of us were asked if we (artists) contributed to the charity book.

Sponsors should be contacted as early as possible for the next show. A volunteer committee may have to be expanded to take on more of the challenges of organizing such a big show.

Expectations are high for the next show, would you volunteer to make it better?

Please feel free to comment here, or for MIC members on this thread.

I will pass this on to the CCEE.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Cocksure Johnnies...Done to Death!

The winners have been announced for 2006 JAM WAR,

We congratulate The Cocksure Johnnies (Vince, Conor & Nick) for coming in the "Honorable Mention" category. Their story will be included in the Jam War Compilation.

Comics Jam War is a standard-comics-sized 64 page squarebound black and white book with a cover price of $6.99. It appears on page 210 of the May Previews, item code MAY06 2757.

ABOUT COMICS also published The 24-Hour Comic Day Highlights 2005 book, which been nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Anthology.

Our member Fiona Staples has a story included in that collection.

Another 24HCD veteran Andrew Foley,teamed up with Fiona to create DONE TO DEATH.
D2D is a comic mini series coming out from MARKOSIA PUBLISHING.The Diamond Order Code for DONE TO DEATH #1 is MAY063281.