Suggestion for regular forum content

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Suggestion for regular forum content

Postby matt g on Tue Jun 21, 2005 9:53 am

Hey Folks,

Ok, so we've got our own forum here, we should probably make an effort to keep it alive and relevant.

Given we're always missing a couple of people from each meetup, I'm suggesting we all make an effort to keep a thread on our own projects going each month, perhaps something along the lines of, say after each meeting, scanning all the pages we've drawn in the last month, scanning any sketchbook stuff we've done, writing samples, thoughts / ideas about how we've done over the last month etc.

I'm thinking along the lines of an online version of what we do in the show & tell / review part of the meetup, but perhaps with a chance for more considered self reflection given you don't have the immediate audience etc.

We've also got to get a thread with photos from the meetings / meeting reports etc (thanks so far Maggie & Jozef)

What do people think? If we can be diligent about it, we should be getting at least 6-8 new threads from creators alone each month.

Ideas, comments, suggestions?

Oh, another thing I think was talked about last week was getting a dedicated IRC channel running, but that would depend on how many people are willing to use it regularly - nothing worse than tumbleweeds and empty streets :)

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Postby Jozef on Thu Jun 23, 2005 6:40 pm

Hey Matt,

All great points. It would be fun to see that we can spread out in this or similar fashion, all within the comfort zone of each and every group member.

I'll start a thread sometime soon for my work that I'm doing as my Mentor/Mentee project. I don't know if I'll upload everything of what I'm doing, for I'm not too keen on some of it being online till it's more developed, and it is easier to show the work in the group atmosphere and then hide it away, never to see published light in that form till it is bettered. I will probably be happier to show here a selected sample of what I'm doing each month, rather then everything I've done. Plus, I want some surprises left for the work when it sees publication.

One of the benefits of the group is the intimate atmosphere to share the delicate expressions of creation as it is being formed, not all of us will necessarily want to showcase our work at this early development.

The space here that Maggie has kindly given to us to explore is a great support. There are fantastic online versions of the mentor mentee currently on the net and they look at the work created in an international arena, but the face to face small group interaction of the actual meeting for the group is where the source magic lies for me.

We also have a great group email option where we can share finished pages in a more private viewing circle of the Mentor/Mentee attendees.

I can see that these individual creator threads will be a place to inspire each and every one of us to have some finished work each month. So I'm all for it.
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so new people always welcome?

Postby micma on Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:12 am

i was wondering if someone wanted to drop by on the first tuesday of every month. Do some of the more established guys help out with guys who are getting into the area or have problem areas? what if all the menors have their hands full with a little crew of their own that they're helping, is it come back next month? how far have some of the works progressed now that the mentors have become involved? can we see a before and after. by the way i think that what you guys are doing is great.
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Postby Jozef on Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:16 pm

Hey Micma,

In the group there are some that have been published (whether self-published or by a publisher) and some that have not been published that want to. There is always space for new people. We find that there is a core group that commits to visit every meeting, and others that choose to come in every other meeting or so. Either way works for the individual and the group.

The Mentor and the Mentee role is constantly changing and swapping for the individual in the group as we discuss each project as it is presented. Sometimes I'm the mentor, sometimes I'm the mentee, and that is how it is for each member. There are great lessons of life that we can all learn from each other. We all come by problem areas in our work, and the group helps out with each problem, opening it up for discussion to solve it. Every meeting for me personally has been a creative jump start, which has been a great experience. I believe everyone that comes takes home something that focusses their creativity for their work.

I do a report of each meeting in the main body of the "Sydney Creators Meetup" in a thread called the "Mentor/Mentee Get Together in CBD Sydney". Currently it is up to 6 pages long with entries, but the latest entries will have the current progress report on everyones projects.

As to seeing the work in a before and after presentation, it is still best to come to the meetings and see the progress there, live. Putting artwork online these days means that the work is therefore essentially published electronically, as to whether one of the Mentor/Mentee group members wish to put their work online in an unfinished state is a personal decision for each individual of the group. I personally prefer to keep the art and story off line, and share it at the meetings.

Thanks for your support Micma,
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Re: Suggestion for regular forum content

Postby maxint on Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:04 am

Hi all,
I've been tagging along to the group meetings when I can and keep scratchings like interesting links to cool stuff that people have found online. We might be work-shopping someones project and someone will recommend a link. Here are some I had written in the back of my sketchbook:
http://www.scottmccloud.com/
http://www.onlinecomics.net
http://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/
http://sketchup.google.com/
http://www.comickingdom.com.au/
http://wordpress.org/
http://www.lulu.com/ Self publishing.
http://comixpress.com/ Self publishing.
http://www.spreadshirt.net T-shirt printing
http://www.cafepress.com/ T-shirt printing

Some others don't exist anymore but you might be able to find cached sites for these pre-historic sites somehow:
http://www.e-sheep.com
http://www.dotcomics.marvel.com
My take on this group is that you can be a mentor one minute and a mentee the next so it's pretty much a round table discussion. It also got me over any hesitations for sharing my sketchbook about which was a pleasing result I didn't see coming. And it also demystifies a lot of the 'craft' of comics like inking, vector vs raster packages, work flows from thumbnails to clean line to scans to inks to colours to fonts and word balloons etc. I took a lap top along one week and Rachel sorted me out with how to render a particular set of vector shapes in Illustrator. took her a couple of minutes but I had been at it for a whole evening without any joy. Take a bow Rachel.
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