The Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco is co-hosting a third year of CAM-JAM events with the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore. The event is on Sunday May 22, 2011 from 11am to 5pm and the theme will be… ANIMATION.

Yes, you heard that right! Our challenge will be to produce 30 seconds of DIY animation goodness that will use technology and old school art skills together to make something cool. We will have stations to do: Flipbooks, Wipe Board Animation and Sketchbook Animation.

The technique that is most intriguing is the Sketchbook Animation inspired by the short film Nosy Bear. The technique is to draw all the art for a couple seconds of animation in your sketchbook which is then composited on the computer into a short video.

The sample in this technique used in our trailer below was drawn on 4 pages of art on 8.5″x11″ card stock in about 2.5 hours and then about 2 to 2.5 hours scanning and compositing the work together. Here are the results…

CAM-JAM 2011- No1 Animation Jam – Sunday May 22, 2011 at the Cartoon Art Museum from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

So come on out and join a bunch of crazy cartoonist and make some animation. Artist of all levels are welcome.
The final work will be posted here on my blog after the event.

On May 22, 2011 the Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco and the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore will be kicking off the third year of CAM-JAM’s, cartoonist collaboration events. The CAM-JAM’s have tried different themes in the past such as Tikis and Samurais, but this time we will go with something a bit more challenging…Animation. With a mix of old school drawing goodness and desk top video technology we will attempt to collaborate and create 30 seconds of animation within the length of the event from 11am to 5pm.

Will you come and join us?

When: Sunday May 22, 2011
11am to 5pm
Where: Cartoon Art Museum – 655 Mission St San Francisco CA
Cost: FREE for participating artists
What to bring: Sketchbook and any drawing tools that you like. There will be materials available to use at the event, but it’s always fun to share how you like to draw with your fellow artists.

The event will feature…

– Wipe Board animation – filmed with a digital camera and stop motion software artist will create animation by drawing on that office favorite the wipe board.
– Flipbooks
– “sketchbook” animation – inspired by the technique used on the short film animated “Nosy Bear” created with small drawings on a few pages of a sketchbook that are then composite digitally.
– Samples of animation by local artists
– Prizes
– Networking
– Treats
– Fun

Our hope is that cartoonist and artist of all caliber will join in the fun and help create animation on-the-spot.

To sign-up ahead of time, email the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore at bookstore@cartoonart.org or sign-in the day of the event at the front desk

BONUS: ANY ARTIST who shows their sketchbook on the day of the event will receive 10% off their purchase in the museum bookstore. Note: a few items are not applicable for discount.

For more information or questions contact:
Brian Kolm from the Cartoonist Conpiracy – staff@atomicbearpress.com
Heather at the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore – bookstore@cartoonart.org

CAMJAM11-animationMiniposter


The San Francisco cel of the Cartoonist Conspiracy will be meeting tomorrow night on April 14, 2011 at the Borderland Cafe on Valencia St.

The Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco meets the Second and Forth Thrusday of each month and provides a way for cartoonists and illustrators to meet, network, collaborate, share, bond, connect and such. So bring your projects, materials, and creativity and join us.

Why not come by and join us.

Time: 6:30 to 9/10

Where: Borderland Cafe

870 Valencia St (between Cunningham Pl & 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
(415) 970-6998
http://borderlands-cafe.com/


Well folks, Happy New Year. Come out and draw with your fellow cartoonist in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can collaborate, jam, chat, compare notes, work on a project or anything you like.

Where/When:
January 13
January 27

at the Borderland Cafe at 6:30 pm to 9/10ish. That’s the Second and Fourth Thursday of the month BTW.

870 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 970-6998 ‎

What to bring: Art Materials, creativity, money to buy drinks and treats.

Who can come: any artist who wants too!

Hope you can come.


Well folks, another year of cartooning has come and gone and it’s time for the last comic jam of the year. That means it’s time for a bit of seasonal cheer and our 3rd annual Cheap Ass White White Elephant Exchange where you get to share Cartoonist Friendly things you don’t want or need anymore and get something new in exchange.

We’ll also be giving Alan and the amazing staff at Borderland Cafe a break and going back to our old haunt at the Church St. Cafe.

The evening will also have our second annual art exchange and a snack/meal/supper at a nearby restaurant afterward.

So, here is the scoop.

WHEN Thursday December 9th, 2010

—6:30 PM Church Street Cafe
http://www.yelp.com/biz/church-street-cafe-san-francisco

note: we don’t have reserved tables and seating, so if you are the
first one there you might want to grab a few tables and chairs for us
to use.

260 Church St
(between 15th St & Market St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro

a short walk from the MUNI subway and street cars BTW.

— 7:15 Cheap Ass White Elephant gift exchange

Time to get rid of your Comic Books, Graphic Novels, usable art
supplies, how-too books, and other things that you don’t want or need
anymore and a fellow artist will love. Just wrap them in the most
festive and cheap ass wrapping you can find and bring them along.
Anyone who brings a gift, gets a gift!

—8:00 Art Exchange

Create small masterpieces of art for your artist friends. That means
everyone goes home with original art.

— 9:00 Sparky’s for a late night snack/supper.

It’s just two doors down from the Church St. Cafe

So, come and celebrate the season at the last Cartoonist Conspiracy
Comic Jam of 2010!


Today Thursday October 28, 2010 is our Fourth Thursday Comic Jam at the the Borderland Cafe. (We will also have one on the Second Thursday)

It’s at the Borderland Cafe on Valencia St. in San Francisco. 6:30pm to 9/10pm.

So come on by and share notes and talk about your personal projects and join in a collaborative comic project too.


Hey all, just a reminder that APE is going to be THIS WEEKEND October 16-17 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco CA.

APE is going to be larger then previous years with lots of great small/indy publishers, artists, DIY, and other coolness. Of course you can also meet many of the Cartoonist Conspiracy SF at APE too:

Jeff Walker (Manny Fiori/ Brie Spielman) #732
No Cash Comics #737
Brian Kolm (Cartoon Art Museum) #239
Mike Hales #coming
The Bunny System #538
Melaina Comics #641

Coming back to San Francisco on October 16 and 17 at the Concourse Exhibition Center (located at 635 8th Street), APE offers comics fans an event focused on creativity and devoted to the output of indie cartoonists, artists, and publishers doing the thing they love most. With over 5,000 attendees in 2009, APE remains the premiere alternative comics and publishing show in the nation.

CAM Alternative Press Expo Party: Storytime! and Graphic Details

Saturday, October 16, 2010, 8:00-11:00pm

Sliding Scale: $5 – $20

The Cartoon Art Museum hosts a fun-filled evening of Storytime! and Graphic Details on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 8:00-11:00pm in celebration of the 2010 Alternative Press Expo (APE). Special guests include featured artists from the Cartoon Art Museum’s Storytime! exhibition Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile!). Also appearing will be Amy Martin (The Single Girls), whose work appears in the current Small Press Spotlight. Popular syndicated cartoonist Keith Knight (The Knight Life, The K Chronicles), cartoonists Jon “Bean” Hastings (Smith Brown Jones: Alien Accountant, Haunted Mansion) and Rich Koslowski (Three Geeks, Geeksville), will also be in attendance. An updated list of party guests can be found at the Museum’s booth at the Alternative Press Expo.

Admission for the event is on a sliding scale, from $5 to $20, with guests encouraged to donate whatever they can to support the Cartoon Art Museum.

All proceeds from this reception will benefit The Cartoon Art Museum, a non-profit educational museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of original cartoon art in all its forms.


This Thursday October 14, 2010 is out Second Thursday Comic Jam at the the Borderland Cafe. (We will also have one on the Fourth Thursday on October 28, 2010.)

It’s at the Borderland Cafe on Valencia St. in San Francisco. 6:30pm to 9/10pm.

So come on by and share notes and talk about your personal projects and join in a collaborative comic project too.

I am guessing there will be talk of APE.


Thanks to our own Doc Pop we have two locations for 24 Hour Comic Book Day: Mission: Comics and Art in San Francisco and Comic Relief in Berkeley.

The 24 Hour Comic Book Day challenge is where you have to create a 24 page comic in 24 hours. You can do this at any time and any place, but it is sure more fun with other artists?

But spaces are limited, so sign up today!

Doc writes:

If you haven’t made a 24 Hour Comic yet, I highly recommend it. Of course, anyone can make a 24 Hour Comic whenever they want, but there’s nothing better than hanging out in a room full of cartoonists as they slave away on their comics! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Also, if you know any other comic book shops in the Bay that may be interested in hosting 12 cartoonists for 24 hours, please let me know.

The event will run from 11 am Saturday October 2 to 11 am Sunday October 11 am.

Find out more and sign up at: http://www.docpop.org/2010/09/sign-up-for-24-hour-comic-book-day-in-sf/

Here is the awesome poster by local artist Josh Ellingson

24 Hour Comic Book Day Flyer art


Our next comic jams are on:

This Thursday September 9, 2010 is out Second Thursday Comic Jam at the the Borderland Cafe. (We will also have one on the Fourth Thursday on Sept 23, 2010.)

It’s at the Borderland Cafe on Valencia St. in San Francisco. 6:30pm to 9/10pm.

So come on by and share notes and talk about your personal projects and join in a collaborative comic project too.


Tonight we have a comic jam at the Borderland Cafe in San Francisco. 6:30.

Come and join us.




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