What is Radiator Comics Studio?

Radiator Comics Studio a series of programming and publications dedicated to supporting and growing the cartooning community in South Florida. Our mission is to empower and encourage anyone with the desire to express themselves through the medium of sequential art to build the resources they need to achieve their goals.

Our programming is presented live via Zoom, and then saved on our YouTube channel.
Please join us online for the following programming events.
More details are available on our Events Page.

Upcoming Events at a Glance

• Every Friday from 4:00 – 6:00pm EST
Open Studio drop in work sessions for you to work on your own comics in the presence of others.

• Tuesday, February 16, 2021 8:00 – 9:00pm EST Spiny Orb Weaver No. 1 Release Event, Featuring Miss Jaws and Tana Oshima!

• Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:00 – 6:30pm EST Cartoonist Coffee, casual small-group conversations for comics-makers of all experience levels.

• Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:00 – 4:00pm EST Hands On: Drawing Dairy Comics Demonstration with Summer Pierre!

• Sunday, March 7, 2021 5:00 – 6:30pm EST Cartoonist Coffee, casual small-group conversations for comics-makers of all experience levels.

• We are currently accepting requests for copies of Sun and Sand Comic Anthology!

Hands On

A semi-monthly demonstration series on how practicing cartoonists make comics! At each “comics cooking show,” you’ll learn from a comics-maker about an aspect of their craft.


Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:00pm EST
Hands On: Drawing Diary Comics
with Summer Pierre

Acclaimed cartoonist Summer Pierre will demonstrate her daily diary comic practice, and talk about the benefits of self-reflection and drawing every day!
Register for this free event at https://forms.gle/w6nq3YoLWHygwVf36

Archived Hands On

These programs can be viewed on YouTube

Building Your Zine with Neil Brideau, February 13, 2021
Self-publishing cartoonist Neil Brideau demonstrates how he takes his final artwork and turns it into a publication with just a photocopier, household items, and some math!

Neighbors

We interview organizations of interest to the South Florida Cartooning Community! Learn about your neighbors, and how you can utilize their services to help your comics!

Archived Neighbors

These programs can be viewed on YouTube
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Preserving Your Legacy with Jenny Robb, February 9, 2021
Curator and Associate Professor, Jenny Robb presents the Top Ten Things You Can Do To Preserve Your Legacy!

SPF Small Press Fair Fort Lauderdale, November 10, 2020
with Ingrid Schindall of IS Projects and Sarah Michelle Rupert of Girls’ Club. They’re also 2/3 of Tropic Bound.

Nuts & Bolts

Practical discussions between comics writers and artists about cartooning methods. Learn how local cartoonists write, draw, and publish their comics through presentations and conversations.

Archived Nuts & Bolts

These programs can be viewed on YouTube

Writing II, December 8, 2020
with Iasmin Omar Ata, remus jackson, and Jarod Roselló!

Physical Inking, September 15, 2020
with Eric Bonhomme, Ana Hinojosa, Jayro Lantigua, and Drew Lerman

Digital Inking, September 8, 2020
with Diego A. Infante, Mar Julia, Isai Oviedo, and Carina Vo

Publishing, August 18, 2020
with Bear & Bee, Allison C.M., and Dale Zine!

Penciling, July 14, 2020
with remus jackson, Mar Julia, and Estrella Vega!

Writing, June 30, 2020
with Carrie Bear & Lulu Bee, Drew Lerman, Jamila Rowser, and Luke Stuart!

Story Development, June 16, 2020
with Jessica Garcia, remus jackson, Jayro Lantigua, and Jarod Roselló!

Radiator Comics Conversations

Radiator Comics invites a new host for each installment of Radiator Comics Conversations to craft a panel on the topic of their choosing with the guests of their choosing.

Archived Conversations

These programs can be viewed on YouTube
•Crossing the Panel Border: Multidisciplinary Cartoonists, September 1, 2020
Marc Bell, Tana Oshima, and Matthew Thurber in Conversation with Drew Lerman.

•From Rags to (TV) Pitches, The Winding Road from Indie Publishing to Commercial “Success,” July 21, 2020
Kate Beaton & Morgan Murray in Conversation with Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr

Cartoonist Coffee

Our monthly Sunday social event for cartoonists! We use Zoom’s breakout room function to split participants into small groups for 15-minute open-ended conversations. Attendees can expect to paricipate in roughly five conversations over the course of the event. You’re encouraged to bring a beverage of your choice for the event!

Our next Cartoonist Coffees:

Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:00 – 6:30pm
Sunday, March 7, 2021 5:00 – 6:30pm
Sunday, March 21, 2021 5:00 – 6:30pm

Cartoonist Coffee session are not recorded.
Click here to register for the next Cartoonist Coffee

Open Studio

Every Friday from 4:00 – 6:00pm EDT dedicate time to working on comics in this drop-in work session. The two hour program is broken up into four 20-minute silent work periods starting at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, and 5:30pm, with 10-minute breaks in between to stand up, stretch, grab water, and to socialize.
Open Studio sessions will not be recorded.
Click here by Noon on Friday to register for this week’s Open Studio!

More to come!

More programs and workshops will be announced as the year continues!

Publications

Spiny Orb Weaver

Spiny Orb Weaver is a comic arts journal highlighting cartooning in South Florida! For each issue, we commission a local cartoonist to draw a new comic. The comic is followed by an interview between the artist and Spiny Orb Weaver editor, Neil Brideau. Back pages are devoted to comics and essays by people who lived in Miami but now live somewhere else.

Issue 1 (January 2021) features Miss Jaws with a comic about social anxiety, and connecting with your neighborhood. Back up pages by Tana Oshima explore paradise in Miami.

Join us for a release event on zoom featuring Miss Jaws and Tana Oshima!
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 8:00pm EST
Register here for the free zoom link: https://forms.gle/TsrJEZCgwNL5VR29A

Spiny Orb Weaver is funded by The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by Oolite Arts.

Sun and Sand Comic Anthology

Radiator Comics teamed up with Black Josei Press to publish Sun and Sand Comic Anthology, a free showcase of ten comics by South Florida cartoonists. Sun and Sand can be read digitally online or on a PDF, or request a physical copy (while supplies last) at https://sunsandcomics.wordpress.com.

Support

Radiator Comics Studio is made possible through a Knight Arts Challenge Award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Spiny Orb Weaver is funded by by The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts award, presented by Oolite Arts.
Knight Foundation & Oolite Arts Logos

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