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Community Building

Radiator Comics Studio

What is Radiator Comics Studio?

Radiator Comics Studio a series of online programming and print publications dedicated to supporting and growing the cartooning community in South Florida and beyond. We believe in learning by doing and growing by making friends.

Programming

We currently schedule a number of peer-to-peer events that create opportunities for cartoonists of all experience levels to work on comics, discuss cartooning, and build friendships. These free events are held on Zoom. Upcoming events are listed on our Events page.

Open Studio

many hands drawing the words "open studio"Every Friday from 4:00 – 6:00pm EDT/1:00 – 3:00pm PDT 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 happens every Friday!

Open Studio sessions are NOT recorded.

Register for Open Studio at https://forms.gle/3LrNhMrazeuZyWKv6

Feedback Space


Join as we build a space to talk about craft and workshop our work together. Bring your comic works-in-progress for feedback in a supportive environment. Participants will split up into groups of 3-4 cartoonists to review work.

See when the next Feedback Space is taking place!

Feedback Space sessions are NOT recorded.

Register this free event at https://forms.gle/mi1s7grZRH6JJZfy7

Cartoonist Coffee

coffee and tea cups with images of drawing tools on themOur twice-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!

See when the next Cartoonist Coffee is taking place!

Cartoonist Coffee sessions are NOT recorded.

Register for Cartoonist Coffee at https://forms.gle/m9AnqumKGYAiq5247

Publications

Spiny Orb Weaver

Named after a charming and particularly decorative regional arachnid, Spiny Orb Weaver showcases cartoonists from South Florida. Through a new commissioned comic and interview, each issue highlights one voice in the local comics scene. The back-pages feature cartoonists who have moved from the region.

Spiny Orb Weaver No. 1 was published January 2021, featuring a comic Miss Jaws and back pages by Tana Oshima!
Watch our release event for Spiny Orb Weaver No. 1!

Spiny Orb Weaver No. 2 was published March 2021, featuring a comic by Drew Lerman, with back pages featuring a comic by Chris López, and an essay by Rob Clough.
Watch our release event for Spiny Orb Weaver No. 2!

Spiny Orb Weaver No. 3 was published May 2021, featuring a comic written by Jamila Rowser, with art by buttercup. Back-pages featured a conversation between remus jackson and Mar Julia.
Watch our release event for Spiny Orb Weaver No. 3!

Consider buying a subscription to the first three issues of Spiny Orb Weaver!

Sun and Sand Comic Anthology

Radiator Comics teamed up with Black Josei Press to release a free comic anthology featuring comics about South Florida by local cartoonists! Sun and Sand Comic Anthology features TEN great comics about the people, plants, and animals of the region!
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Archived Programming

From to June 2020 to August 2021 Radiator Comics Studio ran panel discussions and presentations by accomplished cartoonists from South Florida and across the country. These events were recorded and are archived on our YouTube channel.

Conversations

Radiator Comics invited 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. The goal was to break out of cookie-cutter panel topics, and allow cartoonists to follow their passions!

Hands On

snowman stapling a zineOur demonstration series on how practicing cartoonists make comics! These came in the form of “cooking shows,” in which cartoonists talked about aspects of making comics they’re focused on; or in the form of ADVICE panels, in which accomplished cartoonists answered your questions about making comics!

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!

Nuts & Bolts

robot thinking about the comic they are drawingPractical discussions between comics writers and artists who have connections to South Florida about cartooning methods. Learn how local cartoonists write, draw, and publish their comics through presentations and conversations.

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