A whole bunch of our esteemed (and not so esteemed) members have piped up in support of Ali's suggestion that we have a gathering. If I had known there'd be so much enthusiasm for this, maybe I'd have tried to organize something sooner.
We've heard from Ali Marceau, Chris Fason, Jamison Harper, Mark Martin, Joe Attaway, Brandon McCullar, Christopher Davis, Kirk Creel, Tim Rocks, Andrew Willmore, Sam McDavid, Derek Anderson, and Pat Snow. They didn't ALL say they'd try to make it, but a bunch of them did.
Let's do a Saturday afternoon at 3:00. That way, we might get more folks who work weekdays. I have to go to the darn beach for a week, from maybe the 13th to the 20th or something. So let's say Saturday, June 27th, at 3pm. Anybody got a huge problem with that? Comment in the comments below, or send me an email.
Here's what you might see when you arrive:
Let's consider this a stand alone event, for now. If we get a good group and have a lot of fun, we can turn it into a monthly get together or something. Later, people can try to rally cartooneestas for zoo trips, figure drawing classes, or whatever else.
Everybody bring your sketchbooks or sketches, so we can look at each other's stuff. And make sure you have some blank pages in there, so we can draw stuff, and draw in each other's sketchbooks, or whatever we're going to do.
I think the tone should be very informal, and we should all just shake hands, grin, and crap like that. If anybody wants to get on a soapbox and make an announcement or a speech, that's allowed. But others are allowed to throw vegetables, etc.
So let's talk more about possible locations. Folks have mentioned: The Hoover library, Greencup Books, maybe?, the downtown library, Chinatown restaurant (Southside), Taj India (Southside), Bottletree, Kingdom Comics, or Southern Progress. Let's keep thinking, and hopefully we can settle on something soon.