I'd gone waaay too long without scheduling a Salty 'Ham Slam. Then, when Melissa Shultz-Jones and James Hill started talking about getting together to talk about tips and techniques, I said let's call it a Slam!
We had a big bunch: Tim Rocks, Ben Faucher, Ed Abernathy, Sam McDavid, James Hislope, Beverly Toole, and Christopher Davis. And we welcomed first-timers Kevin Van Hyning, Andrew Willmore, Melissa Shultz-Jones, James Hill, Jason Shoemaker, and Peyton Knight. And non-member guests Geoffrey Gwin, Lysa Shin, and Tobias Elmore. And Peyton brought along his friend Caroline, dressed up as a stunning, green lipsticked Poison Ivy! And there was me, Chris Garrison.
Am I leaving anybody out?
Far side, left to right: Lysa Shin, Andrew Willmore, Kevin Van Hyning, and Geoffrey Gwin. Kevin is talking about the roadkill armadillo he had for breakfast, and you can see
how uncomfortable it's making everyone.
Tobias Elmore (standing), and Melissa Shultz-Jones.
Everybody discussed their favorite pens, digital art-making, superhero movie-casting, complicated sexual positions, and all the other stuff cartoonists love to talk about. And we also drew a few comic jams.
panel 1 by Chris Garrison; panel 2 by Kevin Van Hyning; panel 3 by Benjamin Faucher; panel 4 by Melissa Shultz-Jones; panel 5 by Chris Garrison; panel 6 by Chris Davis.
Earth's Core credits:
panel 1 by Chris Garrison; panel 2 by Beverly Toole; panel 3 by Chris Davis; panel 4 by Kevin Van Hyning; panel 5 by Tim Rocks.
Box of Hulk credits:
panel 1 by Chris Garrison; panel 2 by Andrew Willmore; panel 3 by Geoffrey Gwin; panel 4 by Tim Rocks; panel 5 by Ben Faucher; panel 6 by James Hill; panel 7 by Kevin Van Hyning; panel 8 by Andrew Willmore.
As usual, we snacked on Oreos and Chips, Ahoy! cookies. Then, a masked gunman tried to rob the comic shop. But Melissa Shultz-Jones and Beverly Toole quickly formed a superhero team called Faygo & Fanta (I'm not going to reveal their secret identities by telling you which is which). Faygo & Fanta used their Super-Bubbly Fizz Powers to foil the heist in short order. For those of you who missed it, you really should have been there!
All told, everybody had fun at the slam, and there was much mingling. So join us, won't you, for the NEXT Salty 'Ham Slam! (as yet unscheduled)
Oh, and you can look back at previous slams, here: