Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Salty 'Ham Slam 12 - On Reflection

Our twelfth official council was severely pleasant.  We were at the J again, and we had a chipper group: Tim RocksFrank CummingsTim SpinosiBen Faucher, and Ed Abernathy.  And we welcomed first-timers Jennie Cole and Sean Finn.  And non-member guests Fred Jarmon and Brad Strickland.  And there was me, Chris Garrison.

Left to right: Tim Spinosi, Sean Finn, and Frank Cummings

Tim Rocks assists aspiring cartoonists by modeling his perfect, cartoony thumb joints ... 
while at the same time eating feta cheese on a rice cake.  Yecch!

Left to right: Fred Jarmon, Ben Faucher, and Brad Strickland.

Jennie Cole, hard at work.  She was dolled up, because she had a hot date after the slam!  True story.

The usually present but seldom photographed Ed Abernathy.

I forgot to take a picture of myself, so just trust me when I say I looked phenomenal.

Everybody discussed computer programming, the looming death of newspaper comics, the foibles of Cartoon Network execs, and all the other stuff cartoonists love to talk about.  Then we got down to some drawing.

Frank Cummings drew this ghoul from Irish folklore: The Snicker-Snee.

Then Frank Cummings drew this disturbing illustration, based on a brutal tale told by Ed Abernathy.

I drew a few quick and lazy caricatures:

Chris Garrison's attempt at Sean Finn.

 Chris Garrison's attempt at Tim Spinosi.

And we even tried a couple of comic jams:

Fortune Teller credits:  
panel 1 by Chris Garrison; panel 2 by Tim Spinosi; panel 3 by Tim Rocks; panel 4 by Brad Strickland; panel 5 by Ben Faucher.

Mystery Box credits:
panel 1 by Chris Garrison; panel 2 by Jennie Cole; panel 3 by Fred Jarmon; panel 4 by Sean Finn; panel 5 by Frank Cummings; panel 6 by Chris Garrison.  Why is it that boxes always turn out to have heads in them?

As usual, we snacked on Oreos, Nutter Butters, and Chips, Ahoy! cookies.  Then, Ben and Jennie got into an arm-wrestling match.  Unfortunately she broke both his arms and, inexplicably, one leg!  He was rushed to the nearest hospital.  Well, not rushed, exactly.  Let's just say transported.  For those of you who missed it, you really should have been there!

All tolled, 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) (official members and invited guests only, please)

Oh, and you can look back at previous slams, here:

View to a Hill

Welcome another new recruit to the Salty 'Hams roster: Michael Hill!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Salty 'Ham Slam - reminder

Hey, SHC members, don't forget -- Our 12th Salty 'Ham Slam is coming up soon. If you didn't receive your email alerting you to the secret time and place, then please email me.

I'm hoping we'll have a good group this time around, but that can only happen if YOU arrive with bells on. Comment below (or email me) to let us all know if you're coming. Perhaps your enthusiasm will be contagious, encouraging others to show up as well.

Read about the fun we had at SLAM 1SLAM 2SLAM 3SLAM 4SLAM 5SLAM 6SLAM 7SLAM 8, SLAM 9, SLAM 10, and SLAM 11 -- then imagine that, only better!

... so, who's coming?