2015-05-03 Introducing the 1st annual San Francisco Comics Festival #SFCF2015

San Francisco Comic Festival 2015
Introducing the NEW San Francisco Comic Festival, a week long celebration of the art of Comic Book in the city of San Francisco. The event runs from Sunday May 3rd to Sunday May 10th, 2015. If you love the art of Comics and you are in/around San Francisco, this event is for you.

The SF Comics Fest is a celebration of San Francisco comics culture: Past, present, and future. Festival events seek to highlight four aspects of our vibrant Bay Area comics community:

Our rich history of artistic rebellion and comics innovation
Our unique intersection of cultural influences shared among today’s Bay Area cartoonists
Our commitment to comics education
Our responsibility to shape the future of comics through technology in a positive and equitable way

In a time when San Francisco has lost much of it’s culture in the last handful of years to economic change, it’s exciting to see a new event that is stepping up to fill the loss of our major conventions. This inaugural year will have lectures, demonstrations, costume contests and readings in bookstores, libraries, bar and clubs, and museums all over San Francisco (and Berkeley too).

For my part I am organizing the 30 for 3oth Mini-Comic Challenge at the Cartoon Art Museum on Saturday May 9th. MORE INFO HERE Were going to make 30 or more small format comics by the end of the day (with your help)!

But there are lots of other cool events happening through out the week. I have listed them below, but you can find out more at the SFCF Event Page!

Sunday, May 3

- Kids’ Drawing Workshop @ Comix Experience Outpost
- See the largest comic book ever published! @ Mission: Comics and Art
- Mangaka: The Fast and Furious Game of Drawing Comics! @ Cartoon Art Museum
- Bay Area Queer Cartoonists @ The Center for Sex and Culture
- The Fantastic Ladies Comics Club presents a Red Sonja Q&A with Gail Simone @ Fantastic Comics

Monday, May 4

- California College of the Arts Student Comics Fair @ Escapist Comics
- Mission: Comics & Art Creator Meetup: When Buddha beats Batman; a comics practice with Mark Badger

Tuesday, May 5

- Celebrating the San Francisco Underground @ Cartoon Art Museum
- Isotope University: Mastering crowdfunding with Alex Woolfson

Wednesday, May 6

_ Comix Experience Ladies Night – Science Edition

Thursday, May 7

- Comics 4 Comix @ Cartoon Art Museum
- Mission: Comic Book Club Monthly Meetup discusses Displaced Persons
- Beauty Bar Costume Dance Party!
- Two Cats talks Lumberjanes

Friday, May 8

- Academy of Art Cosplay Figure Drawing

Saturday, May 9

- 30 for 30th: Mini-Comics Challenge @ Cartoon Art Museum
- Isotope University: Writing for comics with Devin Grayson
- Bay Area’s Paint Pens Collective and Never Ending Radical Dude present QUICK DRAW SF! @ F8

Sunday, May 10

Family Comics Day @ San Francisco Public Library, Main Library


Drawing Amazing Adventures in Castro Valley, CA

This past Saturday I taught a cartooning/drawing class inspired by Role Playing Games (RPG’s like Pathfinders and Dungeons and Dragons) at the busy and lovely Castro Valley Library. The workshop mixes basic drawing techniques with randomization and decision making.

If you would like to schedule this themed workshop for your Library, School, Group, or a private lessons… find out more HERE. The class would work well with adults as well and could be fun for a birthday party too.

Drawing Amazing Adventures class with Brian Kolm


2015-05-09 SFCF: 30 for 30th Mini-Comic Challenge at the Cartoon Art Museum

NOTE: I am organizing this event and will be on hand to help people make a mini-comic.

Cartoon Art Museum to Celebrate 30 Years with
Mini-Comics Challenge
Saturday, May 9
th, 2015

San Francisco, CA:  The Cartoon Art Museum is joining forces with the newly announced SF Comics Fest and featured guests, local creators Ellis Kim and Nathan Vargas. Together they will host a community event to encourage the public to dive into comic creation as part of the Cartoon Art Museum’s 30th anniversary celebrations this year. The goal will be to help the public create at least 30 mini-comics in one day at the museum on Saturday May 9th, 2015 from 11:30am to 5pm.


It’s always important that there are opportunities where artists of all levels, kids and adults, can come and collaborate together, to find a love for the art of cartooning,” said artist and volunteer organizer Brian Kolm. “Everyone can create a comic and express themselves,” Kolm added.

30 for 30th: Mini-Comics Challenge

The Cartoon Art Museum will attempt to bring in the public to create 30 mini-comics in one day to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Demonstrations, creative coaching and materials provided.


The museum’s featured guests, Nathan Vargas and Ellis Kim, will help introduce participants to the process of make 4-8 page mini-comics. Vargas will be demonstrating his writers’ block game, MTheory, to get participants started. Kim will walk through different techniques as well as presenting his own comics work, “Time Fiddler.” Plus, organizer Brian Kolm and other community volunteer cartoonists will be on hand to help you complete your very own mini-comic to take home.

Where: Cartoon Art Museum – 655 Mission St, San Francisco CA
When: Saturday, May 9th

Time: 11:30am to 5pm
All ages are welcome




Nathan Vargas is the creator of “MTheory” (mtheorycards.com), a card game for writers. He’s also co-organizes for 24-Hour Comics Day and Blitz Comics. He’s dedicated to help people break through their creative barriers, so he started “The Order of United Artists and Creators in San Jose, CA”, a team charter with over 200 members, which provides free resources and workshops for creators.


Ellis Kim is an illustrator based in Alameda. He teaches at the Alameda Free Library and tables at various conventions in California. In 2013 Ellis hitchhiked the US to find inspiration for “Time Fiddler,” a comic about a modern introverted teenage girl, Sam, who gets trapped in the nightmarish Cretaceous period and meets a mysterious young time traveler. Find his comic at TimeFiddler.com


Brian Kolm is an artist and designer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He frequently teaches workshops at the Cartoon Art Museum, the Charles M. Schultz Museum, libraries and more. Details at AtomicBearPress.com

About The Cartoon Art Museum:
Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public. Please visit www.cartoonart.org for more information.

Cartoon Art Museum • 655 Mission Street • San Francisco, CA 94105 • 415-CAR-TOON • www.cartoonart.org
Hours:  Tues. – Sun. 11:00 – 5:00, Closed Monday
General Admission: $8.00 • Student/Senior: $6.00 • Children 6-12: $4.00 • Members & Children under 6: Free

The Cartoon Art Museum is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection,
preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms.


2015-04-25 San Rafael Library

Location: San Rafael Library
Website: http://srpubliclibrary.org/
Address: 1100 E Street (at 5th Avenue)
San Rafael, CA 94901
Date: 4-25-2015
Time: 2pm to 4pm


2015-04-11 Castro Valley Library – Drawing Amazing Adventurers (teens)

Drawing Amazing Adventurers

Attention Teens!!!! It’s time to design and draw Heroes, Wizards and Healers from lands of adventure! We will create a new adventurer based on role playing game dice rolls and then you will be challenged to design your own! So, come join us on a drawing quest and learn how to design fantasy characters all your own. Your drawing ‘dungeon master’ is artist Brian Kolm.

Limited Space Available. Registration is Required

Contact: Castro Valley Library (510) 667-7900

Location: CASTRO VALLEY BRANCH – Get Directions

Date / Time:
Saturday Apr 11, 2015
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

A cartooning class at an Alameda Country Library


2015-04-08 REACH program – Cherryland CA

A class on drawing and writing comics for members of the REACH program.


REACH youth center


2015-04-07 Newark CA Library – Drawing Superheroes – ages 10+


Superhero Cartoon Workshop

Superheroes are everywhere! We see them in comic books, movie blockbusters, TV shows, and video games. Come and learn in a 2 hour workshop from artist Brian Kolm of AtomicBearPress on how to draw your own superhero, including their pose, physique, costume and expression.


For ages 10 and up.

Registration required! Call 510-284-0682 or email Rmachetta@aclibrary.org to register as space is limited

Location: NEWARK BRANCH - Get Directions

Date / Time:
Tuesday Apr 7, 2015 – 4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM

A cartooning class at an Alameda Country Library


2015-04-04 Union City Library – Cartoon Drawing Workshop for Tweens

Cartoon Drawing Workshop for Tweens

Cartoonist and artist Brian Kolm will teach the basics of drawing your favorite fantasy hero!

Date / Time: Saturday Apr 4, 2015 – 2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM

Contact: Dennis Finnegan    (510) 745-1464
Location: Union City Library

A cartooning class at an Alameda Country Library

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