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Comic Artist, Webcomic and Cartoonist MEETUP Groups Around the World

In late 2009 Sean Fidler and I became aquainted with Meetup.com. A site that allows you to coordinate meet and greets with like-minded folk in your local area. While we weren’t in groups with fellow writers and comic creators we did manage to meet some interesting and colorful characters.

Here’s a good description of what it is they do (taken from their website)

Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

It can be prohibitively expensive to make it out to a lot of conventions around the country (and planet). This shouldn’t stop you from networking. And while forums and social networks can bridge a lot of those gaps, nothing quite replaces meeting face to face.

Start Your Own Meetup Group if There Isn’t One in Your Area

If there are Meetup groups in your area then I’d highly advise you to check them out. Even if you do want to start one of your own you should probably see how others are run. There can be a lot of groundwork to be done when getting one of these off the ground. Meeting areas have to be sourced out and often they will come with a rental fee for the evening.

But if there is nothing that fits your area of interest and you want to bring like-minded people together you may have to start your own Meetup Group.

I decided to have a look around their site for Meetup groups for comic artists and cartoonists. I found quite a few. A lot of them are concentrated in States like California and Texas and cities such as London, UK. But even Wisconson had two different options.

UNITED STATES Meetup Groups for Comic Artists

ARIZONA
Scottsdale/East Valley Comic Book Fans, Phoenix, AZ

CALIFORNIA
The Los Feliz Lifedrawing Meetup, Los Angeles
Comics Makers Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Prime Cuts: Graphic Novel Book Club for the Rapacious Reader, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Graphic Novel Book Club, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Film, Animation, Music and Entertainment, Pasadena
Semantink’s Comic Savvy, San Diego
Southern California Cartoonists Society Meetup Group, San Diego
Graphic Novels, San Francisco
Metro’s Pop Art Symposium, Santa Barbara

COLORADO
Squid Works Comics Cooperative, Denver

DELAWARE
AD Designers and Creative Thinkers Group, Newark

GEORGIA
Graphic Novel Creatives, Atlanta
The DoActCrazy Group – Augusta, Augusta

INDIANA
Indy Webcomics Group, Indianapolis

ILLINOIS
Kinky Arts, Chicago

MASSACHUSETTS
WiP Boston Figure Drawing, Boston
Artists, Rock Stars & Geeks, Shrewsbury

MINNESOTA
Twin Cities Webcomics Meetup Group, Minneapolis

NEW YORK
Comicbook Artists Guild New York Metro, New York
Capital District Drink And Draw, Schenectady
Staten Island comics group, Staten Island

NEW JERSEY
The New Jersey Drawing Society Group, Glen Ridge

OREGON
Portland Web Comic Group, Portland
portland graphic writers, Portland

PENNSYLVANIA
XION, The Philadelphia Comic Book Group, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Animation Meetup Group, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, Philadelphia

TENNESSEE
Organized Play Comic Discussion Meetup Group, Knoxville
BB Sketchers Art Club, Knoxville

TEXAS
Austin Life Drawing, Austin
The DFW Sketch Group, Lewisville
North DFW Comic Book Group, McKinney
San Antonio Comic Book Guys (and Gals), San Antonio
A.C.E.S (Anime Culture Enthusiasts Society), San Antonio
First Storm Manga, San Antonio

VIRGINIA
And then there were cupcakes!, Midlothian
Richmond Drink and Draw Sketch Group, Richmond
757 Comic & Cartoon Creators, Virginia Beach

WASHINGTON
Artists for Enlightenment, Langley
The Seattle Web Comics Meetup Group, Seattle

WASHINGTON D.C.
Comic & Graphic Novel Self-Publishing Stalwarts, Washington D.C.

WISCONSON
Mad City Comics Group, Madison
Waukesha Graphic Novel Get Together, Waukesha

INTERNATIONAL Meetup Groups for Comic Artists

I’m surprised that I only found one listed in Canada but I’m sure that will grow this year.

CANADA
Studio Technique-Drawing, Montréal, QC

UNITED KINGDOM
The International London Comics Grid, London, UK
Cartoon figure drawing, London, UK
Manga Artists and Animators Meetup Group, London, UK
the Cartoon Heart Club, London, UK
Manga Artists and Animators Meetup Group, London, UK

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