jazz and soul. my little nook.bustlingChris and AnnaA great turnoutPaulette Poullet: the only Puerto-Rican Cartoonist in Pittsburgh?Jared Catherine promotes his incrediman stories
Dave Wachter chats with RachelThe CMU crew. Andy Scott of AndromedaDSC_7443Scott HedlundDoodlin' the night away
Jeremy BaumThe reading cornerVirginia and Rachel talking shopMe cueing up some music from the WRCT archivesDan GreenwaldShawn Atkins and Nick Marino
Barry LinckNick MarinoJason, Natalie and JimDan repping the Cyberpunk ApocalypseTom Scioli in battle modeTomasz and Kate providing nourishment

The ToonSeum MiniCon 2012-04-06, a set on Flickr.

Have a look at what this first MiniCon was like. There was a great turn out.


The MiniCon was a great success. Thanks to all who participated and helped put a spotlight on Pittsburgh’s spectacular independent cartoonists and illustrators.

We’ve got a great scene in this city and it deserves to be shown off.

Here’s hoping for another MiniCon in the near future. 

Pictures and a formal write-up to come.

Lots of folks are gearing up for the MiniCon. Why don’t you take a listen while 4 folks chat about their excitement regarding the coming expo.

Organizer Juan Fernandez appears as a guest on the Sequential Underground Podcast to chat with regular hosts, Nick Marino, Shawn Atkins and Dan Greenwald.

Listen to the recording here.

Do you make comics? Do you bind books? Are you a papermaker? Are you doodlin’ all day? Are you a bonafide zinester? Well then, why not join a bunch of Pittsburgh’s creatives on April 5th and 6th at the ToonSeum MiniCon?

As you all should know by now, tabling is free. As such, the only reason to not to be there!

Let me know by contacting me at fernandez.juan.j@gmail.com.

Basic Details:

What: The 1st ToonSeum MiniCon
When: Thursday April 5th 6-9 PM (Kickoff)
Friday April 6th 6-9 PM (Unblurred)
Where: The BGC Community center, 113 N. Pacific  Avenue
Who: You and the rest of Pittsburgh’s cartoonists, illustrators and zinesters.

First off all, tables will be free. The idea here gives you the opportunity to conveniently hustle your wares and turn on folks to your comics and writing. All you have to do is show up to the expo with stacks of your comics and zines, your usual promotional material and some good vibes.

This MiniCon will be part of two larger events, the GAGI Festival and the Unblurred (first fridays) gallery crawl. The MiniCon will kick off the 2012 Geek Arts/ Green Innovators Festival (GAGI) and will be a main attraction at the coming Unblurred Penn Avenue gallery crawl. Given these things, you can be certain that there’ll be large crowds, the age range of which will run the gamut. (Likely, something quite different from most of your previous comics and zine expo experiences).

The programming for the MiniCon will include ongoing workshops and several discussion panels. There’ll be music DJed by WRCT Pittsburgh, homemade potato kale/sauerkraut,mushroom,carrot pierogies and activities for kids.

Questions? Shoot them my way at fernandez.juan.j@gmail.com.