5.09.2024

How Comics Animate Culture

Truth, Justice, and the American: How Comics Animate Culture | Friday, May 10 | 7:30 PM | ASFS Meeting | St. Andrew Presbyterian Church | 5301 Ponderosa Ave NE | Albuquerque, NM | $1 for Newcomers

Take a look at activism through the lens of comics!  In Truth, Justice, and the American: How Comics Animate Culture comics offer up a mirror of our fears and beliefs.  We see this in the stories told in comics, the struggles of creators, issues within the industry, and times when comics have stepped beyond the realm of comics to direct activism.  Join 7000 BC's Jeff Benham in an exploration of how comics have questioned, wriggled, and brawled their way to become an active force in the evolution of our culture.

Delight as the limits of creativity are shattered!  Escape with the unexpected monsters of our dreams!  Thrill as the Captains of America tackle the Axis!  Tremble as Congress contemplates comics' delinquency!  Raise a fist as The Man pulls comics underground!  Celebrate as comics unloose the broad American voice!  Squirm as comics struggle to define "created equal!"    Look!  Up in the Sky!  It's not a bird!  It's not a plane!  It's comics fighting for us all!  (And we don't always agree!)

This presentation was originally created for the New Mexico Humanities Council / National Endowment for the Humanities' United We Stand speaker series.  It's being presented here for the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society, and is also open to the general public.  Cost is $1 for newcomers.  There will also be a Q & A, and attendees are entered into a free raffle!

THE ACTIVITY ROOM is at the west end of the church by the gated courtyard BUT the gate is locked at 5:00 pm.  So, enter through the church's north door (backside of building) off the parking lot.  Once in hallway, turn to your right to enter the Activity Room.  Doors open at 7:15 pm - not before then (we have to set up)!  Plan accordingly.  Orderly guests are welcome.  Lidded & bottled non-alcoholic drinks are permissible.  Everyone gets shooed out around 9:50 pm in order to clean up...
 
MASKING IS WELCOME:  Sad to say, but Covid, the Flu & RSV are here to stay.  Be safe.  Whether you wear a mask or not is up to your personal comfort level.  We're just asking everyone to be well and respect people around you.


Truth, Justice, and the American: How Comics Animate Culture
An Audio-Visual Presentation by 7000 BC's Jeff Benham
Friday, May 11, 2024
Albuquerque Science Fiction Society
$1 for newcomers!
 
ACTIVITY ROOM (west end of building, enter through door on northside of church)
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
5301 Ponderosa Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM


3.31.2024

April 2024 Meeting

7000 BC Meeting | Saturday, April 27 | 1:00–4:00 | Slice and Dice Pizzeria | 2225 Wyoming Boulevard NE, Suite C | Albuquerque, NM

We'll be meeting again on Saturday, April 27, 1:00–4:00 at the NEW Slice & Dice Pizzeria location at 2225 Wyoming Boulevard NE, Suite C in Albuquerque (just south of Wyoming and Menaul).  Join us for some food and drink and some much-needed catching up. Share what you've been working on or just socialize. Stay the whole time or just stop by to say hi. We'll begin with a board meeting — all are welcome — when we'll be discussing Atomicon, 24 Hour Comics Day, Bubonicon, upcoming educational offerings, and plans for the rest of the year.

Hope to see you there!


3.08.2024

March 16 Meeting at Slice of Life Anime and Manga

Upcoming Meetings | Saturday, March 16 & April 27 | 1:00–4:00 | Slice of Life Slice and Dice Pizzeria | Albuquerque, NM

7000 BC will be holding our first meeting of the year in one week!

Saturday, March 16, 1:00–4:00 PM we'll be getting together at Slice of Life Anime and Manga at 11200 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Ste 6 in Albuquerque (southeast corner of Montgomery and Juan Tabo).

Join us for some food and drink and some much-needed catching up. Share what you've been working on or just socialize. Stay the whole time or just stop by to say hi.  Great Harvest Bakery next door serves sandwiches and there are several other places to pick up lunch within about a block.  Slice of Life will have drinks.


And if you can't make it to the Slice of Life meeting, we'll be meeting again on Saturday, April 27, 1:00–4:00 at the NEW Slice & Dice Pizzeria location at 2225 Wyoming Boulevard NE, Suite C in Albuquerque (just south of Wyoming and Menaul).

Hope to see you at one or both of these!

10.01.2023

20th Annual 24 Hour Comics Day is Here!

24 Hour Comics Day | Now through October | Various Locations | Virtual and In-Person | All Ages | Free

In honor of the 20th Annual 24 Hour Comics Day (In-Person and Virtual), we're partnering with the City of Albuquerque to celebrate the cultural significance of comic arts with a variety of comics events!

IT'S TIME FOR THE 20TH!


Saturday-Sunday, October 7-8, Noon to Noon
20th Annual 24 Hour Comics Day
24 Hours. 1440 Minutes. 86,400 Seconds.  
It's the 20th Anniversary for the global celebration of creativity that is 24 Hour Comics Day!  Create a complete 24 page comic book in 24 consecutive hours!

Please click here to register for 24 Hour Comics Day via Eventbrite.
You can a
ttend VIRTUALLY or IN-PERSON!
 
Depending where you are, there is a satellite event in Los Alamos at
and on the East Coast, our friends at Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida are also celebrating the day!

A hybrid event presented live at the International District Branch Library in Albuquerque, NM and online via Zoom

And for those of you wanting even more in your weekend!

 
Questions? Please contact Jeff.
Stay safe, be well, and make comics!
 
24 Hour Comics Day Lead-Up Events are presented in partnership with the City of Albuquerque.




9.21.2023

The latest 24 Hour Comics Day Lead-Up Events!

More 24 Hour Comics Day Lead-Up Events | Now through October | Various Locations | Virtual and In-Person | All Ages | Free


In honor of the 20th Annual 24 Hour Comics Day (In-Person and Virtual), we're partnering with the City of Albuquerque to celebrate the cultural significance of comic arts with a variety of comics events!

 Events still to come...
(including some new additions)

Thursday, September 21 @ 5:00 PM
Comics Workshop for Teens - Mini Comics! What's the Big idea?
An 8-step method to get to the heart of storytelling in a tiny 8-page comic.
An In-Person Event at Erna Ferguson Library
 

 
Friday, September 22 @ 3:00 PM
Comics Professional Development for Librarians - Basic Level
How it feels to participate in a comics workshop, how to lead a comics workshop, and how to apply what you learn to building a collection.
An Online Presentation via Zoom
 

Wednesday, September 27 @ 3:00 PM
Comics Professional Development for Librarians - Advanced Level
How it feels to participate in a comics workshop, how to lead a comics workshop, and how to apply what you learn to building a collection.
An Online Presentation via Zoom

  
Thursday, September 28 @ 12:45 PM
Comics Workshop for Kids - Let's Make Comics!  What's a Comic?
An 8-step method to get to the heart of storytelling in a tiny 8-page comic.
An In-Person Event at South Broadway Branch Library



Saturday-Sunday, October 7-8, Noon to Noon
20th Annual 24 Hour Comics Day
24 Hours. 1440 Minutes. 86,400 Seconds.  
It's the 20th Anniversary for the global celebration of creativity that is 24 Hour Comics Day!  Create a complete 24 page comic book in 24 consecutive hours!

Please click here to register for 24 Hour Comics Day via Eventbrite.
You can a
ttend VIRTUALLY or IN-PERSON!
 
Depending where you are, there is a satellite event in Los Alamos at
and on the East Coast, our friends at Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida are also celebrating the day!

A hybrid event presented live at the International District Branch Library in Albuquerque, NM and online via Zoom

 
Questions? Please contact Jeff.
Stay safe, be well, and make comics!
 
24 Hour Comics Day Lead-Up Events are presented in partnership with the City of Albuquerque.



9.09.2023

Stephen McCranie (Space Boy) Interview!

Stephen McCranie Interview | Saturday, September 16 | 5:00 PM MDT | DATA Charter School | 1011 Lamberton Pl NE | Albuquerque, NM | 87107  

7000 BC is very pleased to announce an interview with New Mexico's own award winning cartoonist Stephen McCranie! From his days with Mal and Chad at UNM's Daily Lobo, Stephen has rocketed to become creator of Space Boy. He also found time to pen Brick by Brick, a collection of comic essays on mastering sustainable creativity and the pursuit of a creative practice that lasts a lifetime.

Stephen has certainly found the key to that creative practice for himself. Having been picked up by Philomel Books where he produced three Mal and Chad graphic novels, Stephen moved on to create Space Boy for Webtoons' Challenge League Contest. He took the top prize, winning $30,000 and a contract with Webtoons that continues to sustain him. That's no small feat. Space Boy ranks among the top sci-fi webcomics on Webtoons, the largest webcomic platform in the world with over 85 million subscribers.  Print versions of Space Boy are also available in single volume and omnibus editions from Dark Horse Comics.

The event is graciously being hosted by the Digital Arts and Technology Academy (DATA) Charter School. For those attending in-person, Stephen and members of 7000 BC will stick around for drinks, snacks, and any questions or comics of your own that you'd like to share. 7000 BC will return to DATA to provide guest instruction at DATA's comic class in late September.

Register through Eventbrite:

Join us over Zoom if you CLICK HERE.

Join us In-Person if you CLICK HERE.

This event is a part of 7000 BC's celebration of comic art that is the 20th Annual 24 Hour Comics Day. Find out more about 7000 BC's 24 Hour Comics Day Events HERE (in-person) or HERE (virtual).

Questions? Please contact jeff@7000bc.org.

This event is brought to you by 7000 BC in partnership with DATA Charter School and the City of Albuquerque.

9.05.2023

24 Hour Comics Day Lead-Up Events Continue

24 Hour Comics Day Lead-Up Events | Now through October | Various Locations | Virtual and In-Person | All Ages | Free


In honor of the 20th Annual 24 Hour Comics Day (In-Person and Virtual), we're partnering with the City of Albuquerque to celebrate the cultural significance of comic arts with a variety of comics events!

 Events still to come...

Friday, September 8 @ 3:00 PM
Comics Professional Development for Librarians - Basic Level
How it feels to participate in a comics workshop, how to lead a comics workshop, and how to apply what you learn to building a collection.  Contact Jeff for more info.
An Online Presentation via Zoom
 
Saturday, September 16 @ 5:00 PM
The Evolution of Jeff Smith: From Bone to Tuki
A Live Interview, Q & A, and Free Raffle

UPDATE!  PLEASE READ!

Jeff Smith is recuperating from a cardiac arrest suffered on August 13th.  The Cartoon Books team has announced that all of Jeff's in-person appearances for the year have been cancelled.  However, because he will be attending via Zoom, this event has not yet been changed.  They are waiting for a bit to see how Jeff is doing and if he feels up to it.

If Jeff cancels, we will still have an event at DATA Charter School on Saturday, September 16th.  The new event will be an interview with Stephen McCranie (Space Boy, Mal and Chad), who was planned to be Jeff's interviewer.  We will still have the interview with Jeff at a later date, when his health allows.

More info HERE.

Best known for the self-published comic book series Bone, multi-award winning Jeff Smith is one of the most popular cartoonists in the world.  His engaging comics storytelling can now be seen exploring the dawn of humanity in Tuki!

Jeff will be interviewed by New Mexico's own Stephen McCranie.  Stephen is the cartoonist behind Space Boy, one of the top sci-fi webcomics in the world!

Please Click here to register via Eventbrite.  You can attend VIRTUALLY or IN-PERSON!

A hybrid event presented live at DATA Charter School and online via Zoom.
 
Friday, September 21 @ 5:00 PM
Comics Workshop for Teens - Mini Comics! What's the Big idea?
An 8-step method to get to the heart of storytelling in a tiny 8-page comic.
An In-Person Event at Erna Ferguson Library
 

 
Friday, September 22 @ 3:00 PM
Comics Professional Development for Librarians - Basic Level
How it feels to participate in a comics workshop, how to lead a comics workshop, and how to apply what you learn to building a collection.
An Online Presentation via Zoom
 

Friday, September 27 @ 9:15 AM
Comics Professional Development for Librarians - Advanced Level
How it feels to participate in a comics workshop, how to lead a comics workshop, and how to apply what you learn to building a collection.
An Online Presentation via Zoom
  


Saturday-Sunday, October 7-8, Noon to Noon
20th Annual 24 Hour Comics Day
24 Hours. 1440 Minutes. 86,400 Seconds.  
It's the 20th Anniversary for the global celebration of creativity that is 24 Hour Comics Day!  Create a complete 24 page comic book in 24 consecutive hours!

Please click here to register for 24 Hour Comics Day via Eventbrite.
You can a
ttend VIRTUALLY or IN-PERSON!

A hybrid event presented live at the International District Branch Library and online via Zoom

 
Questions? Please contact Jeff.
Stay safe, be well, and make comics!
 
24 Hour Comics Day Lead-Up Events are presented in partnership with the City of Albuquerque.