Upcoming Events

The Ottawa Comic Jam's next meeting will occur Wednesday August 29th, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Shanghai Restaurant
651 Somerset St W Ottawa ON

Jam Theme: Telepathy: "My Mind To Your Mind".

Contact: Sue
ottawacomicjam (at) gmail (dot) com
613. 501. 6862
Also check out the Facebook group 'Ottawa Comic Jam' for event listings.


Jam Policy

Please note: This is a friendly, open group of comic enthusiasts. Hurtful or disrespectful comments during a jam, or purposefully creating insensitive or hateful artwork will not be tolerated. You will be asked to leave if you are disruptive or disrespectful to fellow jammers.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

August 31st, 2016 It Was A Dark And Stormy Night!

Clayton Jacobs' opening panel
How do you begin the greatest story ever told? By using a time-tested opener of course! Last week, jammers got together and launched every 1st panel with the opening line "It was a Dark and Stormy Night" and let the story take off from there! People were also encouraged to use Poe's "It Came Upon A Midnight Dreary" as an opener, if they wished.

The last jam of the summer had a boisterous turn-out. Thanks all for joining us in an exercise of cooperative creativity: Suzanne Marsden, Clayton Jacobs, Amy VanTorre, Andrew Stutt, Liz Walsh, Scott MacLellan, Harry Catlin, Gérard Bélec and Keith Savage.

Thanks, as always to the Shanghai Restaurant and the Kwan family for giving us a welcome, safe and creative space in which to gather and share talent, humour, zaniness and enthusiasm!

Cheers and hope to see you at the NEXT Jam!

PS-There may be a few rude drawings near the end *you were warned*.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

24 Hour Comics Day at DragonHead Studio - October 1st 2016 9:30 am - 9:30 am

Completed 24 Hour Comic, PEI (c) 2011 Suzanne Marsden.

You are cordially invited to participate in this year's International 24-Hour Comics Day Marathon at DragonHead studio, in the wilds of suburban Kanata. 

If you have not given the 24-Hour Comic challenge a try, then this is the ideal time to tackle it. Join thousands of artists worldwide during the 2016 International 24-Hr Comics Day Marathon. It is far better to do this as a crazy group of determined individuals than to go it alone. So join us October 1st and see if you have what it takes!

24-Hr. Comics Day Event
Saturday October 1st, 2016 - Sunday October 2nd, 2016
9:30 am - 9:30 am

DragonHead Studio
37 Ballantrae Way
Kanata, ON K2L 1N3

Phone: 613-836-7821
Mobile: 613-501-6862
Email: suebrainpower (at) gmail (dot) com

Event Cost: Free
Materials are available, if you are missing anything crucial (card stock, pencils, ink etc.) Or feel free to work on a digital version!

Basic snacks, beverages and the like will also be provided. If you have something special you would like to bring, feel free. There is a couch and futon if folks need a rest. Please note for those w allergies: the house has a dog and 2 cats who share their fur liberally with us.

If you are traveling by bus, a shuttle can be provided to Kanata Centrum, please arrange in advance! Bus from downtown to Kanata.
Where the magic will happen October 1st!

If you are driving.

**Please note, for out-of-town artists, feel free to participate during the event at home and keep in contact w your progress on the official site. Give it a go - let everyone know how you're doing!

"The Dare" Scott McCloud

Example of a 24-Hour Comic ("The Magic Cauldron")

"Fulcrum" Interview with Suzanne Marsden for the 2011 Event!

July 27th 2016 - Casual Jam/ Vacations

The summer heat kept searing us alive, but the brave souls drew anyway! Plus the Shang's A/C was fixed, so we were saved!  The theme for July was casual/ vacations and some fun stories happened around that.

Thanks to those who joined us for the evening and shared their creativity: Suzanne Marsden, Clayton Jacobs, Dwight Williams, Scott MacLellan, Andrew Stutt, Naheen Ahmed, James Rule and Liz Walsh.

Thanks also Don Kwan and the other great folks at the Shanghai Restaurant who took care of our needs, and continue to support co-operative art-making in a safe and welcome atmosphere!


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

July 6th, 2016 - Don't Eat That!

Image: from FTL's 'Dungeon Master' game
"Don't Eat That!"
Inspired by the great FTL "Dungeon Master" game where you could kill purple worms and later eat 'worm rounds' to stay alive, we examined the theme of eating things you probably shouldn't.. and other flights of culinary fancy.

It was pretty hot last week, and unfortunately the Shang's A/C was malfunctioning. So it was a very brave, determined group that tackled the comic jam and put out some fun artwork. We managed not to stick to the paper too badly :-)

Thanks so much to the folks who made it out to the gathering: Suzanne Marsden, Clayton Jacobs, Liz Walsh's artwork (as she and James were traveling), Scott MacLellan, Amy VanTorre, Andrew Stutt, Gérard Bélec, Ifer and Keith Savage.

Thanks to the Shanghai Restaurant and to Don Kwan and Ed for taking care of us, trying to keep us cool by repositioning fans and bringing giant pitchers of ice water. Whew! Hopefully the next jam will be slightly cooler?

Now, on to the art!
Cheers and keep creative!

**Please note, there are some pretty gruesome drawings and adult stuff as well. If anything of that nature will make you uncomfortable, or you're a minor, do not proceed.**

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

May 25th, 2016 7th Anniversary Party

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

April 27th, 2016 Open Theme

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

March 30th, 2016 - Doubles/Twins

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

March 2nd, 2016 For the Love of Winter

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

January 27th, 2016 Cold Weather as Villain

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

November 25th, 2015 Pre-Christmas Chaos Jam

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

October 28th, 2015 Horror Jam

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

September 30th, 2015 Backwards Jam

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

August 26th, 2015 'Heat Wave'

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

July 28th, 2015 'Punchpocalypse'

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

June 24, 2015 'Puns/ Anti-Humour'

Placeholder for forthcoming artwork (stay tuned!)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

May 27th, 2015 6th Anniversary Jam

It had been six whole years since the Jam launched at the Shanghai Restaurant; wayyyy back in 2009. The great thing that keeps us going is the fun people who continue to come out and draw together, talk comics, movies, genre or just whatever is on their minds. I'm deeply grateful for the wonderful community of artists and writers who have made the Ottawa Comic Jam a success. Thanks!!

Thanks to the Shanghai Restaurant also for providing a safe, supportive and creative space to explore cooperative art-making!

Thanks to those who came out last May and drew together to create whacky stories: Suzanne Marsden, Clayton Jacobs, Amy VanTorre, Andrew Stutt, Liz Walsh, James Rule, Dwight Williams, Nathan Clouwater, Gisele Jobateh, Susan Shore, Ifer Lawrence, Gérard Bélec, Scott MacLellan and Teresa Waclawik.

Cheers to another 6 years!