Thursday, December 20, 2012

Free Lunch News for 12/21/12

Worked on some exciting projects in the studio this week! Some international commissions, gamer maps, comics and strips! Did a guest spot on the B&M Podcast which was a ton of fun too! Listen to it here!



Upcoming Events at Free Lunch Studios:

Every Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Drawing and Painting for Teens
The next TWO Monday Night Jams will be on Sundays 12/23 and 12/30 at 4pm
Tuesday Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.: Free Lunch's New Years Magic the Gathering

All the fun things we do can be found at www.freelunchcomics.com.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Non-stop!

What a great week! We had a full Jam on Monday and we did a bunch of lectures in Hartford again for a great bunch of kids and I was able to get caught up on my Junk Foods!



Upcoming Events at Free Lunch Studios:

Every Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Drawing and Painting for Teens
Saturday Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.: Free Lunch's Magic the Gathering
Monday Dec. 17 from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Monday Night Jam (drop-in art jam)
(The last 2 Jams of the year will be on Sundays 23 and 30 from 4 - 6:45)

All the fun things we do can be found at www.freelunchcomics.com.

Monday, December 3, 2012

This week at Free Lunch

Steve and I have been doing their COMIC CONSTRUCTION lectures for the HARTFORD PERFORMS program at multiple Hartford schools! We had a ton of fun at the Granby Artists Holiday Market this past weekend and we taught a few private lessons too.


Upcoming Events at Free Lunch Studios:
Every Monday from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Monday Night Jam (drop-in art jam)
Every Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Drawing and Painting for Teens
Wednesday Dec. 5th at 6:30: Magic the Gathering!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

New update and more!

Finished teaching Comic Book Storytelling today...switched it up a little...we drew CONAN!! If you know me at all, you know I dig the Robert E Howard stuff! We had fun...or I know I did!

Upcoming Events at Free Lunch Studios:

       • Every Monday from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Monday Night Jam (drop-in art jam)
       •Every Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Drawing and Painting for Teens
  • December 1st at 10 am: Cartoon Anatomy starts at Free Lunch Studios
  • Dec. 1st and 2nd at 10 a.m.: Free Lunch will be at the Granby Artists Association event, Holiday Gift Show at Holcomb Farm

Sunday, November 18, 2012

What's up and FLS news

Busy week with strips and character designs! Can't show either...yet. I'll keep you posted at the details come together. Hoping to work on a comic job that went cold awhile ago...it happens.



Upcoming Events at Free Lunch Studios:
*Every Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Drawing and Painting for Teens
*Every Monday from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Monday Night Jam (drop-in art jam)
*Friday Nov 23rd, 12:30 - 4:30: Free Lunch's 3rd Annual BLACK FRIDAY COMIC FEST! We'll have a BIG comic sale, make our own Post It comics, Magic the Gathering, watch comic movies and eat some snacks! It's always a good time! Comic sale is buy one get one sets, buy one get one trade paperbacks and 50¢ comics! Sale for the BLACK FRIDAY EVENT ONLY!! Only $10
*Free Lunch will be at the Cliff's Con at the Plainville VFW on 11/25
*Writing for Children starts November 29th at 6pm
*Cartoon Anatomy starts December 1st at 10am
*December 1 & 2 Free Lunch will be at the GAA Holiday Marketplace at the Holcomb Farm with the Useless Science Fact-O-Pedia and more!!

Be sure to check out www.freelunchcomics.com for more info!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Free Lunch News!!

I'm going to start updating my blog with our events now...just to keep you guys in the loop.

Every Monday from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Monday Night Jam (drop-in art jam) I think I'm gonna do some digital painting tonight!
Every Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Drawing and Painting for Teens
This Saturday 11/17 3:30 at Free Lunch Studios: Magic the Gathering Booster Draft

COMING SOON: Free Lunch's 3rd Annual BLACK FRIDAY COMIC FEST and The Granby Artists Holiday Show!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Oh,Boy! Crazy times!

With the new book out, our Junk Food strips have been seen at more Patch sites than ever! Pretty cool! If you want Junk Food at your local Patch, contact the editors at Connecticut\'s Granby, Simsbury, Enfield, Suffield or West Hartford Patch sites. They\'ll help get it in place. We\'ll have a 2nd Junk Food collection done soon...so we\'re excited about that!
Two appearances this coming weekend:
Saturday 11/10 Free Lunch will be at A HERO\'s LEGACY in Manchester CT at 2pm

Sunday 11/11 Free Lunch will host an ART FIGHT at the New Haven Comic Spectacular in North Haven CT.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Classicon, Granby Day and Wonder Woman Day

This weekend, Free Lunch will be:
- a guest at the Celebrate Granby Event! I'll be drawing for the kids and selling comics! We just got a new order too!
- a guest and hosting The Art Fight at the Classicon at the Coco Keys in Waterbury CT Saturday and Sunday!
- hosting a Wonder Woman Day Art creation/collection night at the Monday Night Jam!

Hope I see you...at one of those places!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Matt at RAW: PROVOCATIONS show!! 10/4 at the Russian Lady!

What an honor!! October 4th at the Russian Lady (191 Ann Uccello St, Hartford), I was selected to be one of a myriad of talented artists at this special gallery event! From 8:00PM - 12:00AM Want to buy a ticket? They're ONLY $10! Go to:
http://www.rawartists.org/freelunch


RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art. RAW events feature a cash bar for cocktails while you enjoy the night. Dress code is cocktail attire, so dress the occasion and get ready for an artistic circus of creativity!

RAW's mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they might be seen, heard and loved. RAW educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in 54 artistic communities across the United States and Australia, through monthly showcase events. Join us in celebrating the work of these artists.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cliff's Show in Plainville this Sunday

Cliff's got a show this Sunday, August 26th!
All of these shows run at the Plainville V.F.W. Hall- 7 Northwest Dr. (Route 10) from 10 AM to 3 PM.  99 CENT ADMISSION, CHILDREN UNDER 10 ARE FREE

We will be there, honoring our friend Brian, owner of Buried Under. We'll be selling our comics as usual as well as talking about upcoming classes and special events. We'll be selling strip originals there too! http://thegranbys.patch.com/blog_posts/junk-food-extraterrestrials#photo-10953191 You can check everything that's going on at the site! www.freelunchcomics.com

Directions to the V.F.W. Hall: 84 East or West, take exit 32 and turn onto Route 10 North from the off-ramp. Follow Route 10 North for 4.5 miles, and turn right onto Northwest Drive. The V.F.W. Hall is on the left- follow the signs.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Newest jobs!

Alright, I guess the secret is out. Steve and I were invited to work on a book by the Wonderful Wendy Leonard! What a great experience this was! Harper Collins is the publisher and it's available for pre-orders now through Amazon. I know, I know...pretty crazy. We did a bunch of gags and a bunch of spot illustrations for this thing. I'll be honest, I can't wait for this to come out! http://www.amazon.com/Utterly-Completely-Totally-Useless-Fact-O-Pedia/dp/162087203X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345731894&sr=1-2

Another book that's just been released is from Twin Robotz, COSMI-KISS! This super cute romantic comedy was very fun to draw and came from the fountain of creativity, Wally Czyzniak! We'll be selling it at the Cliff's Con in Plainville this weekend.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I know...it's been a while...

Well, time to fill you in.

I've been doing a lot of business identity work
Still doin' the strips:
   http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/a-la-cartoon-indelible-evidence#photo-10711972
   http://www.horrornewsnetwork.net/ftopict-19038.html
Working on short subject all ages comic concepts
Working on a full comic for 24 Peace
Attend the Granby Farmers Markethttp://www.granbyfarmersmarket.com/ every week
Hosting creative events at the New England Air Museum
AND New Britain Museum of Modern Art

Plus got a new intern, Cindy and teaching classes at the studio too!
I'll try to be better with the updates!

Brass City Comic Con 3

Tomorrow, we host ART FIGHT! Have fun drawing with your Free Lunch Friends and maybe win a cool prize!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Show this weekend too?! Yup!

Cliff's got a show on Sunday, May 27th  from 10 AM to 3 PM.
99 CENT ADMISSION, CHILDREN UNDER 10 ARE FREE

Steve Kanaras and I will be there, giving away a FREE DIGITAL COMIC!!
...as well as talk about upcoming classes and special events. You can check everything that's going on at the site! www.freelunchcomics.com

Directions to the V.F.W. Hall: 84 East or West, take exit 32 and turn onto Route 10 North from the off-ramp. Follow Route 10 North for 4.5 miles, and turn right onto Northwest Drive. The V.F.W. Hall is on the left- follow the signs.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Simsbury Art Walk!

Stroll along Simsbury town center and enjoy painters, musicians, dancers, crafters and performers at the first-ever ArtWalk Simsbury! on Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This free event, located at several indoor and outdoor venues, will feature more than 60 exhibitors, including potters, quilters, jewelers, photographers, sculptors, glass artists and woodworkers.  These items will be for sale.  Activities will include book readings by local authors, along with several dance and musical performances scheduled throughout the day:  a women’s barbershop quartet, a big band with ballroom dancing, jazz and classical soloists, and a country rock band, to name just a few.  There will be lectures & demonstrations on, for example,  Simsbury’s notable architecture, how to preserve old paintings, flower arranging,  quilt-making, and pottery making. Children’s activities include sidewalk chalk art, “hair bling,” cartooning (THAT'S ME), face painting, an “instrument petting zoo”, performances, crafts and much more. The Simsbury Bike Sculpture, created by local metal artist Vicente Garcia, will be unveiled at 11:00 A.M. at the ABC House. All proceeds from ArtWalk Simsbury! will benefit the town’s ABC House, which provides housing and educational opportunities for teens from disadvantaged communities. I'll be at the Boy Scout Hall 'til 2 and then Peaberry's from 2:30 to 3! BE SURE TO VISIT ME BECAUSE I'LL BE GIVING AWAY A FREE DIGITAL COMIC!   Check out www.artwalksimsbury.com for additional information, including a schedule of all of the events. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Free Lunch Studios Facebook Fan page contest

The winner of our Facebook "Like" contest will be published this Friday at the Horror News Network.net! Be sure to check in to see if you won!! We held a random draw/cameo appearance that was only for the fans of our Facebook page. If you have not "liked" Free Lunch Studios on Facebook yet...maybe it's time...cuz we'll definitely do this contest again!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Happy Free Comic Day!!!

Wow! What a crazy few weeks that was! Back to business as usual...pages, strips, classes and deadlines! I want to share our freebie from yesterday...Pork N' Beans! Just scan this image or click the link to www.freelunchcomics.com






More stuff on the way...Oliver and I will be doing a gunslinger workshop, a Batman party and we'll be hosting an Art Fight at the North Haven comic show in June!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cliff's show on Sunday!

Cliff's got a show on Sunday, April 29th! Free Lunch will be there!! All of these shows run at the Plainville V.F.W. Hall- 7 Northwest Dr. (Route 10) from 10 AM to 3 PM. 99 CENT ADMISSION, CHILDREN UNDER 10 ARE FREE. Come on down and see us and all the great deals!

Friday, April 20, 2012

New A LA CARTOON at Patch and the Boston Comic Con!

Click the Patch Logo to be escorted to the most recent A La Cartoon that I draw for the Granby Patch every Friday!

If you want to see more...meet Steve and I up at the Boston Comic Con this weekend for our first collection of strips and more!

If you can't wait 'til then...there's always the e-book version that you can get here - CHEAP!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Central Connecticut Women's Forum



I had the pleasure of speaking to the CCWF group Tuesday night! The Central Connecticut Women's Forum is an organization that provides professional and businesswomen with networking and resource opportunities. They had me in to talk about being able to do a job that I really love and am passionate about. It was a real honor for me and I told some pretty crazy stories to the ladies I shared my dinner table with. Very cool experience!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Done for the day...almost.


Here is the cover!

New project!


Super new project on it's way!!! Through all the Junk Foods, A La Cartoons and freelance work...we're still able to churn out some fun work...here's a peek at the cover! Maybe I'll post what I get done on it at the end of today...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Wanna see what I did today?



Finished some jobs today. (Yay!!) We've got sooo much going on at the studio it's been hard to keep up!

So busy, I forgot to post the links for our newest strips!

http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/a-la-cartoon-newtons-law#photo-9395053

http://www.horrornewsnetwork.net/ftopict-18116.html

I made a BIIIG BOO BOO on the Horror News Network one! Wanna see? What a goof!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday means comic strip day!

On top of having one of our BEST work meetings ever last night....today we have two strips being published! Check here for the links today and every Friday.

http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/a-la-cartoon-made-to-order#photo-9343914

http://www.horrornewsnetwork.net/ftopict-18059.html

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Show Sunday in Plainville!

Cliff's got a show on Sunday, March 18th!
(and sport card shows are on the 3rd Saturday of every month.) All of these shows run at the Plainville V.F.W. Hall- 7 Northwest Dr. (Route 10) from 10 AM to 3 PM.
99 CENT ADMISSION, CHILDREN UNDER 10 ARE FREE! Steve Kanaras and Matt Ryan will be there, now with a weekly strip just for Patch.com. We will talk about upcoming classes and special events. You can check everything that's going on at the site! www.freelunchcomics.com

Directions to the V.F.W. Hall: 84 East or West, take exit 32 and turn onto Route 10 North from the off-ramp. Follow Route 10 North for 4.5 miles, and turn right onto Northwest Drive. The V.F.W. Hall is on the left- follow the signs.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Oof!

Super busy lately!

In the meantime, another new strip is up at Patch.com. Hosting classes and a Comic Book Artists Guild meeting tomorrow and a Lucid Dreaming event on Sunday! Whew!

The CAG meeting is at 3 on Saturday if you want to attend.
The Lucid Dreaming event is at 1 on Sunday if you want to attend that.
Both events are at Free Lunch Studios and more can be found at www.freelunchcomics.com

http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/a-la-cartoon-decisions-decisions#photo-9286427

Friday, March 2, 2012

New strips today!

Free Lunch has two strips out today...it must be Friday!

Our Á LA CARTOON is already up at Patch.com at http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/a-la-cartoon-judgment-call#photo-9232321

Our JUNK FOOD will be up later today at www.horrornewsnetwork.net

Be sure to check them out, share them or comment! Thanks!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Weird snow storm...

Yet again, another tree has fallen into my yard. GREAT! With school delays a such, I find myself working at home today. So far, so good...but not much time.

Can you see a peek of the Junk Food for tomorrow? See the finished strip tomorrow morning at Horror News Network!

Friday, February 24, 2012

East Windsor Con Sunday!

East of the River Comic & Collectible Show is BACK!
SUNDAY, February 26th, 2012.
10 - 3

Golden Gavel Plaza
149 North Road (Route 140)
East Windsor, CT 06088

(Off of I-91, exit 45 - Follow Route 140 east for 1 mile, the plaza is on the left)

East Windsor native, Wally Czyzniak, owner and creator of Twin Robotz Comics I, SHERMAN and COSMIC KISS will be there debuting his new comic (drawn by little 'ol me) and so will Mark Mitchell - Artist, Teacher and Historian On the life and work of Walt Disney, and Marvel inker David Meikis from Fear Itself: The Deep.


CHILDREN FREE UNDER 10!
FREE GIVEAWAYS AT THE DOOR!

New Á La Cartoon at Patch.com!

Good morning, friends! It's Friday again and time for a new Á LA CARTOON at Patch from Free Lunch! Enjoy!


http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/a-la-cartoon-performance-anxiety#photo-9179445

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Two classes start at Free Lunch this Saturday!

There\'s still room left in Matt Ryan\'s two cartooning classes that start this week! Cartoon Anatomy (which is a great starting point) starts Saturday at 10 am and Comic Book Storytelling (which is more advanced) starts right after at 12:30 pm! Classes meet for four, two hour sessions and make sure you leave room for the free lunch at 12 noon! Call or send an email to schedule. Free lunch cartooning classes are for all ages! www.freelunchcomics.com

Friday, February 10, 2012

Out of this world fun at the Drop In!

What a great time we had learning to draw super cool aliens and warriors using gesture and simple shapes in this open Drawing and Painting for Teens class. There were enough people to run out of chairs! We gave away prize packs with Marvel calendars, free comics and Walking Dead stickers too. If you wanna be a part of the awesomeness, keep an eye on freelunchcomics.com or register there to be added to our mailing list! Cannot wait to do another one!



New Á La Cartoon for 2/10/12

It\'s on like Donkey Kong at Patch.com! Enjoy! http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/a-la-cartoon-going-bananas#photo-9080640

Monday, February 6, 2012

Open Drawing and Painting Class 2/10/12!

Another open Drawing And Painting class...Star Wars Style! We'll be drawin' Jedi and Sith using gesture and all the cool props at the studio! Friday February 10th from 4:00-6:30pm, food and materials included, all ages, only $20.

Call 860.305.6621 to reserve your spot!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A LA Cartoon with a fun new twist...

Coming to the Granby Patch: the first ever A La Cartoon: Self Serve Caption Contest! Matt and Steve are putting the joke in your hands for a change. Leave a comment with you caption for the above cartoon and be automatically entered to win a free signed print of the cartoon with your winning punchline! Enter as many times as you like, with a new comment for each entry.

Winners will be selected by the editorial panel and the winning entry will be published here on the Patch. In order to be eligible, comments must be posted by Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

We are eager to see your clever jokes! Check back here for the link!

Friday, January 27, 2012

is it Friday? Free Lunch in Patch!

There\'s a new Á LA CARTOON up at Patch.com! It\'s a Friday Free Lunch tradition! http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/a-la-cartoon-cell-phone-nightmares#photo-8981691

Monday, January 23, 2012

Plainville show this weekend!

Hey there, everyone! It's a new year and Cliff's got a show on Sunday, January 29th!
At the Plainville V.F.W. Hall- 7 Northwest Dr. (Route 10) from 10 AM to 3 PM.
99 CENT ADMISSION, CHILDREN UNDER 10 ARE FREE

Owners of Free Lunch Comics and Free Lunch Studios, Steve Kanaras and Matt Ryan will be there, now with a weekly strip just for Patch.com. Check it out and enjoy...

http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/a-la-cartoon-riddle-me-this


...as well as conduct portfolio reviews, talk about upcoming classes, special events AND BRING MATT'S ONE BUCK BIN (sketches and drawings:all for a buck each!!). You can check everything that's going on at the site! www.freelunchcomics.com

Directions to the V.F.W. Hall: 84 East or West, take exit 32 and turn onto Route 10 North from the off-ramp. Follow Route 10 North for 4.5 miles, and turn right onto Northwest Drive. The V.F.W. Hall is on the left- follow the signs.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Alright, alright...


...my last few entries have been important.....BUT not too much content. Today is different! I am involved with the Taste of Hartford this year in a "draw on a napkin" event. I was assigned the restaurant, DISH on Asylum Ave in Hartford. I went in for a visit before they opened and took some reference pics and was impressed. Pretty cool lookin' place. Here is my layout and napkin!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

classes cancelled 1/21/12

Unfortunately, due to the weather we are postponing Mad Science Cartooning and Comic Book Worlds. (^( See you next week kids.

Friday, January 20, 2012

New cartoon @ Patch.com!

These strips are cooked up by Steve Kanaras and myself on a weekly basis just for Patch.com. Check it put and enjoy...http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/a-la-cartoon-riddle-me-this

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Free Lunch Studio's newest strip!

Steve and I have a new strip that's exclusive for Patch.com! It's called A LA CARTOON! Click the link, log in and enjoy!


http://thegranbys.patch.com/articles/reintroducing-a-la-cartoons#photo-8885250

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

cover in progress!

From Twin Robotz, COSMIC KISS! I\'d like to finish this today...we\'ll see.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

challenge sketch for 1/5/12!

This guy I created a couple years back. Steve and I will be working on a book about him and some of his friends.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Granby Artists start a new challenge

It\'s a new year and The Granby Artists Association\'s painters group has come up with an awesome challenge! Every day for the month of January, we have to draw a 30 minute sketch...so I decided to challenge myself in a few ways. One way is learning to draw on the IPad...here\'s one of \'em. I was watching some princess movies with my daughter...you can see the influence.
Plus, finished 4 Junkfoods today! Wahoo!