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Colorado Alliance of Illustrators
Upcoming Events

Colorado Alliance of Illustrator (CAI)
 Events Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec 2008
Check out more info at www.allianceofillustrators.org

CAI partners with Squid Works Comics for the 5th Annual 24 Hour Comics Challenge
October 18 - 19th at Enchanted Grounds! Saturday, October 18, 2007, from 2 pm to 2 pm, Squid Works Comics will once again be coordinating the annual Denver 24 Hour Comic Book Day Challenge at Enchanted Grounds at 8800 South Colorado Boulevard in Highlands Ranch.

This quickly-growing event has been an exciting part of the Denver art scene for the last four years, garnering coverage by KCNC, WB2, the Denver Rocky Mountain News, Westword, The Onion, KGNU and Project A.
The idea of the 24 hour comic was invented by leading comics theoretician, Scott McCloud, who devised it as a challenge to show creators just what they are capable of. The challenge is to complete a 24 page comic written and drawn by one person in the course of 24 consecutive hours. The moment the pencil hits the paper, the clock is ticking. You can eat, sleep, or do anything else you need to during the time, but the clock keeps going.

This event has helped to put Denver's largely unknown comics scene on the map, landing five of the completed 24 hour comic stories in About Comics' 24 Hour Comic Day Anthology series, and launching Denver's own 24 Hour Comics People - A Comics Anthology 2007.

This year, we continue to seek the financial support of sponsors to help us collect the finished works of this year's participants in another Denver 24 Hour Comics Challenge anthology, which we can give each of the successful creators a contributor copy of, in addition to compensating the hard-working folks that are putting the book together, and providing energizing meals and beverages to the participants.

This year's challenge will be limited to 32 registrants, but spectators are encouraged to come watch the works in progress and provide support.

Your generous sponsorship will be proudly displayed in the resulting anthology book - a substantial, enduring book that readers are sure to treasure.
Both the CAI and Enchanted Grounds are already proud sponsors of this year's event.
Sponsorships must be received by September 17, 2008 to be included in press releases.
November (date tba)-Colorado Alliance of Illutrators (CAI) pairs up with Colorado Lawyers for the Arts (COLA) for a seminar on Copyright and the Orphan Works bill-important stuff if you want to continue your living in any creative field!
December 5th-Colorado Alliance of Illustrators will be at the Denver Press Club for the Annual Parade of Lights-fun for the whole family and great networking!

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Belly Dancing Events/Functions:

No Performances Scheduled, stay tuned!

Past events
Past Colorado Alliance of Illustrators Events
Past Belly Dance Events

Other Past Events
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Past Media/Events

October 2007 issue of Advertising and Marketing Review

Magazine Cover Illustration
by Ché Rippinger

Theme: Social Marketing


Some Past Events
Denver Press Club One Woman Cartoon Show (50 pieces!)

Several Colorado Alliance of Illustrators Shows at various galleries including: The Buell, Reed Gallery, The Catwalk Gallery, The Denver Press Club, and others

Putting together several programs for the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators and introducing the panels as president of the organiization

Emcee for first Denver Press Club Fashion Show


Some Media Appearances:
Westword, Newspaper

WB2 Morning Show, Television

The Greg And Bo Show on Alice 105.9, Radio

The Enid Goldstein Show, Radio

Speaker for Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Seminar

The Denver Post, quoted for a Valentine's Day Article, Newspaper

Editor & Publisher, Magazine

Newspaper Features Council, Newsletter

The Press Box, Denver Press Club, Newsletter

Colorado Serenity, Newspaper

Denver Womans News, Newspaper

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Past Belly Dance Performances:
Ché Shimmies for the Cure
Ché is doing a very non-traditional belly dance humor piece to the I Hate Kate song: "I'm in Love with a Sociopath "
--you've gotta see it to believe it! (In a RARE public performance!)

When: Friday, June 6, 2008, 6pm
What: Shimmy For the Cure - Hafla event, fundraiser for breast cancer
Belly dancing performances by some really talented and lovely people
The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California, Denver, CO map & directions
Your donation of $5 or more is greatly appreciated
You can get great food-local, organic, healthy, yummy, etc, plus they have a bar!

Need an excuse to get wild? Don a costume? Celebrate the Fall Harvest? Or carpool to Boulder?
Nov. 18th--Boofest Bash Holiday Show 
Evening Show:  at Trilogy Wine Bar on 13th St in Boulder
Tickets $12.00 at the door or $10.00 in advance at
Doors open at 6:00 pm- show starts at 6:30 pm (food available)
A delightful and diverse dusk, brimming with wonderful & unusual performances of the belly dance and beyond.
Featuring "Countess Rafi'ah & the Daughters of the Night" performing their chilling vampire story...in a special encore performance!

You Asked...You Got it! The Belly Dancing Cartoonist appears in public!
Come see Ché as a member of the Rafi'ah Dancer's "Evening in Transylvania" piece as part of the...

October 20, 2007
La Danse Macabre:: Carnival of Souls
at The Buffalo Rose in Golden
Countess Rafi'ah

$11 in advance; $12 at the door-
Recommended to purchase in advance and come early,
 the line will be long and you don't want to miss any of this show!

A Haunting Halloween & Horror Cult Classic theme inspires an evening of theatrical performance art and belly dancing! A spooky side of the arts to celebrate the season, followed by open dancing to live music by Yallah! and electric dj mixes to make you dance late into the evening.

All ages until 9pm (Some fliers state 11pm but it is 9pm cut off for underage)
Where: The Buffalo Rose at 1119 Washington in Golden

Oct 20 La Danse Macabre: Carnival of Souls Halloween SHOW!

4 - Oct 20 La Danse Macabre: Carnival of Souls Halloween SHOW! La Danse Macabre SHOW TICKET! A Haunting Halloween & Horror Cult Classic theme inspires an evening of theatrical performance art and belly dancing! Purchase through Marrakech PRICE: $11.00

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Past Colorado Alliance of Illustrators (CAI) Events:

Creative Project Management
CAI Joins up with PAIMS

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Design to Print
Denver Media Group
"Project Management"

The Denver Press Club
1330 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO

Design to Print Denver Media Group has assembled a panel of Denver's top Production Managers that do this day in and day out and they are willing to share their years of experience (and tricks) in managing projects large and small and making sure that the end result is not only stunning but on time and on budget. All you have to do is show up with your questions and war stories.
The event is FREE to members of Design to Print Denver Media Group (PIAMS), Colorado Alliance of Illustrators (CAI), and the Denver Press Club (DPC). Although there is no charge for members, members and non-members wishing to attend must register in advance . Due to limited space availability, please register early. Advance cancellations are appreciated to accommodate those on the waiting list. The final registration deadline is Friday, September 12, 2008.  
$15 per non-member
$ 8 per student non-member (ID required)   You can RSVP with payment by calling 303-771-1578 or by e-mailing Jennifer Janness at PIAMSJen@aol.com by September 12.

La Piazza 2008-Colorado Alliance of Illustrators

Colorado Alliance of Illustrators: Patsi Pohle, John Francis & Che' (artist Lonnie Allen not pictured) at 2008 La Piazza Dell'Arte
Original illustration design by John Francis: Urban submarine periscope breaking through concrete--
which had to get the USS Larimer (art on Larimer Square) moniker, because passers by just didn't get it, even though they thought it was "really cool."

La Piazza dell'Arte

Paint the town red or what color you like at our 3rd annual La Piazza dell'Arte event. Grab that big box of pastels and join in on the chance to mess around with your illustration pals for 2 days or 2 hours down on Larimer Square.

We are looking for ideas for our next group masterpiece and looking for volunteers to paint with the group now, so drop us a line if you’re interested.

You can sign up to do a square with a group of CAI artists or do one on your own and unite with us by putting refernce to CAI at the top or bottom of your square. Reviews and pictures from previous years.

When: June 7 & 8, 2008
Where: 1430 Larimer Square
Contact: Che' Rippinger 303-980-6295
Cherish Flieder

Larimer Arts Association
1430 Larimer Square, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80202
303.685.8143 (p)  303.623.1041 (f)



May 2008
I've been hard at work with a handful of folks to put together probably our biggest Colorado Alliance of Illustrators Shows ever! We have over 40 artists with over 80 pieces displayed in 2 galleries! (Whew!) You can join us for the gala kickoff on First Friday at Belmar in Lakewood, CO (with food & drinks). The show will be on display for the month of May. I have 3 pieces on display: two cartoons and a magazine cover. Here's a sampling of the amazing variety of CAI artist's works.
And here's the show info link.

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November 2007

What: Mean Green 'Zine Scene: Magazine Art Directors Meet, Greet & Peek with CAI Illustrators (Magazines: 5280, Denver Woman, Single's Resource Guide and Advertising & Marketing Review**)

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 6:30 p.m. meet, greet, eat; 7 p.m. program & portfolio flip through

Where: Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, 1600 Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO
Print details, map directions and add comments

Who:CAI members, curious creatives and fellow media folks

Food: Fall munchies provided

Cost: CAI members are free and a portfolio review is availalbe with your membership! Nonmembers are $20.00 and nonmember students are $10.00.

Members may RSVP for a portfolio review by 11/10/2007:
Event code is: Magazine

Contact: Che' Rippinger 303-980-6295
More on the "Mean Green 'Zine Scene" . . .
Ever wonder what's on an Art Director's mind--deadlines, desires, editorial calendar, metro magazine trends...or when's lunch?

Come meet and greet several of these busy talented folks at the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators new November program (a fast replacement of Danlyn's cool program that's moving to spring).

Part panel discussion, part portfolio pitch*. You'll get a chance to hear what magazine people are seeking, and get a 2 minute portfolio flip though with each. You'll get a heads up on some great publications, while they get to see some of Denver area's best/hot illustrative talent.

Magazine Art Directors Meet, Greet & Peek with CAI Illustrators

(Magazines: 5280, Denver Woman, Single's Resource Guide and Advertising & Marketing Review represented**)
5280's art director Mike Leister is representing his 6th magazine. He's worked all over the country including Indianapolis Monthly and Sports Illustrated in New York. 5280 has been one of Denver's best loved and long-running city magazines. Mike has been with them since June of 2006.
Denver Woman Magazine's editor Judy Taylor will talk about established and changing publication needs. She started Zenith Magazine in Denver 9 years back and has seen it Denver Woman's Magazinethrough the transition to the renowned Denver Woman Magazine since 2006. Profiling successful women and important stories and trends has been Judy's specialty. 

Colorado Singles Resource Guide
& Singlocity.com's Singlocity, the most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide for singles in Colorado. publisher & editor Beth Anderson has struck Colorado gold with the success of her new magazine and web site. Featuring hot topics and leading news makers, the magazine profiles people and services, while serving as a one-stop information hub for the entire singles community in Colorado.

Advertising and Marketing Review's publisher/editor/multi-hatted media mogul Ken Custer Advertising and Marketing Review's publisher/editor/multi-hatted media mogul Ken Custer has highlighted local illustrators prevalently over his 16 years at the magazine's helm.  A & M is unique resource which has stood the test and tides of time, covering news and happenings of the advertising, public relations, print, broadcast, radio, and film industries. Really helpful for seeing who has been moving and shaking, and changing constant contact info in pencil.
**TBA--there might be a few other publishing surprises, including reps from another magazine or two, sample copies, and insider info, not to be missed.

*There will be a limited number of portfolio review spots, and a waiting list. You must be a current CAI member to sign up.

Tip: Have your materials completely together and in order for fast flipping-since you have two minutes (just like real life!) to show your best stuff. Just like speed-dating, with art. CAI members can also put out "leave-behind" materials out on a display table. Members who don't get portfolio review slot can have their portfolio out on the table. If our magazine people still have time, they may take a look.

December 2007

Parade of Lights Party

What: The best spot to see the annual twinkling light display. CAI will be celebrating the holidays in festive fashion with the press. Warm and cozy inside near the fireplace, belly up to the historic bar, or come face to face with the 3 story blowup Rudolph balloon outside when the parade strolls by.

Meet and mingle with members of several top journalist groups in town: The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Colorado Association of Black Journalists, the Hispanic Journalists, Asian Journalists and the Gay & Lesbian journalists.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, Parade starts at 6pm
Get there about an hour early to find parking-they do block off streets and traffic is heavy for this event.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place Denver, Colorado 80204  303-571-5260

Cost: CAI members are free! Nonmembers are $20.00 and nonmember students are $10.00. Attendees are asked to bring a pot luck dish to share.

Contact: Che' Rippinger 303-980-6295

Print details, map directions and add comments

RSVP by 11/28/2007:http://www.rsvpit.com Event code is: PressParade

Colorado Alliance of Illustrators-as the 2007-2008 president for CAI, there's a great slate of events that several members, including Ché have on tap. Check it out!

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Other Past Events:

Status Report...A good idea in theory-alas the first and last of these outings.
Cool Chic's Club
Hi to my esteemed wonderful women friends...
I know we're all really busy. So much that we can barely keep up by e-mail. I don't know about you, but sometimes I miss my friends, even though they're not that far away.

So I'm hatching this idea...have a fun personal gathering that brings several of us out for social and chatting.

Maybe once a month. Something easy. Invite some brilliant, fun, witty, busy, sassy gals...gee, know of any?!!

For anyone in the Denver area who's interested, here's the first Cool Chic's Club outing:

What: (Movie)The Women (opens Sept 13) A new comedy with lots 'o great female stars, directed by one, too!
trailer: http://www.thewomenthemovie.com/index.html

When/Where: Saturday, September 27th, 7:10 pm; Belmar theater in Lakewood--if details change, they'll be posted at this pink humor site: www.ToucheToon.com under "events"

Wear something visibly pink and aim for the center of the theater towards the right.

Your ring leader for this one is Che'Che@ToucheToon.com

Afterwards, we'll shoot for Baker Street Pub (Johnny Rockets outta biz?!) to circle up the chic posse. I'd love to hear a 2 minute rundown on what you've been up to-good, bad or other.

Come if you can. Save the reasons if you can't. You're still cool.
Feel free to round up the next posse or cool gig! This isn't that structured. Invite your gal pals.
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Northern Colorado Writers Special Event

That Book Inside You
How to Write it, Publish it, Sell it

By Noted Author and Writer's Coach
Teresa R. Funke

I’m really excited about this new six-hour workshop I’m launching! It’s the type of workshop I wish someone had been offering when I started out. It’s designed to give writers, both new and established, a crash course in the ENTIRE process of producing a book. It’s been my experience as a writer and a coach that when most writers reach the next stage in their process, they stall out. The support materials for this workshop will guide writers when they reach those next steps.  Thank you! Teresa Funke


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