Wednesday, September 9, 2015

We Jammin' plus news 09/09/15

Every week, I host (what I believe) one of the coolest events around. Each Monday Night at 5pm, all the freelance and deadline related work stops and I move over to the meeting area of CES Design Studios in Granby. Once there, I lay out paper, pencils, colored pencils and (a few) erasers. It's not long before I am joined by a group of cool young people (ages 7 - 13) who are excited to start a creative mission. The Monday Night Jam for Kids is coming up on it's 2nd anniversary and it continues to be  Every week it's different. Every week it's fun.
After the Kids Jam is complete, my small human friends leave...and a new crowd of people come in.

The Monday Night Jammers are a talented, creative, goal focused group of adults that attend. For the next two and a half hours (it never seems that long), they immerse themselves into their own creative projects. It is inspiring to see such a driven group. Since 2009, the studio at this time is always buzzing with creativity, conversation and laughter. At 8pm, it's time for the Monday Night News, There I cover all the events that a creative person would want to know about. Finally, we conclude with a spirited round table discussion selected by the people in attendance or...if there happens to be a recent Jammer birthday, we finish with a silly game that we all play together.

I love the Jams. I really appreciate people that pursue their goals. It takes a lot to leave the house or go somewhere else on a Monday night. These people inspire me as much as I try to inspire them. 

Come to the Free Lunch Dept of The CES Design Studios in Granby CT for a BRAND NEW drawing event! THE WEDNESDAY NITE COMIC/MANGA CLUB! Come join Matt Ryan of Free Lunch in the Free Lunch Dept. of CES Design Studios in Granby, CT for this new EIGHT week comic workshop! Classes will teach the skills of concept creation, writing, layout and page art! Completed stories to be collected and published in a unique anthology! Meets every Wednesday from 6 - 7pm starting Sept 23rd and is only $120. Completed stories anthology will be perfect gifts at holiday time! Option to purchase multiple copies will be available! ! All ages! Contact Matt at or 860.305.6621
Space is limited so call soon!

This week Free Lunch will be:
Drawing and Painting for Teens at CES Design Studios every Friday in Granby
The East Hampton Public Library with Comic Construction and a Manga Character Design workshop
Camp Anime at the Woodstock Valley Ymca running The Art Fight
Septemberfest in Simsbury CT drawing caricatures on Sunday
Jams every Monday at CES Design Studios in Granby!!! Kids at 5pm, Adults at 6pm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Breaking News 1.26.15

The Monday Night Jams for tonight 1.26.15 are cancelled due to the storm. We will conduct the Monday Night Jams next week at their normally scheduled times. 

Monday, January 12, 2015


The Jams are cancelled for today, Monday January 12th 2015 due to the potential for icy road conditions. We are excited to see you next week at the Jams during their regular times!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Free Lunch News for November UPDATE

November Monday Night Jams will be in full swing! Kids at 5pm, Adults at 6pm! $5 each
Drawing and Painting will continue to run on Fridays (except 11/14)
Matt and Wally C (from Twin Robotz) will be at Bakuretsu 11/14-11/16
The Black Friday Comic Fest returns 11/28!
          Event is from noon to 4pm ($10)
          or noon to 6:30pm ($30)

11/30 Cliff's Con at the Plainville VFW

Coming soon:
Manga/Comic Storytelling Workshop  12/20   10am - 3pm  $65
The Holiday Party!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Free Lunch News 8/4/14

The Kid's Jam TAKING A BREAK AUG 11th AND 18th to return with a SPECIAL KIDS JAM on AUG 25th!
Monday Night Jam every Monday from 6-8:30p. Only $5!
Drawing and Painting For Teens (DNP4T) every Fri 4-6:30. Sign up anytime!
Boston Comic Con is 8/8-8/10
Connecticut Comiconn in Bridgeport CT  8/15-8/17
Bing Con in Springfield Ma 8/23


Free Lunch Dept classes restart in Sept 14!! October is Monster Month! Dinovember!!
Cartoon Anatomy 9/6 at 10am. Four sessions, includes lunch. $120
Character Design: Pirates! 9/6 at noon. Four sessions. Includes lunch. $120
NEW Advanced Comics Sunday Workshop 9/14 and 9/21  9-12:30p includes lunch. $60

24 Hour Comic Challenge!  10/4-5
Mad Science Toons workshops 10am. SPECIAL 10/11,18 and Monster Mountain on 10/25.  $70
Comic Book Worlds workshops  12pm 10/11 & 10/18 Special $60

NEW Advanced Comics Sunday Workshop 10/12 and 10/19  9-12:30p includes lunch.  $60

King of Monster Mountain Tournament! 10/25 at 10-2p. Now with lunch! $10


Friday, June 27, 2014

Free Lunch News 6.27.14

Looong overdue but here we go...!

Upcoming events!
Monday Night Kids Jam continues through the summer from 5 - 6 each Monday night. Only $5

The five plus year Monday Night Jam runs 6 - 8:30pm through the summer, promoting The Jammer Initiative! only $5. 

The long running Drawing and Painting for Teens class continues to run on Friday afternoons from 4-6:30p through the summer. The current project is a Dragon Art Book! 

Free Lunch will be at the Cliff's Con in Plainville CT 6/29 which is also a costume contest! Cash prizes will be awarded!!

Matt will teach a Sci Fi Comic/cartooning workshop at the New Britain Museum of American Art on July 8, 9 and 10 from 10-noon!

The Lost Acres Orchard will host their own Matt Ryan Kids Creative Drop In on Thursdays in July. Runs from 10 to 11am on July 17th, 24th and 31st.

Matt will host a Mini Comic Workshop at the CES DESIGN STUDIOS July 19th from 10-4:30pm

Matt and Emily The Intern will attend the first sessions of the Granby Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons in July (not the 22nd).

Upcoming classes at Libraries:
Berlin Library  7/9, 7/16, 7,23  2 - 3 pm (Cartoon Anatomy)
Simsbury Library 7/15 and 7/17 1-3pm  (Character Design and Storytelling)
Newington Public Library 7/16   6:30-8:30pm (Cartoon Anatomy)
Acton Public Library/Old Saybrook  7/22  6-7:30pm (Comic Storytelling)

Matt Ryan
Free Lunch Studio Dept

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Free Lunch News for 3/18/14 PLUS Junk Food!!

Upcoming Events at Free Lunch Studios:
Every Friday at 4pm: Drawing and Painting for Teens
Every Monday 6 - 8:30 pm: Monday Night Jam (drop-in art jam)
Monday Night Kids Jam! Kids art hour with Matt from 5-6pm! Only $5!

Wednesday nights 6pm: Magic The Gathering $25 League
3/23  3pm Magic the Gathering Commander tournament at Free Lunch ($5)
3/29 New drawing classes at Free Lunch Studios! Cartoon Anatomy and Mini Comic Workshops!! 
4/1  6pm Horror Game Night at Free Lunch with Pete Roohr ($10 you keep the monsters/creeps!)

4/4 at 4pm! Open Drawing and Painting Event!! Design you own Super Heroes!! Free Gift for FIRST TEN REGISTRANTS!! $20
4/5  3pm Magic the Gathering Booster Draft at Free Lunch ($16 you keep the cards!)
4/19  3pm Magic the Gathering Tribal/Two Headed Giant tournament at Free Lunch ($5)

Thanks for reading and enjoying our cartoons. Please let us know what you think of the cartoon at our Free Lunch Studios Facebook page.

email for questions or to register! Free Lunch Studios is located in the Granby Commons in Granby, CT.

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