Past Meetup

Creative Connections First Friday Meetup!!

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Innovation Pavilion - "InEvent Room"

9200 East Mineral Ave, Centennial, CO 80112 · Englewood, CO

How to find us

Map - (Just North Of Park Meadows Mall. I-25 & C470 area)

Location image of event venue


For the 1st time ever, we are having 2 speakers back to back. Because they both support the Crowdfunding topic. We are very lucky to have them & you will enjoy!


Speaker #1 - Topic: "Crowdfunding for Zombies" - Planning, launching and competing for funds on Kickstarter for your publishing project

What we will be discussing: Stan Yan, zombie caricature artist, has been enjoying the fruits of his talent, labor, and the big zombie craze. However, when he decided he needed to get back to his storytelling roots, he turned to Kickstarter. In 2015, he successfully funded two zombie-related Kickstarters: one for a comic book, "Vincent Price Presents: Zombicatures" (, and one for a children's picture book, "There's a Zombie in the Basement" (, but his road to funding wasn't quick or easy. He'll talk to folks about his preparation, process and things he thought worked well, and things he wish he would have done.

Why come Friday:

-How to build your campaign before you build your campaign
-How to use social media to help you without alienating your social network
-Ways to promote your campaign for free
-When your pledge drive ends, your job hasn't ended


Stan Yan is a Denver-based writer/illustrator, caricature artist and instructor. Growing up in Denver, Yan, a self-taught artist, went to school at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he got his bachelor’s degree in accounting, where Yan’s life took the tragic turn into sales for the securities industry, where he wallowed in ethical poverty on-and-off for thirteen years. Yan takes his frustrations out by penning graphic novels, and picking up odd illustration and teaching jobs when folks are feeling agonizing pity for him. Stan teaches Summer camps, after school programs, workshops, and helped to develop a degree program in graphic storytelling as an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Aurora. His recent credits include art and colors for Show Devils (Mother Mind Studios), writing and art for Vincent Price Presents (BlueWater Productions / Stormfront Publishing), art for Alien Abduction (CleverQuickGames), and his artwork has been seen in the Westword. But, he’s probably best known for doing zombie and pony caricatures ( Upcoming projects include development of a zombie picture book ( and a graphic novel about his best friend’s battle with cancer. (

Stan Yan - - Stan Yan - ( Art, Caricatures & Instruction

My son's fear of my zombie artwork turned into this rhyming children's picture book (

Speaker #2 - Topic: "Investment Crowdfunding"

Karl Dakin, with the Colorado Capital Congress, will provide a short overview on 'investment crowdfunding' and the Colorado Crowdfunding Act (where you can raise up to $2 million) that allows you to raise money by selling securities (stock, promissory notes and royalties) to everyone. Karl will explain the difference between product crowdfunding (like Kickstarter) and investment crowdfunding and give some insight into how to plan and carry out a crowdfunding campaign.

Karl Dakin
Dakin Capital Services LLC
7148 S. Andes Circle
Centennial, CO[masked]


Co-founder and Director of the Colorado Capital Congress PBC



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**************** For creative professionals in the Denver area, Creative Connections is your networking alternative. Our purpose? To foster working relationships among local creative pros. Join us the 1st Friday of the month from 9-10:30 a.m (Holidays excluded. Please check schedule).You’ll learn from in-the-know industry speakers, get the scoop on other local creative businesses and connect with other talented professionals with skills that complement your own. No-pressure networking. Creative Connections members play well together. So there are no rules limiting the number of graphic designers, writers, photographers—or lion tamers, for that matter—who can join. $5 fee to help pay the rent. No mandatory attendance. We’re not a leads group—although members do collaborate on a variety of creative projects. Creative Connections’ only rule, really, is that you work as a creative professional. Defining creative: Anyone who is actively & directly involved in the following industries / fields and providing these services to others or in need of these services. Print - TV – Radio - Internet - Video – Photography - Artists (All forms) – Writers - Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations. Others that are not listed upon approval of the Creative Connections Management team.