Meet Up Dot Com is a site that helps groups self-organize meetings. A date is picked and it’s up to interested individuals to make it work (or not). Webcomics now has such a date: the first Wednesday of every month is for local artists to meet. The first such day is set for April 2nd at 7:00 PM (local time) and already 45 individuals have signed up from various geographic locations.
Let us know how any such meetings go in your local town or hamlet.