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Cartoonists: Studio Space Available in the Big Time Attic Space

Quite an opportunity for some lucky Minneapolis cartoonists… from Kevin Cannon’s tumblr here.

Know a Minneapolis artist that needs a studio space? After 10 long and fruitful years at Big Time Attic, I’m going to change gears, which means my corner office is up for grabs. The location is in Northeast Minneapolis nestled above a coffee shop and within spitting distance of four craft breweries. Best of all you’d be studio mates with six of the Twin Cities’ best cartoonists, including the (in my opinion) cream of the crop, Zander Cannon. We’ve got room for 2-3 people starting October 1, and the rate is very reasonable. Email me for more details: kevincannonart [at] gmail.com.

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Autoptic Accepting Applications Today for August 2015 Show

The fantastic Autoptic show is happening again in 2015, and they are taking exhibitor applications starting today. If you are a cartoonist who can be in Minneapolis next August, you’ll probably want to apply.

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CANCELLED: Comic Art – Stripped Down Comics (Deadline October 1st)

UPDATE: Apparently this show has been cancelled. So, please ignore the below.

Our friends at Altered Esthetics gallery are organizing a single-panel comic art show, and the deadline is coming up very fast… deadline is October first.

Here is the info.

You can submit art here.

Comic Art – Stripped Down Comics

A stripped-down version of our annual comic art show featuring single panel cartoons.
Image features: Lupi McGinty “Temple of Debt”
Event Dates:
Thursday, November 6, 2014 (Gallery Hours) to Saturday, November 29, 2014 (Gallery Hours)
Reception:
Friday, November 7, 2014 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Special Event:
Saturday, November 15, 2014 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Submission Deadline:
Monday, September 15, 2014 – 11:45pm
Event Location:

TBD. Altered Esthetics is excited to commemorate our 10th year with the launch of “Ae Without Walls” – a pop-up exhibition tour of the Twin Cities. Celebrating a decade in the Arts District, Altered Esthetics will still base out of the Q’arma building, maintaining a presence at its home in the Arts District, but will no longer have a permanent space housed there. Exhibition locations will be announced monthly.

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City Pages calls for submissions for Comix Issue 2014

More info here.

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Project to Create a Comic Book for Teachers

Educator Scott Williams contacted me, as he is looking for a cartoonist for a project to create a comic book for teachers. Details from him are below.

SUMMARY:

I’m seeking a cartoonist with an interest in education. Together we will create a comic book for teachers that demonstrates how to teach elementary students many important skills and concepts while letting them talk to and write about their peers. The book will be organized around nine classroom conversations, one per month, over the course of a school year. Contact me for more information: scottwilliams83(at)gmail.com

DETAILS:

Who am I?

Scott Williams, elementary ESL teacher, Apple Valley, MN. scottwilliams83(at)gmail.com

Who will benefit?

Students, teachers, and the broader community

Why this project?

Who would have thought that K-2 students could learn some of the most challenging skills and concepts that are taught in elementary school just by talking with their classmates and playing with Legos. A simple teaching method and three learning tools can be used to do just that, albeit in a very structured way. I’ve presented the ideas at numerous meetings and conferences and have received comments and emails from teachers praising the ideas. For example:

• “Excellent, quick, easy strategy for building from simple to complex sentences.”

• “Enlightening!”

• “The more I think about and see the application of this method, the more I see it’s potential.”

• “The ‘blocks’ idea is like the wheel! Why didn’t I think of that before?”

• “You made a complex topic concrete, tangible, and easy to implement!”

• “Innovative.”

• “So far the sharing procedure has been a blessing in first grade in my co teaching room. I’m thinking about videotaping it the next time we do it because it has been so awesome.”

While the instructional ideas are simple, straightforward, and practical, the learning that results is deep and the consequences, far reaching. This is particularly true for students who are learning English as a second language, and for students who lack foundational literacy skills. Through the use of the method and tools, students develop Speaking,

Listening, Writing, Research, and Social skills. Additionally they learn the concepts of sentence, paragraph, complex sentence, clause, and subordinating conjunction. And they do this by talking with their classmates about their lives, then summarizing what their peers say using color-coded blocks that represent sentences in a paragraph.

No more lecturing students about subject and predicate, run-on sentences, or paragraphs that sound like lists of loosely related events. Any thoughtful teacher can trick them into doing these things well with surprisingly little effort.

In short, I want to make these ideas as widely available as possible because I truly believe that they have the potential to improve the academic and social lives of children.

What do I hope to achieve?

I hope to create a comic book for teachers. The book will show how to implement the method and use the tools over the course of one school year (just nine conversations). I am convinced that the medium for the projects must be comics because the instruction is as much about what the teacher is doing as what they are saying. Cartoons will create a classroom observation like feel that is ideal for the project.

Because I believe these ideas are unique and important, I want to maximize the audience for the comic book. I have been collecting email addresses of teachers who would like to pre-order a book and help fund the project through Kickstarter.com. We’re approaching 80 email addresses and counting. If I reach my fundraising goal and am able to hire a cartoonist and print the book, I plan to sell the book either at cost, or for an free-will donation, using any profit for additional printings.

I believe this unconventional sales plan will make the ideas as widely available as possible, potentially draw media/social-media attention increasing the audience, and encourage donors and educational organizations to support the effort.

Where will the project take place?

I have been collecting writing samples at school. I plan to contact families and get written permission to use writing samples after spring break. I am not yet sure whether it would be a good idea to ask for parental permission to use student names of take a picture of each student for the cartoonist to use as reference. These decisions will be made with the help of my principal, school district personnel, and other project collaborators.

I have begun writing the script. Much of the script is based on real conversations that have taken place in my 2nd grade classroom. Other parts of the script are based on parts of the presentation I’ve been giving around the metro area. I plan to take pictures of the classroom for my cartoonist to reference. Also, it would be wonderful if the cartoonist could visit the classroom this spring so they could see us in action!

When will it take place?

I would like the Kickstarter campaign will begin in mid-April or early May, ending at the end of May. The final copy of the script would then be ready sometime in June. The cartoonist and I can map out a reasonable timeline for completion of the book.

Funding

I’ve modeled my project after the Kickstarter project for Poorcraft written by IronSpike. $6,000 was her fundraising goal. About half to the cartoonist and half for printing, plus some for shipping. Any funding over the goal could be split the same way (this may serve as an incentive for the cartoonist to assist in the fundraising effort). We would work that out and write up a contract. Also, I’m applying for a grant from the National

Education Association and will look for other grants. That money won’t be awarded untillater in the year. Grant money would be used for printing.

Thanks for reading. If you are a cartoonist and would like more info, please send me an email.

scottwilliams83(at)gmail.com

Happy Drawing!

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Big Sale at Altered Esthetics this Saturday (1/25/14) as Altered Esthetics Gets Rid of its Walls.

Our friends and collaborators at Altered Esthetics gallery (1224 Quincy St. NE Minneapolis) are having a big sale this Saturday from 12 to 5 as they prepare to move out of their current space to pursue AE Without Walls. Please check out the kickstarter for that for more information, and to donate.

The sale this weekend will include all of the collaborative comics projects we’ve done with them that they still have in stock, including Lutefisk Sushi volumes D and E, Just Add Ink, Rock Ink Roll and BIG FUNNY… they will all be available at DEEPLY discounted prices. Hopefully we can find good homes for most of them. Much original art and other good stuff will also be for sale, including their furniture.

Here is a Craigslist post about the sale with the furniture for sale shown and some photos of other items.

More on AE Without Walls:

Altered Esthetics is excited to commemorate our 10th year with the launch of “Ae Without Walls” – a pop-up exhibition tour of the Twin Cities.

We have exciting news to share with you!

Celebrating a decade in the Arts District, Altered Esthetics will bring exhibitions directly to the audience in a series of pop-up installations and exhibitions around the Twin Cities entitled “Ae Without Walls.”

No stranger to pop-ups, Altered Esthetics has hosted exhibitions in alternative venues. From the Dinkytowner, to installations at the Hennepin Central Library, to its solo exhibitions program, Altered Esthetics has curated installations in a variety of spaces – but never before on such a grand scale. The hope of Ae Without Walls – to increase accessibility, opportunities for exposure to the arts, and to celebrate 10 years of being a voice for artists.

Altered Esthetics will still base out of the Q’arma building, maintaining a presence at its home in the Arts District, but will no longer have a permanent space housed there. Exhibition locations will be announced monthly.

Altered Esthetics is a community gallery run by artists, for artists. Want to get involved in Ae Without Walls? Email contact(at)alteredesthetics.org to find out more about showing opportunities, internships, volunteering and more.

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Ae Without Walls!

Our collaborators at Altered Esthetics have some big news that I’m sure some of you will want to participate in…. see below

Altered Esthetics is excited to commemorate our 10th year with the launch of “Ae Without Walls” – a pop-up exhibition tour of the Twin Cities.

We have exciting news to share with you!

Celebrating a decade in the Arts District, Altered Esthetics will bring exhibitions directly to the audience in a series of pop-up installations and exhibitions around the Twin Cities entitled “Ae Without Walls.”

No stranger to pop-ups, Altered Esthetics has hosted exhibitions in alternative venues. From the Dinkytowner, to installations at the Hennepin Central Library, to its solo exhibitions program, Altered Esthetics has curated installations in a variety of spaces – but never before on such a grand scale. The hope of Ae Without Walls – to increase accessibility, opportunities for exposure to the arts, and to celebrate 10 years of being a voice for artists.

Altered Esthetics will still base out of the Q’arma building, maintaining a presence at its home in the Arts District, but will no longer have a permanent space housed there. Exhibition locations will be announced monthly.

Altered Esthetics is a community gallery run by artists, for artists. Want to get involved in Ae Without Walls? Email contact@alteredesthetics.org to find out more about showing opportunities, internships, volunteering and more.

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Artist Health Fair in Minneapolis October 19th

Conspirator Kirk Anderson passed on the following info:

There’s some “artist health fair” on Oct. 19 (Sat.) at Open Book (near Big Brain Comics, to make it easy for cartoonists to find!), 10am-2pm. Info on cheap & affordable health care for starving artists, including starving CARTOONISTS, info about the new health care law in language a cartoonist brain can process & so forth.

http://springboardforthearts.org/health/
http://springboardforthearts.org/health/health-fair/

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ROCK INK ROLL Submissions Due Monday! (July 15th)

The deadline for the ROCK INK ROLL music comics anthology is coming up Monday! Thankfully, you still have a weekend to get your submission together! Read all the details here! Cartoonists from anywhere in the world can participate. Spread the word!

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ROCK INK ROLL Submissions Due in One Week (July 15th)

The deadline for the ROCK INK ROLL music comics anthology is coming up fast! Read all the details here! Cartoonists from anywhere in the world can participate. Spread the word!

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