Archive for September, 2006

Interactive NYT Feature on Graphic Novels

Here’s an interactive feature on the New York Times that features audio clips from Chris Ware, Seth, Chester Brown, Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco.

The ongoing Funny Pages feature in the New York Times this week features a strip by Seth.

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Behind the Scenes of For Better or For Worse

For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston is easily one of the best done comics in the newspapers these days, and it has been for over 20 years now. Here’s a behind the scenes look at how a FBOFW strip is created, which is pretty interesting & has some good tips for cartoonists.

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Minneapolis Public Library Survey

The Minneapolis Public Library system is seeking feedback on their 2007-2009 budget plan, which you can give them here. There are a number of difficult choices they are faced with right now due to underfunding… if you use the libraries, you’ll probably want to let them know how you feel about these issues.

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Instant Runoff Voting Cartoon

Check out the cool cartoon Big Time Attic just made for FairVote Minnesota.

Here is the page on You Tube.

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The Top Ten Most Influential Flash Shorts

Here’s an interesting list of “The Top Ten Most Influential Flash Shorts,” which includes interviews with the creators of those shorts.

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SF Zine Fest Pics

This is long overdue, but I’m posting pictures up from the recent Zine Festival at Cell Space in San Francisco. Here is a picture of Ryan Shiga, the author of Fleep. Meeting Ryan was probably the coolest part of the whole fest for me.

I spent the friday before the event printing up two new comics that were pretty much intended as giveaways or trade for any other cartoonists. The one on the left is sort of an introductory book on what we do at the SFCC and the one on the right is an 8 page linear story called Unicorns Unvenge.
Here is a crowd shot from the main area of the event. Table s around the outer walls, and an island in the middle. Apparently this was the most successful Zine Fest at Cellspace yet, both for the vendors and the promoters (who sold out of tables about two months before the event).
Another crowd shot, you can see fellow conspirator Brian from Atomic Bear Press in the teal shirt.
Speaking of Big Bear, here is Brian’s table featuring his Great Chimney comics and Other Worlds (his newest book).
Another conspirator, Jeff Plotkin, tabling his Happy Freak Show comics. I’ve tabled with Plotkin at APE before and let me say that this man is very popular. He’s been plugging away at the comics scene for a long time and has been a fixture of the Conspiracy since the early days. People love his comics and he gets respect for being an extremely consistent creator.
Mary Van Note; comedian, crafster, stalker, comics writer, and perv. Her newest book is about her obsession with local comedian Brent Weinbach. I’d guess it’s about 400 pages long.
A pic from the entrance to the event, you can see part of a silkscreen workshop in progress.

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The Comic Strip Artist’s Kit

Here’s an excellent bunch of illustrated tips for drawing comic strips and pages from Disney artist Carson Van Osten:

http://sevencamels.blogspot.com/2006/09/comic-strip-artists-kit-redux.html

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SF ZineFest 2006 followup

Well San Francisco ZineFest 2006 was an amazing event. There was a good turnout and it served to be an excellent meeting place for artist of all kinds.

SF Cell member Jeff Plotkin said it was his best Zinefest ever. In attendance was cell members Doc, Maradith, and Kraig who passed out mini-mini comics with information about the Cartoonist Conspiracy. It looks like we might have some fresh faces in the near future.

A 4 page jam comic was created during the convention that many of the talented artist perticipated in. Want to take a look, visit this LINK.

Check out some photos from the Fest: LINK

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REGISTER FOR FALLCON!

Fallcon (October 7-8) is one of the most creator-friendly conventions in the country… they provide free tables space to cartoonists who request it! Don’t miss it.

Here is the form to send.

Send it right now to:
Midwest Comic Book Association
P.O. Box 131475
St. Paul, MN 55113

Make sure to request to sit next to the Cartoonist Conspiracy if you wish to sit next to us.

See you there!

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SF ZineFest this weekend!!! September 9-10

San Francisco Zine Fest
September 9th & 10th, 2006, 10 am–5 pm.
CELLspace (2050 Bryant St, in the Mission)
admission FREE!

Here is the discription from the official site:

After a short spell of uncertainty, the SF Zine Fest is back at CELLspace for 2006. (2050 Bryant St, in the Mission). This year’s show promises to be a lot of fun, with workshops, film and animation screenings, and of course dozens of local artists with everything from zines and mini-comics to hand-made apparel and prints. As always, admission will be FREE!

Highlights:
SF Conspiracy Cell member Jeff Plotkin will be on hand with copies of his title Happy Freak Show.
(more coming soon)

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