Archive for May, 2007

San Francisco cell meeting – Thursday May 10, 2007

On Thursday May 10, 2007 San Francisco Cartoonist Conspiracy Cell will be having our semi-weekly Muddy Waters Café. Folks start arriving around 6:30 to 7:00 pm and we usually hang around till 9-10 depending on how folks are feeling. We would love to have any Bay Area folks come on by and Jam with us.

The location can easily be reached from BART/MUNI.

The new location is:

Muddy Waters
260 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

For more information, comments, questions …. e-mail Doc Popular.


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May 3, 2007 Jam: FAITHMOLE

It’s been quite a while since I got a jam posted. Here is the one from this month. At Avidor‘s suggestion, the theme this month’s jam was Dan Lacey’s right-wing Christian webcomic Faithmouse (recent award winner… and loser… of the City Pages Best Locally Generated Blog (Right Wing))… see the results by clicking the below image.

WARNING: There is something in our jam comics to offend everyone. If you are easily offended, you may not want to view them. Children should strongly consider going elsewhere for their amusement.

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Sat. Open Studio, May. 12, noon-4 p.m.

Saturday Open Studio
(Seems like it’s a lot earlier in the month this time.)

Sat., May 12, noon-4 p.m., MCBA

This is the date they gave us. Second week in the month. If this seems early, check out next month’s date at the bottom of this note! Whew!

In any case, join us at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for cartooning fun and frolic. If you can’t find us right away, ask the friendly person working in the bookstore. This is open studio time for all cartoonists, so come and hang out and draw. There’s plenty of room for everyone.

The fourth installment of the 12-part 144-page graphic novel challenge will be going on during the open studio. Cheer on the page-crazed cartoonists. Or join in. They are starting today’s 12 hours in the coffee shop at 8 a.m.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
(Just down the street from Big Brain Comics)
1011 Washington Ave S, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-215-2520

Future Sat. Open Studio dates:
June 9
July 21
August 18

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It’s the most wonderful time… of the year!

Tomorrow (Saturday May 5th) is Free Comic Book Day!

And it is Cartoonist Day!

And it is Free Mini-Comic Day!

And it is Cinco De Mayo!

Today (May 4th) is No Pants Day!

Pictured above: The cover to the Free Comic Book Day book I’m most looking forward to… Lynda Barry‘s Activity Book from Drawn and Quarterly!

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worlds smallest conspiracy shout-out

can you find it in this MN Daily article about Free Comic Book Day???


Danno, Bob Lipski, Brian Bastian, and Taki Soma will be at
JIMMYJAMS COMICS in Rochester doing our part to help raise
money for the Rochester Public Library to buy more graphic novels.
We’ll be doing sketches and selling stuff.

Bud “MUSCLES AND FIGHTS” Burgy will be at THE SOURCE doing
his part to sell MUSCLES AND FIGHTS, which EVERYONE should buy….NOW!!!

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Vas Littlecrow tells UPS to ‘bring it on’!

Vanesa Littlecrow W. said…
Not only do I not donate to the G.O.P. or the Democrats, I vote 3rd party, use recycled when possible and give my extra donation funds to Second Harvest! 😀
Since I feel like kicking some UPS ass this month, I am going to hemorrhage a little money for y’all.
For the entire month of May Conspirators or any verified professional comic book artists all over the US will get a sweet deal. $0.39 DOUBLE-SIDED color copies on 28 lbs semi-gloss or matte letter size, $0.03-per-book folding AND scoring, with every order. I can’t match the $.03 B&W copies without cutting my own throat, BUT, I can offer two-sided 28 lbs semi-gloss or matte letter-size copies for a measly $0.08. Unlike the big boys, I actually care about your work looking good. I even don’t require cards and/or silly gadgets. I offer shipping to all 50 states and Puerto Rico (save on gas,) AND I will be including random free VAS Littlecrow/Catnose Comics stickers with every order.Pass it on, and spread the love because on May 31, this offer is gone FOREVER.*BTW* Cartoonist Conspiracy – Rice, MN Local happens here on Saturday May 12, if you feel like driving and meeting us. :)Cheers!

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Exquisite Corpstraits

Last weekend I had a table at Pandoras Trunk, where I sold some of my clothing designs and comics. As an extra bonus, Mike, Rio, and myself set up a chair and tried a new creative excercise based on the cadavre exquis.

The equisite corpse is a drawing (or writing) excercise in which a piece of paper is usually folded into thirds. Each artist works on a section of the folded paper then continues their lines just a little bit onto the next section of paper before folding their section up (so the next artist can’t see any of it) and then passing it on. After all three sections are finished, the paper is unfolded and the overall image is seen for the first time.

That’s pretty much what we are doing, but we have turned it into a way to do caricatures. At Pandora’s Trunk we set up some chairs and did Exquisite Caricatures for only $6 each. It was tons of fun and everyone seemed to love the results. It’s one of the few creative methods where both the artist and the model are surprised to see the final results.

We had been talking about doing this for many months now, so I’m glad we finally tried it out. After I get back from Minneapolis, I think we’ll set up on 20th and Valencia and do this for a couple of hours. The cool thing is that if we time it right, we can work on up to 3 subjects at the same time.

Click here for the full flickr set.

On a similar topic, I had previously blogged about a similar project that needs 4 artists. The paper is still folded in three parts, but each section is done in pencil only. After three artists have completed their sections, the paper is unfolded and the fourth artist inks the entire piece. This gives the piece a more consistent look, while still getting that surreal style. It’s excellent exercise too as I feel a large part of our group could use more practice inking other peoples pencils. When doing this exercise, we usually have four sheets of paper and work in 10 minute cycles, after each cycle we pass the folded paper to the artist on the left. After the pencils are done, the inker works for about 30 minutes. Ideally, you’ll have four finished pieces with four different artists, and nobody will have worked on the same piece more than once.

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Conspiracy and ‘Muscles and Fights’ write-up

A review of last weekends MICROCON was done by Conspirator Sarah Morean at the Daily Cross Hatch.

Its got a nice write-up of we deviants here in the Conspiracy, as well as a shout-out to the Conspiracy-friendly book ‘MUSCLES AND FIGHTS”(which you should order today).

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Print some mini-comics for CHEAP!

I dont know if its happening at ever UPS STORE(though I assume it is) but the UPS STORE at the QUARRY(in Minneapolis) is having a sale on copies thru the END OF MAY.
AND you can buy ‘COPY CARDS'(which look more like giant watch batteries) for $30 that will give you 1000 copies available 24 hours a day at any UPS STORE.
UPS STOREs don’t offer the warm comfort of a Kinkos, but they offer damn cheap copies for the next 40 days, so I say stock-up on those COPY-CARDS while you can.
Also, don’t forget about THE RICE PRINT SHOP run by conspirator VAS LITTLECROW. She’ll get you a great deal on copies too. AND she’ll even fold and staple things at a good price. AND, unlike UPS, Vas doesn’t donate to the G.O.P(I’m assuming).

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Jam in Minneapolis this Thursday, May 3rd

The Minneapolis Cartoonist Conspiracy meets at 6:30 until 10:00 the first Thursday of every month at Diamond’s Coffee Shoppe in Northeast.

Generally, we draw collaborative “jam” comics, socialize and drink caffeinated beverages. Afterwords, we often have uncaffeinated beverages somewhere else.

The meetings are open to anyone who wants to draw with us, and the results are posted here sooner or later (and sometimes even printed).

Diamond’s Coffee Shoppe
1618 Central Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bus info here.

Please spend some money at Diamond’s while you’re there, even if it is just a cuppa coffee… they are excellent hosts, and we wanna stay welcome there.

Big Time Attic is now officially hosting our monthly jam meetings at Diamond’s… they will be supplying us with a big old plate of pastries or something each month. Thanks fellas!

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