Archive for February, 2008

Random Winks at SPACE

In less than two weeks, there will be lots and lots of geeky guy cartoonists descending on Columbus (Yikes! What a messy mental image that is) with hundreds of kick-ass cool comics to sell; but here are a couple of local Central Ohio gals’ books that you’ll need to check out when you stop by the Sunday Comix table at S.P.A.C.E. on March 1 & 2.

The first is “Random Goodness” by Andrea McEnaney (creator of The Adventures of Chad Cleanly), featuring some of her best single panel gag comics. This great book of semi-absurdist humor can be yours for a measly $2.

The other book you need to keep your eye on is “Wink! Wink!” a short story by Symphony of the Universe artist & writer M.A.D. It’s a very different sort of story from her usual fare, but amusing and well worth you time and attention. “Wink! Wink!” is part of the newest PANEL anthology.

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Now available for download — Pizza, the jam comic produced at the February 7000 BC meeting.

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Cast Your Vote!

The St. Paul cell of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy meets again one week from today, and they need your help to decide the subject of the jam comic they will draw at that meeting.

Go here:

to view the five suggested jam comic subjects and cast a vote for your favorite.

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Your Cartoons Wanted in The Cartoonist Conspiracy’s Flickr Gallery


I just set up a public image sharing group for us on the photo-sharing site flickr. A preview of images appear on the right side of our group blog and on the top of our gallery page. Anyone with a flickr account should be able to join the group and start posting.
Please Note that flickr has been known to shut down accounts that feature nothing but illustration for some unfathomable reason, so you will want to post some photos on your account when you start it to avoid this happening. Also, note that they don’t make images from an account public until you have four or five images posted.

We’re also going to have suggested topics for the gallery each month… we’ll vote on them on the message board after this month. Go here to suggest and vote on a topic for March. This month’s topic is UNDISCOVERED CRYPTIDS. It is only a suggested topic, though. Feel free to post images on that subject, or any other subject you wish.

In spite of its shortcomings, hopefully this will become a fun public gallery for the Conspiracy… I look forward to seeing your cartoons!

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Valentines Day comic jam in San Francisco

Calling all single Cartoonist! Calling all single Cartoonist! This valentines day celebrate romance by…DRAWING COMICS.

The Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco is meeting is this coming Thursday February 14th, so bring your favorite drawing tools and come on down.

We meet on the second and last Thursday of each month at the Church St. Café from 6:30 pm to sometimes between 9 and 10 pm.

WHEN: Thursday February 14th, 2008

Where: Church St. Cafe
Description: The San Francisco cell of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy meets twice a month from on the second and last Thursday of the month from 6-10PM at Church St. Cafe. Church St. Cafe 260 Church Street San Francisco, CA 94114 Transit info for San Francisco can be found here:

Here is where we are: (the green cabin is the café and the blue markers are MUNI bus stations)

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7000 BC at Breakin Hearts

Breakin Hearts | Saturday, Feb 16th |
6 pm-midnight | UNM Student Union Building Grand Ballroom | Albuquerque, NM

7000 BC will once again have a table at Breakin Hearts, Albuquerque’s hip-hop festival, this weekend on Saturday, February 16. A larger venue with plenty of activities (including afternoon workshops) will make this their biggest and best yet. Look for Fakin’ The Funk and other comics from local creators at the 7000 BC table.

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See "Independents" and meet Windy Pini (Elf Quest) Tuesday February 12 7-9pm

This just came in from Andrew Farago at the Cartoon Art Museum

We’ll be screening comic-book documentary film Independents at the Cartoon Art Museum this Tuesday, February 12 from 7-9pm. Director/Fillmmaker Chris Brandt will be on hand for a Q&A session, and we’ll also be featuring a brief live-and-in-person interview with Wendy Pini, creator of the classic indie comic Elfquest. They will be interviewed by manga authority Deb Aoki after the film. Admission is only $5, and the event is free to Cartoon Art Museum members.

Andrew Farago
Gallery Manager
Cartoon Art Museum

Cartoon Art Museum Event: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 from 7pm to 9pm

$5 General Public, Free for Cartoon Art Museum Members

Please click on these links for more information:

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Don’t Let Stwalley Win!

At the risk of sacrificing some of the spontaneity of the jam comics produced every third Thursday by the St. Paul cell of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy, I’ve asked anyone who cares to, to suggest a topic for the February 21, 2008 jam comic.

Any suggestions made before February 14, 2008 will be put to a vote, and the winner will not only see their idea brought to life, but will be awarded the original jam comic pages, compliments of the city of St. Paul.

So far, only Steven Stwalley has suggested a topic: “Elephants in underpants, the last of the old timers, and pancake phobia.” If you think you can come up with something better than that, go here:

and prove it.

Remembering the Self Publishing Movement essays at

The talented Jeff Smith has asked his collegues who were involved with the Self Published comics movement in the 80’s and 90’s to write about there experiences on his blog.

Jeff writes….

In the weeks that follow, I’ll be posting guest blogs from people who were there, like Colleen Doran, Larry Marder, Paul Pope, Terry Moore, Charles Brownstein, and others. I am currently extending invitations to newer indie cartoonists and professionals working now in the current era of web comics, indie comics, and graphic novels.

As I read the essays coming in, I’m reminded how much fun we had analyzing the industry and the comics community, and making up rules as we went along. But I’m also reminded how difficult it was. Our credo was to own and control your work. Something that isn’t as easy as you might think.

First up is an essay from the creator of A Distant Soil, Colleen Doran. It’s an excellent and fascinating read.

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Fail comics

At our most recent SFCC meeting, we created a series of cartoons that were inspired by the popular “Fail” meme. This was a great challenge and everyone seemed to enjoy the challenge. You can see all of our fail comics in this flickr set.

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