Archive for July, 2008

INPUT REQUESTED: Gallery Show Next August at Altered Esthetics

The Cartoonist Conspiracy will be participating in another comic art extravaganza with our friends at Altered Esthetics gallery in Northeast Minneapolis next August. We want to get input from our membership about the two different directions we are considering pursuing for this event. If you are a Minnesota Conspirator, please vote in this poll, and give us your opinions in the comments. Please only vote if you are a Minnesota cartoonist who plans to participate in the event.

Direction one: Lutefisk Sushi Volume D
Another big limited edition box set collection of Minnesota Mini-comics. To read about the last one, go here.

Direction two: Newspaper Project (working title “Big Funny”).
This would be a large newspaper full of full page comics, funded by grants and sold cheaply. The plan would be to have a broader scope than the Sushi shows, and to include Conspirators from around the world rather than just regional artists if we pursue this direction.

Note that voting for direction two DOES NOT mean that direction one will never happen. In fact, direction one will almost certainly happen some time in the next couple of years. The question is whether that should be what we pursue for the show next August or if we should mix it up and do something else before the next Sushi show. Note that the Sushi shows have never been annual in the past… it has merely been assumed that they are annual. In fact, a year and a half to two and a half years has passed between these events. People just assume they are annual. They will most likely continue to do so whether we do a Sushi show next year or not.

GO HERE TO VOTE.

Note that the poll expires July 16th.

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Rice Cartoonist Conspiracy Tonight

For something completely different and by member vote, we are jamming and movie watching my place.  The location change is for this month only.  Call 320-492-0475 for directions on how to get there.

Here’s our report on how the last meeting went:  Enjoy!

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Twin Cities Zinefest 2008 this Weekend! July 12-13

The fifth annual Twin Cities Zinefest is happening this weekend. This time around Conspirator Sarah Morean is the main organizer. Ryan Dow of Introspective Comics will be there representing for us (thanks, Ryan!)… please do stop by his table and say hi!

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July 7000 BC Meeting

7000 BC · independent comics from new mexico

Saturday, July 12 | 5:15 | New York Pizza Department (pizza lounge in the back) | 2nd and Central | Albuquerque, NM

After the Warehouse 508 Block Party, we’re going to head over to the New York Pizza Department on the northwest corner of 2nd and Central for the monthly 7000 BC meeting. We’ll gather in the new “pizza lounge” in the back, where there is waiter service, so don’t order at the counter.

Start time will be around 5:15, to allow us time to pack up from the Block Party and get over to NYPD (for those coming from the Block Party, plan on leaving your car and walking over).

New members are always welcome. Send an email with any questions.

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Also, some photos from Wizard World Chicago 2008 are posted at 7000 BC’s flickr photostream, courtesy of Pete and Paul.

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Second Annual City Pages Comix Issue Out TODAY: When the Elephants Come to Town

Above: Tim Sievert‘s contribution to the Comix Issue.

The second annual City Pages Comix Issue that many Conspirators contributed to is out today! The theme was “When the Elephants Come to Town,” which is a reference to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul this year. Many items that did not fit in the issue were included online. The print issue will be all over the Twin Cities for the next week.

Among many other things, Kevin Cannon has contributed another one of his enormous, chicken-fat-filled cartoons:

Click the images to go to the City Pages Comix Issue, and see the above cartoon much, much larger!

Note that you can leave comments on the feature on the City Pages website here.

UPDATE: The City Pages Comix Issue was just featured in the Comics Reporter here.

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7000 BC at Warehouse 508 Block Party

Warehouse 508 Block Party | Saturday, July 12 | Noon-10:00 | 508 1st Street (1st and Roma) and The Cell Theater (1st and Lomas) | Albuquerque, NM

Warehouse 508, a new all-ages venue for the arts, music and beyond, and currently under construction at the old Ice House, is holding a free block party on Saturday, July 12. Starting at noon, the block party will showcase dance troupes, DJs, skateboard demos, a art gallery, and a car show featuring classic cars, lowriders, and high performance sports cars. At 5:00, outdoor activities will shut down and the rest of the evening will feature bands over at The Cell Theater on 1st and Lomas until 10:00.

7000 BC will be there with information about the group, comics, and our education programs, and will have comics from group members to check out.

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Swingin’ Hits anthology now available

Swingin’ Hits by Anne Thalheimer, Bill Couture, Blake Parker, Chris Grotke, Colin Tedford, Colleen Frakes, Daniel Barlow, Jade Harmon, Jennifer Omand, Kathie Mullen, Keith Moriarty, Marek Bennett, Marianne R. Petit, Matt Levin, Tim Hulsizer.

The fourth Trees & Hills anthology is themed around music, from the powerful memories that music can conjure to the joy in creating it and performing before an audience. Includes a bonus audio CD of music by cartoonists! (namely Jennifer Omand & Matt Talbot, Lucy Knisley, Marek Bennett, Keith Moriarty, James Kochalka, Chris Grotke, Tim Hulsizer, Cayetano Garza, and Colin Tedford.) Edited by Daniel Barlow & Colin Tedford. Cover by Gregory Giordano.

5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pgs. Available now for $5.00 at Trees & Hills Comics Distro!

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Jam this Thursday in Minneapolis!

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

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

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Freedom Opening July 4th at Altered Esthetics

Mark your calendar! Our friends at Altered Esthetics are having an opening on this Friday, the Fourth of July, that you can read more about here. Above is a detail of an immensely violent painting Danno will have hanging there.

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Sat. Open Studio, July 19, noon – 4 p.m.

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Sufin’ U.S.A. Saturday Open Studio
Sat., July 19, noon to 4 p.m., MCBA bindery (in the Flexi Space)

It’s hard to keep track, but the Open Studio is the third Saturday this month (July 19) — and the first Saturday next month (Aug. 2)! In any case, stop by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for cartooning, talk and air conditioning. If you can’t find us in the MCBA building, ask the friendly person working in the MCBA bookstore. This is open studio time — all are welcome.

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

Upcoming Open Studio dates:
Aug. 2 Bindery (high tables)

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