Archive for October, 2008

7000 BC at NM Youth Unite

NM Youth Unite: Poetry Showcase 2008 | Friday, November 7 | 7:00-9:00 | Warehouse 21 | Santa Fe, NM

7000 BC will have a table at the NM Youth Unite: Poetry Showcase 2008 event, featuring youth poets from Santa Fe Indian School, Hands Across Cultures, Warehouse 21 and others, at Warehouse 21 on Friday, November 7 from 7:00-9:00. We’ll have comics from group members available and be spreading the word about our workshop at W21 on Saturday, December 6.

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APE: Alternative Press Expo – November 1-2, 2008 – CONVENTION and PARTY info

APE: Alternative Press Expo is this weekend and the Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco will have a table set up thanks to member Kraig Rasmussen. The table is at spot #250 (or #251)

Some of our other members will be exhibiting at the convention as well, so go check them out too:

>Amy Martin Comics    #273B
>Brian Kolm @ Cartoon Art Museum #364
>Fine Print Press: Kraig Rasmussen, Dan Salcido, Lori Stein, Mike Hales and Doc Popular #251 (or #250)
>Eric Ruston and Melaina Eller #534B

Admission is only $15 for both days.

CAM Alternative Press Expo Party: Keith Knight Closing Reception and Book Release Party for Jesse Reklaw, Hellen Jo and Olga Volozova

Cartoon Art Museum Event: Saturday, November 1, 2008, 8:00-11:00 pm. Price: Sliding Scale: $2 – $20

The Cartoon Art Museum, Dark Horse Comics and Sparkplug Comic Books proudly present The Cartoon Art Museum’s Alternative Press Expo Party on Saturday, November 1, 2008. Join special guest Keith Knight as we host the closing reception for The Knight Life: Bay Area Spotlight on Keith Knight. Additional guests include Jesse Reklaw, celebrating the release of The Night of Your Life, published by Dark Horse Comics, collecting the Ignatz Award-nominated webcomic Slow Wave; Trevor Alixopolous, creator of the Ignatz Award-nominated graphic novel The Hot Breath of War; Hellen Jo; Olga Volozova; David King; and Julia Wertz. Hellen Jo and Olga Volozova will be signing copies of their own newly-released graphic novels, published by Sparkplug Comic Books.

All of the aforementioned artists will be reading selections from their comics, as well as signing copies of their new books and selling limited edition prints and posters. Food and beverages for the event will be sponsored by Dark Horse, Sparkplug and a wide selection of local restaurants and merchants. Please visit our website the week prior to the Alternative Press Expo for a complete list of party sponsors and special events.

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CCSF: Comic Jam in San Francisco Oct 30, 2008

Our next Comic Jam is this Thursday October 30, 2008
where: Church St. Café – 260 Church Street San Francisco, California 94114
when: Thursday OCTOBER 30, 2008. 6:30 pm to usually sometimes between 9 and 10 pm.

For this JAM will be finishing up some older work as well as attempting to do an interactive/choose your own adventure comic , so come with your imagination and favorite drawing tools.

There is also a good chance that we will have examples of the books being sold at APE as well.

Some of you out-of-towners will be in town for APE, so drop on by and say ‘Hi’ to your Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco pals.

The jam is FREE but it’s nice if everyone could purchase something from the café we meet at so we don’t wear out our welcome.

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St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam Comic – October 2008

Thanks to all that helped celebrate the one year anniversary of our off-shoot, rebelious, trash-talking St. Paul cell by jamming out at Cosmic’s Coffee on October 16th, 2008! We even had a newbie show up, which is always nice to see! Please, show up next time too! In fact, bring your friends!

Last October, Kevin McCarthy, Bud Burgy, and myself (Daniel Olson) met at Cosmic’s to crank out a four page jam entitled “Tussles and Tights” – an homage to the great Muscles and Fights anthology. This year, with Kevin (now living in Milwaukee) and Bud (now living in a cave somewhere?) gone, I was the lone original. Although I was not alone! Scott Gallatin, Ryan Dow, Meredith (didn’t catch your last name), Roy T. Cook, Jon Sloan, and Tom (still can’t remember your last name) joined me as we descended upon the coffee shop to jam out and possibly rumble with some LARPers. To those that showed up this past month and those that have joined us before, I thank you. As stated in the past, any and all are welcome to join us!

An update on the status of the Milwaukee Cartoonist Conspiracy/Cream City cell… still forthcoming. Hey, McCarthy and Amado we’re still waiting!

I’ve posted our latest jam comic below. With the election just weeks away, this month’s title was “Presidential Smackdown (and also featuring) We Spent the Bailout on Pizza and Beer.” In order to view the jam, you can click on the image below, which will link you to the PDFs directly

Want to start up your own cell? It’s easy! Just follow this link: Start a Conspiracy in Your Community. Are you one of the many rival cells that we trash? Perhaps you are a LARPer and would like exact some “internet revenge.” If so, maybe you should do something about it and post something here.


You should really know all of this stuff by now.

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24 Hour Comics Day New Mexico Wrap-Up

24 Hour Comics Day was a big success at both Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque and at Warehouse 21 with the assistance of True Believers in Santa Fe. We had 24 “official” participants in Santa Fe (28, including folks who were working on other projects), 13 of whom finished 24 pages before the end, and 24 participants in Albuquerque (plus one blogger) with 8 completions.

There was plenty of liveblogging from the events; Santa Fe posts are at the official 24 hour comics blog:

Hour-by-hour posts from Albuquerque (Q-Town) are at as well — but they also had their own dedicated blog at 24 Hours in Q-Town.

24 Hour Comics Day is a completely volunteer-run event, so we truly appreciate the donations from Walter Burke Catering, Java Joe’s, Upper Crust Pizza, La Montanita Co-Op, and BAWLS, the official energy drink of 24 Hour Comics Day.

And thanks to the Santa Fe New Mexican for their article on the Santa Fe event, which printed while it was still going on.


Comics-making Workshop at Albuquerque Main Library

The Comic Story | October 1-31 | Albuquerque Main Library | Albuquerque, NM

7000 BC’s The Comic Story, an exhibit about creating comics, will run at the Albuquerque Main Library through the month of October. Work from a wide variety of 7000 BC members will be shown, with an emphasis on the process behind five different stories.

A demonstration of the process will be held on Saturday, October 25th, from noon to 2:00 pm. For more information, call 505 768 5141.

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24 Hour Comics Day Minneapolis Wrap-Up

A lot of fun was had in Minneapolis last weekend for 24 Hour Comics Day… if you haven’t already seen it, go look at the Minneapolis coverage on our event blog here. Ryan Dow, Dan Olson, Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon have all posted their comics… go here to get the links. We will be collecting the comics as a mini-comics set… go here for more info on how to participate in that. Get some sleep and start mentally preparing now for next year.

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Seven Days Left to Submit Mini-Comics for the 2008 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics

Heidi MacDonald at The Beat has the info.

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HOT INK: Comic Art in Minnesota reviewed

The Hot Ink: Comic Art in Minnesota show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art just got a great write up in The Star-Tribune (and Note that the article is 3 pages you have to click through to read.

From the article:

A populist complaint about the contemporary art scene is that artists today “can’t draw.” More to the point is that those who can draw have probably turned to cartooning. For anyone who appreciates great drawing, this show is a good place to find it.

You can check out some photos from the opening of the event here and here (thanks to Big Time Attic for pointing these photo galleries out… you can see a image of the print version of the article on their site)… please let us know if you see any more we can link to. Also, if someone could save a copy of the print version of the above article for me, I would much appreciate it!

Note also that if you haven’t seen the show, it apparently is going to be up until around March 2008… so you have some time.

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On-Line tools for 24HCBD

Creating a 24 Hour Comic Book means trying new crazy things. Here are some on-line tools to help get some ideas. If you will not have web access during the challenge you can always print out some and then pick one at random.

On-Line Tools:

Random Log-Line Generator – Random plot seeds

Samples: A therapist watches TV with a monk in a yogurt shop, Ravishing street performers discover their true selves.

Oblique Strategies (by Brian Eno) – Random Ideas

Samples: Don’t be afraid of things because they’re easy to do, Do we need holes?, What mistakes did you make last time?

“These cards evolved from our separate observations of the principles underlying what we are doing. Sometimes they were recognized in retrospect (intellect catching up with intuition), sometimes they were identified as they were happening, sometimes they were formulated. They can be used as a pack (a set of possibilities being continuously reviewed in the mind) or by drawing a single card from a shuffled pack when a dilemma occurs in a working situation. In this case the card is trusted even if it appropriateness is quite unclear. They are not final, as new ideas will present themselves, and others will become self-evident.”

Seventh Sanctum – Random Name and Ideas – Here you’ll find tools for writers, gamers, and artists; randomly assembling names, concepts, and more for when you need inspiration, or just a bit of amusement.

Samples: Superheros, RPG characters, Names, etc.

Random Plot Generator – Random fantasy/epic plot elements Sample:Advice for the Hero: If I maintain a secret identity, I will keep my transformation ritual as simple and quick as possible so that I cannot be interrupted during it.

Behind the Name – Random names

Lee’s useless Superhero Name Generator – Random Superhero Names Samples: Emerald Z, Doc Kid, Shadow Cavalier

50 Random Superhero Names (From the Men and Supermen RPG) Sample: 46 Blue Brain Maria Martinez female

Hero Machine On-Line – Design and Randomize Superhero art

Random Romance Generator

Irony Games random Maps for RPG

Band-o-Matic – Random band names Samples: Filth Elder, Net Lard

Random Emo Band Names

Script Vault name generator – Random names

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