Archive for December, 2008

Minneapolis Jam: December 2008

Sorry this jam is so late in coming. I had to run it past the Milk Advisory Board due to page 10. And now for the title in a slightly bolder font:

Rejected! Art, Hot Dish and Dating

Click image for pdf — a sinewy 7 mb!

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string #10

Now available for download — the latest issue of string, the regular anthology of comics from 7000 BC.

Download a PDF of string #10 and check out future issues every month.

Previous issues: string #1 | string #2 | string #3 | string #4 (recommended for mature readers) | string #5| string #6 | string #7 | string #8 | string #9

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PLEASE NOTE: January Minneapolis Jam Date Changed to January 8th

Due to the fact that January first falls on the first Thursday this coming year, which is National Hangover Day, we will be having our monthly Minneapolis jam meeting January 8th instead.

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Super Fantastica Comix #4 (2009 Edition) — Call for Submissions

Hello Friends!

After the last three, successful, releases of Super Fantastica Comix, we are now taking submissions for Super Fantastica Comix #4 (2009 Edition).

If you aren’t familiar, you may be asking yourself, “what is Super Fantasica Comix?” Well, Super Fantastica Comix! (SFC!) is a compendium of comix created by talented, up-and-coming amateurs and professional artists alike.

Want to participate? Please read the following information carefully as submissions not following the guidelines will not be accepted.

Theme: Science Fair! What do we mean by “Science Fair”? Well, a science fair is generally a competition where contestants present their science project results in the form of a report, display board, and models that they have created. A science fair allow students in grade schools and high schools to compete in science and/or technology activities. Now, take your own spin on it!

Comic Dimensions: Submissions lengths must be between one to six pages, black and white, or greyscale. All pages will be printed at 5.5″ x 8.5″ including an eighth inch gutter on all sides. Therefore all art must not exceed the printable dimensions of 5.25″ x 8.25″. Make certain to include your name, title of the entry, and a web address (if applicable) on the first or last page of the entry.

Biographies: Each artist must compose a biography of no more than 100 words. Make certain to include your name, previous works, and any applicable contact information (i.e. web addresses, social networking accounts, etc.).

How to Submit: We will take submissions both digital and physical. If you choose to send your submissions digitally please format them at 800 dpi for black and white and 300 dpi for greyscale. Please save images as JPG or PSD file formats. Attach the files, along with how you would like to be credited, to superfantasticacomix at hotmail dot com. If you cannot send your submissions electronically, please contact superfantasticacomix at hotmail dot com and we will determine another method of shipment. Prior to submitting to this anthology, please contact superfantasticacomix at hotmail dot com with a rough estimate of your page count, so we can take into account the approximate size of the book and make a contingency for printing options.

Deadline:The solid deadline for submissions is Saturday, March 7th, 2009 at 11:59 PM CST. Its duel debut will take place at SPACE (Small Press and Comix Expo), which takes place in Columbus, OH from April 18 & 19, 2009 at the Aladdin Shrine Center and MCBA Microcon on Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Availability: These books will be carried at any establishment kind enough to carry them. Additional sites will become available as the deadline approaches. If you have a shop that you are aware of that consigns or purchases mini-comic anthologies, please e-mail superfantasticacomix at hotmail dot com with the appropriate contact information.

Compensation: Each participant will receive one free copy of Super Fantastica Comix — not much I know, damn the economy. If the participant would like extra copies, they can pay for them at cost. Generally speaking cost will be half of the cover price. Cover price will be determined by the amount of contributors to the book.

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St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy December 2008!

We were all tired of the holidays. We were all tired of the cold? Also, we were all tired of the pressure to consume? Thus, a record number of participants descended upon Cosmics Coffee to create “The Return of Krampus 2008!” However, Steve Stwalley suggested that it had something to do with my bitching last month about nobody showing up to the jam. Perhaps that’s the case, who knows?

If you’d like to participate in the next St. Paul jam, just show up on Thursday, January 15th, 2009 to Cosmic’s Coffee! Bring yourself and bring your friends, by force if you have to!

Want to see what we do while at the jams? Click on the image towards the bottom of this post to view our latest creation!

As with every Christmas at the St. Paul cell, Krampus graced us with his presence. Want to see last year’s Krampus offering? Click here. Don’t know what Krampus is? Click here.


Minicomics Dumptruck

MINICOMICS DUMPTRUCK seeks committed minicomics creators to join in the minicomics makin’ fun.

MINICOMICS DUMPTRUCK is a collective of cartoonists from around the country who join together via a podcast and their webpage to create and exchange minicomics in 4 month-long “rounds”.

The next round begins January 6th, 2009.

Here’s how the MINICOMIC DUMPTRUCK works:

1) Pre-register your name, email address, physical address (or PO Box), and a link to your website/blog with DUMPTRUCK poo-bah Kevin Cross at the MINICOMICS DUMPTRUCK forum.

2) During the live podcast on January 6th, 2009 at 9pm CST (7pm PST) they will pick some “items” which MUST be used SOMEWHERE in the course of the minicomic you are going to create. The items can be used as a central theme, a plot device, or even just a background gag. But the chosen items have to show up somewhere.

3) During the same podcast, a book LENGTH (generally 12 to 24 pages) will be assigned, as will a specific SIZE for your finished minicomic (in the first”round” they chose “quarter-size”-4.25″x5.5″–but this could and probably will change for round 2).

4) You then have 4 months to complete, print, and mail-off one copy of your minicomic to all the other “Truckers”. (All the other Truckers addresses will be emailed to you after the 6th.)

5) During the 4 month period, there will be a new podcast every two weeks or so where you are encouraged to call-in or participate via live chat on how your work is going, and to give thoughts and suggestions to your fellow Truckers (you will need to set up a Talkshow account to do this).
Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 24924

6) You are also encouraged to post your work-in-progress and to particiapte in the DUMPTRUCK forum.

7) Again, please only sign-on if you are 100% committed to the project.

Anyway, the DUMPTRUCK sounds like lots o’ fun to me, and I can’t wait to get started!
Hope to see you all at the dump!

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St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam! This Thursday, December 18th, 2008!

Tired of the holidays yet? The cold? The pressure to consume? Me too. Come join the St. Paul cell of the Cartoonist Conspiracy and Krampus this Thursday and blow off some steam! Just bring some drawing utensils, an idea for the jam, and although I already complained about pressuring consumption, please bring along a few bucks to get a tasty beverage — the baristas really do appreciate that.

The jam will start promptly at 6:30 and run until…whenever.

The meetings are open to anyone who wants to draw with us, and the results are posted here sooner rather than later.

To join us come to:
Cosmic’s Coffee Shoppe
189 Snelling Ave N.
St. Paul, MN 55104
(Northwest corner of Snelling and Selby)

More not than often we head on over to grab a brew at:
O’Gara’s Bar and Grill
164 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104
(Southeast corner of Snelling and Selby)

Bus info here.

Any questions? Ideas for the jam? Don’t have a clue who or what Krampus is? Please discuss on our message board.

We hope to see you!

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Submission Info for The Good Minnesotan and Struktur

Go here to read about how to submit comics to The Good Minnesotan #4 (Minnesota artists only) and Struktur, two interesting anthology projects from 2D Cloud. It should be noted that Good Minnesotan also appears to have exceptionally good distribution for a small press anthology.

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Sat. Open Studio, Dec. 20, noon to 4 p.m.

[Cartoonist looks at turkey leg]

Sat., Dec. 20, noon to 4 p.m., MCBA Bindery (the high tables)
The heck with last minute Christmas shopping. Buy some hot cider at the coffee shop at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and draw for a while. If you can’t find us in the MCBA building, ask the friendly person working in the MCBA bookstore. This is an open studio — 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

Sat. Open Studio schedule:
January 24 in the Bindery (the high tables)
February 21 in the Bindery (the high tables)
March 7 in the Flexi Space (the low tables)
April 11 in the Bindery (the high tables)


Some Twin Cites Cartoonists on KFAI’s Wave Project

Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon, Danno Klonowski and myself (Steven Stwalley) were interviewed by Britt Aamodt this evening (December 14th) on KFAI’s Wave Project about cartooning. The show will be online for the next two weeks. You can hear the interview here.

Note: The broadcast mp3 begins with the Somali Oromo radio show that preceded it… it starts at 1:38 in the file.


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