Archive for February, 2009

San Francisco Jam tomorrow Feb 26, 2009 and WONDERCON 2009! What a weekend.

Hey all. This week is going to be big for Cartooning with Wondercon 2009 this weekend.

1. Comic Jam on Thursday Feb 26, 2009
2. Wondercon 2009 Feb 27-Mar 1
3. Cartoon Art Museum Opening/Fundraiser

1 – The Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco comic jam is this week, Thursday Feb 26, 2009 the Church St. Café at 6:30pm. I expect some new faces who are in town for the convention.

We will finish up some old projects and work on a one sheet mini comic to take to Wondercon 2009.

Info: The Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco (CCSF) meets twice a month at 6:30 pm on the second and last Thursday of the month at the CHURCH STREET CAFé in San Fransisco CA.

WHEN: Thursday Feb 12, 2009 6:30 pm to usually sometimes between 9 and 10 pm.
WHERE: Church St. Cafe 260 Church Street San Francisco, CA 94114
MATERIALS: Bring your favorite drawing tools, paper, etc.


2 – Wondercon 2009 is this weekend from Feb 27, 28 and Mar 1, 2009. More info at: A great way to meet artist and inspired. Lat year there were 29000 people in attendance.

Guests include: Sergio Aragonés, Brian Azzarello, Ed Brubaker, Mark Evanier, Matt Fraction, Gary Friedrich, Dave Johnson, Jim Lee, Aaron Lopresti, Wendy Pini, Trina Robbins, Alex Robinson, James Robinson, Stan Sakai, Roy Thomas, Jill Thompson

NOTE: You can pre-purchase your admission on-line to save money.

You can find some of our members at the con:

Amy Martin Comics AA083
Brian Kolm/Atomic Bear Press AA047
George Webber AA084
(If I forgot you, send me a message and I will correct it.)


3- WonderCon Weekend Party at the Cartoon Art Museum.
Friday, February 27, 2009 from 8pm to 11pm
Tickets: Sliding scale from $10 to $35

“The Cartoon Art Museum’s Annual WonderCon Weekend Party will be held on Friday, February 27, 2008, from 8pm to 11pm. Admission to this ticketed event will be on a sliding scale from $10 to $35, with guests encouraged to contribute whatever they can to support the Cartoon Art Museum. Many of the featured artists and special WonderCon guests will be in attendance, including featured guests WATCHMEN co-creator Dave Gibbons and USAGI YOJIMBO creator Stan Sakai. Rare and signed books, prints and artwork will be raffled and auctioned throughout the evening, and additional special events and guests will be announced as the event approaches.

Special exhibitions featuring the comic art and props from the upcoming Warner Bros. film WATCHMEN; a look back at 25 years of Stan Sakai’s critically acclaimed comic book USAGI YOJIMBO; a spotlight on legendary Silver Age comics creator GENE COLAN; and highlights from the Cartoon Art Museum’s archives will be on display. Please visit or call (415) CAR-TOON for an updated list of special guests and events, as well as additional information about the museum.”

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MOMEntum at MCAD March 6th!

Quite a week coming up at MCAD… they are also having a show featuring the work of the artists in Fantagraphics’ MOME anthology (including locals Tom Kaczynski and Zak Sally). MOME is the best ongoing comics anthology around these days in my view, and the talent in it includes many of the best cartoonists working today. Needless to say, you won’t want to miss this.


When: March 6 – April 19, 2009
Where: MCAD Gallery: Concourse Gallery
Reception: Friday, March 6, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Talk with Tom Kaczynski and Zak Sally: Thursday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.
Note that MOME editor and cartoonist Eric Reynolds will be speaking Friday March 6th at 1PM in MCAD auditorium 150.

mome noun (1553) 1. archaic: fool; blockhead. 2. a quarterly anthology showcasing the best new talent of this decade’s rising cartoon generation.

MOMENTUM: The New Comics presents a retrospective of comic artworks published in the Harvey and Eisner award-nominated quarterly Mome (Fantagraphics Books), one of the industry’s leading contemporary anthologies. Anchored by an ever-evolving core roster of contributors, the lauded series showcases comic art’s best emerging talent alongside some of North America and Europe’s most respected creators. MOMENTUM artists include rising stars such as Sophie Crumb, Tim Hensley, R. Kikuo Johnson, Tom Kaczynski, Zak Sally, and Dash Shaw. Check out a gallery of sample work from MOMENTUM.

The Made at MCAD/MOMENTUM opening reception on March 6 will feature live music by hip-hop duo Elliot Looney and DJ Danny Sigelman, snacks and refreshments, and much more. No tickets required–fans of all ages are welcome to join in the fun, connect with other comic heads, and check out exciting new work.

Also on March 6 is an afternoon lecture with Mome editor Eric Reynolds. Find out more about this related event.

Just added! Join us for a gallery talk with comic artists Tom Kaczynski and Zak Sally on Thursday, April 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor Concourse Gallery.

To get caught up with Mome, read interviews with Mome artists, view galleries of their work and more, head to the anthology’s page at Fantagraphics Books.

The exhibition and gallery reception are open to the general public. Admission is complimentary. Click for gallery hours and directions to campus. E-mail or call (612) 874-3803 for more information.

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Free Screening! Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist

I received information this afternoon from Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Assistant Professor Barbara Schulz about Will Eisner Week events and the free screening of Montilla Pictures’ Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.

Will Eisner Week public events are beind held all around the United States including venues such as The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, The Savannah College of Art and Design, and by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in New York City.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) Comic Heads Scheduled of Events: Lecture Series and Documentary Screening

Will Eisner his influence and spirit. by Guest Speaker N.C. Christopher Couch, author of the Will Eisner Companion.

Special Screening: Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist. Directed by Andrew D. Cooke

March 1st. MCAD Main Auditorium 150. 1 p.m.

MCAD: Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis MN

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St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy’s February 2009 Jam!

Wow! What a great turnout! This is the second time in a row that the St. Paul jam had to occupy multiple booths at Cosmic’s! Kudos to all those that showed up!

Weird instances and lifelong conversation pieces are commonplace at St. Paul jams. For example, as you may or may not know we Cosmic Coffee’s regular group of patrons are a group of LARPers (live action role players – in this case they think they are vampires). Generally they can be annoying, lately they’ve been quiet, but this last time around? They were conducting interviews “in character.” One guy was dressed as a mime, another brought in a bass guitar, and yet another said he was a poet. I had no clue what was going on, but had someone come in to rob the place, I would not have known if it was real or not.

But don’t let the strangeness of the St. Paul jams deter you from coming to the next! It just adds character. If you’d like to participate in the next St. Paul jam, just show up on Thursday, March 19th, 2009 to Cosmic’s Coffee! Bring yourself and bring your friends, by force if you have to! Cartoonists have forced their friends to show up before! What’s stopping you?

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!

With the Minneapolis cell coming back down from their craziness cloud, we too decided to tone down our jam a bit. Yet another topic chosen by Ryan Dow, “How to Tell if Your Neighbor Went Bankrupt!”

Check it out!


The Darkness From Warsaw now available

The Darkness From Warsaw, the latest release from Panel Press, is now available

Haunted by something he found — or that found him — during the war, an old friend of Estelle White’s is back. And now his survival depends on her experience with the extraordinary and the resources of the nascent Special Qualities Research Laboratory to uncover the secrets behind the mysterious forces at work.

This supernatural thriller combines WWII history with fantasy in a world where there’s more than even the super-science of 1946 can explain. A standalone story featuring Estelle and Norris from Panel Press’ Death, Cold As Steel, including development sketches and alternate covers from artist Jamie Chase.

Order The Darkness From Warsaw trade paperback from Panel Press — and the shipping is free!

Preview a few pages of art at ComicSpace.

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Dogs: A Webcomic Experiment

I’d like to invite everyone to participate in a comic experiment I’ve just started, called Dogs.

The idea is based a little off of some meditations on Charles Dickens public readings, the nature of the internet, and just wanting to have a little fun.  The comic is not.

So what I’ve done is draw the first 27 pages of story, which provides a cast of characters, a setting, and several possible plot devices and hooks.  The hope is that you, the reader, will drop by and leave comments.  Who you think is who.  What you think is what.  What will happen next?  And so on.

Then I draw more pages of story and around and around it goes.

The full “rules”, and story, are here.

(I know, I know.  LJ is made of blinking lights and fail.  So is my knowledge of code.)

You can also find it here.

A sample page:

Oh, yeah.  I’m also doing it all in a ballpoint pen.  No, seriously.

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St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam! This Thursday, February 19th, 2009!

Image created using a candy heart generator.

Join the St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Cell and create a jam comic! It’s easy and fun! Just bring some drawing utensils, an idea for the jam, and 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? Please discuss on our message board.

We hope to see you!


BAM TOO! (Big Ass Mini-Comic) Anthology Looking for Submissions

Found here:

It’s time to announce that BAM TOO, the follow up to the experiment BAM! (Big Ass Mini-Comic) Anthology is gearing up for a serious go at the title.
We’re looking for artists who wish to lend their voice along with others in the spirit of some good comics.

Submissions guidelines can be found here at the S.P.A.M (Super. Powered. Anthology. Makers) website.

A few guests that are contributing:

Matt Feazell
Jefferey Brown
Andy Hartzell
Matt Bellisle
MH Campos

Just to name a few. A full list of contributors will be forth coming at the site which is a work in progress but open now.

More info to come.

Hope to see you there!

-J.M. Hunter, Publisher/Co-editor of BAM TOO! (Big Ass Mini-Comic).

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Blurred Books is Looking for Submissions

Info here:

Call for Submissions

Blurred Books is seeking experimental, alternative and/or underground work by both emerging and established artists operating at the intersection of art and comics for the “online comics” area of its website, for its Blurred Vision series of printed anthologies, and for its annual Blurred Vision group show at the ArtLexis gallery in New York City.

Blurred Books accepts work through the following process:

1. An initial selection is made of work for the “online comics” area of our website. These selections are featured on the home page of our site and then archived for a period of one year, which is automatically renewed for additional periods of one year unless the artist asks us to remove the work.

2. Once a year, a selection is made from the “online comics” area for work to be included in our printed anthology Blurred Vision.

3. At the same time, a selection is made from the “online comics” area for work to be included in our annual Blurred Vision group show at ArtLexis gallery.

Submissions may be anywhere from one page to twenty-eight pages in length, and should not have been previously published (with the exception of self-publishing, which is fine).

Submissions may be made via email, as screen resolution JPEG files (no more than 600 x 800 pixels per page), via an emailed link to an existing website where the work is displayed, or via photocopied submissions. Please include an SASE for any materials you wish to have returned. If you submit via snail mail, please include an email address, as receipt notification will be sent electronically.

Send Submissions to:


snail mail:

Blurred Books
10 Jay St
Suite 404
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Mpls. Sat. Open Studio, Feb. 21, noon to 4 p.m.

[Cartoonist with pigtails]

Valentine’s Day? Done. President’s Day? Done. Only one thing left to do in February. Draw.
Sat., Feb. 21, noon to 4 p.m., MCBA Bindery (the high tables)
Join us 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:
March 7 in the Flexi Space (the low tables)
April 11 in the Bindery (the high tables)

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