Archive for June, 2010

MPLS jam THURSDAY, JULY 1st–Brits to ruin holiday weekend(s)

It’s taken over 200 years, but Britain has finally figured out a way to pay America back for that insurrection thingy we did.  Yessir, every America (legal or otherwise–and earthlings in general, really) will be feeling the effects of this “spill” for generations to come…since there is a pretty good chance it’ll be leaking that long.  So if your name is JAMES POWELL you may not want to come to the jam this Thursday, or man oh man will there be a patriotic beating!!!  (Wait! No! Show up, James!  A beating in the name of misguided patriotism will land us on Bill O’Reilly for sure!  That’s great press!) 

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.


Mpls. Sat. Open Studio, July 3, noon to 4 p.m.

[Artist Uncle Sam]

Oh say, can you see by the dawn’s early light that it’s time for this month’s open studio? Take a break from taping firecrackers to beer cans and stop by to draw and socialize.

Saturday, July 3, noon to 4 p.m., MCBA Bindry (high tables)

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

Future Sat. Open Studios:
August 14 – Flexi Space

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The Conspiracy at The Minnesota Center For Book Arts 25th Annivesary Event this Saturday June 26th

Tomorrow from 1PM to 4PM, the Conspiracy will be collaborating with kids to make mini-comics and drawing caricatures on request as part of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts 25th Anniversary event. Cartoonists, feel free to just show up (ideally around 12:50) and participate. We’ll be in the Bindery.

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts has been a wonderful collaborator to the Twin Cities Conspiracy for a number of  years, donating our monthly open studio space, hosting our 24 hour comic days, and inviting us to participate in gallery shows in their space. They are a wonderful organization, and we feel very lucky to have them for friends.

More info here.

1-4pm: Make your own mini-comic with artists from the International Cartoonist Conspiracy, and get a personalized caricature! (for tweens and teens)

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CAM-JAM2010 #2 on Sunday July 18,2010 in San Fracisco!

CAM-JAM 2010 #2 logo

Hey artist, it’s time for another fun and collaborative comic jam at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. The last one was pretty awesome and allowed us to make THIS comic. If you are close, why not come and join us for a day of drawings and fun.

The Cartoonist Conspiracy SF and the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore present…

CAM-JAM 2010 – #2:

Retro Tikis and Texture

Sunday July 18, 2010! 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

It’s time for the 2nd comic jam of 2010, brought to you by the Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco and the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore. The goal is to create a 40 page Mini-Comic Jam anthology with this session’s theme: Retro Tikis and Texture.

The event is FREE to any artist who wants to participate, but spaces are limited and on a first-come-first serve bases.

A printed version of our final mini-comic will be available to participants for $5** each (includes printing and shipping) and will be mailed out in the following two weeks.

To see our last jam comic: CAM-JAM #1, “Samurai Sunday” …

Where: Lobby of the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St. San Francisco CA

When: Sunday July 18, 2010 – 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

Cost: FREE to participate, but copies of the final mini comic will cost $5**

What (to bring): Yourself and your favorite drawing tools, especially tools to make textures (stamps, rubbings, stencils, etc), inspiration and reference that fits the theme, and your networking paraphernalia.

(note: you are not required to attend the whole day, but you are encouraged too since it’s fun.)

11:00 am – Sign-in, set-up and schmooze.

11:30 am – Warm-Up Art Jam

12:00 pm – Post the warm-up drawings in the bookstore. Set up to draw. Take a break for a quick lunch or snack if you like.

12:30 pm Start the Comic Jam!

We will break into small teams of artists who will be tasked with creating a short portion of our 40 page mini-comic using the themes of the event. Card stock will be provided to draw on and some drawing tools too, but feel free to bring your favorite materials as well.
5:00 pm STOP

Clean-up and vote on your favorite warm-up drawing. The winner will get a prize of some sort.

** Each artist can get copy(s) of the final Mini-Comic for $5 each; a few extra copies will be available at the bookstore for a full price as our way of helping this wonderful non-profit museum out.

++ (Legal stuff) By participating in the Jam you are giving permission for your work to be placed on-line by the Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco and that a limited number of books can be sold as a fundraiser for the Cartoon Art Museum through its bookstore. Every effort to give credit and promote the participants will be made.

5:30 (optional) go out for food/drink and schmooze, draw more, network, have fun.

So, why not join us? Hope to see you there.

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Comic Jam in San Francisco TOMORROW night, June 24, 2010 in San Francisco.

OK Folks, it’s time for the 4th Thursday Comic Jam at the Borderland Café on Valencia St, San Francisco CA.

Find out more about the cafe HERE.

The Comic Jam is a fun way for local Bay Area artists to get together and make art/comics together.

Date: June 24, 2010. We regularly meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday.
Time: 6:30 to 9:30/10:00
To Bring: Yourself and favorite drawing tools. Examples of your comics and art too!

We hope to see you there.

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Ferdinand Magellan, the comic panel?

Frederick Melo is looking for an artist to collaborate with him on a comic strip… here is a description of the project from him, and his contact information:

Peanuts meets Zippy with a pinch of Doonesbury?

I’m a Minneapolis writer looking for a local artist who works for peanuts (Peanuts, get it?). My cartoon idea is called “Magellan.” This would be a simply drawn, 1, 2- or 4-panel strip, heavy on dialogue, featuring four urban hipsters in their late 20s. The common thread between them is Ferdinand Magellan, a somewhat sensitive, frustrated and neurotic copyeditor / headline writer at a Web service. Email reporterguy (at) and I’ll forward you up to 17 sample scripts.

Here’s an example of the typical four-panel repartee between Ferdinand and his best friend Weezie:

Ferdinand: Sometimes I feel damn useless.
Weezie: But swearing makes you so manly!

Ferdinand: So I have a college degree. If this were Caveman Days, I’d be eaten alive by mountain lions!
Weezie: The feline of the species is deadlier than the mountain goat.

Ferdinand: In Pioneer Days, I’d freeze to death.
Weezie: Michael Landon, protect us!

Ferdinand: In the Great Depression, I’d be selling my computer for parts.
Weezie: Effete intellectuals and blue state metrosexuals, unite! (Reboot! Reboot!)

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June 7000 BC Meeting

Saturday, June 19 | 1:30–4:30 | Santa Fe Library Main Branch | Santa Fe, NM

The June 7000 BC meeting will be held Saturday, June 19 in the Community Room at the Santa Fe Library Main Branch, 1:30–4:30. This will be a working meeting — bring comics to work on, take time to collaborate, or get input on your projects.

The library is in downtown Santa Fe. There’s limited, paid (but cheap) parking in the back, street and lot parking around, and possibly the lot across Washington Street at the First Interstate Building will be open. There’s a stop at the library for the Santa Fe Pick-Up and the meeting’s timed for those taking the train from Albuquerque.

New members and those interested in making comics are always welcome. Please send an email with any questions.

(Setup for the meeting actually starts at 1:00; if you’re available to help out, stop by.)

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Special Minneapolis Jam This Saturday, June 19th, at The Loft in Minneapolis

We will be having a special jam this Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Loft Literary Center in conjunction with their Graphic Novel & Comic Book Writing and Illustrating Conference. As always, it will be open to anyone who wishes to participate… we hope to have a lot of new participants. Here is a PDF with a lot more information about the conference. See you there!

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St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam! This Thursday, June 17th, 2010!

Join the St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Cell and create a jam comic at Cahoots Coffee! This locale provides us with not only a spacious room in the back of the shop, but also they have tasty mediterranean food for sale!

The jamming is easy and it’s a fun time! Just bring some drawing utensils, an idea for the jam, and a few bucks to get a tasty beverage or some chow — don’t forget to tip, the baristas really do appreciate that!

The jam will start promptly at 6:30 and run until 10:30 at the latest. Come earlier to reserve your space! Seating can be limited at times!

The meetings are open to anyone who wants to draw with us, and the results will be posted here at some date yet to be determined.

To join us come to:
Cahoots Coffee
1562 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55104
(Southeast 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
(Right next to Cahoots!)

Bus info here.

Hope to see you there!

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Last Minute Sushi Submission?

Fellow MN cartoonists: If you are planning on submitting a mini-comic for Lutefisk Sushi but don’t think you’ll make today’s deadline, don’t fear. We’ve received numerous emails from people just on the cusp of finishing, but who need a few more days.

If that sounds like you, please do the following:

1) Register yourself and your comic here:

2) Email contact [at] to let them know that you have a submission coming, and when.

3) Print up your 160 minis within the next week or so and get them to Altered Esthetics (1224 Quincy St NE, Mpls MN 55413) during their office hours (Tuesdays & Thursdays 1pm–7pm, Saturdays 1pm–5pm) or by mail.

As always, for more info go to:


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