Archive for March, 2011

Just Add Ink Meeting at Psycho Suzi’s Tomorrow (March 15th) at 9PM

Again, way too late notice… my apologies. Please, please do come and get involved if you are wanting to help get our cartoonist cookbook together for our Just Add Ink show at Altered Esthetics in August.

Agenda from Jamie:

Hello All,

Just a reminder that we’ve got a meeting scheduled for tomorrow, 9:00pm, Psycho Suzi’s.

Preliminary Agenda
Decide roles
Decide on how submissions will work (Maybe a “Plan A” and “Plan B” depending on funding)
Talk about print processes and options (bring budgets and figures if you have any)
Website stuffs

Tuesday March 15th, 9:00pm – Psycho Suzi’s.

Action Items (from last meeting)
Everybody to look into the cost of printing various types of pages and books. (binders, etc.)
We can bring this information with us to the next meeting to make an educated decision.
Everybody think about roles and how you want to be involved.
Jamie to draft sponsorship level and create spreadsheet for sharing
Jamie will bring a few budget drafts to the next meeting
Danno to bake us all a cake

Some things to establish:
Submission guidelines
“Mini-grants” guidelines and budget (and checklist for Ae staff)
Distribution guidelines (This came up last time. 1 book per artist? Or 1 book per entry?)
What will go on the preliminary site (and who is creating it?)

Looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow!

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Check it YO! Representin’ the MPLS!

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Suit Up AE

Altered Esthetics in Northeast Minneapolis is offering some exciting workshops and events. The third Wednesday of every month is costume drawing night! This is a good chance to practice drawing fabrics with a variety of weights and textures. Go draw! Or go model! And–BONUS–if you go next week, you can take in the Fanboi show between poses.

Suggested donation $3
More info here:

Listen to the Geek Report for more upcoming events and opportunities!

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See Bob Lipski at Reading Frenzy!

Bob Lipski, creator of Uptown Girl is doing a signing/workshop at Reading Frenzy in Zimmerman, MN on March 12.
More info at his site, and at Reading Frenzy’s website

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Mpls. Open Studio, Sat., March 12, noon to 4 p.m.

[Artist spill]

Stop by to draw and chit-chat with your fellow cartoonists. The Open Studio is at the Minnesota Center for Books Arts. They have chairs, tables, central heating, a coffee shop and free, semi-functioning wi-fi.

Saturday, March 12, from noon until 4 p.m., MCBA FlexiSpace (metal tables)

If you can’t find us inside 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 Studio:
April 9, FlexiSpace (metal tables) Mini-Comics Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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HIVE 5 PDF Download!

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While the physical book of HIVE FIVE is a thing of hand crafted beauty we here at Grimalkin Press recognizes that sometimes you just want to dig out some pocket change, plunk it on the counter and get some goddamned comics! Well here it is! The entire contents of HIVE FIVE in a high quality PDF download. That’s 192 pages of thrilling indie comics for the price of a soft drink! Get yours before we come to out senses!

get the PDF!

Featuring work by

Cole Closser
Chris Mostyn
Joe Decie
Reynold Kissling
Sam Sharpe
Box Brown
Andrew Waugh
Daniel Locke
Dax Delap
Jess Smart Smiley
Hawk Krall
Noah Van Sciver
Lord Hurk
Lilli Loge
Gary Fields
John Kinhart
Jonathan Baylis
T.J Kirsch
Thomas A. Boatwright
Danny Hellman
David Ziggy Greene
Curt Sibling
Lauren Barnett
Josh Blair
Nicholas Labarre
Dave O’Shell
Paola Gavira
Paul O’Connel
Laurence Elwicke
Ed Choy Moorman
Eric Scrivner
J.B. Winter
Craig Collins
Iain Laurie
Gregory Benton

Cover Art by Megan Frauenhoffer

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Imaginary Friends Submission!

Hello my fellow cartoonists! I’m organizing a mini-comic anthology for an art show in early June. It is open to anyone; feel free to submit!

Submission Specifications:

Theme: Imaginary Friends

Just classic black & white or gray-scale.

1-4 pages.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 5th

If possible please send a bitmap or a tiff with a resolution of at least 300 dpi to me electronically. If you do not have access to a scanner, I can do the honors for you. Keep in mind your comic will be reduced down to a 5.5×8.5 half page mini-comic format. Please include the name you would like associated with your submission, the title (if any), and any blog or contact information for the table of contents.

Your comic can be emailed to me at: any time before the deadline, or dropped off at Diamonds Coffee Shoppe during the Minneapolis Cartoonist Conspiracy jam on May 5th from 6pm to 10pm. Each person that makes a submission will get one free copy of the anthology.

The anthology will have a print run of a 100 copies. It will be on sale at the opening reception of The Imaginary Friends art show on Friday, June 3rd at Infinitea Teahouse in Minneapolis from 7pm to 11pm. A “formal” facebook event will be created at a later date and will feature information on the artists included in the show and anthology.

The remaining issues will be distributed throughout most of the Twin Cities’ comic retail stores. As a bonus any proceeds of the sales will go back to the Cartoonist Conspiracy in the form of a pizza party at the Minneapolis Jam in July!

Thanks everyone,
Nick Straight


Minneapolis Jam #100: March 2011

Last night was our big 100th jam anniversary. Quick summary: We packed Diamond’s, left a mess. Then moved to Psycho Suzis, and left a mess. By meeting #200 I assume we’ll be trashing hotel rooms. But in spite of all the fun we still managed to get some drawing done, and it is presented below.

The theme this month is:

Insects vs. Vampire Role Players vs. Live-Tweeting

Hello, Friend.
Click image for pdf — a catty 6.4 mb!

Please enjoy.


Grimalkin Press in the MPLS

Hey guys my name is Jordan Shiveley and I run Grimalkin Press, a small publishing house for indie comics. Steve thought you guys might be interested in hearing about a few things we have going on so here it is:

1. The deadline for submissions for the sixth issue of HIVE: A Somewhat Quarterly Comics Anthology has been set at April 1st.


1-15 pages

Black and White or Greyscale

at least 300 dpi tiff preferably higher

No theme required

5.5×8.5 page format

2. HIVE FIVE is now available for preorder here. It is full of cartoonists ranging from Brazil, Germany, Scotland, UK and some of your very own Minnesotans.

3. We are accepting submissions for a one shot anthology themed around “JOBS IN FOOD SERVICE” There is not a due date as of yet and the tech specs are the same as the HIVE antho.


Looking forward to getting to know and working with the local cartoonist scene

all submissions should be sent to


-Jordan Shiveley


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At Long Last, the Centennial…

See you tonight.


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