Archive for April, 2011

Just Add Ink – Workshops!

Hi everybody!

From now until Mid-May Altered Esthetics, Big Time Attic and The International Cartoonist Conspiracy will be doing workshops in several locations throughout Minnesota.

Workshops will include how to submit to this project, tips & tricks on how to create a mini-comic, demonstrations of professional cartooning tools, and we’ll be on hand to answer any questions you have on drawing, cartooning, or producing comics!

Interested in attending a workshop? Check the schedule listed below! Feel free to bring your favorite paper & utensils, or don’t — we’ll have paper & materials on hand. Workshops are free! Please forward this along to anybody you know that might be interested in participating.

More information about the Just Add Ink project can be found here:

Sunday, May 1, 12:00pm
Atomic Coffee
805 30th Ave S
Moorhead, MN 56560

Saturday, May 7, 1:00pm
UTurn Coffee Shop and Event Center
5 11 1/2 st SE
Rochester MN, 55904

Wednesday, May 11, 6:00pm
Altered Esthetics Gallery
1224 Quincy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Thursday, May 12, 7:00pm
Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar
Corner of 4th and Broadway
308 Prince St # 100
St Paul, MN 55101-1437

Saturday, May 14, 5:00pm
MacRostie Art Center
405 NW First Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Sunday, May 15, 10:30am
Vermilion Community College Classroom Building
1900 E Camp St
Ely, MN 55731

Sunday May 20 – 1:00pm
Altered Esthetics Gallery
1224 Quincy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

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Psychic Cartoons at AE’s 7th Anniversary Party This Friday!

We will be drawing cartoons to raise funds for Altered Esthetics, the wonderful non-profit community gallery we collaborate with, at their 7th anniversary party next Friday. For a suggested donation of $5, we’ll peer into your soul and give you a drawing of one of the following:

Psychic Readings
Dream Interpretations
Spirit Animals
Inner Demons

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to participate in this!

Read more about the event here.

Pictured above: Local Hero Kevin Cannon’s fantastic art donation to the Altered Esthetics fundraiser. See a gallery of other donated artwork here.

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City Pages Comix Issue — Call for Submissions!

Hey MN cartoonists, I hope you’ve got some free time set aside, because in addition to the Just Add Ink comic cookbook, now CITY PAGES is looking for comics for their annual COMIX ISSUE. This is a great opportunity to get your art printed on actual newsprint and spread out over the metro area. Plus, there’s money involved!

Download the submission guideline HERE.

Deadline is July 27.

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Cartoonist Conspiracy SF CAM-JAM Animation Art Jam on May 22, 2011 at the Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco is co-hosting a third year of CAM-JAM events with the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore. The event is on Sunday May 22, 2011 from 11am to 5pm and the theme will be… ANIMATION.

Yes, you heard that right! Our challenge will be to produce 30 seconds of DIY animation goodness that will use technology and old school art skills together to make something cool. We will have stations to do: Flipbooks, Wipe Board Animation and Sketchbook Animation.

The technique that is most intriguing is the Sketchbook Animation inspired by the short film Nosy Bear. The technique is to draw all the art for a couple seconds of animation in your sketchbook which is then composited on the computer into a short video.

The sample in this technique used in our trailer below was drawn on 4 pages of art on 8.5″x11″ card stock in about 2.5 hours and then about 2 to 2.5 hours scanning and compositing the work together. Here are the results…

CAM-JAM 2011- No1 Animation Jam – Sunday May 22, 2011 at the Cartoon Art Museum from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

So come on out and join a bunch of crazy cartoonist and make some animation. Artist of all levels are welcome.
The final work will be posted here on my blog after the event.

On May 22, 2011 the Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco and the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore will be kicking off the third year of CAM-JAM’s, cartoonist collaboration events. The CAM-JAM’s have tried different themes in the past such as Tikis and Samurais, but this time we will go with something a bit more challenging…Animation. With a mix of old school drawing goodness and desk top video technology we will attempt to collaborate and create 30 seconds of animation within the length of the event from 11am to 5pm.

Will you come and join us?

When: Sunday May 22, 2011
11am to 5pm
Where: Cartoon Art Museum – 655 Mission St San Francisco CA
Cost: FREE for participating artists
What to bring: Sketchbook and any drawing tools that you like. There will be materials available to use at the event, but it’s always fun to share how you like to draw with your fellow artists.

The event will feature…

– Wipe Board animation – filmed with a digital camera and stop motion software artist will create animation by drawing on that office favorite the wipe board.
– Flipbooks
– “sketchbook” animation – inspired by the technique used on the short film animated “Nosy Bear” created with small drawings on a few pages of a sketchbook that are then composite digitally.
– Samples of animation by local artists
– Prizes
– Networking
– Treats
– Fun

Our hope is that cartoonist and artist of all caliber will join in the fun and help create animation on-the-spot.

To sign-up ahead of time, email the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore at or sign-in the day of the event at the front desk

BONUS: ANY ARTIST who shows their sketchbook on the day of the event will receive 10% off their purchase in the museum bookstore. Note: a few items are not applicable for discount.

For more information or questions contact:
Brian Kolm from the Cartoonist Conpiracy –
Heather at the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore –


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Culinary Cartoonists Contribute! Submit to the Just Add Ink: Comic Book Cookbook Project (Deadline June 15th)

Details here!

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Local Hero Kevin Cannon Declared to be Best Cartoonist in the Twin Cities 2011 by City Pages

Nope, I sure can’t argue with that.

Congratulations, Kevin!

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Volunteers Needed for Altered Esthetics 7th Anniversary Fundraiser Drawing Event Friday April 29th!

Pictured above: Local Hero Kevin Cannon’s fantastic art donation to the Altered Esthetics fundraiser. See a gallery of other donated artwork here.

We will be drawing cartoons to raise funds for Altered Esthetics, the wonderful non-profit community gallery we collaborate with, at their 7th anniversary party next Friday. We need cartoonist volunteers to draw pictures for patrons offering donations. Bring your All-Seeing-Eye of Agamotto! Using our amazing ecto-ink, we will “read” the patrons to bring them personalized:

Psychic Readings
Dream Interpretations
Spirit Animals
Inner Demons

It should be a good time. We will be working in shifts, so you will have plenty of time to peruse, schmooze and booze as well. As always, any interested cartoonists are welcome to participate… but please, let me know you’re coming so I can get you on the schedule. To participate, email me at webmaster(at)

Read more about the event here.

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San Francisco Cartoonist Conspiracy meet up tomorrow night Thrusday April 14th, 2011

The San Francisco cel of the Cartoonist Conspiracy will be meeting tomorrow night on April 14, 2011 at the Borderland Cafe on Valencia St.

The Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco meets the Second and Forth Thrusday of each month and provides a way for cartoonists and illustrators to meet, network, collaborate, share, bond, connect and such. So bring your projects, materials, and creativity and join us.

Why not come by and join us.

Time: 6:30 to 9/10

Where: Borderland Cafe

870 Valencia St (between Cunningham Pl & 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
(415) 970-6998

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More Mini-Comics Day Comics Posted to the Internet

Ryan Dow’s mini-comic on the economics of mini-comics is being serialized on his website a page a day for a week.

Athena Currier is serializing her fun mini-comic on her site here, and has a report on the Minneapolis event.

Devin Kraft posted his comic he made at the Dragon’s Lair event in Austin, TX.

Check out this gorgeous one from Ingi Jensson.

Long-time mini-comics cartoonist Colin Upton has his mini-comic posted here.

Aardvark Farmer has his mini-comic and a video of him talking about it here.

Jesse Hughes has his mini-comic posted here.

April Nash has her mini-comic posted here.

Michael Anthony Carroll has his mini-comic posted here.

Lis Huey has her mini-comic posted here.

Martin Jackson posted his mini-comic here.

Sheika Lugtu posted her mini-comic here.

More comics were posted earlier at the Mini-Comics Day blog as well.

If you participated and put your comic online, let me know and I’ll link to it on the Mini-Comics Day blog. Email me at webmaster(at)

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Mini-Comics Day in New Mexico


Did we remember to get copies of the books made? Or even a list of participants? Did any more than three 7000 BC members finish their comics? Could it have gotten any nerdier in the meeting room at the Lomas Tramway Library? Were we organized enough to have some sort of award? Well, no.

But did we have an awesome time with a whole bunch of participants of all ages? Did we meet new comics creators? Did Larry’s Saddle Stapler save the day? Did Cheryl help everyone navigate the double-sided setting on the copier? Are we grateful to group members for volunteering their time, supplies, and expertise? Will we do this again? Heck, yeah!

Can you see more photos right here at the 7000 BC Flickr stream? Yep.

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