Archive for June, 2011

7000 BC at Albuquerque Comic Expo

Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE) | June 24–26 | Friday and Saturday, 10:00–7:00; Sunday, 10:00–6:00 | Albuquerque Convention Center | Albuquerque, NM

7000 BC is pleased to be a part of the inaugural Albuquerque Comic Expo, New Mexico’s premier comic book, pop culture and entertainment event.

For the first time ever, some of the biggest names in comics will join publishers, dealers, gamers, collectors, fan organizations, and more at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

This is our chance to build a major comic convention in New Mexico, so show your support and attend.

7000 BC will have a booth on the main floor, and many of our members and friends will have tables in Artist Alley. We’ll be updating our site with a list of can’t-miss comic creators, writers, and artists as the convention gets closer.

There’s still some space in Artist Alley — if you’re interested, we know a guy. Send an email.

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Saturday, June 18th — Bike Art Festivities!

Altered Esthetics’ 6th annual bike art show brings together some of the Twin Cities’ largest communities…artists, cyclists, and those who love both! Join us in creating another amazing exhibit of bike-themed photography, painting, sculpture and interactive art.

The opening reception is over, but there is still lots of bikey fun to be had:

Arty Garage Sale
Saturday, June 18, 2011 – 7am-12pm

Artists’ Discussion
Saturday, June 18, 2011 – 1pm-3pm

2nd Annual Bikini Bike Wash
Saturday, June 18, 2011 – 3pm-5pm

Show runs June 2 – 23, 2011

Altered Esthetics is a nonprofit 501(c)3 community gallery run by artists, for artists. Bringing together dimensional art, music, poetry, performance art, and film, we are one of the most creatively diverse galleries in the Twin Cities. Altered Esthetics holds group-shows so that multiple artists of all backgrounds can display their perspectives on a given theme, and works to sustain the historical role of artists as a true voice of society through exhibits, events, services, workshops, and programs.

If you would like more information about this event or Altered Esthetics, please contact Kara Hendershot at

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Call for Film Entries

IFP MN and the Walker are looking for short films (30 minutes or less) made in the last couple years to be featured on TPT. “The showcase is a series of three one-hour broadcasts on TPT, featuring short films by Minnesota filmmakers of all levels of filmmaking experience.” There is no fee to apply, but the deadline is coming up soon–June 16th! Click here for more info.

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Northeast Calendar Project

Northeast CDC is looking for artwork celebrating Northeast Minneapolis to be featured in a calendar for 2012. If you have artwork that would be a good fit for the project, submit it online, and it could appear in print (and even win you a little cash!) Follow this link to learn more.

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Minneapolis Jam: June 2011

Summary: Ryan Dow led a spirited discussion about self-promotion. Before we knew what was happening we had all purchased copies of his book, “Failing Buddhism.” As always, we videotaped the Summit, and those videos will be posted online eventually.

Next month the Nordeast Comics Summit is pleased to welcome Zander Cannon to the stage for a talk entitled, “Conceiving, Plotting, and Structuring a 3-Act Story.” Get your clipboards ready for that one. And after that look for Rob Stenzinger to discuss bringing your comic book characters into a video game context (Aug. 4) and then Staplegenius himself, Danno Klonowski, will be taking the floor on September 1 (details forthcoming).

If there’s a topic you’d like to see or even lead yourself, contact me at nordeastcomics [at] The next available date is October 6, 2011.

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Since you’re reading this you’ve probably figured out that the world didn’t end as predicted. As such, self-proclaimed prophets get a right proper skewering in:

The Prophet Speaks: AIDS and Toast

Hello, Friend.
Click image for pdf — a butter side down 3.5 mb!

Please enjoy.

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Terry Beatty’s One-Man Comic Convention This Saturday!

I was sorry to hear the other day that Terry Beatty is leaving Minneapolis… his wife got a new gig in Kansas City, so his family is heading down there. Terry is having sale of some of his large collection of wonderful things this Saturday. Stop by on Saturday and wish him well on his journey, and help him lighten his load. Details here.

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Minneapolis Jam and Nordeast Comics Summit #3 This Thursday, June 2nd

Come at 6:00 for the pre-jam Nordeast Comics Summit:

TOPIC: Getting Over Self-Promotion Stage Fright
DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2011
TIME: 6 – 6:30 pm
LOCATION: 1618 Central Ave NE, Ste. 216, Nordeast MPLS

More info on the Nordeast Comics Summit website here. You’ll want to check out that site regardless of whether you plan to attend, as it links to a wealth of educational material that Big Time Attic has written.

Follow the Nordeast Comics Summit on Twitter! handle: NORDEASTCOMICS
The Minneapolis Cartoonist Conspiracy meets at 6:30 until 10:00 the first Thursday of every month at Diamond’s Coffee Shoppe in Northeast.

Afterwards, please join us to draw some 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.

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Mpls. Sat. Open Studio, June 4, noon to 4 p.m.

[Artist with sunhat]

Summer is upon us — don’t forget your sunscreen! Stop by to draw and chit-chat this Saturday with your fellow cartoonists. The Open Studio is at the Minnesota Center for Books Arts. They have chairs, tables, a nice coffee shop and free, semi-functioning wi-fi. It’s perfect for cartooning.

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

This is an open studio — all are welcome.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Open Book building
(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:
July 2, Bindery (high tables)
August 13, Bindery (high tables)

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