Archive for May, 2016

Local Comics Pop-Up / June 7000 BC Meeting

Local Comics Pop-up at Big Adventure Comics | Saturday, June 11 | 1:00 | Big Adventure Comics | Santa Fe, NM

7000 BC members will be a part of the independent comics sale at Big Adventure Comics in Santa Fe on Saturday, June 11 starting at 1:00. New Mexico-based writers and artists will be selling their creator-owned books and talking about how they work.

This is a great opportunity to support local talent and to connect with people making comics in New Mexico. Local creators, if you’re interested in a free table, send an email.

It will also be 7000 BC’s June meeting, there will be business conducted later in the afternoon.

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Denise Fick Cartoon Screening June 9th

Here is a message from Denise Fick about a cartoon screening she has coming up:

I attended a couple Cartoon Jams around 5 years ago (at Diamonds and the coffee shop on Snelling) when I lived in St. Paul. I live in SW MN now and sadly can’t make the jams anymore. I wanted to give CCTC a heads-up that I’m screening my latest cartoon at the St. Anthony Library at 7pm June 9th. I’d be very happy if you could tell others at the Open Book event Saturday (or any other time for that matter) about it. I made the cartoon with the support of a state art grant. Members might be interested. Here’s a link to my facebook page:­town There’s a trailer that gives a pretty good idea of what the 30 minute cartoon is like. Thanks, Denise

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Come Jam in Minneapolis Thursday, June 2nd

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.

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Saturday, May 28, Open Studio at MCBA, noon to 4:00 pm



Next open studio:

May 28, lower level print room, metal tables
Noon to 4 pm
At the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

We’ll be in the bindery at the high tables.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Open Book building
1011 Washington Avenue South

Future Saturday Open Studios:
June 25, flexi space, metal tables
July 30, level print room, metal tables
August 27, flexi space, metal tables

Coffee, tea, beer, wine, and food are available. Also wi-fi.

Parking options:
* Free in the lot immediately east of the building
* Metered street parking on 3rd Street (one block south of Washington Ave.) for 25 cents an hour
* More expensive metered street parking on the other streets
* Walk or ride your bike

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Squirmish: The Beast Battling Card Game

Hello, fellow conspirators!

A card game called Squirmish that I’ve been working on for the last year and a half is currently on Kickstarter (ending June 12th). Please check it out! I’d love to hear what you think about it. It is a 2-4 player beast-battling card game for ages 7+, and it takes about 30 minutes to play.

Here is the video for the kickstarter:

Here is what the reviewers are saying about it:

“Overall, I’ve had fun with Squirmish both with my kids and with adult players. I think it’s a lot of fun for families. The dice-based abilities mean that there’s still a good amount of chance involved, which gives less-experienced players a chance to take on more-experienced players, so gamers who want something with pure strategy may not like it quite as much. And don’t forget to shout your battle cries as you enter the fray!” – Jonathan H. Liu on Geekdad.

“I get several requests for Kickstarter previews every week. Recently, I was sent a request for coverage for a game called Squirmish that was designed by a gentleman named Steven Stwalley. My heart sunk a little bit when I saw the words “card” and “combat” in his elevator pitch, but that all went away when I looked over the art assets he gave me. Squirmish’s art is juvenile, obnoxious, and maybe even a little gross. In other words? I loved it.” – Stephen Duetzmann at Engaged Family Gaming.

“It’s a really good game! I like the fighting.” – Ty (age 9) of Board Gaming at Home.

“Ty’s age, absolutely brilliant game. If there’s one downside, it’s the sheer variety.” – Russell of Board Gaming at Home.

“I like all the little characters that have been made up… they’re great fun.” – Kelly of Board Gaming at Home.

“Want battling beasties that you don’t have to find in blind packs? Want the world’s best collection of creature designs, names, and battle cries (that provide +1 damage if shouted aloud during your turn) that I have ever seen? Want a kid’s card game you’ll actually want to play with your kid? Back this very modest Kickstarter and get the whole 108-card pack (plus stretch goals)! Highly recommended.” -Zander Cannon (Eisner-award-winning cartoonist behind Kaijumax, Heck, and Top 10)

The initial deck is 54 cards… it goes up to 108 cards if we hit $15,000.

Thanks for listening! Please tell your friends!

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May  16 invite

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string 2016 Free Comic Book Day edition

7000 BC’s annual free ashcan sampler of independent comics from New Mexico is now available for download.

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Cartoonist Conspiracy Spooner, WI Cell

I’m trying to flush some cartoonists out of hiding in the Wisconsin woods to get some jams going in the future.


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