August 7, 2009 7pm-11pm
1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY IS COUGHING blood and gasping on its deathbed. Newspapers lost their relevance a long time ago, and with internet media blossoming they can no longer compete. Readers and advertisers have moved on.

Unfortunately, newspapers are taking their beautiful bastard child, the newspaper comic strip, with them.

Today’s newspaper comics are much-maligned… and deservedly so. Today’s small strips, with mostly predictable, safe themes and bland characters are a pale shadow of what newspaper comics were in their wild and colorful youth.

110-or-so years from their birth, it’s been a good run. Let us not mourn the death of the

newspaper comics… rather, let us have a wake to celebrate what they once were, and to build something new.

The International Cartoonist Conspiracy, Big Time Attic, and Altered Esthetics gallery are collaborating to produce an oversized newspaper comics section like they would do it today if they still did it like they did it in the old days.

It will be called BIG FUNNY, and it will be both.

The paper will premiere at a show at Altered Esthetics in August, featuring some of the original art from the paper, along with historical comics pages from the dawn of the last century.

GET YOUR OWN copy of the massive 48-page funnies section for a mere FIVE CLAMS. The Big Funny newspaper includes original comics by nearly fifty local, national, and international cartoonists. Big Funny also includes musings on the state of the newspaper industry, a turn of the century classifieds section, and a profile of cartoonist William R. Ede.

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Big Funny Gallery show:

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Questions about the Big Funny Newspaper:
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