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Monday, October 15, 2007

Great List of Resources for Cartoonists

Caleb Monroe has posted an amazingly huge list of resources for cartoonists here. It includes big lists of anthologies and publishers accepting admissions, among other things. He intends to update his list regularly.

Here's the Table of Contents:

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (click to jump)
00) Comic Writer Services ***New!***
01) Featured Items
02) Submission Guidelines Introduction
03) Anthologies
04) Publishers Accepting Submissions
05) Talent Searches/Contests
06) Publishers Accepting Submissions, But Not From Writers
07) Publishers Not Currently Accepting Unsolicited Submissions
08) Self-Publishing
09) Publishing Grants
10) Miscellaneous Resources
11) ENGINE Archive ***New!***



Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Tradio: Pentel's Fountain Pentel Replacement

I wrote the other week about my love of the Fountain Pentel, and how I was about to acquire a replacement for it from Wet Paint.

I have now purchased it and tried it out, and it is a wonderful thing!

The new Fountain Pentel actually isn't called a Fountain Pentel... it is called a Tradio. The flexible tip is the same as the one on the Fountain Pentel (although it is black instead of white)... it gives you great versatility in the thickness of the line you are drawing depending on how much pressure you apply. This is what really sets it apart from other pens.

Other than that the Tradio is quite different... and quite an improvement over the previous model.

Unlike the Fountain Pentel, the Tradio is a refillable pen. Although I was hoping this might mean I could fill it with whatever ink I wanted to, this is not the case. The refillable cartridge is quite large and enclosed... and it includes a new nib. Essentially, the refills are the whole pen, minus the case. You could, if you were inclined, just buy the refills and use them as pens... not that I recommend it, as it wouldn't be very comfortable to hold.

The refills aren't terribly cheap, but they are very comparable to the price of a Fountain Pentel when they were still manufactured.

One of the major problems with the old Fountain Pentel was that it was essentially a felt tip, and the tips would often dry out and kill the pen. So far, that problem seems to have been eliminated with the Tradio... the ink, which is free-flowing liquid rather than ink soaked into a felt tip mass (as was the case with the Fountain Pentel), flows smoothly and easily.

The ink is also seems to be blacker than the ink in the Fountain Pentel... hopefully this means I won't experience the fading issues I had with the ink in the Fountain Pentel, although I won't know the answer to this for years.

All in all, the Tradio is a wonderful and relatively inexpensive pen... I can't recommend it highly enough. You can order one from Wet Paint here (which I believe is currently the only North American distributor for these wonderful pens).

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Review of the ACKERMAN PENS' "PUMP PEN" from Linda Medley

Linda Medley, the artist and creator of the comic book Castle Waiting has posted an interesting review of the Ackerman Pens' Pump Pen (One Fussy and Messy Little Pen! Is It Worth It?). Linda gives a detailed review that should be great reading for any artist interested in different drawing tools , especially those interested in classic dip/nib pens. She illustrates the review with examples she created with the pen for her current in progress comic book.

She also includes a section Make your on DIY Pump Pen.

You can read it HERE.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

The Fountain Pentel, and why I love Wet Paint

I've been using the Fountain Pentel as my pen of choice for many years, and I love them... The Fountain Pentel has a unique plastic nib which bends to draw a different thickness of line depending on how much pressure you apply. They are fun to use, and like no other pen I've ever experienced.

I actually bought a gross of them in the 90's as I was afraid they would stop making them, as they were always a hard to find pen. My supply of this unique pen is dwindling.

Looking recently for replacements, I discovered that, horror of horrors, my premonition was accurate and they are no longer sold in the US... in fact, I couldn't even find an image of the Fountain Pentels I use online, they are so out of date. Here's one for you I just scanned:

Fortunately, in St. Paul we have Wet Paint, the world's greatest art supply store. I contacted Tim Jennen, the marketing manager and buyer for Wet Paint (who also happens to be a member of the Conspiracy) and let him know about my dilemma.

Tim has a passion for hunting down obscure art materials, and he just emailed me some good news shortly after my inquiry:

Hi, Steve—

I’m still hoping to bring in the regular Fountain Pentel at some point, but I have brought in a different version of this pen that I found—the Tradio Fountain Pentel, which is refillable. Here’s some info on it:

Tradio Fountain Pentel TRJ50

Tradio Fountain Pentel

A fountain pen with the perfect combination of style and performance. A flexible plastic nib creates a variety of line widths, from thick to thin, depending on the angle and pressure applied. The innovative, see-thru free-flowing system delivers a consistent ink flow for smooth, effortless writing from the first stroke to the last. The ergonomic barrel design provides added comfort and writing control. Black ink. Uses Pentel's MLJ20 refill in black.


The pen is $10.00, but on sale during our Make Your Mark sale through the end of April at $8.50. The MLJ20 refill is $3.95.

The next time you’re in the store, check it out!


Tim Jennen, Marketing Manager/Buyer
Wet Paint: Artists' Materials & Framing

Refillable! This is very exciting news to me, as my major gripe with the (disposable) Fountain Pentels I've used is that they fade with age... hopefully the ink in the cartridges is non-fading, or I can figure out a non-fading ink solution for this. I can't wait to try one... I'm gonna try and make it over to Wet Paint this weekend, and I'll give you a comparison to the disposable models once I try this out.

So now Wet Paint is apparently the only US supplier for two of the greatest cartooning tools ever created... the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (which we've mentioned many times before) and the Fountain Pentel. I believe they are also the last place left that you can buy supplies for gocco screen printing machines, which are quite wonderful.

If you're looking for a specific art supply and can't find it anywhere, contacting Wet Paint is a good bet... they have an online store with their wares as well, so you don't have to live in the Twin Cities to get a hold of these wonderful tools. Their prices are great too... we're very lucky to have them in the Twin Cities.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Help the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund by Surfing the Web

I recently found out about the search engine, which donates a penny for every search you make to the charity of your choice. This is an easy way for comics enthusiasts to help out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The search engine is powered by yahoo, so it should work pretty well. Here's a news video about it.

You can see on the site how much has been raised so far for the charity of your choice... so far, in the history of the search engine, a total of $1.89 has been raised for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. We can do a lot better than that. Get searching! I just made them four cents!

Obviously, one person doesn't make a ton of difference doing this, but an organized effort definitely can. The above video mentions one charity that made over 2 grand.

Unfortunately for the Fantagraphics Legal Defense Fund, only non-profits can earn money from goodsearch... otherwise I'd suggest searching for them, since the CBLDF has unfortunately decided not to assist them with their current legal troubles. However, you can still do yourself a favor and support Fantagraphics by buying some of their numerous excellent books!



Thursday, February 22, 2007

How to Make Mini-Comics

We recently completed work on the first volume of the Cartoonist Conspiracy L'il Library (to be used at this weekend's Mouth Off event at The Center For Book Arts)... How to Make Mini-Comics. Click on the image below to download the pdf... then print it out, cut it up, fold it, staple it and learn. Please note that this is a pretty big (4MB) file, so please help conserve our bandwidth and only download it if you intend to use it.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 License. It may be printed and distributed freely. It is intended to be an educational tool, and it is our hope that it will be widely used as a "textbook" for teaching how to make a mini-comic.

Thanks to Adam Wirtzfeld, Bob Lipski, Maxeem, Bud Burgy, Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon, Dank!, and Eric Lappegard for helping me (Steven Stwalley) put this together.

Note that any cartoonist who is interested can contribute a volume to the new Cartoonist Conspiracy Li'l Library. This is intended to become a downloadable pdf library of cartooning tips and techniques in mini-comics format, all using the above creative commons license. Let us know if you're interested.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Conspiracy Website Updates: Feeding Frenzy

I've been doing some updates to the site and adding some new features today. If you're reading this on the site, and not in a newsreader, you can see we now have a handy bunch of site navigation on the right hand side of the page, which hopefully will make it easier for people to find what they are looking for.

Four of the links are to some new feeds we've added to the site:


This is a feed that mixes this blog with some other conspiracy blogs, such as the just-joined-today North Carolina Webcomics Coffee Clatch, 7000 BC, and The Comic Creators Network of Kansas City's the Kansas City Comics Scene Blog. If your cell has a blog they want added to this feed, let me know and I'll add it. Additionally, this feed will include items I find elsewhere that seem appropriate (which is true of all the new feeds).


This is a feed mixing various conspirators feeds... any conspirator who has a feed can be added to (or removed from) this feed who wants to be... just contact me and I'll set it up.


This is a feed of various posts from various feeds around the web that aim to teach something to cartoonists, animators, self-publishers, etc.


This is a feed of feeds from various comics news and opinion feeds... unlike the lessons feed, it is not edited by me... it includes all of the info coming in from these news sites. If you would like your comics news feed added to this feed (or removed from it), let me know and I'll take care of it.

All of these feeds will be updating all the time... if you're interested, I highly recommend using a newsreader to subscribe to them. I use Google Reader, and it is an excellent one (and it lets you access it from any computer with an internet connection).

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Stwalley's New Blog

I've altered my personal website at to be a blog. You can subscribe to it here, if you're inclined. It will talk a lot about comics and cartooning, as well as a multitude of other topics that interest me (old music, weirdness, animation, technology, etc, etc, etc).

In addition to the mail feed on the site, there is a feed on the right side of the page that is also "Stwallskull's Interesting Links" a very frequently updated list of choice articles that I run across on the web on a wide variety of topics of interest, including, of course, comics and cartooning. You can subscribe to that here.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

How To Exhibit

For those of you unsure about how to go about getting a table to exhibit at a comic convention, New Mexico's Over The Top Comics presents this instructional video:

The first video in their series, Drawin' Comics Like We Do, is here.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tips and Tricks From Big Time Attic


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Interesting Articles From the Comics Reporter

I was just perusing Tom Spurgeon's Comics Reporter website and ran across some articles there that I thought would be of interest to you all (check them out at the links below). While you're there you may want to subscribe to The Comics Reporter blog as well (which is the main page of his site). Tom provides some of the best coverage of comics news on the internoodle.

Why Should I Make a Mini-Comic

Getting Published -- Comic Books

Getting Your Daily Newspaper Strip Syndicated

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Places to look for Cartooning Gigs

There are enough cartooning gigs appearing online these days that I can no longer keep up with them, although I'll keep trying... there is a list on the top of the site (and the left side of the home page) of things I've heard about and got around to adding, and we have a section of the message board here that anyone can post their opportunities to. Fortunately there are other places to check as well!

Conspirator Andrey Feldysteyn does an excellent job keeping up a list of cartooning opportunies, with a focus on international cartooning and gag comics competitions (among other things).

The Comics Journal message board has frequent opportunites that pop, particularly for the small-press cartoonist:

Here is another newer site called focusing on various general cartooning gigs.

The Digital Webbing forum used to be a good place to look for more mainstream comic book industry gigs, although I don't see much of that there these days glancing at it.

I'll post more of them here as I run across them... please post others on the message board here if you know of them!

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Creative Commons Launches Tool to Reclaim Your Old Copyrights

There is an interesting post on Boing Boing today regarding the Creative Commons new "Termination of Transfer" tool for regaining old copyrights.

"Creative Commons has a new "Termination of Transfer" tool that could change the way that copyrights work in America forever. If you're a creator who's signed over your copyrights, the law lets you get them back from your publisher, label or studio 35 years later, no matter what your contract says. However, the process for reclaiming your rights is incredibly complicated, so practically no one can take advantage of it."

This tool is intended to change that situation. Hopefully it will be used by many, many cartoonists who want to reprint old work, but who lost the rights for whatever reason. Read more about it at the link.

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The Comics Reporter Calendar

Tom Spurgeon of the Comics Reporter has a new calendar of comics related events on his site. He encourages folks to send their comics related events for him to add as well.



Monday, September 25, 2006


Dirk Deppey has started up his excellent Journalista! blog at the Comics Journal again, which I'm sure will rapidly become one of the best read blogs in comics, if it isn't already. Deppey has a broader scope that anyone in his coverage... the only comics blogs that really compete are The Beat and The Comics Reporter (other comics blogs, including this one, tend to canibalize from these three sources probably more than any others). Of note in particular for cartoonists looking to promote their work or activities is this note in Journalista!:

Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email me at and let me know. No sales-only events, please — it’s nice that you’ve marked things down at your store or website, but I won’t be listing it here.

The entire Comics Journal website has been redone, including much more exclusive online content. They now have a PHPBB message board, where you can actually make edits to your posts, which is nice.



Thursday, September 21, 2006

Old Paper

I just discovered Kevin Huizenga's blog... Huizenga is a wonderful cartoonist and the proprietor of the very cool USS Catastrophe minicomics distributor.

He has an excellent post here on the destruction of old paper by libraries, including much (probably most) of comics early history... we almost lost the brilliant color Krazy Kat strips (currently getting beautifully reprinted by Fantagraphics). Here's a quote he posted from Bill Blackbeard, to whom we all owe an huge debt for his enormous contributions to comics preservation (which he practically invented).

"There are just over four hundred and fifty of them, and each one a masterpiece of graphic comedy. The marvelous product of the last nine years of Garge's richly fruitful life, these weekly color Krazy Kat pages, stunning as they are, almost failed to physically survive the editorial and institutional rigors of their time. We are, in fact, damned lucky to have them on hand at all as source material for this series. There were, you see, just two newspapers -- six day a week sports and crime news afternoon newspapers, throwaway rubbish -- that printed virtually all of the color Kat pages from start to finish. Neither the New York Journal nor the Chicago American, sensational Hearst papers, had any referential status at all, and most libraries in their sales areas shunned them -- two papers that virtually no one of any artistic or literary taste and judgment ever saw fro mthe the strip's 1935 start to its 1944 conclusion. Two tombs for the foremost comic strip of all time.

Luckily there was a single dedicated comic strip buff, August Derleth of Sauk City Wisconsin, founder of Arkham House in 1939, who clipped and saved every color Kat page, donating his run to the Wisconsin State Historical Society..."

Quote from Bill Blackbeard's introduction to Krazy & Ignatz 1935-1936: "A Wild Warmth of Chromatic Gravy"



Behind the Scenes of For Better or For Worse

For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston is easily one of the best done comics in the newspapers these days, and it has been for over 20 years now. Here's a behind the scenes look at how a FBOFW strip is created, which is pretty interesting & has some good tips for cartoonists.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ivan Brunetti's 22 Panels That Always Work

Here's Ivan Brunetti's 22 Panels That Always Work.

Note that the subject 2200 Panels That Always Workhas been added to the ongoing online jam section of the message board... add your own!

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work


Friday, February 17, 2006

Participate in MicroCon

MicroCon is coming up on April 30th this year at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The Minnesota Comic Book Association puts on some of the most creator-friendly comic conventions in the US, and they have invited the whole Cartoonist Conspiracy to attend. The MCBA continues to offer free space to ALL cartoonists at their conventions (they are also responsible for FallCon). That's right, ANY CARTOONIST can get a space for FREE at a convention loaded with comic fans. It is very rare to have this sort of opportunity, I hope a number of you will take advantage of it. At most conventions you have to pay for space, and it isn't cheap.

For more information, and a form to send in asap so they will reserve you a space, download this pdf.

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Using Blogger to Syndicate Your Comics on the Web for Free

I'm using blogger to post my comics on the web ( it works great, for my purposes. It makes content management extremely simple, and makes it easy to offer subscription via rss feeds.

It is totally unnecessary to have any knowledge of web page building or anything to use this system... the blogger system is extremely easy to set up, and they will host all of your content for you if you want them to (or you can host it yourself, as I do, but that takes a wee bit of work & knowledge).

It is well worth picking up a bit of basic html tagging knowledge for posting to your blog... there are only a couple that are absolutely necessary to know though... the "a href" tag for linking, and the "img" tag for adding images to your posts. Here's a good "cheat sheet" for html. Really, this stuff is easier than pooping... don't be intimidated by it. You just put one tag at the beginning of the area you want to affect and one at the end with a / to close it. And you can look at almost any page on the web for examples of how to do this by going to the view> source option in your browser. EASIER THAN POOPING!

Blogger will set you up with a basic template for your site to begin with, but you'll most likely want to alter it. Again, a little knowledge of html goes a long ways to making your site more useful. For example, you will probably appreciate it greatly if you make the width of your content wider so you can do larger comics without breaking your page. The Soapy site is built off of the main default Blogger template, minima, with alterations to make the page wider, add a header, and to have some useful menus down the side. View the source and you can probably figure out how I did anything if you want to copy it for your own purposes. You may want to copy and save the template in a blank text file before you make any changes to it in case you accidentally make a change you don't like.

My experience with the feeds produced by blogger hasn't been so good. I tried hitting the feeds with myYahoo, and it didn't work. However, I found a good solution... I set up another free account on to produce an alternate feed, and that one seems to work everywhere so far. It makes it so folks can go to the page and click on a button for their preferred news reader, as well, which is nice. See the Soapy the Chicken Feed here:

Here's the blogger feed to compare it to, if you're interested:

The blogger/feedburner combo is definitely the slickest free solution for cartoonists to syndicate themselves on the web that I've seen.

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Self-Publishing Resources


Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Speaking of Picasa... I downloaded it yesterday and it is easily the best thing I have ever used to browse images on my computer. Picasa is a free image browsing/searching/editing tool that has come out from Google... it is pretty mind-blowing how much better it does this task than anything else I've seen previously. You would think they would build this sort of functionality into operating systems. I can see all of the Conspiracy jams at a glance with this thing... it's really amazing. It also has quick and basic image editing that does a nice job of simplifying photo editing tasks. I highly recommend it.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Web Comics Growing and Making Money Sometimes

Here's an interesting article on webcomics from the Washington Post. Good to hear that some people are starting to make some sort of a living doing comics on the web... hopefully this is a trend that will continue to grow.

If you are a web cartoonist, here is a site that is organizing comics on the web,

Here's what their "about this site" area reads:


The Webcomic List primarily helps you keep track of which of your favourite comics have updated. To do this we monitor over 4300 comics, checking them several times a day; this enables us to keep you updated as fast as possible.

Some things you should check out while you are here:

* Latest Updates - Check out which comics have updated recently. See it really does work!
* Comic News - Want to know what's going on in the comic world? Well look no further this is the place for you.
* Comic Profiles - Over 4300 comic profiles, go check them out. You might find some hidden gems you never knew about!
* Register - Once registered you can grab yourself a personalised favourites list and change how the site works to suit your needs.
* Submit Your Comic - Do you have a webcomic that isn't on this list? Well get it added!


4300 comics!

If you are doing web comics, I imagine this is probably a very good place to register.

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Joey Manley's new column

Joey Manley's new column on webcomics looks like it will be interesting to follow:

"there are more creator-owned webcomics generating full-time incomes for their creators than there are independent comic books doing the same."

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Why is a good option for webhosting for cartoonists

A number of you have asked me what I recommend for a web host. For a long time I was using yahoo webhosting, which worked fairly well but was quite overpriced, and had some other annoying aspects that I won't go into. I recently switched my sites over to, which I definitely highly recommend for your webhosting needs.

First and foremost I recommend it because they pay generously for new customers sent their way, which will hopefully pay for our hosting expenses.* However, beyond the dirty, filthy lucre, they are offering a pretty amazing deal, they have by far the best deals on webhosting I've ever seen. I would strongly recommend them without the monetary incentive (that said, I would recommend them even more strongly if they offered me money and chocolate and a flat screen television with surround sound and a porkpie hat).

If you have the cash to pay 2 years in advance you can get hosting for $7.95 a month, which is extremely cheap... prices vary depending on what you want, but the $7.95 account (or $9.95 a month without the 2 year prepayment) will give the average cartoonist much more than they need for webhosting (note there is a $49.95 setup fee on all accounts).

The basic account includes 4800 MB of storage space, which increases weekly by 40 MB. It includes a very user friendly web panel that greatly helps for managing your website. You can ftp to your sites in your browser. You can install all sorts of components into your site very easily (with the click of a button, basically), like a blog or a phpbb discussion board similar to the one on this site. You can have up to 600 email accounts at your domain, and you can set up webmail. You can set up email lists and email discussion lists. You can host as many different domains as you want with no additional cost (other than the cost of registering the domain, which you can do there for $9.95 a year... the initial account comes with one free domain). They have extensive support information. They have all kinds of other stuff that you can read about in detail on their site.

Most importantly for cartoonists, they have no problem with smut! Here is their policy:

Can I have an adult website or dreambook?

Of course!

DreamHost does not restrict the content of sites hosted on our servers, except if that content is illegal in the United States. Illegal content includes:

blatant copyright infringement
child pornography
Other than this, go crazy!

This is not the case with most hosts... like Yahoo, for example, which could have shut down the Conspiracy site at any time based on some jam comic with a wee willy hangus johnson dangling in it, had they ever took notice of one.

I would guess most of you would be very happy with this service... I defnitely am. Anyhow, if you are looking for hosting, and want to benefit this site in the process use this link.

If you are looking for hosting and don't want to benefit us, just go directly to

*Full disclosure: How generously will they pay us, you may wonder? Either a one time payment of $97 (plus $5 for each person the person I send their way sends their way), or 10% of each of the payments a person I send their way makes to them, and 5% of the payments the people they send to them send in.

You can easily do this as well if you use them when you inevitably end up recommending people to them.

Disclaimer: I just started using Dreamhost in July, so my opinion could change. Finding negative posts in google by putting the words "Dreamhost" and "sucks" in the search field isn't hard (which is true of most companies, I'm sure)... However, I think you are highly unlikely to find more bang for your buck out there, and for a cartoonist on a low budget- which is to say: as a cartoonist- this seems like a pretty ideal solution.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

The Mini-Comix Co-op has Moved

The Minicomix Co-op has moved into its new address in Brooklyn, NY.

All trades should now be sent to:

Minicomix Co-op
113-1/2 2nd Pl., Apt. 1
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The Mini-Comix Co-op is an excellent free service provided by conspirator Doug McNamara to offer cartoonists an easy way to trade their minis for a bunch of other minis... see the website for the details.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Some Tutorials and Useful Information For Cartoonists Around the Web


The Mini Comix Coop

Conspirator Doug McNamara was conspiring with other cartoonists long before he joined us... his Mini Comix Coop provides a very useful and fun service for cartoonists. You can simply send Doug 10 copies of your latest mini, and he will trade your comic for you with a bunch of other cartoonists who have sent their work in... generally you'll get about 10 unique mini-comics from different artists for the ten you sent in. You can read more about how he arranges it here.

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Saturday, April 30, 2005


It was not easy to do... they have traveled thousands of miles through rugged terrain, and over an ocean, and at great peril... but the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, "The Cartoonist's Best Friend" is now available in the Twin Cities. The casualties were regrettable, but we no longer have to rely on the black market to acquire the legendary brush pen, which, in addition to being the ultimate inking tool also cures warts, works as a dowsing tool, and can be used to control weaker minds. Thanks much to Tim at Wet Paint Art for making the effort to get us a supply of these difficult to find pens in town... Tim is also putting together an email list for cartoonists & other artists to keep them posted on art supply sales at Wet Paint, so if you're interested, email him and let him know... email tim at only using @ instead of at with no spaces.

ADDED 5/3: I just heard from Tim that the pens are selling at Wet Paint currently for a very reasonable $18... he is still researching finding a steady supplier so he will hopefully be able to bring the price down further.

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Nine Panel Shuffle

I was thinking this may appeal to the same sorts of people that 24 Hour Comics Day appeals to...

"Nine Panel Shuffle" is a new free Flash tool I've built for cartoonists to use. Using Flash, it takes nine panels and places them in a random order in a nine panel grid. It includes a "shuffle" button which rearranges the panels in a different random order. You can see it in action here.

Think of it as the comics equivalent of poetic structures like limericks or haiku... inherently limited, following a defined structure, but potentially interesting within those limitations.

I intend to have a section of the Conspiracy site that will showcase Nine Panel Shuffles built by different cartoonists. If you decide to pursue a Nine Panel Shuffle, please let me know where your work gets published, so I can link to it... if you have nowhere to publish it on the web, you can probably talk me into posting it for you too.

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