All posts by Sarah Morean

Comics Journalism for the Southwest Minneapolis Patch!

Hey, everybody!

This message (below) comes from a dear pal-o-mine, Jon Collins. He’s edits the Southwest Minneapolis Patch and is looking for cartoonists to develop stories for his site. Patch is an AOL initiative specializing in hyper-localized online news writing. It’s pretty cool! And there might be some money in it for you. Which is also cool!

Southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods include: Armatage, East Harriet, Fulton, Kennedy, King Field, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, Tangletown and Windom. I don’t think you need to live in one of those neighborhoods to contribute, but it couldn’t hurt!

Anyway, read his little all-call and get in touch with Jon if you have any questions.

+ Sarah M.

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So I’m the editor of a new online community newspaper covering Southwest Minneapolis (typically anything south of 36th street). I’m looking for creative ways to cover the news (local politics, nbrd issues, development). Comics would be awesome!

Not sure if it’s something that appeals to folks, but a sort of Ted Rall or Joe Sacco look at neighborhood issues could be great and unique. We just spent a lot of coverage on this dog park that some folks thought disrespected a MLK memorial. Could we tell part of that story in comic form? As editor, I could clue you in on an issue and help you find the angle (like I would with a normal reporter).

As you can tell, I don’t have anything definitive in mind, it could be opinionated or straight (comic) journalism, but I would love to hear any proposals or pitches. Not sure what normal compensation is for comic artists, but we could talk.

Jon Collins
Editor, Southwest Minneapolis,

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World :: special screening

JOIN us on Thursday, August 19th, for a special 6:30pm screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World + animations from Dave Sandberg and Puny Entertainment animators at the St. Anthony Main Theatre for an event we’re calling the “Precious Little Film Fest.”

MARVEL at the glorious screen-printed poster designed and illustrated by Zander Cannon and hand-pulled with love by Pretty Picture Prints.

ARRIVE early at 6pm to receive a free poster (while supplies last), buy copies of Scott Pilgrim #1-6 from Big Brain Comics and show your ticket stub for a chance to spin the prize wheel.

THANKS to Earl Lukes, Big Time Attic, Danno Klonowski, Lutefisk Sushi D, Big Brain Comcis, the St. Anthony Main Theatre and even the Minneapolis Indie Xpo for making this event possible.

LINK to this event and tell your friends!

ICC + MIX = practically a roman numeral

MIX 2010 poster

The MIX posters and flyers have been printed!  Wanna help distribute them?

I’ll bring MIX promo materials to the ICC meeting on Thursday and I’ll leave them in my car at the LSD opening on Friday (but I’ll go get ’em if you ask — no problem).  So if you want to help us distribute, please do!  The flyers advertise MIX on one side and the after-party on the other side.  Danno made the after-party flyer — thank you, Danno!!!

You can find more ways to promote MIX on the Press page of our site:

We won’t get postcards until next week, unfortunately, but when they come we will have MANY MANY postcards to mail out.  If you want a pile of those — or if you’d like to send us addresses or if you have access to a killer mailing list — let me know!  We’ll have 1000 postcards in need of homes quite soon.


Sarah Morean

City Pages Comix Issue :: SLIGHT EXTENSION

Hey, everybody!

As was announced last week, the 2010 City Pages Comix Issue will debut on Wednesday, August 11th in anticipation of the Minneapolis Indie Xpo happening on Saturday, August 21st.

We’re offering a slight extension so you have extra time to polish your work.

Please submit your CP Comix Issue images by Tuesday, August 3rd.  We’re meeting to review submissions on Wednesday, so we can only accept submissions ’til Tuesday.

So breathe a sigh of relief.  You have an extra day.

Thanks to all the great cartoonists who have emailed their submissions so far!

If you haven’t even started yet, details about the City Pages Comix Issue can be found on the MIX website HERE.  (Hint: we could use more quarter-sized comics.)

Sarah Morean

City Pages Comix Issue :: NEW DEADLINE!

Hi Everybody,

I have some news!  The submission deadline for the 2010 City Pages Comix Issue is now much closer than before!  The publication date has bumped up, and so has your submission deadline.

Monday, August 2nd — submissions are due
Wednesday, August 11th — Comix Issue will hit newsstands

I apologize for the abrupt change of plans.  I hope most of you can rearrange your schedules accordingly and still submit something on time.  We’d like to see Minnesota well-represented in the print and web editions!

For specific submission criteria, please refer to the website:
Write me with any questions:

Sarah M.

Union of Concerned Scientists feature Andy Singer!

Conspirator Andy Singer’s work was just featured as the cartoon of the month in the Union of Concerned Scientists’ e-newsletter “The Pulse.”  Check it out HERE.  Congratulations, Andy!  And way to make a valuable statement about kinds of pollution we often overlook in the summertime, but shouldn’t.  On a related note, how excited are you to try Nice Ride MN, Minneapolis?  The program starts on Thursday.  Read all about it HERE.

If you like this, you might also enjoy the Union of Concerned Scientists’ annual wall calendar which includes 12 editorial cartoons and has featured the artwork of Kevin Cannon in its 2009 and 2010 publications.  Find “Science Idol: The Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest” cartoons and purchasing information on the UCSUSA website HERE.

CALL FOR ARTISTS : 2010 City Pages Comix Issue!

City Pages has agreed to work with Minneapolis Indie Xpo to produce its 2010 Comix Issue!

Please refer to the information on the MIX website for specifics and write to me (Sarah Morean : with any questions.  LINK

The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 9, 2010.  Please refer to the site’s FAQ and GUIDELINES sections for clarification on some changes to this year’s Comix Issue.  We hope that by tweaking a few key things, we can have a truly excellent print and online edition this year that highlights much of the area’s top cartooning talent.  I hope you’ll agree.  More importantly, I hope you’ll make the time to participate!

This year’s theme: declaration of independence.  Write about whatever makes you feel independent!

You have 107 days to go.  Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Shared Studio Space Available NOW!

Cartoonist Steve Robbin is looking for a studio mate to share a 200 sq. foot studio at Sevens Square Center for the Arts in Minneapolis.  The space would be incredibly cheap to share — probably $100-$150.

Anyone interested in splitting the space with Steve should contact him at

Stevens Square Center for the Arts, for reference, has hosted the Twin Cities Zinefest for the past several years.