Category Archives: Altered Esthetics


Two upcoming shows at Altered Esthetics need your art: Physique & Technique (our July show) and Rock Ink Roll (this year’s comic art show).

Physique & Technique
Submission Deadline: May 15

Flex your creative muscles and let your body do the talking. Show us your artistic and athletic prowess with works that embrace the physicality in art and performance.

To submit art for Physique & Technique, create an account at and fill out the submission form, or email

Rock Ink Roll
Submission Deadline for Comics: July 15
Submission Deadline for Poster Art: Sept 15

Read the submission guidelines at the Altered Esthetics website

Rock Ink Roll is a celebration of art and rock music, brought to you by Altered Esthetics, The International Cartoonist Conspiracy, and Big Time Attic. We are producing an anthology of music-themed comics to be released at the Rock Ink Roll gallery show at Altered Esthetics in November 2013. The anthology will be a 8.5 x 8.5” full-color book of comics packaged to look like an LP, with cover art by Xeric-winner Brittney Sabo. The gallery exhibition will consist of original comic art and rock posters.

Ae Beer Garden this Saturday

Party with Ae, and show us some love. Proceeds from this event will help us keep our doors open so we can have more comic art shows!

Saturday, April 20, 6-11pm

Altered Esthetics! 1224 Quincy St Ne, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$10 (get free beer when you purchase your ticket before 7pm on Saturday)

This year, our big fundraiser will feature the Brewers’ Craft beer art exhibit, Comic Artists at the Opera, games, caricatures, and a variety of local beers.

See James Powell’s beer label caricatures of the Ae board here:
RSVP on the facebook event page:


Altered Esthetics 2013 Open Calls

Besides the annual comic art show at Altered Esthetics in November 2013, there are a number of other open calls for art for shows coming up on their calendar this year that I imagine will have great appeal to cartoonists (like the show about BEER for one thing)… check out the full list with details and deadlines here.

February/March: Straight Trippin’
April: Brewers’ Craft and Coloring Outside the Lines VI – Blast Off!
May: [Insert Title Here]
June: Bike Art VIII
July: Physique & Technique
August: Time Honored
September: Fabled
October: Knock on Wood
November: Día de los Muertos and Comic Art
December: Knot What it Seams

Lutefisk Sushi Artists’ Discussion and Jam this Saturday (November 17th)

Artists’ Discussion:
Saturday, November 17th 1pm-3pm
This month our usual ‘artist discussion’ is being transformed into a comics jam with the International Cartoonist Conspiracy! Come join some of the participating artists for a comics jam (anyone can participate who wishes) and some casual discussion about the project or anything else. Bring your favorite drawing tools.

Lutefisk Sushi Volume E Opens this Friday! (November 2nd)

Above image by Lutefisk Sushi Volume E featured artist Zander Cannon.

Spread the word! The Lutefisk Sushi Volume E opening is this Friday!

Lutefisk Sushi Volume E is a limited-edition, hand-silkscreened bento box of mini-comics created by over 35 Minnesota cartoonists (the boxes will be sold for $25 each… which is well under a buck a comic). It is the fifth set in an ongoing series started in 2004. The opening reception for the release of LSE is this Friday, November 2nd, at Altered Esthetics gallery from 7PM to 10PM. More information can be found here.