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Pink Hobo Paper Toy and Popout Show this Saturday (April 18th) at PINK HOBO in Minneapolis

Our good friends at Puny Entertainment have their new PINK HOBO gallery opening this weekend… so, with the Altered Esthetics 5th Anniversary show on Friday, if you’re in the Twin Cities, it looks like your whole weekend is planned!

Their first show is the Paper Toy and Popout show… and it looks like it will be quite a show from the impressive and international line-up of artists… they are launching with a big bang. You’ll also want to check out their extremely fun-looking line-up of upcoming shows for the rest of the year.

where: PINK HOBO 507 East Hennepin Ave
day: Saturday, April 18
time: 7pm – late

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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.

Submissions are open to all… no prior cartooning experience is necessary. While we expect to have a lot of cartoonists participate, we are hoping to also have poster artists, printmakers and artists from other disciplines represented.

We have a tight deadline… no entries will be accepted after May first. Keep in mind… newspaper cartoonists used to do this every week, plus six dailies! You have it easy!

All submissions must be funny. We are no prudes, but potty or shock-based humor is too easy… while this sort of thing won’t exclude you from consideration, please do challenge yourselves.

You can make your entry in color or black and white. If providing a color version, you must also provide a version of it in black and white. It has not been determined at this point if the entire paper will be in color or not, so the final call on whether a particular strip will run in color or black and white will be determined by the editors.

Submitted artwork should be 15.5″ (w) x 20″ (h).

Color or greyscale pages should be 300dpi. Black and white images should be a minumum of 600 and maximum of 1200 dpi.

Submit images in BMP or PSD format. Also include a 72 dpi JPG of your files at full dimensions for reading purposes.

All submissions must be submitted digitally.

While you may submit more than one page, all pages should be self-contained. A single page is certainly welcome to have multiple strips on it… however, please keep the design of the page as a whole unit in mind if you go this route.


Submitting a strip does not guarantee it will be included. Space is limited… so the sooner you get your submission in the better.

If submitting a color comic, keep in mind that color on newsprint is considerably duller than on printer paper. Thus, you will want your colors to be exceedingly bright.

In addition to comic storytelling and humor, design of the page as a whole unit will be a strong factor in what will be chosen for inclusion. Ideally, every page should be something that someone might like having framed like a poster on their wall.

Participants are encouraged to find inspiration from old newspaper comics. The newspaper comics were the primordial soup that modern comics grew out of… many of them were thematically wild, crazily inventive and beautifully drawn. Do yourself a favor and read some.

Good resources for old newspaper comics, and many examples of them, can be found here:

Note that we are not recommending aping styles or themes from the old comics, necessarily… just breathing in some of the comics that modern comics grew from and reacting to them.

Here is a resource on scanning large images:

Note that it is easier to scan large pages that are broken into panels.


Register here on the Altered Esthetics website.

Send your submissions via mail to:

1618 Central Ave. NE Suite 216
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Or, email kevin at (replace the word at with @) to arrange how you want to transfer files. Please write BIG FUNNY in the subject heading of all emails to Kevin.

Obviously, by submitting work, you are offering us the right to put it in BIG FUNNY on acceptance, and we make no claims on it otherwise. Artists retain all rights to their artwork.

If accepted for publication, you will be invited to send your artwork to Altered Esthetics to display at the August exhibit. Further details will be provided.

Note that it is not required that you sell your original art, although it is strongly encouraged. The gallery will get a 30% cut of any original artwork sold, so you will want to price it appropriately.

Altered Esthetics is a good cause… we are a non-profit, non-traditional, artist-run gallery. In the event there are any profits, they will go toward our continued service to the arts community.

There is no fee to submit artwork. Accepted artists will be asked to contribute a $30 exhibition fee to the project, plus an additional $10 if you are out-of-state to cover shipping costs of your comp copies. This exhibition fee goes towards the cost of printing the publication and promotional postcards for the event, as well as the gallery itself during the brick-and-mortar exhibition. No artist will be turned away due to lack of funds – a limited number of waivers are available to artists in extreme financial circumstance.

There is no additional fee in the event multiple pages are selected for publication.

We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged artwork.

If you have further questions about any aspects of the BIG FUNNY project, contact (replace -at- with @)


-It is going to be a whole lot of fun.

-This is a very rare opportunity for artists to work in a large, color, poster-size format publication. As newspapers disappear, it is likely that the presses to print them will disappear or become prohibitively expensive… this could make this sort of project very hard to repeat.

-Accepted artists will receive multiple copies of BIG FUNNY. The number of copies received will be based on participants’ submission fees divided by the cover price of copies, minus shipping, if shipping is required. There may be additional copies available for artists at the gallery for the show opening event and closing.

-You can sell your artwork in the gallery.

-Keep in mind your participation supports a great non-profit gallery, us! If this is your first time hearing about Ae, you can read more about who we are and what we do here:



The International Cartoonist Conspiracy

Altered Esthetics

Big Time Attic

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Hot Ink Reviewed

Here is a nice review by Britt Aamodt of the Hot Ink show currently on display at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul.

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HOT INK: Comic Art in Minnesota

Hot Ink: Comic Art in Minnesota is an exhibit opening October 3rd (and staying up until January) at The Minnesota Museum of American Art. Featured artists include a number of folks in the Conspiracy… here is the full list…

Big Time Attic
Kevin Cannon
Zander Cannon
Will Dinski
Tom Kaczynski
Reynold Kissling
Lars Martinson
King Mini
Tyler Page
Evan G. Palmer
Brittney Sabo
Zak Sally
Barbara Schulz
Tim Sievert
Andy Singer
Tom Spence
Steven Stwalley

The opening party is October 3rd. It costs $10 to get in to the opening ($5 if you are a member or student), but is free if you visit another time. For the opening there is a members preview from 7-8PM, and then it is open to the public from 8-10PM.

Minnesota Museum of American Art
50 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102


CALL AND ANSWER: Andy Singer’s Exhibition

Conspirator Andy Singer has a show of his cartoons up in St. Paul at the Black Dog Cafe along with another excellent looking show of Minnesota poster artists, coinciding conveniently with the Republican National Convention. Here is what Andy has to say about it…

Dear Friends, Editors, Acquaintances, fellow humanoids,

I currently have a show of over 40 cartoons at the Black Dog Cafe and Wine Bar in downtown Saint Paul–

I am sharing the space with the Minneapolis Poster Offensive who is exhibiting 30 of its posters in the other half of the space–

The show(s) will be up through the RNC convention, probably until mid September.

There will be a reception for both of us on Friday evening, August 29th, from 5pm until we all fall down. I will be selling original cartoons, books, and maybe my soul. Come check it out!

For some photos of the show as I set it up, see–

Please forward or post this event anywhere that people might see it.


Andy Singer

More info on the Poster Offensive show happening simultaneously here.

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Lutefisk Sushi Volume C Opening, Friday May 2nd, 7PM-10PM
Altered Esthetics (
1224 Quincy St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413


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A.L. Show Art Pick-Up

Thanks to everyone for helping to make “Panel, Line and Letter” (The Albert Lea comic art show) a big success.

I have returned the art to the Big Time Attic space with the great help of some quick footwork from Kevin. If you’d like to pick up your work, please call Big Time Attic during office hours and see if they are in, so you can pick up your great stuff.

By the way, Will Dinski’s ‘effenheimer’ was revealed at some point by a bold patriot of the arts, and so it seems censorship just got a little dimmer and a little weaker in old A.L. Another triumph brought to us by comics!!

Thanks again to everyone who contributed. It was truly a great show and received countless compliments from strangers and visitors. At some point, I may scan and post the pamphlet that I made and which eased in many of those foreign to the comic world with the help of some interesting descriptions of the artists.

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Albert Lea gallery show for Midwest Comics


In Albert Lea, MN I was offered a gallery room to organize a show. I think it would be quite the delight if some of us could contribute to it.

If you are in the Minneapolis NE area, Tim Sievert ( who has a book “That Salty Air” coming out with Top Shelf in November, has volunteered to be your convenient delivery-man to bring your comic art down to Max’s Albert Lea Comics Show when he drives down on the 21st.

The show is open to the public and will last from August 2nd or so to August 30th, with an opening on the 5th. More information and a press release will appear soon. Bring two of your favorite black and white pages of comic art (as in, with panels in it, preferably) mounted or unmounted as your preference to Tim before the 21st, probably to Puny office/studio behind Diamond’s coffee shop … like early next Friday at the latest.

I might be mounting some of your stuff on black foamcore before the show if I have time, but probably not. If you miss Tim’s drive and still can’t find that darling page, you could just snail it to me. Let me know if you want to be in the show and I’ll give you the “postal address!” But I think I want to make up little mini-comic style brochures or something, too. So ideally, I know you’re contributing before the last week of July.

Oh, and please include information about yourself and the pages on some sort of paper! Everyone will be curious what your stuff is about and I want to label stuff correctly, including the name of the work, the page numbers, what the story is about or what magazine it was for, etc. An artist statement or something wouldn’t be bad either for the little ‘guide to the show’ I’ll be making.

Would anyone be able to get something of Eric’s and his permission if he is interested?

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