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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.

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.

October is one busy-ass month for cartoonists in the Twin Cities

October is looking like a crazy month for cartooning events in the Twin Cities. Get out your planner, here’s the calendar for your convenience.

October 4th: (6:30PM-10PM or so) The monthly first Thursday Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam at Diamond’s Coffee Shop in Minneapolis. Watch this blog for further information.

October 6th: (10AM-5PM) Fallcon at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Education Building (1265 Snelling Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108). The Midwest Comic Book Association‘s wonderful local conventions are always a great time, full of a huge variety of cartoonists… all generously given free table space. Admission $8.00 per adult. Children 9 & Under Free. Get $1.00 off with a canned food shelf donation. (Unfortunate note: Fallcon central online, The Midwest Comic Book Association website, is currently down)

October 13th:
(10AM-5PM) Twin Cities Book Festival, organized by Rain Taxi. Held this year at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center (1265 Snelling Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108). One of the featured guests is the great Chris Ware. Since there is no conflict with Fallcon this year, I’m guessing there will be a whole lot of cartoonists showing up for this. Free Admission, Free Parking.

October 18th: (6:30PM-10PM or so) The monthly third Thursday Cartoonist Conspiracy jam at Cahoot’s Coffee in St. Paul. Watch this blog for further information.

October 20-21: (10AM-10AM) 24 Hour Comic Day at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts! Watch this blog for further information. We haven’t registered on the international site yet, but that can be found here.

And finally, not in October, but very early in November:

November 2nd: (7PM-10PM) Lutefisk Sushi Volume E opening/release party. This edition’s featured artist is Zander Cannon. At some point in October, there will also be a collating party to put the bento boxes together.

Ask Not What Your Conspiracy Can Do for You… Call for Volunteers for Lutefisk Sushi Volume E Project

We are looking for a few more volunteers to help us put our upcoming Lutefisk Sushi Volume E event together (reminder… deadline this Saturday September 15th!). Specifically, we are looking for:

– A person to help promote the event online, ideally someone who digs using the social networking stuff the kids seem to like using these days.
– A person to help make signs for the event
– A person to coordinate food for the event

We’ll also want additional help with collating the boxes when the time comes… but it is usually pretty easy to find people for that.

Thanks for considering helping out.

To volunteer, please contact lmcginty(at)

Lutefisk Sushi Volume E Deadline in Less Than Two Weeks!

The Lutefisk Sushi Volume E Deadline is in Less Than Two Weeks!

And, gee… that is really more than enough time to get something together! We’re not building the freaking Taj Mahal, here! I’ve seen mini-comics masterpieces drawn and printed in under eight hours! What the hell are you freaking out about? Don’t make me slap you! I swear, I’ll do it!

We want your mini-comics!*

To participate:
-Draw, print and deliver 160 copies of a mini-comic (any format) to Altered Esthetics before September 15th.
-Show up for the opening gallery celebration November 2nd at Altered Esthetics and have a good time.

That’s it. All submissions are accepted until the unlikely event that we can no longer cram them into a box. Every person who submits 160 mini-comics gets a box.**

Lutefisk Sushi is a hand-silkscreened, limited-edition box set of Minnesota mini-comics. This is the fifth edition… previous editions have contained between 35 and 55 comics each. This year’s featured artist and box-cover creator is Eisner-Award-winning cartoonist Zander Cannon (Double Barrel, Top 10, Chainsaw Vigilante).

Read more about submission details here.

* You must be Minnesotan to particiapte.
** limit one per artist regardless of number of works submitted, and artists who team to create a comic must share a box

Vote to Determine the Topic of the 2013 Comic Art Show at AE

Here are the proposed possible topics for the 2013 Comic Art show to be held at Altered Esthetics gallery in Minneapolis (based on verbal discussions and the online discussion here). (AE is hosting our Lutefisk Sushi Volume E show this November)

The option with the most votes will be the basis of next year’s project.

Please only vote if you intend to participate in the project. Note that you do NOT have to be a resident of Minnesota to participate in the 2013 project.

Here are the proposed topics:

Comic Music Project: cartoons about or inspired by music, packaged with record or cd

Poster Art Project: posters of huge cartoon canvasses

Public Domain Anthology: cartoon reinterpretations of public domain works (like Grimm fairy tales for example)

Moving Parts Show: Comics with a moving element (like pop-up mechanisms, for example)

Punchline: Anthology of comics about death

Mystery Box: Mysterious limited edition box full of mysterious comics and art.

Voting ends sometime on August 10th. Sometime shortly after that we will be taking nominations and voting on a featured artist for the show.


Altered Esthetics 2013 Comic Art Project

Altered Esthetics gallery, our collaborators on numerous projects including the upcoming Lutefisk Sushi Volume E show, needs us to figure out what we want to do for the 2013 comic art show they will be hosting.

Here is a forum thread for discussing the possibilities.

A few possible options to get the discussion started:

1) Comic poster art show
2) Book anthology on a theme
3) “Mystery box” of mini-comics and other mysterious strangeness

Please only suggest ideas you are interested in actively helping make a reality. Thanks for participating!