The Minnesota Comic Book Association (run by the extremely generous Nick Post of The Source Comics and Games) has invited all cartoonists to come to Fallcon 2005 October 8th and 9th and get some free table space to promote themselves and enjoy the convention. This sort of generosity is rare for a convention (generally you have to pay for a table at a con… they are around 800 clams at San Diego). It is especially rare for such a first rate convention… FallCon is the largest comic convention in the state of Minnesota and is always a blast to attend.
You can download a pdf I’ve posted for attending here. The pdf includes more info about the convention and has a form to send in to let them know if you’re attending. I’ve added an area to the form you can check if you want to request that you be seated near the conspiracy.
Once you fill out the form, send it to:
MN Comic Book Association
PO Box 131475
Saint Paul, MN 55113
While you’re at it, you’ll probably want to get added to the MCBA’s mailing list as well, which you can do on the left side of their home page.
“The MCBA is a non-profit, non-aligned, all volunteer association dedicated to promoting the comic book medium, comic book creators, publishers, comic book retailers, comic book media and the comic book genre as a whole and has successfully done so via the convention & special event format for over 16 years.”
Tea Krulos, the editor of the fun Milwaukee anthology Riverwurst, is starting a Milwaukee local of the Cartoonist Conspiracy… I’ve added a section on the message board for this new cell. Good luck fellas!
Is it totally jerky to post a link to the brand spankin’ new Big Time Attic blog on the Cartoonist Conspiracy blog? Let’s see.
For those of you who participated in 24 Hour Comics Day, beyond the exhaustion you felt you were most likely excited and exhilirated at how much work you could get done in a limited amount of time. We’ve decided to embark on a project inspired by the 24 hour event that hopefully will bear even more exciting creative fruits.
We are starting THE YEAR LONG GRAPHIC NOVEL PROJECT.
THE GOAL: To complete a graphic novel in a year.
THE CHALLENGE: To complete a minimum of three finished pages of comics towards a larger work by the end of each month for a year. More than three pages is, of course, excellent.
1) The end of the month is defined by the end of the new six hour monthly meetings at The Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
2) While the intent is certainly to produce a lot of pages in a limited time, it is also to produce a lot of high-quality work. Therefore, you can do as much work and planning outside of the meeting time as you want to. In fact, you can come to the meetings with your required number of pages (and as many more as you want) already completed.
3) You can start at any meeting… at this time these meetings are intended to be ongoing indefinitely. It should be noted that many people will probably start at the first meeting, so if you want a good race, this may be a good place to start.
4) If you do the bare minimum, you’ll have 36 completed pages at the end of the year… 36 pages completed is the shortest length that will be accepted as a successful year long graphic novel.
5) You are not required to tell one cohesive story to be considered a graphic novel. You could do all one page strips. There are absolutely no rules about content, other than that the content must be comics.
The Minnesota Center for Book Arts has generously offered some monthly space for Minneapolis area cartoonists to draw in. We will now be meeting on one Saturday a month to draw(this will replace the Sunday Funnies meetings… times will be listed on the Cartoonist Conspiracy website).
It should be noted that this is an open studio time for all cartoonists… you are not required to participate in the Year Long Graphic Novel Project to come and draw with us.
The first meeting will be July 16th 10AM-4PM in the MCBA Flexi Space (for those of you who were at the Spot On Festival, this is the room Big Time Attic had a table in, next room over from the space where we had part of the 24 Hour Event).
July 16th 10AM-4PM
The Minnesota Center for Book Arts
The Open Book Building (in the Flexi Space)
1011 Washington Ave S, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415