Monthly Archives: August 2007

Pre-Order Yourself an Alley Cat

We’re taking pre-orders this Friday (today) only for the Alley Cat anthology we’re putting out soon, featuring 92 pages of work by 50 cartoonists honoring our fallen comrade Eric Lappegard, who recently died from complications following an auto accident… they will be available at the Schmapples Tribute event September 8th, and will probably be pretty hard to come by after that. You can get all the details here. If you like cats, bikes, and/or ninjas you won’t want to miss it. Funds sent will go towards printing more copies of the anthology, which we would really like to do, and all proceeds from the book will go to the family of Eric Lappegard.

The contributor list is:

Ken Avidor (
Bud Burgy (,
Kevin Cannon (,
Zander Cannon (
Chris Coffey
Cyrus Cords
Danno (
Will Dinski (
Doctor Popular (
Ryan Dow (
Cival Einstein
Andrey Feldshteyn (
Michael Furious (
Naomi Johnson
Loki Kaspari
Max Konrardy (
Matthew Kriske
Bob Lipski (
Vas Littlecrow (
Roger Lootine (
Gypsy-Maria Lorimer
Earl Luckes
Kevin McCarthy (
MJ (
Sarah Morean (
Anders Nilsen (
Daniel Olson (
Rita Panton
Jeff Plotkin
Anna Pratt
Kraig Rasmussen
Connor Rice
Amado Rodriguez (
Zak Sally (
Jenny Schmid (
Damian Sheridan
Tim Sievert (
Mark Simonson (
Andy Singer (
Jon Sloan (
Bill Spears
David Steinlicht (,
David Strong
Andy Sturdevant
Steven Stwalley (,
Mike Toft (
Brett VonSchlosser (
Jeff Walker
Kevin Wind (
Adam Wirtzfeld (


Schmapples Tribute September 8th



Benefit to Honor Comic Artist & Bicycle Advocate Eric Lappegard

What: Benefit to Honor Comic Artist & Bicycle Advocate Eric Lappegard

When: Saturday, September 8th, 2007. 2pm—2am


Alley Cat Race to begin at Behind Bars Bicycle Shop, 208 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis 2pm-5pm

Comic Art Show & Silent Auction/Raffle/Vegan Bake Sale at Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis 5pm-10pm

Minneapolis / St. Paul—Beloved local comic artist and bicycle advocate Eric Lappegard passed away on July 23rd from complications following an automobile accident. Eric was in the process of moving from Minneapolis to Portland, Oregon, when the accident occurred. Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Eric had spent the last number of years in Minneapolis, where he worked as a bicycle messenger and coffee shop java-slinger, artist, community organizer and bicycle advocate.

Eric (a.k.a. Schmapples, a.k.a. Vegan Ninja) was an active member of the local comics collective The International Cartoonist Conspiracy, as well as a founding member of The Minneapolis Bicycle Federation, a group that advocates for a better cycling environment. Eric was a friendly face around town, a vegan who championed animal rights and environmental sustainability, and a friend to many people across the community. He will be greatly missed.

On Saturday, September 8th, friends of Eric are partnering with local businesses and arts organizations to pay tribute to a dear friend and important member of the art, music, and bicycling communities. All proceeds from the event will go to Eric’s family to aid them with expenses incurred as a result of this tragic accident.

The Schmapples Tribute event will include a messenger-style alley cat bike race beginning at Behind Bars Bicycle Shop in Northeast Minneapolis.

Eric’s artwork, as well as donated artwork from local artists & members of the Cartoonist Conspiracy (, will be on display at Altered Esthetics ( all day Saturday, with a silent auction and reception to begin at 5:00pm. Two original publications have been created specifically for this event & will be on sale; a collection of Eric’s Schmapples comics, and a huge anthology by over 50 cartoonists. Additional items for auction will be included, including gift certificates and highly-desirable items from local bicycle, comic and other businesses. Raffle tickets will be purchased for $5 each. Prizes include artwork, comics, gift certificates and custom bicycle parts and products. A vegan bake sale will also help to raise funds for the Lappegard family. Live music will be provided by the Roe Family Singers.

For a complete schedule of events visit:

Also, please consider “friending” us & move us up to the top of your friends list to help promote the event.

You can also help by putting one of these banners on your blog or website with a link to

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You can download the printable poster here. We encourage you to print these and hang them around town before September 8th.

Donations can be sent to: Account of Eric Lappegard, Voyager Bank, 500 Marschall Road, Shakopee, MN 55379

If you have pr/press questions, please contact Shanai Matteson at Miss.Matteson at

If you have gallery event questions, please contact Danno Klonowski staplegenius at or Jamie Schumacher alteredesthetics at

If you have other questions about the event, please contact Mary Rogers maryrogers37 at

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Note that the above map can easily be inserted into a website or email via Google Maps.

Fallcon Space is Filling Up Fast

I got the below message from our good friend Nick Postiglione…

Hey Conspirators,

FYI just wanted to let you know that FallCon Creator Space is almost full up.
So if you’ve got any else interested in attending…now is the time!


Nick Postiglione
Midwest Comic Book Association

I will additionally mention that we want folks to help man our space during Fallcon… we’re hoping to do something a little different year, which we’ll have details about soon. Please email me if you’re interested in helping out. You’ll want to fill out the form and let the MNCBA know that you’re attending, so you’ll be able to get through the door… but make sure you let them know that you’ll be at our area so that they don’t reserve a separate space for you. Below is the registration info I posted previously.

FallCon 2007, Minnesota’s Premier Comic Book Convention, is coming up on October 6th and 7th, and you should register for it NOW. The wonderful annual event (now in its 19th year) is unparalleled in its generosity and hospitality to creators, and offers free tables for any creators who want them. Space is limited.


I’ve also whipped up some banners for you all to put on your websites and blogs… lets help make this the biggest FallCon yet.

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Link them all up the the Fallcon website here.



Danno here.
I’m trying to get this Eric benefit show ready and am need of MANY MANY frames.
Below is a list of what I need.
I don’t need exact sizes(since some sizes are pretty weird), but if you have something comperable lying around, PLEASE email me at:
staplegenius at
See you Sept 8th at ALTERED ESTHETICS!!!!!!


7000 BC at Bubonicon 39

Bubonicon 39 | August 24-26 | 3:30-8:30 Friday; 10:00-7:00 Saturday; 10:00-4:00 Sunday | Wyndham Airport Hotel | Albuquerque, NM

7000 BC will be returning to the dealers room at Bubonicon, the New Mexico Science Fiction Convention.

This annual event is one of the premier gatherings of science fiction writers, artists, and fans. This year’s guest of honor is Vernor Vinge, the toastmaster is Jane Lindskold, and the guest artist is William Stout. Download the schedule for a complete listing of activities.

Submit Work For Best American Comics 2008

Matt Madden just posted on his blog the details for submitting work to the Best American Comics 2008 book. I hope some of you are in the next volume! Deadline for submissions is September 7th.

Many of you already know this, but I wanted to announce here officially that Jessica Abel and I are the new series editors of Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics series, starting with the third volume, coming out in the fall of 2008. This means we are reviewing all the comics that come out in the course of the September 1-August 31 year and presenting a selection to a guest editor who makes the final choices for the book (and who will be announced soon!).

The deadline for BAC 2008 is fast approaching: the last publication date we can accept is August 31, 2007 and, just as importantly, the last date we will accept any books will be September 7, 2007–that’s less than a month away, people!

So spread the word and let your artist and publisher friends know that the official website is now live and contains all the submission information you need.

While you’re at it, check out the site for the Best American Comics 2007. The guest editor was Chris Ware and the book will be in stores in October.

Sat. Open Studio, Aug. 18, noon – 4 p.m.

Saturday Open Studio
Sat., Aug. 18, noon-4 p.m., MCBA
Pre-State Fair event

Join us at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for cartooning and conversation. If you can’t find us in the MCBA building, ask the friendly person working in the bookstore. This is an open studio for all cartoonists, so come and hang out and draw. There’s plenty of room.

Also: The seventh installment of the 12-part 144-page graphic novel challenge will be going on during the open studio. Cheer on the page-crazed cartoonists. Or join in. They are starting today’s 12 hours in the coffee shop at 8 a.m.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
(Down the street from Big Brain Comics)
1011 Washington Ave S, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-215-2520

Future Sat. Open Studio dates:
September 15
October 20 –21 (24 hour comic day!)
November 24
December 15