Monthly Archives: August 2007

Artists Unite!

Artists Unite, again, on Wednesday, August 15! 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Susan Hensel Gallery, 3441 Cedar Ave S.
Put it on your calendar! On the 4th Wednesday (usually) of every month, artists from all over south Minneapolis meet at the Susan Hensel Gallery for food, fun, and conversation. This is social networking at its best. We share cool tools, jokes, artwork, complaints, and kudos. In May we awkwardly milled around meeting one another. In June we figured out that the creative combination of boxed red wine and cold watermelon was a pretty fair sangria. If we can figure this out by the second meeting, the sky is surely the limit!

(In September we return to the regular schedule of the 4th Wednesday.)


The deadline is fast approaching—August 15th— to participate in the Alley Cat anthology to benefit Eric Lappegard.
This deadline is unfortunately pretty rigid, since we need the time to get the book printed.
If we get your artwork after the 15th, it will still be in the gallery show & sold via silent auction, but it will not be included in the anthology.
Please frame your own art, if possible… thrift stores work great for finding cheap frames. A frame will be provided if you cannot get one, but we’d certainly appreciate you getting your own.
Also, the fellas at Big Time Attic are at the Chicago Comicon until Monday, so you will want to wait until then to drop off your artwork.
Thanks much to all of you for participating.
Here is the info again about the anthology.
We don’t yet have a press release for the larger event (which will include a bike race and a music event), but here is a very rough one for the gallery part of the event:
Alley Cat Art Benefit at Altered Esthetics Opening 5-8PM September 8th
Altered Esthetics and The International Cartoonist Conspiracy have organized an evening of cartoon wonderments for your amusement and illumination, featuring the work of over 40 cartoonists! All sales will go directly to benefit the family of cartoonist Eric Lappegard, who died in July due to complications from a car accident.
The event will include:
The release of Alley Cat , and anthology collecting comics about cats, bikes and ninjas… a limited edition created and printed specifically for this event.
The release of Schmapples by Eric Lappegard, a complete collection of his wonderful online strip, which can be viewed at
A wide variety of original art (including most of the artwork from the Alley Cat anthology) and prints will be sold via silent auction… with bids starting at $20 or less. It should be a great opportunity to get some wonderful artwork at very affordable prices.
Music at Altered Esthetics will be provided by The Roe Family Singers.
Altered Estheticswww.alteredesthetics.com1224 Quincy St. NEMinneapolis, MN 55413612-378-8888


Its official!
2007’s 24 HOUR COMIC DAY will be
OCTOBER 20th!!!

Locally(Minneapolis) we’ll be doing it once again at the MINNESOTA CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, and it’ll all be sponsored by our good friends at BIG BRAIN COMICS, WET PAINT, and other various awesome businesses.

Due to the recent tragedy of Conspirator Eric Lappegard’s passing and the planned benefit show in September, actual harrassment and organization about 24 HOUR DAY won’t begin until mid-September.

But if you have any questions, feel free to email me (danno) at:
staplegenius at

Thanks, and see you then!

Reminder: Eric Lappegard Benefit Meeting Tonight

There is a planning meeting for the Eric Lappegard benefit tonight (Tuesday August 7th) at 8:30PM at:

Diamond’s Coffee Shoppe
1618 Central Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN

The benefit will be happening September 8th, and will include a gallery show at Altered Esthetics, a collection of Eric’s wonderful Schmapples strips, an anthology by it looks like somewhere around 40-50 cartoonists on the subject of cats, bikes and ninjas (deadline August 15th… you can still participate… details here!), a bike race and a music event.

7000 BC Meeting This Sunday

Sunday, August 12 | Noon | Backroads Pizza and Second Street Brewery | Santa Fe, NM

This month’s 7000 BC meeting starts off at Backroads Pizza (807 2nd St # 1) up on the second floor (just follow the counter around to the stairs) and moves over to Second Street Brewery sometime after 2:00. We’ll be working on a jam throughout the afternoon and making plans for exhibiting at Bubonicon, Stumptown, and SPX.

Send an email with any questions.