Archive for December, 2008

Kirk Anderson Talks/Cartoon Presentations/Signings in the Twin Cities!

Got this posted too late for the first event, but there are two more coming up. From the Twin Citites own Kirk Anderson:

Dear friends,

I’ve published a book of all the Banana Republic cartoons that ran in the Star Tribune, and I have a few book events coming up, at Mayday Books, Amazon Books, The Resource Center of the Americas, and hopefully others soon.

If you enjoy tasteful humor about political dissidents getting their eye sockets melon-balled by a well-meaning generalissimo and his mischievous, fun-loving death squads, come on down, and bring all your friends and neighbors. What’s that you ask? “But Kirk, how can I help to bring in hordes of rabble to your high-minded forum?” Why, you can download a flyer at and slap it up at work or at your favorite coffee shop. Thanks for askin’!

Here are the upcoming book talks/cartoon presentations/artist signings:

Saturday, Dec. 6, 4:00 pm
Mayday Books
301 Cedar Ave. South, on the West Bank in Minneapolis
below the Hub Bicycle Co-op

Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:00 pm
True Colors Books, formerly Amazon Books
4755 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis

Coming January 17
Resource Center of the Americas

What’s that you ask? “How can I be sure I’ll have a fun time?” Why, if you bring five friends, you’ll be virtually assured of merriment! “No, really — what’s this book like? Will the evening rank up there with the birth of my first child?” You can check out the book, view sample pages and more online at and make your own call.

Thank you all for enduring this shameless act of self-promotion. Through your help and friendship, I will find the inner strength to admit that I am powerless over this shallow hucksterism, and stop before I become a full-blown self-loathing marketing pariah. But first, just a few more months hawking the book…

– Kirk

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Broken Pencil

Friend of the Conspiracy Britt Aamodt passed on the following information to us:

I found a listing for a magazine that’s devoted to alternative culture called Broken Pencil.

Broken Pencil is great because it will review your ‘zine, minicomic, graphic novel, etc. if it has the alternative bent. The publication also solicits 2-4 pages of zine art per issue. Is this info your Conspiracy members would be interested in?

More info at:

Submitting Art to Broken Pencil:

Folio: 2-4 pages in which a zinester does whatever they feel like. Go crazy. A strong visual element is required here, a marriage of words and text.

Publications for Review at Broken Pencil:

Broken Pencil accepts zines, ezine urls, books, videos/films, music recordings, and mail-art for review. There are no deadlines for submitting to Broken Pencil as we are an ongoing project. To submit you must mail your work to us at PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S7 CANADA or email your ezine url to zines at If you are mailing us something to review, please include on a separate piece of paper the following information: name of publication, name of the creator/publisher, the price (please note whether or not that price includes postage), and the contact mailing address and email. We will not review material that does not have contact information. We look forward to seeing your work, but keep in mind that Broken Pencil reserves the right to review whatever it feels like, and may not review a particular publication for a variety of reasons.

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San Francisco JAM Thursday Dec 11,2008 and cheap-ass-white-elephant exchange info

Reminder that the last Comic Jam of 2008 is on this Thursday Dec 11, 2008 from 6:30 to 9/10 ish at the Church St. Café.

Info: The Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco (CCSF) meets twice a month at 6:30 pm on the second and last Thursday of the month at the CHURCH STREET CAFé in San Fransisco CA.

WHEN: Thursday Dec 11, 2008. 6:30 pm to usually sometimes between 9 and 10 pm.
WHERE: Church St. Cafe 260 Church Street San Francisco, CA 94114



GOAL: to celebrate the holidays by being CHEAP and getting rid of comics, books, zines, art materials, postcards, cool art, stickers, left over Halloween candy and other cartoonist/artist friendly things AND to get some new stuff in return.

WHO: Participation is OPTIONAL.

WHEN: 8:00 PM Dec 11, 2008 at Comic Jam (Jam runs from 6:30pm to 9/10ish pm)

RULES: Bring a cheap-ass-white-elephant gift and get one in return. No complaining about what you get, but trading at the end is encouraged.

HOW: WIth the economic state our country is in it’s a perfect time to have some holiday fun that is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP.

1) Just grab some comics/books, drawings/art, etc. that you don’t want anymore and think other artist would like — CHEAP.
2) Get a free mailing envelope from work or the post office or fed-ex Kinko’s (the cardboard flat rate mailers would be great since they make it harder to tell what’s in it–CHEAP.
3) Stuff stuff into envelop and seal envelope.
4) Put a secret mark so you don’t pick your envelope when it’s your turn.
5) Come to CCSF jam

6) at 8pm any one who brought a CAWEgift will draw a number. Person 1 can pick one of the packages and then open it up for all to see. Person 2, 3, 4 etc have the option of ‘stealing’ from someone else the whole package (not just part) or picking a new one. The person who was ‘robbed’ can then pick a new package from the pile. The rules can be modified by the group if need be.

7) Enjoy out packages of goodies or trade with others the contents.

NOTE: If you really fee inclined to buy something for the cheap-ass-white-elephant gift exchange, try to keep it cheap and fun (comics for $0.10 are a good idea for instance)

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Gallery of Images from the Hot Ink: Comic Art Show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art

Here is a big gallery I just posted of images from the previously mentioned Hot Ink: Comic Art show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, currently showing until January 4th… at which point the Museum’s lease runs out, leaving them with an uncertain future. One can only speculate that this directly had to do with their decision to deface their walls with Soapy the Chicken comic strips. You can read reviews of the show here and here. Click the image to go to the gallery.

The show features the work of:
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

You can visit the gallery here:

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

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The Minneapolis Cartoonist Conspiracy meets at 6:30 until 10:00 the first Thursday of every month at Diamond’s Coffee Shoppe in Northeast.

Generally, we draw collaborative “jam” comics, socialize and drink caffeinated beverages. Afterwords, we often have uncaffeinated beverages somewhere else.

The meetings are open to anyone who wants to draw with us, and the results are posted here sooner or later (and sometimes even printed).

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

Bus info here.

Please spend some money at Diamond’s while you’re there, even if it is just a cuppa coffee… they are excellent hosts, and we wanna stay welcome there.

Big Time Attic

Big Time Attic hosts our monthly jam meetings at Diamond’s… they will be supplying us with a big old plate of pastries or something. Thanks fellas!


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