Archive for February, 2009

Cross Hatch Seeks Guest Strips

From here:

Is that a comic in your Cross Hatch or are you just happy to see me?

Both! Yes!

Now on Fridays at the Daily Cross Hatch, we’re feeding our readers fresh comics, pulled straight from the oven. Consider it the junk food part of your comically balanced and independent diet. (Because sometimes when you pick a food metaphor, you’ve got to run with it. Fast.)

Guest Strip Fridays continue to bridge the gap between artist and aficionado by showing you totally original comic strips by anyone and everyone making comics today. Since not every mini submitted can be reviewed, it’s a nice alternative for cartoonists trying connect to our readers.

GET IT? Every guest strip submission gets posted, so long as you follow the RULES.

Do you have something to share with with the Hatch? Step in line.

– Sarah Morean

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CCSF Comic Jam in San Francisco, tomorrow night 2-12-09

The Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco comic jam is tomorrow, Thursday Feb 12, 2009 the Church St. Café at 6:30pm.

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 Feb 12, 2009 6:30 pm to usually sometimes between 9 and 10 pm.
WHERE: Church St. Cafe 260 Church Street San Francisco, CA 94114
MATERIALS: Bring your favorite drawing tools, paper, etc.

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Now available for download — Four and Twenty Blackbirds, the jam comic produced at the January 7000 BC meeting.

It’s only two pages — but it shows you the way to enlightenment.

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February 7000 BC Meeting

7000 BC · independent comics from new mexico

Sunday, February 15 | 12:00-2:30 | Title Wave Books | 1408 Eubank NE | Albuquerque, NM

The February 7000 BC meeting will be held at the meeting space at Title Wave Books at 1408 Eubank NE in Albuquerque on Sunday, February 15, starting at noon.

As usual, we’ll be creating a jam comic, planning out future programs, and collecting artwork for string, as well as making our final preparations for 7000 BC’s appearance at STAPLE!.

New members are always welcome. Send an email with any questions.

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Minneapolis Jam: February 2009

After last month’s celebration of the human figure, the Minneapolis Conspiracy is back with a cuss- and c**k-free jam comic. Finally, a pdf we can show our mothers! As an added bonus, there are several Shanks references, which ensures that the comic will be scanned and posted within 24 hours. Enjoy:

Coloring Outside the Lines

Click image for pdf — a tantalizing 7 mb!


Jam in Minneapolis This Thursday! (February 5th)

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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The newspaper industry is coughing blood and gasping on its deathbed. Newspapers lost their relevance a long time ago, and with internet media blossoming they can no longer compete. Readers and advertisers have moved on.

Unfortunately, newspapers are taking their beautiful bastard child, the newspaper comic strip, with them.

Today’s newspaper comics are much-maligned… and deservedly so. Today’s small strips, with mostly predictable, safe themes and bland characters are a pale shadow of what newspaper comics were in their wild and colorful youth.

110-or-so years from their birth, it’s been a good run. Let us not mourn the death of the newspaper comics… rather, let us have a wake to celebrate what they once were, and to build something new.

The International Cartoonist Conspiracy, Big Time Attic, and Altered Esthetics gallery are collaborating to produce an oversized newspaper comics section like they would do it today if they still did it like they did it in the old days.

It will be called BIG FUNNY, and it will be both.

The paper will premiere at a show at Altered Esthetics in August featuring some of the original art from the paper, along with historical comics pages from the dawn of the last century.

Submissions are open to all… no prior cartooning experience is necessary. While we expect to have a lot of cartoonists participate, we are hoping to also have poster artists, printmakers and artists from other disciplines represented.

We have a tight deadline… no entries will be accepted after May first. Keep in mind… newspaper cartoonists used to do this every week, plus six dailies! You have it easy!

All submissions must be funny. We are no prudes, but potty or shock-based humor is too easy… while this sort of thing won’t exclude you from consideration, please do challenge yourselves.

You can make your entry in color or black and white. If providing a color version, you must also provide a version of it in black and white. It has not been determined at this point if the entire paper will be in color or not, so the final call on whether a particular strip will run in color or black and white will be determined by the editors.

Submitted artwork should be 15.5″ (w) x 20″ (h).

Color or greyscale pages should be 300dpi. Black and white images should be a minumum of 600 and maximum of 1200 dpi.

Submit images in BMP or PSD format. Also include a 72 dpi JPG of your files at full dimensions for reading purposes.

All submissions must be submitted digitally.

While you may submit more than one page, all pages should be self-contained. A single page is certainly welcome to have multiple strips on it… however, please keep the design of the page as a whole unit in mind if you go this route.


Submitting a strip does not guarantee it will be included. Space is limited… so the sooner you get your submission in the better.

If submitting a color comic, keep in mind that color on newsprint is considerably duller than on printer paper. Thus, you will want your colors to be exceedingly bright.

In addition to comic storytelling and humor, design of the page as a whole unit will be a strong factor in what will be chosen for inclusion. Ideally, every page should be something that someone might like having framed like a poster on their wall.

Participants are encouraged to find inspiration from old newspaper comics. The newspaper comics were the primordial soup that modern comics grew out of… many of them were thematically wild, crazily inventive and beautifully drawn. Do yourself a favor and read some.

Good resources for old newspaper comics, and many examples of them, can be found here:

Note that we are not recommending aping styles or themes from the old comics, necessarily… just breathing in some of the comics that modern comics grew from and reacting to them.

Here is a resource on scanning large images:

Note that it is easier to scan large pages that are broken into panels.


Register here on the Altered Esthetics website.

Send your submissions via mail to:

1618 Central Ave. NE Suite 216
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Or, email kevin at (replace the word at with @) to arrange how you want to transfer files. Please write BIG FUNNY in the subject heading of all emails to Kevin.

Obviously, by submitting work, you are offering us the right to put it in BIG FUNNY on acceptance, and we make no claims on it otherwise. Artists retain all rights to their artwork.

If accepted for publication, you will be invited to send your artwork to Altered Esthetics to display at the August exhibit. Further details will be provided.

Note that it is not required that you sell your original art, although it is strongly encouraged. The gallery will get a 30% cut of any original artwork sold, so you will want to price it appropriately.

Altered Esthetics is a good cause… we are a non-profit, non-traditional, artist-run gallery. In the event there are any profits, they will go toward our continued service to the arts community.

There is no fee to submit artwork. Accepted artists will be asked to contribute a $30 exhibition fee to the project, plus an additional $10 if you are out-of-state to cover shipping costs of your comp copies. This exhibition fee goes towards the cost of printing the publication and promotional postcards for the event, as well as the gallery itself during the brick-and-mortar exhibition. No artist will be turned away due to lack of funds – a limited number of waivers are available to artists in extreme financial circumstance.

There is no additional fee in the event multiple pages are selected for publication.

We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged artwork.

If you have further questions about any aspects of the BIG FUNNY project, contact (replace -at- with @)


-It is going to be a whole lot of fun.

-This is a very rare opportunity for artists to work in a large, color, poster-size format publication. As newspapers disappear, it is likely that the presses to print them will disappear or become prohibitively expensive… this could make this sort of project very hard to repeat.

-Accepted artists will receive multiple copies of BIG FUNNY. The number of copies received will be based on participants’ submission fees divided by the cover price of copies, minus shipping, if shipping is required. There may be additional copies available for artists at the gallery for the show opening event and closing.

-You can sell your artwork in the gallery.

-Keep in mind your participation supports a great non-profit gallery, us! If this is your first time hearing about Ae, you can read more about who we are and what we do here:



The International Cartoonist Conspiracy

Altered Esthetics

Big Time Attic

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Minneapolis Jam: January 2009


Creative Blood, Communion, and Gay Witch Abortions

Click image for pdf — a mouth-watering 6 mb!

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Kirk Anderson Book talk and cartoon presentation in St. Paul Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 pm

Here is a press release for an upcoming book talk and cartoon presentation by Twin Cities’ cartoonist Kirk Anderson.

“Is Your Country a Banana Republic?”
Banana Republic: Adventures in Amnesia, by Kirk Anderson
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 pm
Common Good Books
165 Western Ave N, St. Paul
(beneath Nina’s Coffee Cafe at the corner of Western and Selby)

“Is Your Country a Banana Republic?”: Local author and political cartoonist Kirk Anderson will show cartoons from his latest book, BANANA REPUBLIC: Adventures in Amnesia, discuss its timely themes and sign and illustrate books. With America’s funny little banana republic quirks like torture, rendition, surveillance, secret evidence, indefinite imprisonment without charge, an unstable currency and unsupportable foreign debt, we’re not getting rid of our banana republic ways, we’re only getting used to them — even as our republic gets used to its new top banana.

BANANA REPUBLIC is a collection of the weekly, quarter-page cartoons of the same name that ran on the Star Tribune’s opinion page for years. Come on down for a fun, provocative and irreverent presentation.

For more about the book, visit Molotov Comix Press at


The latest collection from political cartoonist Kirk Anderson

– Adventures in Amnesia –
the small backward Third World nation
with hearts of silver and mines of gold

BANANA REPUBLIC follows the mischievous death squads and hilarious junta hijinks of Amnesia, a zany Third World dictatorship that is the polar opposite of America! In Amnesia, Generalissimo Wally engages in roughhousing practices we would consider unconstitutional in our own country, such as torture, warrentless surveillance, and imprisonment without charge! Why, even secret prisons are not unheard of! Unlike the advanced American system, the Amnesian regime only serves the wealthy elite, not the peasant classes; in fact, politicians openly take money from wealthy businessmen with direct financial
stakes in pending legislation! From the Amnesians’ overflowing prisons to their state propaganda, from their crippling foreign debt to their questionable elections, from their privately contracted paramilitaries to their millions without basic health care, you’ll be chuckling, “Thank God WE don’t live in a banana republic!”

“Kirk Anderson is an outrageously bold and talented cartoonist. [Banana Republic] entertained me hugely… a hilarious education in recent history.” – Howard Zinn, historian and author of A People’s History of the United States

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