Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mpls. Sat. Open Studio, May 9, noon to 4 p.m.

[Cartoonist moving]

Done with your Big Funny project? Come and celebrate at this month’s Saturday Open Studio. Or you could work on your Mother’s Day card. Don’t forget Mom! Or you could just stop by to draw and chat.

Sat., May 9, noon to 4 p.m., MCBA Flexi-space (the low tables)

Join us at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and draw for a while. If you can’t find us in the MCBA building, ask the friendly person working in the MCBA bookstore. This is an open studio — all are welcome.

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

Future Sat. Open Studio schedule:
June 6 Flexi-Space (low tables)
July 11 Bindery (high tables)
August 1 Flexi-Space (low tables)


This month we are not beholden to a particular theme since the Altered Esthetics theme of the month is RESIDENT ARTISTS. 

So, basically we have to do the best work we can. 

Or we can use the ultra-classy idea Kriske came up for when describing the cosplayers at the recent Microcon:   “UNDERGROUND F**K SOCIETY OF SUPER NERDS”

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!

SFCC – collaborations: arm wrestling, dancing and more!

CCSF San Francisco comic jams

Last Thursdays meeting of the Cartoonist Conspircy in San Francisco was a new challenge for us. Following the lead of member Miromi, we did some arm wrestling and dancing. Well our drawings did that is.

Miromi writes:

Here are arm wrestling experiments that mutated into singing and dancing adventures from the Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco jams as well as the Rock Paper Scissors Zine Workshops. The activity of making comics is a loner’s world, and collaborations don’t occur so often. It’s a joy to be able to jam with other artists when the opportunity arises much the same way musicians jam…

Miromi provided us with Xeroxed simple backgrounds with lots of blank space that two to three people would add characters too. So one person would draw their character and then pass the drawing to someone else to add another character. Through back and forth working scenes and stories formed that were really fun. The process resembled classic 2D animation key-frames in many ways. To the inspiration from France:

You can see our work as a slideshow on Flickr with a zine hopfully coming soon. There is also a link to a jam at the Rock paper Sissors coop as well.

It’s best to watch these as a slideshow, although flickr has some fine thumbnailng on the set as well.

BIG FUNNY Deadline Passes… Need an Extension?

The BIG FUNNY deadline just passed at midnight, smelling of sweat, ink, and old newsprint! Kevin had a busy day of getting submissions in… we now have 50 of them! The paper is going to be nothing short of spectacular!

And we still want yours!

Not done yet? You’re not alone… there are a number of people whose submissions are really close but not completed. And some, well… maybe not so close, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. You too. We’ll give you one more week! That will be it, though, so don’t miss it!

Please note that submission does NOT guarantee inclusion. You will want to make sure to read the complete project specs and info here.

Please contact us if you are taking advantage of the extension… you can email me at webmaster (at)

string Free Comic Book Day 2009 Edition

Now available for download — the Free Comic Book Day 2009 Edition of string, collecting comics from the first 12 issues of 7000 BC‘s monthly anthology.

Copies will be given away at Free Comic Book Day events at Comic Warehouse and Lobo Anime (where Pete and Paul will be doing sketches) in Albuquerque, and at True Believers Comics and Gallery in Santa Fe (where there are bound to be some members just hanging around).


BTW, today (Friday, May 1) is Buy Indie Day; get out and support your local independent booksellers — and I’m sure your LCS counts.