Archive for July, 2009

St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam! This Thursday, July 16th, 2009!

Join the St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Cell and create a jam comic! It’s easy and fun! Just bring some drawing utensils, an idea for the jam, and a few bucks to get a tasty beverage — the baristas really do appreciate that.

The jam will start promptly at 6:30 and run until…whenever.

The meetings are open to anyone who wants to draw with us, and the results are posted here sooner rather than later.

To join us come to:
Cosmic’s Coffee Shoppe
189 Snelling Ave N.
St. Paul, MN 55104
(Northwest corner of Snelling and Selby)

More not than often we head on over to grab a brew at:
O’Gara’s Bar and Grill
164 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104
(Southeast corner of Snelling and Selby)

Bus info here.

Hope to see you there!


By Mjöllnir! little funny deadline approacheth! (July 20th)

The deadline for little funny is on the 20th… so you have less than a week to get yours in. Which is probably not a big deal, as it will probably only take you one evening of fun to get an issue together.

little funny, again, is a series of micro-comic booklets authored by anyone who wants to do one that will be sold out of a vending machine at the BIG FUNNY opening. It is easy, fun and inexpensive to participate… and all entries will be accepted. You can read all of the details about the project here.

All participants in little funny will be listed on the BIG FUNNY website, and we’ll eventually have scans of all the covers posted there as well.

Some people have been confused by the instructions… I tried to clarify them some more in the text. Additionally, here is a photo of two copies of little funny #8 by James Powell (the front of one and the back of the other).

Click to embiggen.


“The Art of Yo Gabba Gabba” at Pink Hobo This Saturday

After this Saturday’s Zine Fest, swing by Pink Hobo gallery to feast on lots of Yo Gabba Gabba-related artwork, including this sketch by Evan Dorkin:

Pink Hobo
507 E. Hennepin Ave
July 11, 2009, 5pm-late

For more info:

Pink Hobo Gallery
MPR’s “Arthounds” feature

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St. Paul Conspiracy Jam – June 2009

Just a few weeks late posting this one. Much thanks goes out to Kevin Cannon for making me look like a lazy tool for not getting this up sooner. Anyhow, enjoy the St. Paul cell’s offering: Robocop vs. Bears vs. China vs. GM: The Battle for Detroit (Rock City!)

Click image for pdf — a modest 6.2 mb.

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Minneapolis Jam: July 2009

For whatever reason, the following jam has extremely few references to the late great Michael Jackson, proving once again that our monthly jams are not, in fact, sponsored by TMZ.

Cartoon Breakfast, All Natural Pet Food and the Struggle Within

Click image for pdf — an unflinchingly well-endowed 12.4 mb!


string #15

Now available for download — the latest issue of string, the regular anthology of comics from 7000 BC.

Download a PDF of string #15 and check out future issues every month. Included in this issue of personal visions, we’re joined for the first time by Mayhem and Maureen — and Josh checks back in from … wherever his travels are taking him these days.

Previous issues: string #1 | string #2 | string #3 | string #4 | string #5| string #6 | string #7 | string #8 | string #9 | string #10 | string#11 | string #12 | string #13 | string #14

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City Pages Annual Comix Issue: CALL FOR ENTRIES!

From the Big Time Attic blog:

It’s that time of year again: City Pages is gearing up for its third annual City Pages Comix Issue and is looking for submissions. City Pages has a readership of over 50,000 discerning eyes, and is thus a great showcase for any cartoonist. And even if your cartoon isn’t picked for the print edition, it will be published online. Don’t forget, last year the Comix Issue won a prestigious AltWeekly Award!

Please read all of following information very carefully (a few things have changed since last year):

From Nick Vlcek, City Pages Art Editor:

This year’s theme: “MINNESOTA NICE”

Deadline is Wednesday, August 5th. That’s when we’ll close the space and figure out what we have to run. If there’s any changes that need to be made or if a work is not finished, we have one more week, but we’re not any more slots past the 5th.

What we learned from last time:

There is a finite amount of space for the print edition. DO NOT FEEL LIKE YOU WERE PASSED OVER BECAUSE YOUR STUFF DIDN’T MAKE IT IN TO PRINT. We’ll put everything we get up online.

Regarding above, everyone should work in a horizontal, quarter page size:

9.75″ wide by 2.5″ tall

[ Click to download a Photoshop template ]

If you want/need to do something larger, contact me first, otherwise don’t necessarily expect it will run in print! (half page is 9.75″ wide by 5.4″ tall; full page is 9.75″ wide by 11.25″ tall).

Black and white JPEGS, 300dpi actual size, or larger (fit to scale).

All email should be addressed to:

nvlcek [at]

Subject should read: CP Comics Issue

Every email needs to have the title of the piece and the credit (how you’d like your name to appear in print). We will also need a W-9 (click to download) filled out and attached to the email with your real name and address if you want to be paid. Those who sent in a W-9 last year and got paid will not have to send one if their address hasn’t changed.

Payments are $25 to all, another $25 if your panel makes it into print. That is the same rate no matter what size it ends up being.

Thanks for all!

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BIG FUNNY Website Updated

Go check it out!

Thanks much to Local Hero Kevin Cannon for building the website.

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July 7000 BC Meeting

7000 BC · independent comics from new mexico

Saturday, July 11 | 1:00 | New York Pizza Department | 2nd and Central | Albuquerque, NM

The July 7000 BC meeting will be held at New York Pizza Department on the northwest corner of 2nd and Central.

Start time is 1:00, which means that anyone coming from Santa Fe can ride the Rail Runner to the meeting.

Among the usual jam comic and socializing, we’ll be collecting work for the next string and making plans for the Harwood Workshop and Bubonicon.

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

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ZINEFEST to leave OPEN STUDIO in ruins

You know what you should do Saturday if you’re a local cartoonist?  You should go to ZINEFEST( and buy some great indy comics and zines, and then you should stop by OPEN STUDIO(see post below) and draw with David and Mark and Mike S. since most of the other OPEN BOOK regulars will be at the aforementioned ZINEFEST from 11-5 (and Sunday 11-4).


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