Monthly Archives: September 2009

24 HCBD 2009 San Francisco update

Hey all, with 24 Hour Comic Book Day just three days away, I wanted to encourage folks in the area to come and out and visit the artist as they are hard at work. We are close to having a full house of artist at both locations, so it should be a pretty amazing year for drawing comics with very little sleep. Below is all the information on how to either a) Visit in person or b) Visit virtually

Saturday October 3, 2009 – Sunday October 4, 2009 from 11:00am Saturday – 11:00am Sunday

Both stores will be open for business the entire time!

First off, we would like to THANK our sponsors….

Self Edge
North Beach Pizza
Ritual Roasters
Anthony’s Cookies



(in-person and virtual)

Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco

Twitter: (thanks Romy)

Blog: (Brian and Doc)


location: Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th ST. STE B
San Francisco, California 94110



Live Video Feed: (thanks to Doc Pop)


location: Comic Outpost
San Francisco, California 94127



Live Video Feed:!


AND the “Insane Zombie” sale

trade paperbacks/toys/back issues will be 50%

between the hours of 1:00 to 4:30 on Sunday October 4th!

We’ll see you on Saturday!

MPLS/STPL Conspirator/Master Plumber ERIK NELSON featured in Dickies commercial

   That’s right!  Conspirator Erik Nelson is a Master Plumber by day–Conspirator, creator of the comic WALKABOUT,  MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE: GUEST ARTIST SPECTACULAR and BIG FUNNY contributor by night.    And now he’s “THE FACE!” of Dickies Work Clothes.  Well…not THE face, but A face in a new commercial.  It’s a pretty great ad.  My favorite bit is the Zach Snyder-esque closing shot.  ENJOY THE COMMERCIAL HERE.


MPLS Cell Jam Meeting is this Thursday, October 1st and 24 Hour Comic Day is hot on it’s heels

Ok, so there may not be any surprise guest artists dropping by this month’s jam (then again, who knows?),  but 24 HOUR COMIC DAY is for sure happening on OCTOBER 3rd, literally just hours after the jam ends.  Hope to see you at both!

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!

Mpls/Stpl 24 HOUR COMIC DAY update–WET PAINT in-store and more!

    YES!!! It’s happening!!!  Despite earlier word it was not going to be possible, WET PAINT will WILL WILL(!!!) be having an “in-store” from 10:30am to 1pm on OCTOBER 3rd at BOOK ARTS during our 24 HOUR COMIC DAY event.  That’s right!  This is your chance to load up on boss supplies like the Pentel Pocket Brush above (or refills, or paper, or brushes, or whatever) without even having to go to St Paul!   (I should note however: since their store will not be opening until 30 or minutes AFTER 24 hour day officially begins, if you come with NO supplies you’ll loose an hour of drawing time.  So bring a pencil at least. Then when the store opens BUY BUY BUY!!!)

    If that’s not enough, WET PAINT will be giving away FREEBIES to all contributors!  Thanks WET PAINT!  You rock!

   ALSO:  As I mentioned before the MCAD “Comic Heads” will be joining us this year!  A projected 15-20.  Combine that with our usual 20-30 participants and we are going to have a crowded house!  Speaking of which…MN CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS is going to be busting with people on the 3rd.  So much so we’ll be occupying the MCBA gallery for most of the day (though once people go home we’re free to move about the facility and score the high tables).

   Get some rest,  October 3rd is closer than you think.

24 Hour Comics Day in Albuquerque

24 Hour Comics Day 2009 | Sat. Oct. 3-Sun. Oct. 4 | Noon-Noon | Harwood Art Center | 1114 7th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM

24 Hours. 1440 Minutes. 86,400 Seconds. Be a part of 24 Hour Comics Day 2009 — accept the challenge to create 24 consecutive comic book pages in 24 consecutive hours. Come to the Harwood Art Center and join 7000 BC and thousands of artists of all skill levels from around the globe in this annual celebration of comics creation. It’s a creative exercise that will test your stamina while teaching you what you’re capable of.

This event is free and open to all ages (with parental permission for minors) — to register, send Jeff an email or call him at 505-262-2952. No experience or special skills required, just bring your papers and pens to New Mexico’s only 24 Hour Comics Day location in 2009!

Thanks to our sponsors: Harwood Art Center, Sol Arts, Winning Coffee Company, and La Montanita Co-Op

Update: Chuck will be blogging at 24 Hours from New Mexico and at the official site.

Pinewood Derby at Pink Hobo — THIS SATURDAY!

This post stolen from Local Hero Kevin Cannon at the Big Time Attic blog… note that you can still build a car for the show and bring it to the gallery to compete on Saturday.

Pink Hobo Pinewood Derby Show

I was never in Boy Scouts as a kid, but I would have considered joining had I known that they get to sit around and race cars all day. The only thing I had was Odyssey of the Mind competitions, where we had to use teamwork and teacher supervision to build a car to solve some sort of science problem. The only problem I wanted to solve was how to kick the competition’s ASS. And I wanted to do it ALONE.

That’s why the new show at Pink Hobo Gallery is so rewarding. Twenty years out of elementary school and I finally have a legitimate excuse to build and race a car. Granted, I ended up going the artsy-fartsy route and built a car with non-functioning wheels. But the rest of the cars will be racing. And there will be cheering. And screaming. And blood. Well, maybe not blood, but there will definitely be wine.


PLACE: Pink Hobo Gallery
ADDRESS: 507 East Hennepin Ave, Mpls, MN
DATE: Saturday, September 19, 2009
TIME: 7pm (Race starts at 10pm)

The MCBA Has a New Website!

Our good friends at the Midwest Comic Book Association have a new website, so you’ll want to reset your links to them and update your bookmarks. For those of you not familiar with the MCBA, they are the organization that puts on our two big local, annual comic conventions in the Twin Cities, Fallcon and Microcon. Both conventions are renowned for their hospitality… the MCBA offers free table space to creators (until they run out). Additionally, they were a big sponsor of our BIG FUNNY project this year… indeed, it would not have been possible without them.

Can you believe the 21st Fallcon is in less than a month? I can’t wait!

Here’s a chicklet of the image of Kevin Cannon’s poster for Fallcon for your website, blog or social networking site…


Fallcon is also on Facebook here.

See you there!

Mpls/Stpl 24 HOUR COMIC DAY UPDATE and SURVIVAL TIPS–like two and a half weeks to go!!!

Good news about Mpls/Stpl 24 Hour Comic Day at the MN Center for Book Arts!  (OCT 3rd-4th, 10am to 10 am!
1) The MCAD “Comic Heads” will be joining us this year at Book Arts!  Yay!  A chance for Conspirators and Conspirators-Of-Tomorrow alike to join in the rarely communal act of making comics!  Always a good time.  Welcome!
2)  While they won’t be able to have a “store” this year,  WET PAINT will be providing a free grab bag of goodies for the creators!  So remember, before 24 Hour Comic Day(and after!) shop WET PAINT!
3) Signing up before-hand STILL is NOT manditory, but greatly appreciated!
4) Finally, and because they are ALWAYS invaluable, a tip from the MASTER:


Obviously there’s no one way to draw, but here are one man’s tips:

– Have your paper ready and, if possible, pre-ruled.

– Come prepared with drawing materials.

– Come with a list of things you want to buy from the Wet Paint booth (it’s only open for a few hours). At the same time, let Tim (the owner) know what kinds of materials you want him to stock for cartoonists.

– Bring a lamp and extension cord for direct light.

– Pace yourself. You have to carve out time for meals and bathroom breaks.

– Try doing a page every fifty minutes. That gives you 240 minutes to rest and recoup and eat.

– If you’re chatty, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Don’t be surprised when you end up with only 20-30 minutes to draw each page.

– Some people like to pencil the whole book and THEN ink. I HIGHLY discourage this. Try to COMPLETE a full page every hour. This lets you accurately budget your time.

– Do as little penciling as possible. Nobody’s going to win an Eisner with these books, so why not jump into the inks right away?

– Bring comfort items: extra clothes, an iPod, a cushion, etc. Better to bring too much stuff on your first time.

– On the flipside, don’t bring a bunch of unnecessary crap. Things are going to be tight this year and space — especially table space — will be at a premium.

– Wait until you get home to erase.



You will get distraught and tired and want to quit. Some tips on surviving the full 24:

– Split the day into chunks. I like to think of the day as 3 8-hour shifts.

– Set goals for yourself. “When I finish 12 pages I’m going to gorge on cookies and walk around the block.”

– Listen to your body, it’s going to tell you when you should eat and drink. Avoid caffeine if you can help it.

– If you’re a coffee addict, only drink coffee in the mornings. That is, drink up Saturday morning, but then not again until Sunday at dawn. This will keep you on an even keel and it will give you a reason to push hard during the wee hours.

– Imagine people who are not as fortunate as you. When it’s four a.m. and you want to die, think about some guy out there who’s working the third shift at a dirty, poorly-lit machine shop. Drawing comics doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?

– Keep an eye on someone who’s better than you. Watch their progress and use their success for inspiration. Ask for tips. Tell them how much you like their comic.

– Keep an eye on someone who’s worse than you. Man, wouldn’t it be embarrassing if THAT person finished the full twenty-four hours and YOU wimped out? Yep, time to keep drawing.

– Don’t drink alcohol. You’ll feel sluggish the rest of the event. Limit your drug intake to stimulants.

– Bring a lamp and extension cord. Bright, direct light will keep your rods and cones all fired up and give you more energy.

– Change your environment when you feel restless. This could mean physically moving your spot, putting on some headphones, or even putting on a clean shirt.

– Document your progress. Take photos, give interviews, blog.

– Tell your family and friends to check Steinlicht’s blog (the one you’re reading right now). You’ll be more apt to keep working if you know that your Aunt in Dubuque is going to check the blog before she goes to church on Sunday morning.

I started drawing “Far Arden” as a series of 24-hour drawing marathons. After my fifth straight monthly marathon I woke up to a numb drawing hand. The numbness extended from my fingers to my elbow and lasted for two days. I was freaked out at first, but then angry. Angry at
myself because this situation was completely avoidable:

– Keep your drawing hand and arm loose. Catch yourself if you’re gripping your pen too hard.

– Put padding on your drawing tool. I bought some colorful elementary school foam pencil holders at OfficeMax. They look retarded but feel great.

– Shake out your arm once an hour. Stretch your fingers, flex your elbow, massage your meaty palms, etc.

– Eat often and eat healthy. That crap-filled candy bar you ate at Hour 2? It’s going to start tearing at your stomach lining during Hour 17.

– Drink lots of water. More water than soda, anyway.

– Help out your immune system by downing some echinacea. Do this by taking a multi-vitamin or drinking a “Green Machine” Naked Juice.

– Keep it fresh: bring a toothbrush/paste, deodorant, clean socks, whatever.

– Take a walk in the fresh air. Get your heart-rate up once in a while.



– No sleepy, no drivey.



Saturday September 19 – Talk Like A Pirate Day in San Francisco at the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore

Some of  your artist pals from the Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco will be at the Cartoon Art Museum Bookstore for Talk Like a Pirate Day on Saturday September 19, 2009. We will be on hand drawing pirates for the 100 pirate challenge as well as selling our books and chatting with guests. Plus some folks might be in costume too. The event is Free (does not included admission to the museum) so come and join us from 11am to 5pm.

– The bookstore will be giving a 10% discount for anyone in pirate costume!

BTW: the artwork for the event is by me as well. ©2009 Brian Kolm