Monthly Archives: October 2010

St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam! This Thursday, October 21st, 2010!

In addition to this month’s jam. Britt Aamodt, author of ‘SUPERHEROES, STRIP ARTISTS, and TALKING ANIMALS’ (a book about MN cartoonists), would like to collect more art for the late October comic art show in Elk River–there is still room for about 20 more works. Britt will be stopping by around 8pm to collect art. More information about the show is available here.

Otherwise, join the St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Cell and create a jam comic at Cahoots Coffee! This locale provides us with not only a spacious room in the back of the shop, but also they have tasty mediterranean food for sale!

The jamming is easy and it’s a fun time! Just bring some drawing utensils, an idea for the jam, and a few bucks to get a tasty beverage or some chow — don’t forget to tip, the baristas really do appreciate that!

The jam will start promptly at 6:30 and run until 10:30 at the latest. Come earlier to reserve your space! Seating can be limited at times!

The meetings are open to anyone who wants to draw with us, and the results will be posted here at some date yet to be determined.

To join us come to:
Cahoots Coffee
1562 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55104
(Southeast 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
(Right next to Cahoots!)

Bus info here.

Hope to see you there!


  I can’t believe this almost snuck by us…

Saturday, October 23, 11 AM
Heights Theater, 3951 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights
Hosted by Anoka County Library and co-sponsored by Heights Theater and the Columbia Heights Library

Known for his offbeat style and sense of humor, Mike Reiss was the head writer and producer for The Simpsons for over 20 years. Winner of four Emmys, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus, and a Peabody Award for his work, Reiss is also an award-winning novelist, children’s author, and screenplay writer. He has published fourteen children’s books, including the popular How Murray Saved Christmas and Late for School. In addition, his caveman detective short story, “Cro-Magnon P.I.,” won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Co-writer of The Simpsons Movie and Ice Age 3, his other credits include work on It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, ALF, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Reiss’s newest book, Just Too Cute! And Other Tales of Adorable Animals for Horrible Children, will be released in September 2010. For the Club Book events, Reiss will show clips from his animated work and discuss the difference in writing for print, screen, and television.

Second chance to be a part of the Elk River comic art show

Hey Everybody–

   BRITT AAMODT would like to collect more art for the late October comic art show in Elk River–there is still room for about 20 more works.  Britt will be stopping by THIS WEEKS ST PAUL CONSPIRACY JAM AT CAHOOTS around 8pm.  So if you want to participate PLEASE bring a framed work or two with your contact info and a sale price (if applicable).  The show will hang for only one week at the ELK RIVER ARTS ALLIANCE(716 Main St NW, Elk River, MN 55330) from Oct 25th-30th.  There will be a Closing Party on Oct 30th from 2-5pm.  All art will be returned at the November Mpls Conspiracy meeting.  Hope you can join in!!!

7000 BC’s 24 Hour Comics Day 2010 Follow-Up Meeting

7000 BC · independent comics from new mexico

24 Hour Comics Day 2010 Follow-Up Meeting | Saturday, October 23 | 1:00–4:00 | Winning Coffee Company | 111 Harvard Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM

Everyone who participated in 7000 BC‘s 24 Hour Comics Day event — and anyone interested in creating and self-publishing comics — is invited to our follow-up meeting at Winning Coffee in Albuquerque on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00.

If you made a 24 Hour Day comic, please bring it to share. And if you just want to see the other comics made on that day, or just want to meet other comics creators, stop on by. Send an email with any questions.

We’ll be back on our regular meeting schedule, back in Santa Fe in November. Watch the site for updates.


   Know whats AWESOME about the TWIN CITIES BOOK FEST going on this weekend?  Well, YES, it is a FREE EVENT and that is pretty rad.  But what’s even greater is that  BRITT AAMODT’s “SUPERHEROES, STRIP ARTISTS, and TALKING ANIMALS: ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY MN CARTOONISTS” will be debuting nigh-on a month ahead of it’s release date at BOOK FEST this Saturday!!!  The book features both interviews and the art of many of your favorite MN cartoonists including several Conspirators.  The official run-down of artists looks like this:  Kirk Anderson, Ken Avidor, Terry Beatty, Big Time Attic: Zander & Kevin Cannon, Will Dinski, Patrick Gleason, Peter Gross, Christopher Jones & Melissa Kaercher, Dan Jurgens, Ryan Kelly, Reynold Kissling, Danno Klonowski/Dank!, Bob Lipski & Brian Bastian, Roger Lootine, Doug Mahnke, Gordon Purcell, Brittney Sabo, Zak Sally, Barbara Schulz, Tim Sievert, Andy Singer, King Mini/Vincent Stall, and Steven Stwalley.   So come pick a copy this weekend.  Dare I suggest–the perfect stocking stuffer for those you love who love comics?!

APE: the Alternative Press Expo 2010 in San Francisco THIS WEEKEND October 16-17

Hey all, just a reminder that APE is going to be THIS WEEKEND October 16-17 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco CA.

APE is going to be larger then previous years with lots of great small/indy publishers, artists, DIY, and other coolness. Of course you can also meet many of the Cartoonist Conspiracy SF at APE too:

Jeff Walker (Manny Fiori/ Brie Spielman) #732
No Cash Comics #737
Brian Kolm (Cartoon Art Museum) #239
Mike Hales #coming
The Bunny System #538
Melaina Comics #641

Coming back to San Francisco on October 16 and 17 at the Concourse Exhibition Center (located at 635 8th Street), APE offers comics fans an event focused on creativity and devoted to the output of indie cartoonists, artists, and publishers doing the thing they love most. With over 5,000 attendees in 2009, APE remains the premiere alternative comics and publishing show in the nation.

CAM Alternative Press Expo Party: Storytime! and Graphic Details

Saturday, October 16, 2010, 8:00-11:00pm

Sliding Scale: $5 – $20

The Cartoon Art Museum hosts a fun-filled evening of Storytime! and Graphic Details on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 8:00-11:00pm in celebration of the 2010 Alternative Press Expo (APE). Special guests include featured artists from the Cartoon Art Museum’s Storytime! exhibition Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile!). Also appearing will be Amy Martin (The Single Girls), whose work appears in the current Small Press Spotlight. Popular syndicated cartoonist Keith Knight (The Knight Life, The K Chronicles), cartoonists Jon “Bean” Hastings (Smith Brown Jones: Alien Accountant, Haunted Mansion) and Rich Koslowski (Three Geeks, Geeksville), will also be in attendance. An updated list of party guests can be found at the Museum’s booth at the Alternative Press Expo.

Admission for the event is on a sliding scale, from $5 to $20, with guests encouraged to donate whatever they can to support the Cartoon Art Museum.

All proceeds from this reception will benefit The Cartoon Art Museum, a non-profit educational museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of original cartoon art in all its forms.

October 14, 2010 – 2nd Thursday Comic Jam @ Borderland Cafe – 6:30pm

This Thursday October 14, 2010 is out Second Thursday Comic Jam at the the Borderland Cafe. (We will also have one on the Fourth Thursday on October 28, 2010.)

It’s at the Borderland Cafe on Valencia St. in San Francisco. 6:30pm to 9/10pm.

So come on by and share notes and talk about your personal projects and join in a collaborative comic project too.

I am guessing there will be talk of APE.

Fallcon and BookFest are this Saturday, Oct 16th!

  Hey Twin Cities fans o’ comics–you have 2 big options this weekend on how to spend your hard-earned dollar-dollar bills, yo!

  First off, the autumnal classic FALLCON!  Traditionally this celebration of superheroes, toys, and costumes was a 2-day event, but it and SPRINGCON have swapped places and now FALLCON is the one-day wonder!  But don’t despair fans o’ indie comics, many of your favorite indie creators will be sitting side by side with big  mainstream names like legend HERB TRIMPE!!!  So look for Conspirators ZANDER CANNON, DAVID STEINLICHT, RYAN DOW, SCOTT GALLATIN, VAS LITTLECROW, SEAN LYNCH, JON SLOAN, BRIAN BASTIAN, LATHAM LUEPKE, and DANIEL J OLSON, as well as our many local indie comics friends.  

   But if you’re looking for what is shaping up to be almost an indie comic show within a show, look no further than THE TWIN CITIES BOOK FEST!   In addition to a bevy of authors and exhibitors you will find KEVIN CANNON, LUPI McGINTY(and her husband/author MARK McGINTY), MIKE TOFT, BILL PRENDERGAST, DANNO KLONOWSKI, LARS MARTINSON, WILL DINSKI, BOB LIPSKI, KEN AVIDOR, 2D CLOUD, TIM SIEVERT, and TOM K.  Also, venturing from Duluth will be CHRIS MONROE.  Additionally, ‘Vertigo’ darling and recent MN transplant BILL WILLINGHAM will be making his MN premiere (and be on a panel about comics in MN moderated by BRITT AAMODT, author of the upcoming book on MN cartoonists “SUPERHEROES, STRIP ARTISTS, and TALKING ANIMALS“).  If you were a fan of MIX, ‘Book Fest’ is the place to be!

Elk River Comic Art Show now has an official Opening/Closing Party–SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th 2-5pm

Elk River Comic Art Show now has an official Opening/Closing Party–SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th  2-5pm.

If you want to participate please bring ONE FRAMED work (with your contact info and any sale price written on the back) to DIAMONDS COFFEE SHOP on MONDAY, OCTOBER 18th at 8pm.  Britt will collect all art then and be responsible fot it’s transport to Elk River.  The ERAA will handle the rest.

BRITT AAMODT, author of the up-coming ‘SUPERHEROES, STRIP ARTISTS, and TALKING ANIMALS’ book about MN cartoonists sends along the following last-minuteish opportunity for a comic art show:

   “The Elk River Area Arts Alliance wants to put on a short comic art show from OCTOBER 25th-31st to introduce the local public and artist members to MN cartoonists and comic art.  They’re looking for 42 pieces (or less). Whatever you can put together that’s framed–this includes re-using your LUTEFISK SUSHI D art submission, if necessary.
   (Also–The ERAA will be accepting comic art–for the first time this year–in their national juried art show, Arts In Harmony. Nick Post is putting up the $500 Best Sequential Art Award.)”

   If you cannot make the OCTOBER 18th meet-up still but want to participate, please contact DANNO KLONOWSKI–staplegenius at yahoo daht cahm–to arrange getting the art in his hands ahead of time.

Let’s show the northern suburbs we mean business!

LET’S ROCK at the Mpls Jam this Thursday, October 7th!!!

This month in Minneapolis in addition to the jam (albeit a shorter than usual one) you have a chance to help out our dear friends at ALTERED ESTHETICS.  They will be having a fundraiser shortly which will involve a ROCK BAND tournament, and AE Poo-bah JAMIE SCHUMACHER has asked we cartoonists help set the mood for the evening by doing lots of “ROCK”-themed art this month.  Jamie will provide LARGE PAPER(18″x24″) and DRAWING SUPPLIES, so what you need to bring is either a picture (or mobile picture-getting device) of your favorite BAND, ROCK STAR, ALBUM COVER, or GEOLOGIC FORMATION that you can turn around and make into some large-scale art.  Sounds like fun!  LET’S ROCK, CONSPIRACY!!!

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.