Monthly Archives: December 2010

St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam! This Thursday, December 16th, 2010! THE ANNUAL KRAMPUS JAM!!!

A tradition four years in the making. The annual ALL-KRAMPUS jam! Come on over to Cahoot’s Coffee, that is if you are able to navigate around six foot drifts of snow. 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.

Oh, you don’t know who Krampus is? Check out these links:

Krampus Intro

2009 Krampus Jam — The Inevitable Return of Krampus

2008 Krampus Jam — The Return of Krampus 2008

2007 Krampus Jam — Krampus Returns

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 or later.

Oh yeah, one more thing…a dog must be killed in this jam. It’s just something that is supposed to happen.

To join us come to:
Cahoots Coffee
1562 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55104
(Southeast corner of Snelling and Selby)

Sometimes 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.

We hope to see you!

Mpls. Sat. Open Studio, Dec. 18, noon to 4 p.m.

[Artist pen]

Dig out of your drift and skate over to the Minnesota Center for Book arts to chat and draw at the Saturday Open Studio.

Saturday, December 18, noon to 4 p.m., MCBA Bindery (high tables)

If you can’t find us inside 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 Studios:
Jan. 8, Bindery (high tables)
Feb. 19, Bindery (high tables)
March 12, FlexiSpace (metal tables)
April 9, FlexiSpace (metal tables)

Cartoonist John Bush, 1954-2006

From the TagTeam.TV website:

Our friend John Bush created this illustration for the Tag Team website, just months before his untimely death of non-smokers lung cancer in 2006. John was a talented illustrator, whose cartoons were featured in St. Paul Pioneer Press, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, and many other publications.
He was also a diehard Packer fan, who proudly heralded from La Crosse, Wisonsin. But most importantly, he was a beloved husband, devoted father of three, and friend to many. We miss him.

My aunt Virginia lives in Edina. Over the past several years, as my cartooning has grown from interest to obsession, she’s occasionally mentioned an old friend and neighbor of hers, the late cartoonist John Bush.

More recently, she mentioned to Bush’s wife, Nancy, that she has a niece who likes making comics. Nancy said that she’s been going through some of her husband’s old art supplies, and would I be interested in taking any of them? I said, of course!

Aunt Virginia drove to my parents’ house in Northfield for a visit this weekend. She left the supplies from Nancy on their giant basement craft table. Thus it was that, on this snowy Minnesota morning, I found myself gazing upon…the holy grail of art supplies!

Box upon box of every kind of art supply, ranging from functional to fanciful!

I’m always intrigued by the materials that fellow cartoonists use: if I could, I would poke my way into all of their personal studios, to get a detailed idea of what they use, how they use it, and how they organize it.

To have so many of John Bush’s art materials bestowed upon me is one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me as a cartoonist. I only wish I could ask him about this stuff, to learn more about how he used it. I’m not even sure what all of it is, or if he actually used all of it. Maybe, like my mom and me, he was a guy who never passed up an opportunity for cheap craft and art supplies–especially the weird used stuff found in junk boxes at garage sales.

(Do any cartoonists out there know how to use that thick rubber stuff? Does anyone have any idea what that giant hole-puncher thing is for?)

The paper was one of the most exciting parts to me. There is so much of it. In every size and weight and style you can think of! Lots and lots and lots of Bristol.

(Is anyone familiar with that strange TV Paper? Is it for storyboarding? It’s got those little TV screens printed on every sheet.)

There are all kind of mattes for framing things. And rub-on letters and numbers that I’m curious to test out in a comic sometime soon. And stack after stack of sketch paper!

Then there are the paints. I have almost zero experience with painting, but my younger sister, a studio art major at Grinnell College, will no doubt find much use for them.

Coolest of all? Some copies of a poster Bush made for a local jazz radio station…and a page of some of his original doodles! They remind me a bit of Jules Feiffer. I like them.

Cartoonists are good people. I never get tired of learning about them. I really loved this opportunity to peek into John Bush’s creative process, by way of the tools he left behind. I will think of him whenever I use them.

Comics Journalism for the Southwest Minneapolis Patch!

Hey, everybody!

This message (below) comes from a dear pal-o-mine, Jon Collins. He’s edits the Southwest Minneapolis Patch and is looking for cartoonists to develop stories for his site. Patch is an AOL initiative specializing in hyper-localized online news writing. It’s pretty cool! And there might be some money in it for you. Which is also cool!

Southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods include: Armatage, East Harriet, Fulton, Kennedy, King Field, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, Tangletown and Windom. I don’t think you need to live in one of those neighborhoods to contribute, but it couldn’t hurt!

Anyway, read his little all-call and get in touch with Jon if you have any questions.

+ Sarah M.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

So I’m the editor of a new online community newspaper covering Southwest Minneapolis (typically anything south of 36th street). I’m looking for creative ways to cover the news (local politics, nbrd issues, development). Comics would be awesome!

Not sure if it’s something that appeals to folks, but a sort of Ted Rall or Joe Sacco look at neighborhood issues could be great and unique. We just spent a lot of coverage on this dog park that some folks thought disrespected a MLK memorial. Could we tell part of that story in comic form? As editor, I could clue you in on an issue and help you find the angle (like I would with a normal reporter).

As you can tell, I don’t have anything definitive in mind, it could be opinionated or straight (comic) journalism, but I would love to hear any proposals or pitches. Not sure what normal compensation is for comic artists, but we could talk.

Jon Collins
Editor, Southwest Minneapolis,

Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco last comic jam of 2010 and Cheap Ass White Elephant gift exchange.

Well folks, another year of cartooning has come and gone and it’s time for the last comic jam of the year. That means it’s time for a bit of seasonal cheer and our 3rd annual Cheap Ass White White Elephant Exchange where you get to share Cartoonist Friendly things you don’t want or need anymore and get something new in exchange.

We’ll also be giving Alan and the amazing staff at Borderland Cafe a break and going back to our old haunt at the Church St. Cafe.

The evening will also have our second annual art exchange and a snack/meal/supper at a nearby restaurant afterward.

So, here is the scoop.

WHEN Thursday December 9th, 2010

—6:30 PM Church Street Cafe

note: we don’t have reserved tables and seating, so if you are the
first one there you might want to grab a few tables and chairs for us
to use.

260 Church St
(between 15th St & Market St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro

a short walk from the MUNI subway and street cars BTW.

— 7:15 Cheap Ass White Elephant gift exchange

Time to get rid of your Comic Books, Graphic Novels, usable art
supplies, how-too books, and other things that you don’t want or need
anymore and a fellow artist will love. Just wrap them in the most
festive and cheap ass wrapping you can find and bring them along.
Anyone who brings a gift, gets a gift!

—8:00 Art Exchange

Create small masterpieces of art for your artist friends. That means
everyone goes home with original art.

— 9:00 Sparky’s for a late night snack/supper.

It’s just two doors down from the Church St. Cafe

So, come and celebrate the season at the last Cartoonist Conspiracy
Comic Jam of 2010!

Brittney Sabo, Anna Bratton and Lars Martinson Signing at Big Brain this Saturday, December 4th!

Some fantastic Twin Cities cartoonists are signing their new graphic novels at Big Brain. They just got A-Listed by the City Pages, so read all about it here. I’ve already had the pleasure of reading Britt and Anna’s Francis Sharp in the Grip of the Uncanny! Chapter One, and it is a gorgeous and fun read… you won’t want to miss it.

Big Brain Comics 1027 Washington Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN
Sat., Dec. 4, 4-7 PM

December 7000 BC Meeting

7000 BC · independent comics from new mexico

Saturday, December 11 | 1:30 | New York Pizza Department | 2nd and Central | Albuquerque, NM

Join us for an afternoon of socializing, planning, talking about — and maybe even making — comics. December’s 7000 BC meeting will be at New York Pizza Department on the northwest corner of 2nd and Central.

Start time is 1:30, which means that anyone coming from Santa Fe can ride the Rail Runner to the meeting.

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