Monthly Archives: February 2011

JUST ADD INK Preliminary Meeting this Tuesday at Psycho Suzi’s 9:00PM

We are having a preliminary meeting for our upcoming cartoonist cookbook show, Just Add Ink, this Tuesday at Psycho Suzi’s at 9PM, where we will start to get our plan together. If you want to get involved in organizing the show, I encourage you to show up. Sorry for the short notice, I meant to get this information posted sooner. If you want to participate in organizing the show and can’t show up Tuesday, please let me know so we can get you on our planning email list (email me at webmaster(at)

Don’t worry, participation in the show will be open to anyone who wants to participate… so please do not show up if you want to participate in the show, but have no interest in helping put it together.

Photo Gallery from MIX 2010

I had not previously seen this photo gallery on Metromix Twin Cities from the 2010 MIX festival.

The MIX festival was recently mentioned on the Star Tribune website in the story “11 more for 2011.”

As last year’s 1,000 fanboys (and girls) will attest, not all comic-book conventions are about dressing up like Batman. The Minneapolis Indie Xpo features indie comics dedicated not to super powers, but to the power of storytelling.

Nov. 5-6, Soap Factory, 518 SE. 2nd St., Mpls. Free.,

The event is now listed on the Soap Factory website.

Note that MIX has an active Twitter feed here.

Mark your calendars! Only 8 months and change until MIX 2011!

Reminder: Mark Siegel of First Second Books to Speak at The Loft February 26th… UPDATE: Also at MCAD February 25th

The Loft is hosting Mark Siegel, the editorial director of First Second Books, in a special Q&A session this February 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at Open Book. You can learn more here (PDF).

UPDATE: In addition to the Loft event (although I don’t see it listed anywhere on their site), MCAD is hosting Mr. Siegel on February 25th:

Don’t miss a visual talk on Graphic Novels Today with publisher Mark Siegel of First Second Books! This FREE event takes place at MCAD’s College Center (on the second floor) at 6:30 pm this Friday. Come after work and be transformed (no radioactive spiders involved). Parking is available at the nearby MIA ramp and on local streets.

Thanks to Michael Drivas for passing that info on to me!

About Mark Siegel:

In 2006, Mark Siegel launched an ambitious collection of graphic novels in every age category, in a wide range of themes and styles, with talent from all over the world. In its first year, American Born Chinese became the first comic ever nominated for a National Book Award, and soon afterwards, the first to win the coveted librarians’ Printz Award. Many be­loved indie cartoonists make up First Second’s stellar author line-up, from Sara Varon to Scott McCloud, Jessica Abel to Paul Pope, Eddie Campbell to Joann Sfar, and many others— including seasoned talents and newcomers, with projects in fiction and nonfiction, for children and for adults. In addition to First Second, Mark Siegel has a number of projects of his own, has illustrated several award-winning pictures (Seadogs, Long Night Moon, To Dance) and is currently serializing an adult graphic novel online (

More Minnesota Cartoonist Press

Ken Avidor has been added to the excellent list of artists included in City Pages 100 Creatives list.

The Pete Hodapp interview at the Daily Crosshatch has concluded:
[Part One][Part Two][Part Three][Part Four]

Will Dinski was recently a guest on Inkstuds.

Ryan Dow was recently featured on the Idiot Engine Podcast.

Lars Martinson was recently featured on the Deconstructing Comics podcast. Lars also had his work recently featured here and here.

Also, have you seen Sarah Morean’s Lunch Break posts at the Daily Crosshatch? She is posting regular links to webcomics there, and is looking for folks to contribute their lists. Here is the info on how to do that:

Would you like to guest edit Lunch Break? Send a self portrait (as a drawing or photograph) plus five links to your favorite webcomics to Sarah Morean at

Lunch Break is a short round-up of favorite webcomics appearing here each weekday at noon. Here’s something for you to enjoy over your lunch break or whenever. The premise is simple: it’s another day on the internet. Here’s a new or forgotten comic that seems interesting. Have something to recommend? Email us:

Those of you who were at last month’s Minneapolis jam really won’t want to miss this hilarious Action Athena comic.

Thursday February 24, 2011 San Francisco Comic Jam

The next comic jam for the Cartoonist Conspiracy San Francisco is this Thursday Feb 24 at Borderland Cafe.

Come out and draw with your fellow cartoonist. You can collaborate, chat, compare notes, work on a project or anything you like.

Where/When: Feb 24 at the Borderland Cafe at 6:30 pm to 9/10ish.

870 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 970-6998 ‎

What to bring: Art Materials, creativity, money to buy drinks and treats.

Who can come: any artist who wants too!

note: we meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the each month.

St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam! This Thursday, February 17th, 2011!

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!

Mpls. Open Studio, Sat. Feb. 19, noon to 4 p.m.*

[Artist female]

Maybe you have spring fever, maybe you have cabin fever — both are excellent reasons to show up at Minnesota Center for Book Arts to chit-chat and draw with other cartoonists at the Saturday Open Studio.

Saturday, February 19, from noon until 4 p.m., MCBA Bindery (the 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

*Also happening on Saturday: Danno Klonowski has challenged Dan Olson to continue the storyline Olson began with his last three 24-hour comics, (Links to the PDFs) Somewhere in Montana, Meanwhile in Wyoming and Elsewhere in Utah. Danno challenged Dan to complete more than just one state a year — very reasonably suggesting that planning for doing one per year on 24-hour Comic Day would take another 47 years to complete all 50 states. So, Dan will be working on that project on Saturday as well. Probably starting a little earlier than noon. Danno will be there harassing — er — encouraging Dan. Go, Dan, go!

Future Sat. Open Studios:
March 12, FlexiSpace (metal tables)
April 9, FlexiSpace (metal tables)