Monthly Archives: May 2011

NightShift: Jim Woodring Performing at the Walker at Midnight on June 4th-June5th!

Rain Taxi is bringing Jim Woodring to town!

Jim Woodring: Artist Talk and Performance
Walker Cinema, Midnight
for directions, click here.

A man is drawing with a seven-foot-long pen. The nib is sixteen inches and made of brass-plated, cold-rolled steel. The handle is lathe-turned poplar, painted with black lacquer. The ink is a specially formulated acrylic blend. A large vase functions as the inkwell.

This isn’t a dream but rather a live performance with famed underground cartoonist Jim Woodring. At this special Nightshift event, the author of Seeing Things, The Frank Book and Weathercraft will draw live on-stage at the Walker with his handcrafted Giant Pen—an oversized version of the classic steel dip pen nib and wooden handle used by artists and calligraphers. Woodring will be making large ink drawings (up to 6 feet) while conversing with the audience as he works, and it will all add up to an in-depth tour through his surreal oneiric landscape.

Woodring’s Giant Pen was built with funds raised through United States Artists Special Projects.

Event info here.

View the poster here.

Zak Sally Funds Sammy the Mouse Book Using Kickstarter! You Can Still Help!

I meant to post information about this a while ago… Zak Sally is seeking funding on Kickstarter to pay for printing a Sammy the Mouse collection. Before I got it posted, it already got funded with 16 days to go! Congratulations, Zak! Note that you can still help fund the Zak’s project beyond the goal and get some cool stuff for doing so.

Kickstarter is becoming a really amazing resource for cartoonists. Just the idea of art made for and funded by patrons rather than corporations is a very liberating prospect.

St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam! This Thursday, May 19th, 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!

San Francisco Bay Guardian Looking for Local Cartoonist

The following was posted by Brian Hibbs at The Savage Critics:

This is not directly tied to Savage Criticing, but I figure cartooning jobs are few and far enough between for it to be good Karma for me to mention this.

In going through this week’s San Francisco Bay Guardian, I espied a little blurb that said “Cartoonist wanted. The Guardian is looking for a cartoonist to take the place of the retired TROUBLETOWN. Must be: Funny. Different. Political. Have Some Local Connection. email samples to No calls, please.”

If you get a gig because you saw this here, you owe me lunch!

Drinking Liberally: The Art of the Political Cartoon This Thursday, May 19th

From The Cucking Stool blog:

This weekend is Art A Whirl in northeast Minneapolis. One of the patrons at the 331 Club asked me if we were doing an Art A Whirl edition of Drinking Liberally, and I thought that was a really good idea.

So this Thursday, May 19th, we’ll celebrate the art of the political cartoon with guests L.K. Hanson and Ken Avidor. We will be at the 331 Club from six to nine PM; the program with L.K. and Ken is going to crank up around seven. They will bring some examples of their work to show and talk a little about the process of taking an idea and making a memorable image.

More info at The Cucking Stool.

Suit Up at Altered Esthetics This Wednesday, and the Third Wednesday of Every Month

More info here.

Ready to kick off the New Year? Ae Workshops is excited to get a jump on it and fill our calendar with tons of fun events. Join us every third Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 at Altered Esthetics for Suit Up Ae, an evening of figure drawing …in costume! Volunteer models will suit up in a costume that best fits the theme of the month.

We will draw a variety of poses, for what is sure to be a pleasurable evening of figure drawing with a new twist. Bring your sketchbook & drawing implement of choice. Suggested Donation 3$.

If you’re interested in modeling for a Suit Up Ae drawing night (or know someone who might be) please contact Kristy or Cassie at

Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St NE, Mpls MN 55413