Monthly Archives: August 2011

THURSDAY Sept 1st– Lutefisk Sushi E cover artist crowned, Nordeast Comics Summit, & MPLS jam

This Thursday! 3 great happenings in one great building in Nordeast Minneapolis!

   First off, at approximately 6pm LUTEFISK SUSHI D cover artist Danno Klonowski will be announcing the winner of the LUTEFISK SUSHI E cover artist poll. Voting will be going on until sometime shortly before the coronation.  If you are MN cartoonist who has previously contributed to a LUTEFISK SUSHI or plan to contribute to the LSE show in Nov 2012 PLEASE cast your vote ASAP!  Then immediately following this prestigious moment…

TOPIC: Bring Your Friends: The Art of Collaboration

MODERATOR: Danno Klonowski

DATE: Thursday, Sept 1, 2011

TIME: 6 – 6:30 pm (right before the Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam)
LOCATION: 1618 Central Ave NE, Ste. 216, Nordeast MPLS

For almost as long as DANNO KLONOWSKI has been making comics, he has been making them with others.  In the last 20 years Danno has worn just about every hat imaginable–plotter, writer, artist, inker, project spearheader, and every combination therein–and worked with a near-army of creators.  Needless to say, he’s learned quite a bit about the do’s and maybe-you-shouldn’t-do-that’s of collaboration.  So bring your friends and learn everything you should consider before collaborating.  You don’t want to end up enemies, right? 

The Minneapolis Cartoonist Conspiracy meets at 6:30 until 10:00 the first Thursday of every month at Diamond’s Coffee Shoppe in Northeast.

Afterwards, please join us to draw some 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.

Vote for the Lutefisk Sushi Volume E Featured Artist

We will be doing another one of our Lutefisk Sushi box-full-of-handmade-Minnesota-mini-comics shows at Altered Esthetics next year, and the time has come to pick a featured artist. As usual, this being Minnesota, we have a wonderful selection of nominees… I’d be delighted to see any of them win. You can preview the artists’ work by clicking on the images below, which will take you to their websites.

We’ve dusted off the old message board for the voting… you’re encouraged to pimp for your candidates in the comments. Please only vote if you are a Minnesota artist who plans to participate in the show. Thanks!


Poll ends sometime on September First.

7000 BC at Bubonicon 43

Bubonicon 43 | Friday, August 26-Sunday, August 28 | The Sheraton Albuquerque Airport| Albuquerque, NM

7000 BC returns to Albuquerque’s annual science fiction and fantasy convention Bubonicon. We’ll be back in the dealers room with a table full of comics from the group.

Jeff will present a history and appreciation of Monsters in Comics on Saturday at 1:00 and our friends Robert and Amanda will discuss what goes into inventing a language Friday at 7:00, both in the Rio Grande Room. Full programming information is here.

We’ll also continue our tradition of creating a drawing of 43 rats — live, in front of your eyes — to be raffled off on Sunday night, with the winner to be drawn as the final rat; tickets available at the table.

Saint Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam on August 18!

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.

SPECIAL NOTE: I will not be able to make it to this one.  Can someone else bring paper?

Anders Nilsen’s Book Tour Comes to Minneapolis This Thursday, August 18th

More info here.

On to the business of the day! Anders will be in Minneapolis Thursday August 18th to launch Big Questions at Magers & Quinn Booksellers. There’s a lovely write-up of the book in the Star Tribune, where reviewer Tom Horgen sez, “the parable [Big Questions] tells unfolds with remarkable ease and power,” and acknowledges Anders as “one of the comic-book world’s best storytellers.” Dear midwesterners: don’t miss this!

Thursday August 18th at 7:30 pm
Magers and Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis

Lutefisk Sushi: Volume E — The Ballot Boxes Are Open!

Hey cartoonists!

Minnesota’s premier comics art show LUTEFISK SUSHI is back for its fifth season in 2012. While the opening reception is over fifteen months away, we need to decide on a featured artist ASAP! As in past years, the featured artist will design the sushi box, and will have a whole wall devoted to their artwork during the gallery show at Altered Esthetics in November, 2012. See websites of past shows here.


To nominate a cartoonist, please send the following info to nordeastcomics [at]

– The artist’s name
– The artist’s website (if there is one)
– The artist’s email (so we can contact them to confirm if they want to run)

NOTE: Artists must reside in Minnesota or have some strong connection to the state.
NOTE: If an artist does not wish to be nominated, or does not respond to us before August 25, they will not be listed as a nominee.


August 15: Nominations open
August 25: Nominations close; Voting begins
September 1: Voting closes at noon; Winner is formally announced at 6pm at the Nordeast Comics Summit, and online.


As in past years, voting will take place on So jump on that site between August 25 and September 1 to vote! Voters must register on the Cartoonist Conspiracy website (it’s free). Voters may vote only once.

Past featured artists are Vincent Stall, Ken Avidor, Kevin Cannon, and Danno Klonowski.

Questions? Post them in the comments section below.