Monthly Archives: August 2012

VOTE for next year’s featured artist!

Here are the featured artist nominees for next year‘s comic art show. They are all awesome, and I wish they could all win, but…well, we have to choose just one. Voting will take place on the conspiracy message board. The poll will be open for 7 days.

Please only vote if you intend to participate in the project. Note that you do NOT have to be a resident of Minnesota to submit work to the 2013 project.


Britt Sabo
Xeric-winning cartoonist!

From her website:
“After graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in 2007, she went on to co-author and draw Francis Sharp in the Grip of the Uncanny! with her friend Anna Bratton. They were awarded a Xeric Grant in 2010 to publish this book, and are currently working on the next in the series.”

Dan Murphy
Musician and illustrator!

From Dan’s bio at Crowded Comics:
“His work has appeared in publications including the City Pages and The Rake. When he’s not drawing, he plays music in a few local bands, and acquires more books than he has shelves for.”

He does rock posters!

From his website:
“Witt’s illustrations, paintings, and limited edition screen prints have been exhibited around the globe and reproduced in books and publications including The Art of Modern Rock, Gigposters Vol. 1, I Want Your Skull, German collective Bongout’s anthologies, and the series of graphic novels he’s illustrated for Lerner Publishing.

Gordon McAlpin
Creator of Multiplex! Illustrator guru!

From the Multiplex website:
“Multiplex is an online comic about the movie-loving and customer-weary staff of your local movie theater. It is written and illustrated by Gordon McAlpin. It has been running continuously since July 2005, and serves over 60,000 unique visitors per month (or over half a million per month).

Click this link and login to vote!!!

STILL WANTED: Featured Artist for 2013


Nominations will be open until August 24, 5:00pm.

Eligibility: any Minnesota cartoonist who has not already been the featured artist of one of our comic art shows. To nominate a cartoonist, please send the following info to lmcginty(at)

– The artist’s name
– The artist’s website
– The artist’s email (so I can ask them if they want to run)

The poll will open on August 25 (sometime in the afternoon) at

Register ASAP for the 2012 Twin Cities Book Festival

If you plan to attend this year’s Twin Cities Book Festival (October 13) put on by our friends at Rain Taxi, you will want to register NOW. They are almost out of space. From what I have heard, if you don’t attend this event, you will regret it. Fortunately, this year there is no conflict with Fallcon (October 6)! Apologies for not getting the word out on this very cool opportunity sooner.

Greetings from Rain Taxi and the 2012 Twin Cities Book Festival! As you may know, registration is now open for this year’s Book Fest–forms are available on our website, here. What you don’t know yet is that this year, one of our prestigious guests happens to be a comics GIANT. We can’t tell you who it is just yet, but we do anticipate a substantial comics audience to attend, and we want to make sure that the Conspiracy has a chance to register for tables before they run out. We’ve set aside more space for this purpose in our new location, to boot!

Register soon to claim your space. No need to send payment now—we’ll invoice you. We encourage you simply to email us with the requested information on the attachment to reserve a table, but you’re welcome to fax or mail your registration form if you prefer.

BAD CARTOONIST NIGHT at the BAD WAITRESS is Monday, August 27th!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012 
  • 8:00pm until 11:00pm
  •   What better way to psyche yourself up to celebrate Jack Kirby’s birthday then heading too BAD CARTOONIST NIGHT at THE BAD WAITRESS!!! 8pm for food and 2-4-1 specials, table and countertop drawing, and some comic and pop culture-themed trivia (which starts at 9pm)! Awesome prizes to be won! Awesome drawings to be made! The word awesome to be used in this sentence! (Jack’s birthday/Read Comics in Public Day is the following day, Tues Aug 28th)

26th Street & Nicollet Avenue , Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

WANTED: Featured Artist for 2013 Comic Art Show

Next year’s comic art show at Ae will be the big music project. (Comics Fuckin’ Rock? Big Funky? Just Add Instruments?) The show is slated for November 2013. I know it sounds like it’s a long way off, BUT we need to vote on a featured artist ASAP!


Nominations will be open until August 24. Eligibility: Any Minnesota cartoonist who has not already been the featured artist of one of our comic art shows. To nominate a cartoonist, please send the following info to lmcginty(at)

– The artist’s name
– The artist’s website
– The artist’s email (so I can ask them if they want to run)

If an artist does not wish to be nominated, or does not respond before August 24, they will not be listed as a nominee.


August 24: Nominations close
August 25: Voting begins
August 31: Voting closes at midnight
September 1: Winner will be announced


As in past years, voting will take place on Voters must register on the Cartoonist Conspiracy website (it’s free). Voters may vote only once.

Mpls. Sat. Open Studio, Aug. 11, noon to 4 p.m.

[Artist with ink]

Time to get drawing. Perhaps work on your Lutefisk Sushi contribution. Meet, talk and draw with a few of your fellow cartoonists at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. We’ll be at the coveted high tables, just past the MCBA store.

Hopefully there’ll be a coffee shop in the building for sandwiches, snacks and cold beverages. (There wasn’t one last month, but perhaps something has moved in since. If not, there’s a convenience store across the street for snacks.) There are handy outlets nearby for your electrical devices. Plus (again, hopefully) free, slow coffee-shop wi-fi.

Saturday, August 11, from noon until 4 p.m., Bindery (high tables)

This is an open studio — all are welcome.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Open Book building
(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:
September 8 – Bindery (high tables)
October 20 (It’s 24-Hour Comic Day) – Bindery and FlexiSpace starting at 10 a.m.
November 3 – FlexiSpace (metal tables)
December 8 – Bindery (high tables)

Suit Up, then Sushi Up

The next Lutefisk Sushi E meeting will be held at Ae on Wednesday, August 15, at 8:30 pm, immediately after Suit Up–so why not go to both?

DRAW volunteer models in a variety of costumes and poses! SEE Lupi wear something embarrassing! PLAN Lutefisk Sushi with us! Achieve awesomeness!

Altered Esthetics is a non-profit art gallery located in Northeast Minneapolis.
1224 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413