Just Add Ink Artist Discussion Today! (Saturday, August 20th) 1-3PM

The Just Add Ink artist discussion is today. All are welcome!

Just Add Ink Artists’ Discussion
Saturday, August 20, 2011 – 1pm-3pm

Just Add Ink: Comic Cookbooks available for purchase!

Here’s a riddle for you:

What’s red, white and blue and smells bad when you cook it?











A limited number of printed copies are available for purchase online. Over 40 beautiful pages of wonderful recipes and stories. Makes a great gift, too! I got one for my mom… since she helped me take the books to the bindery and all.

Oh, and don’t put the cookbook directly in the oven, it will smell bad if you cook it.

You can purchase either a hard copy or a digital copy – info about both is below.

Hard Copies!

Books are shipped priority, a flat rate of $4.95.

Digital Copies!

Digital copies are available on a donation basis. If you’d like to purchase a digital copy, donate any amount of your choosing. After your purchase, click the “return to Altered Esthetics” to be taken to your file.

AUGUST 20, 2014 UPDATE: Copies are no longer available here, so links have been removed from this post.

Opening Night

Kevin Cannon - opening night blur

Last night’s opening was amazing, and kind of a blur. A few of the team behind the counter helped me snap a few photos… I didn’t get around to take as many as I’d like, so I’m hoping to see other people’s shots as well.

Just Add Ink Readers Station

We set up a little reader’s station so folks could peruse copies of the book.

Happy Artists

A lot of the participating artists were able to make it.


Ryan Dow and David Chen.


The Currier’s even came – with Sarah Currier’s famous french bread!

We had around 200 people in over the course of the evening and everybody had a great, great time.

We sold quite a few copies of the book – people were walking out with stacks of 2 and 4, buying up copies for gifts and sharing.

We wrapped up at the gallery around 10:30 and headed out, tired but super happy. A huge thanks to everybody that came out and made the opening night a smashing success, and big thanks to all the participating artists!

Hanging The Show!

Just Add Ink: Hanging

We had a lot of fun hanging the show on Tuesday!

Danno and Bud showing the hanging chain who is boss. Not Tony Danza!

Lance Ward's Work

Lance Ward (featured artist) has some of his other dynamic illustration work throughout the exhibit.

A Wall of Awesomeness: Just Add Ink

Lance Ward - More awesome

With a really, really great team the hanging went by super quickly. Aweseomeness can’t be that easy can it? It totally can. Come see the Just Add Ink show tonight and find out!

Over 60 works of art from the artists featured in the book as well as copies of Just Add Ink for sale and review.

Just Add Ink Opens this Friday, August 5th at Altered Esthetics

Just Add Ink is opening this Friday! I can’t wait!

Please consider using the above image to help promote the event!

Some recent press:

City Pages

Downtown Journal

The Daily Crosshatch

Opening Reception
Friday, August 5, 2011 – 7pm-10pm

Artists’ Discussion
Saturday, August 20, 2011 – 1pm-3pm

Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St NE, Mpls MN 55413

Pictures are worth a thousand words…




Over 40 artists… a book full of recipes, stories, and more.

A labor of love, and it shows.

Come see it in person and celebrate with the artists and curators!

Friday Friday Friday at Ae! =D


Just Add Ink opening reception August 5, 2011 at Ae!

T-15 days until the opening reception for Just Add Ink!!!

Just Add Ink Postcard Front

The reception event will be at Altered Esthetics Gallery on Friday, August 5th – from 7pm-10pm.

Just Add Ink Postcard Back

Copies of the Just Add Ink book will be available for purchase and original artwork will be on display. Many of the participating artists will be there and if you ask nicely, maybe they’ll even sign your copy! 🙂

Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy Street NE
Minneapolis MN 55413

Hope you can make it!

For you facebookers – here’s the facebook link: facebook.com/event.php?eid=178089625587499

Collating Craziness

The Just Add Ink team, along with a few volunteers, got together at Altered Esthetics last night to put the books together.

Collating Machines

We set up a bunch of tables and utilized the counter at Ae to spread out all the awesome submissions in book order.

Lance finishes the first book

Lance, featured artist, poses with the very first collated book. He won’t be smiling like that in four hours when we’re still collating!

Blurred Box o Books

A box o’ books. Blurred in photoshop, because I’m sneaky like that.

For hours we sorted, sorted – until we discovered something horrible. One of the submissions was short 100 copies. Printing companies can’t be perfect! So… we did what we thought would be best: rather than lose 100 books or go through the past 200 books to pull the submission out, we raced over to the copy center to make an emergency set of copies. Thank god it was only one artist that was shorted! Note to everybody for next time: apparently that ginormous stack might not be as ginormous as you think it is – double check the page count.

While we were sorting, I also cut artist checks for the mini-grants. Now THAT was fun to do! Another note to self: work on more opportunities to re-grant money to artists doing amazing things, because that’s wayyyyy more fun than cutting checks for bills. 😉

We finally finished at almost 10 o’clock.

Collating Team

The collating team after four hours of grueling page-sorting (minus a few members that had to scoot.) Actually Lance is smiling in this picture even more. Lance, is there something you’re not telling us about your love of monotonous, repetitive organizational tasks?

Trunk Full O' Books

The trunk and backseat of my car are now full of books to be dropped off at the bindery today. YOWSA!

Big thanks to Danno and his skillz on how to do this as efficiently as possible and to Kevin for putting so much of the initial work into getting the dividers prepped among a slew of other helpful stuffs. Thank you Anna and for getting everything pulled for us to get started sorting right away. To everybody on the collating team – thanks for making last night go smoothly and efficiently – even in the emergency! To the artists who participated – thanks for making this a truly amazing, one-of-a-kind project. Gonna change the name to Just Add Awesome.

The Just Add Ink Submission That Wasn’t From Tall Sean Lynch

All the submissions are in… except for this wonderful one from Sean Lynch. Click the image below to read more about it and see it larger.

One day grace for submission dropoffs!


Because June 15th (the deadline for submissions) falls on a Wednesday (when Altered Esthetics is closed) we decided to grant a one-day grace for submissions in case anybody would rather drop them off in person than send them via the postal mail.

Altered Esthetics is open on Thursday June 16th from 1pm-7pm. If you need the extra day and want to save on postage, you can drop off your submission in-person during those hours. Mini-grants will still be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

We’re also open on Tuesday from 1pm-7pm, for all you on-timers. 🙂 Dropoff at Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy Street NE, Minneapolis MN 55413.