Frequently Asked Questions

Will you answer my question?

Sure! Please check below and see if there is an answer to your question already here first, though. Email questions to contact(at)alteredesthetics.org.

Do I have to be a Minnesota resident to participate in the Just Add Ink: Comic Book Cookbook project?

No. We hope to receive submissions from all over the world. However, to receive a mini-grant for your printing, you have to be a Minnesota resident. (Download the reimbursement form here.) Also note that while all participants will receive digital copies of the cookbook, if you are one of the first 100 participants receiving a print copy of the book you must pick up print editions at the gallery (or make other arrangements to receive them via post).

Does my submission have to be a recipe for food?

No. It can be a recipe for anything you want it to be, or it can be other sorts of content you think would be appropriate for a cookbook (tips, tricks, tools, etc.).

Is this a book or an art show?


Can I use color?

Yes of course!

Are there restrictions on paper?

It has to be bindable/punchable. (see the guidelines)

How much space do I leave?

1” on the front left side, and 1” on the back right side. (see the guidelines)

Can I contribute adult content?

Yes of course… but the world is watching.

Will there be an extension?

Nope! Traditionally we’ve been somewhat flexible about this in past projects, but since we have to get these professionally bound and we’ve got a whole lot of work to sort, we’re sticking to our guns on the dates here!

How many submissions can I make?

No more than 5 submissions per artist/artist team. (see the guidelines) Note that the maximum printing costs an individual artist or artist team can be reimbursed for via the mini-grants is $40 regardless of the number of submissions they make.

So, the mini grants – how was this process decided?

By a really angry committee of lawyers! Just kidding. We wanted to figure out a way to make the show as accessible as possible, so we decided mini-grants were a great way to make this an affordable project for artist participants. There are a limited number of mini-grants available. They will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your submissions in early!

Do you have to be a cartoonist?

Nope! But all entries must have an illustrated or comic component.

Why does the sun shine?

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace – where hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees!

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