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Cartoon Recipes from the Past #4: The Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook

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A cookbook for a good cause.

Some of you are aware that on Sunday May 22 Minnesota was hit by a tornado, causing particularly extensive damage in the already distressed area of North Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis has extended the state of emergency, citing a ‘long road ahead’ in terms of cleanup, rebuilding, and helping North Minneapolis families.

Over the past few days I’ve made a new online acquaintance via the world of the internets, and I’ve been incredibly inspired by her experience and resilience throughout the whole tragedy.

Her account of the past few days was incredibly moving, and her request for help was humbling to say the least. Even though she’s under-insured and will be definitely hurting financially herself, she had the following to say:

“There are SO many people that are much worse off than us – people who had NO insurance, and people whose homes were destroyed beyond repair – that we have decided NOT to make use of the Red Cross / city / etc disaster relief offerings. I’d like to see that sort of public type money going first to those who really, really need it. We had some insurance, and we’re resourceful… so we wouldn’t feel right getting aid like that.

However, there’s no way we’re going to come close to covering our financial costs. So, if you’re interested in helping out financially, here are a few ways to.

1 – My preferred means of helping us – order my cookbooks! I’d rather earn the money than accept much charity. The Spirited Baker and Evil Cake Overlord can both be ordered directly from me – my cases of books were unharmed!”

She goes on to say more – but you get the point. At least – I did. My orders have been placed, and if you’re interested in doing the same you can order her cookbooks online easy peasy. Both look amazing!

Spirited Baker

The Spirited Baker is a celebration of liqueur as a baking ingredient and Evil Cake Overlord is a collection of ridiculously delicious cake recipes.

and if you’re interested, you can read her full post here:

This isn’t exactly a comic cookbook, but it’s definitely a creative project I think very worth supporting, so I wanted to share the info here in addition to my own blog.

thanks and hugs!


Just Add Ink Schwag

Opening night may seem like it’s a long way off, but you know how summer can fly by. Before we know it, copies of Just Add Ink will be in our greedy hands, and we’ll be partying at AE. So we’re starting to think about schwag to accompany the books. Here are some of the ideas we’ve kicked around:

  • refrigerator magnets
  • buttons
  • button magnets–two birds, one stone!
  • mugs
  • potholders
  • aprons (possibly screen-printed?)
  • turkey basters
  • napkins
  • measuring cups
  • egg timer
  • magnetic bottle openers
  • jar openers
  • recipe/note tablet
  • magnetic list pads

Lots of great ideas so far, but we’re still in the brainstorming phase. Help us narrow down the list by letting us know what kinds of tchotchkes and/or useful things you’d like to have in your kitchen.

Please follow the submission guidelines!


A quick note from the show committee – when sending in your submissions, please follow the submission guidelines.

None of the guidelines are arbitrary. We ask for the exhibition contract because that’s a gallery and insurance requirement, and if you don’t submit that along with the work, we have no idea how to contact you and we don’t have the rights we need to include your work(s) in the book.

We tried really hard to make this process as easy, clear, and accessible as possible – even doing open and free workshops to answer any questions. (BTW – The next workshop is this Sunday, May 22nd at Altered Esthetics at 1pm.) We even have a team answering questions 24/7 on the internetz – so don’t hesitate to shoot us an email if something seems unclear.

If you are one of the two people that did not send in an exhibition contract with your work, you need to send it to us by June 15th and note clearly what submission it applies to.

And for anybody else that hasn’t sent in their submission – please make sure to have your submission(s), Reimbursement Form (if you are asking for reimbursement) and the Exhibitions Contract.



Cartoon Recipes from the Past #3: Axolotl Pudding

A Frank Jacobs and Wally Wood strip from Mad #62, courtesy of the Easily Mused blog. Click the image to see more.

Cartoon Recipes From the Past #2: Will Eisner’s Joe Dope in PS Magazine

There are many, many more examples of instructional comics Will Eisner did for the military magazine PS Magazine: The Preventive Maintenance Monthly that can be found here on the Virginia Commonwealth University library website.

Just Add Ink Deadline Reminder Graphic by Kevin Cannon (June 15th!)

Kevin Cannon recently made some “reminder images” for the Just Add Ink deadline for people to post to their blogs, websites, social networking sites, or to relay via tin cans attached with taut string. Please link them to:

If you are not inclined to upload the image yourself, here is embed code for the 200 pixel wide version:

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They are also available in 150, 300, 400, 600 and 800 pixel wide sizes. You can embed any of these sizes by replacing the 200 in the embed code with the appropriate number.

Click here to download Just Add Ink Submission Reminder images like the one above in all sizes.

Please do help spread the word!

Cartoon Recipes From the Past #1: Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook

Courtesy of the Branding in the 80’s blog. Click the image for more.

Filling both sides of the page

If you’ve read the submission guidelines, you know that the pages you submit should be double-sided. But what if your comic just isn’t that long? What if you have a large empty space on the back of the page, and not enough content to fill it? Well, there are plenty of useful and creative ways to fill space. Here are a few ideas to help you brainstorm.

  • Serving suggestions. Lots of recipes end with tips on presentation, food and drink pairings, and other ways to enhance the overall appeal of a dish.
  • Sign your name with Froot Loops.
  • Draw, paint, or photograph the end result of your recipe…especially if it’s a recipe for disaster.
  • Include a photo of yourself hard at work on your comic.
  • Share a funny anecdote or a happy memory you have about food or comics
  • Ingredient substitutions. If you know of an easy way to adapt your recipe for special diets (eg, dairy free, vegan, sugar free), make it known.
  • Draw/write about the art tools you used to create your comic.
  • Draw/write about the drink that kept you going while you created your comic.
  • Nutritional info. Is your paper a good source of fiber? Do you use gluten-free ink? Tell readers about it.

Of course, there are endless possibilities. Feel free to use or adapt any of the ideas I’ve posted here, and comment if you have other ideas you’d like to share. Happy comicking!