See LSE tomorrow!

Hey all, just a reminder that tomorrow (November 29th) is the closing date for the Lutefisk Sushi E gallery exhibition. If you haven’t stopped by Ae yet, tomorrow is your last chance to see the show. We’ll be open 1-7pm.

Lutefisk Sushi E boxes will still be available for purchase at Ae until we run out.

Here’s a snapshot of the LSE reading rack we set up for the show. Everything from the boxed set is on there, so even if you weren’t able to send in original art, your work was still represented in the group exhibition.

Lutefisk Sushi Artists’ Discussion and Jam this Saturday (November 17th)

Artists’ Discussion:
Saturday, November 17th 1pm-3pm
This month our usual ‘artist discussion’ is being transformed into a comics jam with the International Cartoonist Conspiracy! Come join some of the participating artists for a comics jam (anyone can participate who wishes) and some casual discussion about the project or anything else. Bring your favorite drawing tools.

Lutefisk Sushi Volume E Reviewed at Stumptown Trade Review

Lutefisk Sushi Volume E was just reviewed at Stumptown Trade Review here.

A small excerpt:

Overall the entire Lutefisk Sushi project is an interesting experiment which rewards the reader with a wide variety of comics, many of which would likely escape notice if they were just presented on their own on a table at a con. Other comics collectives should take note of what Cartoonist Conspiracy has done here. They have created a fantastic product which gives all of its members a showcase, comes in a pleasing package, and makes the reader not only take notice of individual comic creators, but also creates a single product which invites repeat purchases. I, for one will be back for more helpings of Lutefisk Sushi!

Go read the full review at the Stumptown Trade Review site.

The Last Hour

Just came across cartoonist Rachel Hansen’s tumblr.
She has posted her Lutefisk Sushi comic online. If you just can’t wait until Friday night for sushi comics, you can read her whole comic online right now:

Lutefisk Sushi Volume E Opens this Friday! (November 2nd)

Above image by Lutefisk Sushi Volume E featured artist Zander Cannon.

Spread the word! The Lutefisk Sushi Volume E opening is this Friday!

Lutefisk Sushi Volume E is a limited-edition, hand-silkscreened bento box of mini-comics created by over 35 Minnesota cartoonists (the boxes will be sold for $25 each… which is well under a buck a comic). It is the fifth set in an ongoing series started in 2004. The opening reception for the release of LSE is this Friday, November 2nd, at Altered Esthetics gallery from 7PM to 10PM.

Lutefisk Sushi Podcast

Our good friend Danno posted a new episode of the Lutefisk Sushi Podcast last week, this one starring Shad Petosky. If you haven’t heard it already, give it a listen. Shad talks about the origins of Lutefisk Sushi, and lots of other amazing/crazy/mind-blowing things!

List of Participating Cartoonists

The boxes are collated and ready. Here’s a complete list of the cartoonists in Lutefisk Sushi E:

Aaron Poliwoda
Allison O’Brien
Britt Hammerberg
Caitlin Skaalrud
Carlos Merino
Christopher Carver
Dan Murphy
Daniel Olson
David Sandberg
David Steinlicht
Eric Schuster
Heather Williams
Ian M. Petrie
Jacklyn Hedlund
Jajeev Nithiananda
James Powell
Jay Rasgorshek
John Akre
JP Pollard
Kevin Cannon
Lahli Trevis
Latham Luepke
Lonny Unitus
Lucas C. Rasmussen
Marissa Luna
Mary Sandberg
Matt Reints
Matthew McMillan & Lindsay Krempely
Maxeem Konrardy
Maxwell James Singletary
Mike Toft
Nate Patrin
Rachel Hansen
Ryan Dow
Steven Stwalley
Todd Balthazor
Zander Cannon

“Up in the Sky” by Danno Klonowski

Our good friend Danno was unable to print his comic in time for Lutefisk Sushi E, but we like to think he’s still part of the show in spirit. You can download a free pdf of his comic, “Up in the Sky” at his website.

LSE Boxes are Printed!!!

We’re about a month from the opening, so we’re working hard to get everything ready for the show. Last weekend, our friend Lonny screen printed the boxes with Zander’s design. I got to hang around for a little while and take a few pictures. My knowledge of screen printing is very limited, but I’ll do my best to describe what you’re looking at.

This first picture is the light table used to expose the screens. To prepare a screen for printing, you coat it with photo emulsion, place a transparency with the artwork onto the screen, and expose it to light. You can see one of the transparencies for the sushi boxes still on the table.

Two colors were used on the sushi boxes: light turquoise and dark blue. This is a picture of the screen used for the turquoise ink.

Here’s a blank box sitting on the table, waiting to be printed, with the screen hovering above it. The screen is attached to the table and counterweighted so it can be raised and lowered.

Dozens of boxes on the drying racks. As you can see, the boxes in this picture have only 1 color so far. The turquoise went on first. After they dried, Lonny went back and printed them all again with the second color, dark blue.

And finally, here’s a big stack of the finished boxes, with both colors. Soon they will be stuffed full of comics.

(p.s. that’s a painting by cartoonist Lance Ward in the background.)

Some last minute Olson…


Some last minute inspiration from Daniel Olson it is then.

If you are still wondering if you are drawing with the write tools for the job then don’t. As Daniel point’s out “Each comic is different”  but for his current mini comic? “I used 11×14 Smooth Bristol Board Paper; a mechanical pencil w/ HB lead; Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser, Pentel Micron numbers 02, 03, 05, 08; Pentel pocket brush pen; Apple PowerMac G4 Laptop; Adobe Photoshop; Adobe Illustrator; and Microsoft Word”

Oh, is that all?

Daniel’s mini comic submission will be 28 pages but you’ll have to wait for the Lutefisk Sushi Volume E bento box to find out anything about the art work or story.

A slightly ironic last piece of advise to all Lutefisk Sushi E artists (as you have little under a day to submit) but one we could all learn from –

“Don’t procrastinate, stick to a schedule and just do it”

I hope the reading of this was in your schedule for tonight! Better get drawing!!

Find out more about Daniel Olson at