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The following is a list of all entries from the Lutefisk Sushi Volume E category.

“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

Alternative Medicine on Trial

I love seeing the submissions roll in. Here’s the cover of a brand-spanking-new comic by Mike Toft.

I asked Mike what materials he uses to draw his comics, and here’s what he had to say: “I started out drawing with Flairs on copier paper. Then I went through a period of expensive pens on Bristol board. Now I’m back to Flairs on copier paper. Let that be a lesson to us all.”

Thanks, Mike!

Lutefisk Sushi Volume E Deadline in Less Than Two Weeks!

The Lutefisk Sushi Volume E Deadline is in Less Than Two Weeks!

And, gee… that is really more than enough time to get something together! We’re not building the freaking Taj Mahal, here! I’ve seen mini-comics masterpieces drawn and printed in under eight hours! What the hell are you freaking out about? Don’t make me slap you! I swear, I’ll do it!

We want your mini-comics!*

To participate:
-Draw, print and deliver 160 copies of a mini-comic (any format under 8.5″x5.5″) to Altered Esthetics before September 15th. Include a submission form and contract with your submission.
-Show up for the opening gallery celebration November 2nd at Altered Esthetics and have a good time.

That’s it. All submissions are accepted until the unlikely event that we can no longer cram them into a box. Every person who submits 160 mini-comics gets a box.**

Lutefisk Sushi is a hand-silkscreened, limited-edition box set of Minnesota mini-comics. This is the fifth edition… previous editions have contained between 35 and 55 comics each. This year’s featured artist and box-cover creator is Eisner-Award-winning cartoonist Zander Cannon (Double Barrel, Top 10, Chainsaw Vigilante).

Read more about submission details here.

* You must be Minnesotan to particiapte.
** limit one per artist regardless of number of works submitted, and artists who team to create a comic must share a box

LSE comic by Caitlin Skaalrud

Hey, I just learned that Xeric-winning cartoonist Caitlin Skaalrud has finished an amazing comic for Lutefisk Sushi E! You can see it online here (it’s NSFW, people):

Thanks, Caitlin!

Suit Up! 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

Join the Lutefisk Sushi Team

Planning is underway for Lutefisk Sushi E, and we could use a couple more volunteers! If you want to be part of the planning process, come to our next meeting on Wednesday August 1, at 9pm at Altered Esthetics. If you can’t make the meeting, but still want to help, email me at lmcginty[at] and I’ll give you something to do.

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

How to Submit a Mini-Comic to Lutefisk Sushi Volume E

Lutefisk Sushi E is coming this fall! Want to participate? Yes! I know you do. All Minnesota artists are invited to submit work. Here are the guidelines. All you have to do is follow them, and turn in your mini-comics by September 15, 2012. If you aren’t already familiar with Lutefisk Sushi, go here to see its previous incarnations.

How to participate

1. Make a mini-comic. (See specs below)

2. Make 160 consistent copies of your mini-comic.

3. You will need to fill out a submission form AND a contract. First, go here, click the “Open Call for Artwork” link on the right hand side of the page, and fill out the form. You will need to submit a jpeg of your comic–this can be a photo of your comic, or a scan of the cover. Next, download the exhibition contract (here), read it, and fill it out. If you have any trouble with the form or contract, please email exhibitions(at)

4. Deliver or mail your contract and mini-comics to: Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 no later than Saturday, September 15, 2012.

5. If you want to show off your original art in the Lutefisk Sushi E exhibition at Altered Esthetics, drop it off by Saturday, October 27, 2012. Artwork must bewired and ready to hang! No glass, please. Be sure to label your artwork with the title, your name, and price.

6. Bring all your friends to the opening reception on Friday, November 2, and the artists’ discussion on Saturday, November 17.

Mini-comic specs:

Your mini-comic must be 5.5 x 8.5″ or smaller, in order to fit in the box, and must tell some kind of sequential story. We encourage creative and unusual formats as long as they fit in the box, but we ask that all submissions be at least a couple pages in length. (ie, don’t be lame–our readers will be paying money for reading material, so don’t give them postcards or advertisements.)
Not sure how to put a mini-comic together? Check out this handy guide by the Cartoonist Conspiracy.

Participants will receive one free Lutefisk Sushi E box per submission. We welcome collaboration! However, since supplies are limited, participants working with a friend or a team to produce a mini-comic will receive one box to share. If each participant wants a box, they will be available for purchase during the exhibition.

If you have questions about participation, please contact Lupi – lmcginty(at)