Fishing for Caitlin

It was mentioned a few days ago that Xeric-winning cartoonist Caitlin Skaalrud finished her mini comic for submission (this Saturday! Still time….not much…but still time!)

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She answered a few Lutefisk Sushi based questions a little while back to help any last minute’ers get inspired. Caitlin’s preferred cartoonist tools? “Copy paper. Lots of cheap copy paper. For inking, a couple of .03 Microns and two trusty Pentel Pocket brushes.”

her comic will end up being a great 24 pages long at King-Cat size (5.5″ by 8.5″)
and if any of you clicked on the link previously posted you would have seen how detailed each of those pages are going to be!
As far as advice? – “Don’t be afraid of making any mistakes. But fix them when
you figure it out. Draw first, edit second, and lay them out or hang them up when you’re flagging to see how far you’ve actually progressed before you succumb to the dangerous allure of Facebook or Tumblr.”

Take that social media! comics come first!!

See more of Caitlin’s work HERE

James Powell Risks Lucasfilm Lawsuit for Lutefisk Sushi

Hey! Look! James Powell posted an image from his Lutefisk Sushi submission on his blog!

LANCE WARD submits!

The deadline is but days away but there is still time to get a mini comic done and submitted. Here to inspire you is a  sample of the great Lance Ward’s submission –

Lance is creating a mini comic 8 ink filled pages long. His preferred tools are Sharpie marker pens and printer paper and when asked if he had any advise for other Lutefisk Sushi artists he said:
“Just go for it. Even if you think it sucks, follow through and finish”

He’s like the Yoda of mini comics!! Thanks Lance!

Check out more of Lance’s work 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!

Mini-Comics Demo

If you want to participate in Lutefisk Sushi E, but aren’t sure how to make a mini-comic, you’re in luck! Just show up at The Coffee Shop Northeast Wednesday September 5 at 7pm, and Lupi will tell you everything you need to know.

We will go over the LSE submission guidelines, and talk about how to make a mini-comic. Templates will be provided, and there will be art supplies to share, so you can make a comic on the spot!


We got our first submission this week, from Aaron Poliwoda. Thanks, Aaron!

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