Monday, May 26, 2008

CR Guide to San Diego Comic-Con

Tom Spurgeon posts his annual exhaustive guide to the San Diego Comic-Con. Well worth a read whether you're sure you're going, sure you're not going, or on the fence.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

City Pages Comix Issue #2: Call for Entries

Wanna be in City Pages' upcoming Comix Issue?

This year's theme is WHEN THE ELEPHANTS COME TO TOWN...

Editor-in-Chief Kevin Hoffman describes it like this:
"Each contributor will be asked to interpret that theme by predicting what it will be like when the Republican National Convention comes in to town in September."

For all the submission info, DOWNLOAD THIS PDF.

Entries are due JUNE 25, so get crackin'!


Science Idol Cartoon Contest

Here's a cartoon contest opportunity on the topic of science vs. the government.

Contest and submission details can be found on the Union of Concerned Scientists website.

View last year's finalists.

Cartoon (above) by Jesse Springer

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sean Kleefeld's Far Arden Review

Sean Kleefeld has a review of Far Arden up on his "Kleefeld on Comics" blog. In it, he struggles with the same problem I've had recently: trying to explain what the hell the book is about. My attempts at summarizing FA usually melt into a babbling mess, so as of this morning I'm just going to start saying it's "Jack London meets James Bond" and leave it at that.

Warning, Kleefeld's review has a few spoilers.

Thanks for the review, Sean!

Thanks for the link, Steve!


Rock Atlas Nominated for 2008 AltWeekly Award

I'm thrilled to announce that the "Twin Cities Rock Atlas" has been nominated for a 2008 AltWeekly Award in the category of "Innovation."

The Rock Atlas originally appeared in the 11/19/07 edition of City Pages, the Twin Cities' big weekly alternative paper. The Atlas was written by Peter S. Scholtes and art directed by Nick Vlcek.

You can see the Rock Atlas on the City Pages Blotter and read about the art process on the Big Time Attic blog.

Details on the AltWeekly Awards are here. Winners are announced in Philadelphia at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Conference, June 5-7. Nominees for the "Innovation" category are:

INNOVATION circulation 55,000 and over

City Pages (Twin Cities): Twin Cities Rock Atlas in print (PDF) and online by Peter Scholtes, Jeff Shaw and Kevin Cannon

The Pitch: Smoke & Mirrors: story and podcast by Eric Barton

Westword: Paint the Town Read: in print (PDF) and online by Amy Haimerl and Kenny Be

INNOVATION circulation under 55,000

Orlando Weekly: Downtownopoly (PDF) by Shan Stumpf, Jeffrey C. Billman and Bob Whitby

Santa Barbara Independent: Locals Only by Matt Kettmann and Aly Comingore

Tucson Weekly: Project White House: Presidential Candidate Contest (PDF), Run for President, Project White House Deadline Extended, Speaking of Presidential Campaigns, Let the Games Begin! and Project White House the Blog

Note: the original art from the Rock Atlas is currently on view at Altered Esthetics gallery in NE Minneapolis (through May 31). This is the last time you or I will ever be able to see it in public!


Monday, May 12, 2008

Reviews: Broken Frontier and Playboy

First up, a Far Arden "inter-review" on Broken Frontier. Find out where the term "Far Arden" came from!

Also, we knew it wouldn't be long before Tim Sievert graced the pages of Playboy!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Will Dinski on Comics Reporter

Minneapolis cartoonist Will Dinski is man o' the hour in last Sunday's Comics Reporter Interview. Will talks about his life, career, and has some pretty nice things to say about the Minneapolis scene.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Reminder: Sgier's MFA Thesis Show Reception on Saturday

Conspirator Mike Sgier has been hard at work at MCAD getting his MFA. Celebrate with him at SooVAC on May 9, 2008. Here are the details:

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design MFA Thesis Exhibition 2008

Mike Sgier
The Ballad of Toby & Sara

April 23-May 11, 2008

Soo Visual Arts Center
2640 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls (612) 871-2263
Open Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment
Gellery hours at

Reception: May 9, 2008: 6-9 p.m.
Ride the reception shuttle/ MCAD > Soap Factory > SooVAC
Departing MCAD every 45 minutes; first bus at 6 p.m., final bus at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Sushi Photos on L'Etoile

Nice shots, Digital Crush!


Sunday, May 04, 2008

Lutefisk Sushi Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who made this year's Sushi such a great success!

A few things to keep in mind:

  1. The reception may be over, but the show itself will be up until May 31. Check the website under "event details" for times.
  2. The Conspiracy will be hosting activities and events during Art-a-Whirl. Stay tuned for details.
  3. A huge collection of photos from the reception is available online at Thanks to John Terwilliger for generously sharing his work!
  4. Any unsold art will need to be picked up from Altered Esthetics at some point after May 31. We'll keep you posted when we have more info.


Friday, May 02, 2008

MetroMix Sushi Video is Live

Click the screencap to go to the video.

If you're having trouble with the link, visit and scroll down until you find my mug.


Thursday, May 01, 2008

KARE11/MetroMix Interview photo

Thanks to Bud Burgy for snapping this photo of Dan Olson chatting with KARE11's & metromix's Kristen Aldridge.

And here's another shot from last Sunday's MicroCon. Thanks, Bud!

Take Your Vita.MNs has a nice Lutefisk Sushi blurb on their site. I suspect there's something in the print version as well, but I haven't seen it yet.

The conspiracy continues

Those scheming cartoonists are at it again. A large contingent of the local comic-book community -- collectively known as the Cartoonist Conspiracy -- will be featured once again in a monthlong exhibit of comic art at the northeast Minneapolis gallery Altered Aesthetics. It kicks off Friday night with a party of geeky proportions, where the Conspiracy will debut the third edition of its "Lutefisk Sushi" comic-book box set. This year, more than 50 cartoonists contributed comics. Kevin Cannon designed the "Lutefisk Sushi" box with a wild illustration of a giant fish rampaging through our city streets. Very frightening. For more info, check out the group's cool website:

Tom Horgen