I’m participating in and co-curating the Cartoonist Conspiracy‘s third Lutefisk Sushi event opening this Friday, May 2nd.
We have over 50 Minnesota cartoonists participating this time around. As with the two previous shows, the focus of the show will be on a huge box set of mini-comics. Around 50 mini-comics for $25, in a gorgeous, silkscreened box set, limited to an edition of 150.
Other features at the show will include a fantastic overview of the work of featured artist Kevin Cannon, a “Potty Humor” exhibit, and a working, hands-on zoetrope built by Volume B’s featured artist Ken Avidor.
Click the image above to visit the Lutefisk Sushi Volume C website, and learn more about the show. In addition to the opening, the show will be up all month, with special events happening during Art-A-Whirl. I hope to see you there!
Lutefisk Sushi Volume C Opening
Friday May 2nd, 7PM-10PM
Altered Esthetics (alteredesthetics.com)
1224 Quincy St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
The latest chapter of Kevin Cannon’s epic story of arctic hero Armitage Shanks, Far Arden, is online… he has now passed the 288 pages in a year challenge I gave him late last year, and he is still going to do another chapter. Good thing I didn’t say I would eat my shoe or something. Kevin has vastly exceeded all expectations for what could be done with this project… it is one of my favorite comics of the last year, easily. Kevin hasn’t shopped this around to publishers yet, so if you are in the publishing game and looking for a future award winner, you may want to consider getting in line now.
Click here to start reading at chapter twelve.
Click here to start at the beginning.
Click here to read the 12-page bonus chapter, Eglinton Island.
Click here to read more about Kevin Cannon’s mad, mad project.
Click here to cheer Kevin on in his comments.
Here’s an interesting blog I thought would appeal to some of you (found via Drawn)… 52 Comic Challenges. Each week for a year, a different cartooning project. Five of them have been posted so far, and all sound like great exercises…
Here’s my contribution to the 700 Zombies project from the larger 700 Things project.
Zombie #369: Hello Gimpy
Hello Gimpy was killed by zombies in a shopping mall, of all places. Mercifully, his left arm tattoo was left in tact, fueling his inevitable moniker (the tattoo of the Lone Ranger on his right forearm was lost, unfortunately… if it had not been eaten, he would have most likely been called the Bone Ranger). Much like Hello Kitty, he stares forward blankly… his true emotions and thoughts remain inscrutable. Perhaps somewhere in his rotting brain, he longs secretly to have his ghastly visage appear on stickers, lunch pails, folders and other sparkling and shiny plastic geegaws like his iconic inspiration? If so, he sublimates these obscure desires into his anti-social hobby of consuming human flesh.
Note that my good friends at Big Time Attic just added some excellent pirates to the 700 Pirates project!
Pictured above: Tiny Pirate, Monkey of The Seven Seas, drawn by Ape Lad
Ape Lad (aka Adam Koford) is easily the most prolific cartoonist in the previously mentioned 700 projects… he is also by far one of the best. He actually drew versions of all 700 of the 700 hobos single-handedly… and then drew 100 more!
When he isn’t participating in the 700 projects, what does he do? He draws, apparently! Check out his wonderful Hobotopia blog here. He is currently drawing comissioned monkey postcards, and they are all quite wonderful… and cheap! Only 20 bones, you provide a name and he draws it, full color. I’m ordering mine tonight. Bingo Bango and his Magic Fez, if you were wondering.
Also notable: Ape Lad has invented an interesting cartoonist parlour game… the one hour alphabet. His one hour alphabets are much, much better than the vast majority of a-z children’s books that I’ve read (and believe me, I’ve read a LOT of them in the last year)… and he did them in an hour! I gotta try that game some time.
To see much, much more of Ape Lad’s work, here is a link to his huge, amazing flickr pool.
Here’s my contribution to the 700 Robots project from the larger 700 Things project.
Robot #288: Lumberjack 2.0
Lumberjack 2.0 is the latest in deforestation technology. Far superior to the Lumberjack 1.0 and 1.3, as well as the previous BunyanBot models, Lumberjack 2.0 can whittle a natural acre to lumber, firewood and toothpicks (with the little sculpted lines, like the ones you frequently find in Chinese restaurants) in less than an hour. Best of all, the Lumberjack 2.0 is entirely solar-powered, which works great since shade will soon be in short supply!
My good friends Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon of Big Time Attic are going to be posting items to the 700 Things pool regularly as well… they just started with the 700 Clowns pool, doing me the honor of illustrating two of the clowns I named! Click on the images to see the full sized images on Flickr (and leave comments). Subscribe to the Big Time Attic blog to catch their weekly 700 updates (and a lot of other great content).
Clown #340: Slappy the Clown by Zander Cannon
Slappy the Clown has a hard life. He just slaps people, and frequently he gets slapped right back. He’s been forcibly removed from the big tent, the sideshow, and now the entire fairground. Forced to panhandle, he’s finally found where his disability is truly a blessing.
Clown #341: Jingles the Clown by Kevin Cannon
No description on Kevin’s yet… hopefully he’ll add one later…