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David Steinlicht’s “MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE” 2(of 2)

   OK…are you ready for more?  I know I am.  So here we go with DAVID STEINLICHT’s second amazing “MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE”!!!

     Yep…there is really no point in me ever doing another MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE again.  David perfected it.  Ahhh…I’ll struggle on in his shadow…somehow.  My wife (who was equally delighted by David’s comics) noted that I had no choice but get the Steinlichted MANLY cast tattooed on me in homage.  When suggested to David…well I think the idea terrifies him.  March 16th is ‘Tattoo Day’…so we’ll see what happens between now and then.  Thanks again, David.  And if you liked what you read here you MUST pick up David’s collection of his PIONEER PRESS strips  “IN THIS CORNER”!  It’s 260 pages of this kind of wonderful stuff!  Go!  Buy!  Now!!!

   And don’t forget–another page of CONTINUITY GUY: CHRONO CHAOS by BUD BURGY and myself  is now up!


David Steinlicht’s “MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE” 1(of 2)

   The LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ show was a massive thrill and honor for me for many reasons that if you’re reading this you’re probably pretty familiar with already.  And for as massive and thrilling as the opening night reception for LSD was, I almost wanna say the next day was equally as massive and thrilling for me because that was the day I cracked open one of my LITTLE FUNNY boxes and was knocked off my feet when I discovered something breathtaking that my friend DAVID STEINLICHT had done:

  I mean OH MY GOD, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!  As if all the clever plays on Fleming’s many catch phrases weren’t enough…as if the adorable Steinlicht style the characters are rendered in isn’t enough…David draws the ‘Flying Hazmat’ on page 8!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!  Seriously…one of the most humbling surprises of my life.  And guess what—I opened another LITTLE FUNNY box and found ANOTHER David Steinlicht MANLY TALE!!!   But that’ll wait until next time…I’m sure you’ll all probably need the 2 days to recover anyway.  I know I did.  Seriously though…ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?



    Very rarely these days do I enjoy opening the mail.  It’s mostly bills and collection agencies looking for the people who owner the house before us.  But sometimes, just sometimes, you get something really amazing out of nowhere:

   WHA!  Out of nowhere!  The very awesome ATHENA CURRIER of the delightful “ACTION ATHENA” webcomic sends this living encapsulation of the fun had at the  LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opening.  It also came with a very flattering letter and coolest confetti ever:

   Thanks a million times yourself, Athena!  Some Athena Fun Facts:

1) Her webcomic ACTION ATHENA updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

2) She does a weekly indie comics news round-up on THE DAILY CROSS HATCH.

3) She is also now a co-host of new radio show THE GEEK REPORT–which you can listen to online HERE!

   Oh!—and I think we Cartoonist Conspirators should all get hidden tattoos of the Conspiracy logo with the following written around it:


Right on, Sister!


Nostalgia file: “SPICEMARE!!!”

  At the LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ show I displayed a lot of my older art–and by older I mean stuff I made in junior high.  It was a conscious choice to more or less skip everything from 11th grade up until about 2 years ago.  Not that I’m totally unproud of it all, I just more wanted to stress the idea that stuff I made when I was 14 had more or less the same tone as things I’m producing 20 years later.  Anyway, one of the more “modern” things to make the cut fell more or less right in the middle of that 20 year span.  See when I was 22 my roommates and I went thru an unhealthy period where we really liked the SPICE GIRLS–their music, videos, and movie.  It got so out of hand that it eventually invaded my REM sleep.  That in mind, may I now present SPICEMARE (based on two true dreams, with footnotes to follow the comic below):

   For those who might be interested, here is some historical context:


**  I did indeed sleep on a mattress on the floor back then, though technically I slept the other way around.


**  To this day Mel C–aka SPORTY–denies she is a lesbian.   I was dating a lesbian at the time of this comics production.  That was the 90’s for you.

**  I’m not sure what’s up with the BABY SPICE thing (which even continued into the second dream on page 2).  She was just marginally ahead of GINGER as my least favorite Spice Girl (the official ranking was SCARY, POSH, SPORTY, BABY, GINGER).  Who knows how the brain works.


**  I used to have flying dreams all the time.  As a little kid I would even have them while I was awake.  I think I used to be a bird.

**  JILL was my roommate JOE’s girlfriend, and the person who originally infected us with the dreaded SPICE GIRLS virus (though MATT and I seeing the film together one afternoon sealed the deal).

**  STACY was great unrequited love of my life at the time (or to paraphrase the great KEVIN CANNON–my “LONG-CON”).

**  I did eventually get over the whole Spice Girls thing.  Though it was just always brimming under the surface.  Like when I met an actual British girl about 5 years later–another failed long-con–I couldn’t have been happier to have finally found a SCARY SPICE of my own.  And to this day I’ll still find myself doing things like putting LILY ALLEN songs on my iPod.  It’s all related, I’m sure.  Or a genetic deficiency.

   AND FOR THE LOVE OF THE 8-BIT GOD!!! If you are in MINNEAPOLIS tomorrow (THURSDAY, AUGUST 19th 2010), you MUST clear your scheduale for the following awesomeness I help co-organize:


‘MIX’–the Minneapolis Indie Xpo–is this Saturday!

   I really should have been making more noise about this, but MIX–the first (annual) MINNEAPOLIS INDIE XPO–is this SATURDAY AUGUST 21st at the SOAP FACTORY!  Organizers SARAH MOREAN and ANDY KRUEGER have done an amazing job setting this long-wished for indie comic con up.  For instance, just look at the amazing GUEST LIST!   And in addition to the show itself, there is a ton of pre and post show fun, including:

Thursday, August 19

Entry to the “Precious Little Film Fest” is free for the cost of regular admission. The first people through the door can pick up a free screen printed event poster (while supplies last) illustrated by Zander Cannon and hand-pulled by Pretty Picture Prints. Ticket stubs from this showing will be redeemable for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

Big Brain Comics will be offering the Scott Pilgrim comics for sale before and after the show.

St. Anthony Main Theatre
SE 115 Main St, Minneapolis
Thursday, August 19th
6:00 – Early bird poster pickup
6:30 – Film Fest begins
7:10 – Feature presentation

Friday, August 20

6-8pm : Graphic Novel Signings
Will Dinski signing his debut graphic novel Fingerprints published by Top Shelf Productions
Aaron Renier signing his YA graphic novel The Unsinkable Walker Bean published by First Second
Zak Sally signing the third issue of Sammy the Mouse published by Fantagraphics
@ Big Brain Comics 1027 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis
8pm-12am : kick-off party
– The Great Confinement
– Dreamland Faces
– Robots from the Future
@ 501 Club 501 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis

   On the day of the show itself there are a ton of great PANELS going on during the show.  And then once the show is done (wahn!), the fun just keeps on going as MIX and the other great Mpls cartoonist event of August–LUTEFISK SUSHI D–combine forces for the bestest after-party ever:

    So basically, if you’re anywhere near Minneapolis this week(end) and love indie comics, you MUST stop in for any and all of these events.  Let’s make MIX the yearly event it deserves to be!


LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opening photos, or “tonight we are all vampires”


   As you may have heard me mention (to the point you probably blocked me on Facebook yesterday) LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opened last night.  As always, I came armed with my camera: 

   I got there around 6pm as the AE crew and some of the “LUTEFISK SUSHI QUORUM of 12” members did some last-minute gettin’ ready for the 7pm public opening.

   The ‘Candy Sushi’ that LUPI, MIKE TOFT, and I made earlier in the day.

   The wonderful signage KEVIN CANNON made.  Now everything was SET!  We were ready to face the public!  The artists were starting to roll in and…… camera died.  Well, it said I had filled the memory to capacity (after 4 pictures), which I found weird since I had dumped all the photos on it earlier in the day.  Anyway…people filed in.  Talking was done.  Art was admired.  Gin was poured liberally from my trunk stash.  And the a couple hours later…

   My old buddy and pro photographer KRISSY DRAKE arrived and showed my wife how to make the camera work.  Huzzah!  This is also the point at which we all turned into red-eyed vampires.  THAT was weird, lemme tell ya.

  SEE!  I couldn’t resist the ‘dark gift’ of vampirism and immediately turned my wife.

  DAN “Van Helsing” OLSON rushed in and tried to stake me to stop the madness from spreading.  Luckily, he failed.

   BRITT HAMMERBERG–infected!!!

   Despite cash bets to the contrary, MATT KRISKE shows up…and is immediately attacked by Lestat-esque blood-lust.

   Once we were all Twilighted-up, we got back to the socializing at hand.  It was nearing 10pm and the once-massive crowd was thinning, but good times were still being had by local legends such as WILL DINKSI, AARON POLIWODA, TIM SIEVERT, ZANDER CANNON, SARAH MOREAN, STEVEN STWALLEY, BRITT, MARK McGINTY, VanHelsing, and longest-time collaborator DAN “DON” MURPHY.

  SHAD PETOSKY and KEVIN “C” CANNON talk about important subjects as RYAN DOW eavesdrops.

   My wife NICHOLE chats it up with LUPI and VanHelsing’s wife AJ.

  Look!  There’s AE founder and all around awesome person JAMIE SCHUMACHER!  

  TIME JUMP!!!  At 10pm AE turned into a pumpkin, so some of us headed over to the official Conspiracy watering hole–the world-famous YACHT CLUB!  There’s STEVE STWALLEY’s wife LEIGH-ANNE chatting it up with cartoonist  and Roe Family singer ADAM WIRTZFELD, the delightful RITA PANTON, and Conspiracy Founding Member MIKE TOFT.

   The newly christened DON chats it up Quorum member KRISTIN THOMPSON, while LANCE WARD and STWALLEY gab.

   ZANDER and SARAH are chatting about how much the upcoming MIX–MINNEAPOLIS INDIE XPO–is going to rock  (I’m assuming–about their conversation.  MIX is most certainly going to rock.  We can call that fact).

   “D” and “C” enjoy drinks and mull over where to have the annual retreat/hazing initiation of “D” with “A” and “B“.

  Have I mentioned how much JAMIE SCHUMACHER rocks?!  Seriously, we should all be so lucky to be so awesome.

    Anyway…that was more or less it.  People started peetering out.  Festivities for me ended around 1am.  It was easily one of the best nights of my life.  

    More pictures and re-caps of the night can be found HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and even HERE at the CITY PAGES.  Thanks again to everyone in the teeming crowd–friends both old and new, and strangers alike– who came to the show, making it such a massive night.   It’s one I’ll never forget!


‘LSD’–LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’–is today! today! today!

  LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opens tonight at ALTERED ESTHETICS gallery.  Might I present a sneak peek?

   First off, you should know what LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ is. LSD is a group art show where-in the artists all create 150 copies of a  new, original mini-comic which is then placed in silk-screened bento box(and the boxes are stuffed the gills, as it were).  The boxes are sold at ALTERED ESTHETICS GALLERY, and we celebrate their creation by putting on a corresponding art show for the whole month.  So above is the comics, and now below is the art!


   A whole wall of ATHENA CURRIER is your first sight as you enter the Q’arma Building.  How she wrangled this precious position of comic ambassador I’ll never know, but it’s an awesome preface to what you get when you turn and walk thru the door of AE proper to see:

   …and that’s just the south wall.  To the north…

  (Sorry…Bud Burgy is not a permanent installation.)  The east wall is taken up by the elected ‘FEATURED ARTIST’ of the show (the person who designs the box).  This years Featured Artist is some know-it-all blowhard egomaniac.  Day-no Kolonwhiskey, or something like that.  Anyway, here’s his crap:

  Finally, the awe-inspiring display case to the east:

   And at last LSD comes to take it’s rightful place next to it’s brother and sister Sushi (and 24 Hour Comic) boxes:

   Just think–you could have all the fresh new comics of LSD for only a measly $25!  Thats only about 50 cents a comic!  An insane bargain in any language (though it’s all in English, so that helps).   BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!!  You can also pick up a box of LITTLE FUNNY from the LITTLE FUNNY VENDING MACHINE:

 The show also features the always fun “READING LOUNGE”, complete with vintage spinner rack:

And last, but not least, you can pre-order or (possibly even WIN) your own copy of BRITT AAMODT’s upcoming book on contemporary Minnesota cartoonists “SUPER HEROES, STRIP ARTISTS, and TALKING ANIMALS”:

   That book features several of the artists in the LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ show, including that jackass Kolonwhiskey.  But to me the oddest twist of all this:

   Local hipster ‘TO-DO’ rag THE CITY PAGES listed LSD on it’s ‘A-LIST’.  That’s pretty cool to begin with, but what makes it even cooler is that there is in that very same issue an article on NATIONAL BIRD–a band featuring NELS, one of the illustrious ‘STAPLEGENIUS 4’!!!  Oh, how far we have both come…

             In addition to all the amazing comics in the box and all the wonderful art on the wall, being selected as the ‘Featured Artist’ for the show has been one of the most amazing, humbling, and exciting thrills of my life.  I really hope you all come and have a great time tonight.  The show is up all month, but the party is TONIGHT!!!  See you there!!!



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