Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Zander Cannon's Got a Lot on His Plate

Hey folks, Double Barrel's own Zander Cannon has three big events coming up that he's either headlining or organizing, and you should put them on your radar. First up:


WHAT: "Defenders" at the Trylon
WHEN: Wednesday, October 17, at 7 pm
WHERE: The Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Av, Minneapolis
WEBSITE: take-up.org
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: First of all, the Trylon is the best movie theatre in the state. That's not hyperbole. It's a cozy 50-seater so you're never farther than sneezing distance from the screen, and it plays some of the best new and vintage films on rotation. I first stumbled on the Trylon a few years ago when they were playing a Jean Luc Godard festival, and there for the first time I got to watch an original 35mm print of one of my favorites of all time, the Homeric Bardot vehicle Le M├ępris.

Anyway, back to Zander. The Trylon is hosting a series called "Defenders" where local celebs pick a film that's SO BAD IT'S GOOD and like the title suggests, they have to stand up and defend why you should spend two hours of your life watching it. I know what film Zander has picked, but I think it's supposed to be a surprise, so my lips are sealed. All I can tell you is that, uh, it'll be a scorcher.


WHAT: 24 Hour Comic Day in Minneapolis
WHEN: Saturday, October 20 at 10am to Sunday, October 21 at 10am
WHERE: The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), 1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis
WEBSITE: The official Facebook event page
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: 24 Hour Comic Day is nearly a decade-old tradition not only here in the great state of Minnesota, but all over the world. If you've never heard of it, this day-long event is the closest thing cartoonists have to a marathon, as each cartoonist sits down to create a 24-page comic book in 24 hours. This is an endurance test, not a skills test, and trust me, you'll be fascinated by what comes out of your head and onto the page at hour 22.

If you call yourself a cartoonist you should try this at least once, and don't worry about leaving early -- most people either wrap up their books before the deadline or come to a stopping point midway through and decide to finish their story on their own time. It looks like it's going to be a smaller group than some of the 50+ people bashes we've had in the past, and that's a good thing -- it'll mean a quieter working environment and more elbow room. Our good friends at Wet Paint Art will be there for the first leg and will have a mini-store set up so you can stock up on any supplies that you may have forgotten, and of course there will be a community food table and, at some point during the event... pizza! (Sponsored by the great folks at the Midwest Comic Book Association!)

Zander is one of the organizers of the event, and he'll be there in person to show you his Pictionary card trick. I'll be there working on Penny from the Front pages until the evening at which point I'm going to go cheer on the Minnesota Stars to their second championship in a row.

If you want to learn more about 24 Hour Comic Day, Zander and I have written up an EXHAUSTIVE guide to the event in DOUBLE BARREL #5.


WHAT: Lutefisk Sushi Volume E Opening Reception
WHEN: Friday, November 2 from 7-10 pm
WHERE: Altered Esthetics gallery, 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis
WEBSITE: CartoonistConspiracy.com/Sushi
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: This is the fifth in a long-running series of gallery shows where dozens of Minnesota cartoonists create mini-comics that are then divvied up into a limited edition set of screenprinted boxes. Each year the community votes for a featured artist, someone who will be the flag bearer of the show; someone who represents all that is good and proper in the local cartooning scene and who will also design the bento box and have a mini-gallery of their artwork on display. This year that honor goes to, yep, Double Barrel's Zander Cannon.

Here's a flyer I whipped up for the event. This will run in the next issue of Double Barrel, but that won't come out until after the opening reception party so I'm also running it here. If you are within driving distance of Minneapolis on November 2nd you should be at Altered Esthetics:

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Fun Fact: That's last year's featured artist Danno Klonowski being harassed in the first panel.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fun with Google Maps: Isachsen Research Station

Stumbled upon this abandoned arctic research station in Nunavut while doing some research for a future Shanks book. Can you spot the airstrip and the buildings?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Double Barrel Issue No. 5 Sneak Peek

At this very moment Zander is walking the floor of the New York Comic Con which means I'm back at the studio scouring his workspace looking for any hidden candy I can steal. While I'm doing that, please enjoy this sneak peek of Double Barrel Issue No. 5, which was released yesterday in all its 114-page glory:

As October is the scariest time of the year, we thought we'd use the INTRO CARTOON to share a few of the things that scare us to death as cartoonists:

HECK serves up TWO chapters this month, and trust me, you'll never look at a talking tree the same way again:

In CRATER XV Shanks desperately tries to escape the bombed-out blockhouse, and Wendy makes a startling and horrifying discovery about her two new astronaut friends:

Meanwhile, in PENNY FROM THE FRONT, Penny confronts Alfie and in the process learns a terrifying truth about her best friend Moose:

We're also extremely pleased (and scared!) to welcome a guest story from Steven Stwalley that is sure frighten the pants off you, called THE DEAD LIVING:

Of course, Jin is his adorable self in TALES OF JIN:

…And this month's HOW TO tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about doing a 24 hour comic:
Thanks to everyone who came out and said hi to us at Fallcon last weekend! And of course if you're in New York this weekend make sure to stop by the Top Shelf table and tell them what you think of ol' Double Barrel. Thanks!