Saturday, August 6, 2011

Just Add Ink: A Comic Cookbook - Gallery Opening and Discussion

One might remember when I created a "How to Cook a Story - With Thomas Bake-a-Chef-Ski,"  a comic to be submitted to a cookbook-themed anthology.  It was a project I first heard about at SpringCon 2011 and taking on that project is how I became aware of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy —a group with which I've since done quite a few collaborations.

The anthology has finally been put together.  You can download it for free, and physical copies are being sold at the Altered Esthetics gallery in Minneapolis.  At the same time, the gallery is hosting a showcase of the original artworks (and work-in-progress art) created by the 45 cartoonists and illustrators who contributed to the book (myself included).

The gallery opened with a small party on August 5th and will remain open until August 25th.
Here is some coverage of the evening:

Altered Esthetics is located in the Q'arma building on Quincy Street N.E. in Minneapolis.
A lively crowd has gathered outside

Sign the guestbook and/or take a look at the varied business cards.

A lot of people showed up to admire the work

Good discussions were had

I stand in front of my framed comic,
elated to be in my first gallery opening since high school.
On August 20th, the artists got together again for a meet-and-greet potluck, where we discussed the anthology.  We talked about our tools, our processes, our lives, the effect Altered Esthetics has had on us, how the community has helped us grow, and more.  I gotta say I'm really, really glad I'm part of this community.

—Thomas Boguszewski

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