by aE 30.1: The Strip Club   June 11, 2008

This issue of a+E showcases Minnesota's longstanding, thriving cartoonist and comics art scenes.

For this issue, we're celebrating the rich variety of cartoonists and comics artists hailing from our fair state. From the famous icons of the form like Charles Schulz and Neil Gaiman to up-and-comers of the indie scene like Zak Sally (The Recidivist, Sammy the Mouse) or the entrepreneurial artists behind Big Time Attic, the North Star State is quietly churning out some of the most notable talent in the field.

FEATURE: Britt Aamodt offers a whirlwind mini-history of the past, present, and future of Minnesota's rich cartoonist and comics scenes

MnArts magazine highlights include a review of the big-ideas performance socktesting, a profile of filmmaker Emily Goldberg's latest production for public television TCGMC: Reflections on Meth Addiction, and an intimate peek inside the workspaces of a sampling of Minnesota artists

*   Brand new artist opportunities handpicked from our daily updated list of news on

*   An abundance of classes, art festivals, lectures, theater, music and gallery openings going on around the state—all drawn from's DIY, member-driven arts calendar

PLUS: is taking new entries of miniStories flash fiction and mnSpin song submissions from Minnesota artists, and there's a final call for artists to submit their yard-sign designs for My Yard Our Message