Cartooning Classes Taught by Jim Keefe

I’ll be teaching Cartooning and Comics classes this summer for kids and teens at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Here’s the info (with links for full details).

Comic Book Creation I
Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 11-14
Dates: June 13, 2016 – July 6, 2016
(There will be no class on July 4.)
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Update: Closed/Full – Apply For waitlist

The Comic Book Inside and Out

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18
Dates: June 13, 2016 – July 6, 2016
(There will be no class on July 4.)
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Instructor Jim Keefe

A graduate of the Kubert School, Jim Keefe started his career as the head colorist in the King Features Syndicate comic art department, coloring such world-renowned strips as Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Hagar the Horrible.

From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of Flash Gordon for King Features Syndicate – currently available online at FlashGordon.com.

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Teaching and speaking engagements include the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Malloy College and Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs in Long Island, New York, the University of Minnesota – and most recently as an Adjunct Teacher at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Keefe currently is the artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, written by Francesco Marciuliano. Sally Forth is syndicated worldwide by King Features and appears in nearly 700 newspapers.

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And for those interested, there’s also a follow-up class to Comic Book Creation I.

Comic Book Creation II
Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 11-14
Dates: Jul. 11 – Aug. 3
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This class is taught by critically acclaimed cartoonist and Xeric grant recipient Caitlin Skaalrud. Caitlin also runs the local comics micropress, Talk Weird Press.

Illustration from Caitlin Skaalrud's Houses of the Holy.

Illustration from Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses of the Holy.

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Sale items on Ebay

Quick heads up that I’m cleaning up the studio this month
(to make some more space), so I’ll be posting some sale items on ebay.

I’ll be adding to this list as more items are made available.


BERNIE WRIGHTSON – A LOOK BACK (1979)

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As a special bonus I’m including a 2015 Comic Book Creator spotlight on Bernie Wrightson and #2 of Frankenstein Alive, Alive! from 2012.
No international shipping – US only.

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If you have any questions I’ll field them through the ebay site.
All for now and all the best!

-Jim Keefe

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MSP ComiCon 2016

Tessa and I manning the booth.

Tessa and I manning the booth.

Had a great time at the Minneapolis St. Paul ComiCon – here’s some pics!


 MSP ComiCon 2016 - The beginning of the line just before 10am on Saturday, May 14, 2016


MSP ComiCon 2016 – The beginning of the line just before 10am on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

 MSP ComiCon 2016 - The line just before 10am winding off into the distance.


MSP ComiCon 2016 – The line just before 10am winding off into the distance.

The doors open - the MSP ComiCon 2016 begins!

The doors open – the MSP ComiCon begins!

Cosplay at the MSP ComiCon 2016.

Cosplay at the MSP ComiCon 2016.

Cosplay at the MSP ComiCon 2016.

Cosplay at the MSP ComiCon 2016.

Joe Rider - Convention sketch commission.

Joe Rider – Convention sketch commission.

Joel Rasmussen - Convention sketch commission.

Joel Rasmussen – Convention sketch commission.

George Hagenauer manning his booth - lots of amazing stuff!

George Hagenauer manning his booth – lots of amazing stuff!

Lindsey Hall

Lindsey Hall

Jacklyn Hedlund

Jacklyn Hedlund (on right) and Pam

Rachel Topka and Jen Silverman

Rachel Topka and Jen Silverman

Jen Silverman

Jen Silverman

Jen Riehm and Ray Fuller

Jen Riehm and Ray Fuller

Kyle Harabedian and Dennis Madamba

Kyle Harabedian and Dennis Madamba

Charles Stewart III

Charles Stewart III

Phil Juliano and Doug Kallberg

Phil Juliano and Doug Kallberg

Lucas Munson

Lucas Munson

Hannah Blumenreich, Jack Kotz and Brock Beauchamp

Hannah Blumenreich, Jack Kotz and Brock Beauchamp

 Jonathan and Alex Ness

Jonathan and Alex Ness

Mark Stegbauer and Steve Bryant

Mark Stegbauer and Steve Bryant

Steve Leialoha

Steve Leialoha

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

Brent Schoonover

Brent Schoonover

Zander Cannon

Zander Cannon

Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins

MSP ComiCon 2016 draws to an end - and so does Dan Jurgens.

MSP ComiCon 2016 draws to an end – and so does Dan Jurgens.


Racing around Sunday, there were sooooo many people I DIDN’T get photos of – Paul Fricke, Brian Augustyn, Randall Dahlk, Ursula Murray Husted and Brad Perri are just among the few.

A real stellar convention. I want to thank everyone behind the scenes at the Midwest Comic Book Association for putting on a great show – you guys RULE!

Next on their agenda…

Fall Teaser Poster

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Wizard World Minneapolis 2016

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Just got back from Wizard World Minneapolis!
I could only go for a couple hours on Friday, but here’s some pics.

Gerhard and Shelley Byers

Gerhard and Shelley Byers

Guy Gilchrist

Guy Gilchrist


And from the Twin Cities Comic Collective

Phil Juliano and Brad Perri

Phil Juliano and Brad Perri

Doug Kallberg and Brock Beauchamp

Doug Kallberg and Brock Beauchamp

Lucas Munson and Jack Kotz

Lucas Munson and Jack Kotz


And for those looking for some art instruction…

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design


So much more to see – Neal Adams, Dan Jurgens, Danny Fingeroth, Michael Golden and many, many more.

There are film and TV celebrities as well of course, but they take a back seat to the comic artists in my book. If you’re around the Twin Cities this weekend (May 6-8), check it out!

For more info go to WizardWorld.com

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MSP ComiCon 2016

 

SallyForthCon

Hope to see you there!

More info at www.mcbacomicons.com

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Prince 1958-2016

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Prince by Brian Bolland – 1991

Aerial shot of Paisley Park.

Aerial shot of Paisley Park.

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National Poetry Month Selection – Robert E. Howard

For the past couple of years the King Features blog Ask a Cartoonist had us pick a favorite poem. Last year I picked a classic, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman.

This year I’m going to my favorite pulp writer, Robert E. Howard.
For anyone unfamiliar with Robert E. Howard, his most popular creation was Conan the barbarian – a classic pulp fiction character if ever there was one.

Conan by Frank Frazetta

Conan by Frank Frazetta


This poem I chose is Solomon Kane’s Homecoming.
The recording which follows came with the hardcover collection
“The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane” (1998).

Solomon

It was illustrated by Gary Gianni, who drew King Features’ own Prince Valiant for a number of years – and beautifully so. Here’s a link: Gary Gianni – Prince Valiant.


And now, without further ado, Solomon Kane’s Homecoming – Read by Paul Blake.

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