Auptoptic comics and art festival announced

Local cartoonists are behind summer festival

Autoptic festival poster by Anders Nilsen. Credit: Autoptic

A new, one-day “festival of independent culture” celebrating comic books, zines, art and music is coming to Minneapolis in August.

Minneapolis cartoonist Tom Kaczynski announced the Autoptic festival this week in a brief post on the Tumblr page for his publishing imprint, Uncivilized Books. The post included no information on the location of the Aug. 18 festival, but Kaczynski, reached by e-mail, said to expect more details in about two weeks.

The festival seems to be picking up where the short-lived Minneapolis Indie Xpo, or MIX, left off in 2011. That show for two years gathered independent and small press comic book publishers at The Soap Factory over a summer weekend. MIX organizers initially planned a hiatus in 2012, but then announced the show would be discontinued.

Autoptic claims a wider focus than comic books or even just visual art, but early indications are that it will draw heavily on the city’s thriving comics scene. Other organizers include the cartoonists Zak Sally (who also runs the La Mano 21 publishing company) and Anders Nilsen, both Minnesota natives now living and working in Minneapolis.

Other local publishers and artists working with Kaczynski on Autoptic include Raighne Hogan and Justin Skarhus of 2D Cloud, Caitlin Skaalrud of Talk Weird Press, Jordan Shiveley of Grimalkin Press and Robert Algeo, a cartoonist and visiting artist at MCAD.

Sally, Nilsen and Kaczynski are all adjunct faculty members at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The college is one of just a few institutions in the country offering a four-year degree in comic art.

Look for more information about Autoptic soon on the festival website,