Autoptic 2018 / Aug. 19, 2018 / MPLS, MN

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Autoptic 2018

Minneapolis’s Premier Comic and Independent Print Festival

Sunday, August 19th, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Aria Event Center
105 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN

Satellite Events
Friday, August 17th
Saturday, August 18th

Autoptic is an arts festival that celebrates independent print culture, with an emphasis on comics and print-based multiples as well as alternative & small press labels of varying media.

Autopic 2018 will feature table exhibitions by more than 100 artists from the worlds of comics, posters and beyond. With a strong focus on publications and artwork that feature original, creator-driven content and compelling DIY aesthetics, Autoptic 2018 will give exhibitors an opportunity to connect with other like-minded artists and audiences while also offering attendees a chance to support and discover all manner of exciting, new and independent artists and creators.

At its core, Autoptic is a juried, expo-style show, but orbiting the expo are readings and talks, artist showcases, and events, held throughout Minneapolis.

Special Guests

Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell's first full-length graphic memoir, Everything is Flammable, was named one of the best graphic novels of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, Paste Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly and several others.

John Bivens

John Bivens’ work appeared in the Eisner and Harvey–award winning Comic Book Tattoo, the Harvey award–winning Popgun volume 4, and the Harvey-nominated Reading with Pictures. He has worked for Image, Valiant, Vault, IDW, Archaia, Titan and others.

Jessica Campbell

Jessica Campbell is from Victoria, BC and is an enthusiast of jokes, painting and comics. In 2016, she unleashed the art world–and chauvinist-skewering: Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists.

Zander Cannon

Zander Cannon is an Eisner-winning and NYT-bestselling cartoonist who has been writing and drawing comics for just about everybody since 1993. His latest works are the monster-prison comic Kaijumax and the supernatural noir Heck.

Nick Drnaso

Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. His debut graphic novel, Beverly, received the LA Times Book prize for Best Graphic Novel. Drnaso lives in Chicago, where he works as a cartoonist and illustrator. His new book Sabrina, is the first-ever graphic novel to be long listed for the Man Booker prize.

Chuck Forsman

Chuck Forsman has drawn comics such as Snake Oil, The End of the Fucking World, Celebrated Summer, Luv Sucker, REVENGER, I Am Not Okay With This, Slasher, and currently AUTOMA.

M.S. Harkness

M.S. Harkness is an autobio cartoonist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She's published with Kilgore Books and Comics and Hidden Fortress Press. Tinderella is her first full-length graphic novel.

E Eero Johnson

E Eero Johnson collaborated on novel/graphic novel Original Fake with Kirstin Cronn-Mills, and co-published Kozmo-Knot the Never-Ending Comic Book with Uncivilized Books. Tsu and the Outliers is his first full-length graphic novel.

Jesse McManus

McManus's newest graphic novel The Whistling Factory will be published by Uncivilized Books in August 2018.

John Porcellino

John Porcellino was born in Chicago in 1968, and has been making comics for over twenty-five years. His celebrated series King-Cat Comics, began in 1989 and, still running, has inspired a generation of cartoonists.

Zak Sally

Zak Sally is a Eisner-nominated cartoonist (Recidivist, Sammy the Mouse), writer, musician (Low, The Hand), micro-publisher (La Mano 21), and educator. He is currently at work on Pink Light (a graphic novel biography of sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick).

Tim Sievert

Tim Sievert recently published the Dungeons & Dragons–inspired graphic novel The Clandestinauts with Uncivilized Books. Tim is currently working on a graphic novel detailing the wonderful world of Bigfoot hunting.

Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets; Good-bye, Chunky Rice; and Habibi. His newest book Carnet de Voyage was released in April 2018.

Maggie Umber

Maggie Umber is a cartoonist, painter and printmaker. She has published three graphic novels with 2dcloud: Time Capsule (2015), Sound of Snow Falling (2017) and 270° (2018). Her work has appeared in two anthologies Warmer: A collection of comics about climate change for the fearful & hopeful edited by Andrew White and Madeleine Witt (2017) and The Shirley Jackson Project edited by Rob Kirby and published by Ninth Art Press (2016). Maggie is one of the publishers at 2dcloud.

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell is a Minneapolis-born, Zaragoza-raised cartoonist and illustrator. She's done work for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, CAPY games, Mondo Tees, Kazoo Magazine, and City Pages, among others.

Volunteer for Autoptic

The Autoptic Foundation is an all-volunteer run organization devoted to supporting independent creative culture of all kinds locally, nationally and internationally. We are always in need of talented, driven and self-directed people who are willing to help out, both in advanced preparation for and onsite during our events. If you are interested in volunteering with Autoptic in any capacity, please e-mail

Donate to Autoptic

The Autoptic Foundation is an all-volunteer run organization devoted to supporting independent creative culture of all kinds locally, nationally and internationally. We are committed to keeping all of our events free to attendees. Exhibitor table fees cover much of our operating costs, but if you are not planning on exhibiting but would like to support Autoptic directly, then we would encourage you to consider making a donation. 100% of all donations go directly towards various costs associated with running our biennial flagship Autopic festival, our local reading events in the Twin Cities and various gallery shows and exhibitions.

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