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  • The risograph is a relatively recent development in the field of small-scale printing, and it emerged at a particular moment in history: a popular short-run press option in the late '80s, it was one of the last new print technologies to be standardized before the internet took off. Since then, what was once a machine prized for its utility and efficiency has found new life as a facilitator of independent art projects and zines, as the endlessly mutable options the Riso offers can provide a uniqu…
  • The risograph is a relatively recent development in the field of small-scale printing, and it emerged at a particular moment in history: a popular short-run press option in the late '80s, it was one of the last new print technologies to be standardized before the internet took off. Since then, what was once a machine prized for its utility and efficiency has found new life as a facilitator of independent art projects and zines, as the endlessly mutable options the Riso offers can provide a uniqu…
  • If you've been in a bar or a club at any point in the last 15 years or so, there's a high likelihood you've seen some of David Witt's art—and remembered it. As DWITT, he's illustrated countless posters for band gigs, festivals, and special events: his Zombie Pub Crawl, Art-A-Whirl, and Record Store Day posters mix the fanciful and the everyday, often falling somewhere between outlandishly morbid EC Comics horror of the '50s and subsequent decades' psychedelic and punk-era Pop Art deconstructio…
  • Compared to the emergence of underground comix in the '70s and '80s or the alt-comics boom of the '80s and '90s, this era's wave of creators is significantly harder to pin down — generationally, culturally, stylistically, or otherwise. Generations cross over to influence the others' sensibilities, and lines between high and low art are eroded in ways not even Lichtenstein or Crumb could have dreamed up. This era’s artists are just as likely to express their personal lives through hybridized …
  • Outside Minnesota, Ken Avidor is one of comics' most underrated artists to have come of age under the influence of the underground comix boom of the '60s and '70s: a veteran of alt-culture periodicals like Punk and Weirdo, he spent his most formative years in New York after the city had become wracked with debt, crime, and — maybe most impressionably — the neighborhood-destroying, city-upending highways planned by Robert Moses. In Minnesota, he's a dynamic hellraiser: a resident of Minneapol…
  • The current social media-driven age of online comics has upended or even eliminated a lot of the old rules of the game, but the important ones still remain: connect with friends, don't sell yourself short, and above everything else, just keep doing the work. Brittney Sabo's done well in her still-young career by holding true to that agenda: her work can currently be seen in the stylish and colorful webcomic, All Night, and in the sketches, commissions, prints, and random exercises that pop up on…
  • Pinning down a singular role for Scott McCloud in the comics world just keeps getting trickier. His development as the writer/artist auteur of the '80s Eclipse Comics series, Zot!, put him in good company during the era's indie boom; even if that's where it ended, he'd still be held up as a cult hero. But his role as a creator of serial fiction soon expanded dramatically with a series of statements, ideas, and theories that have put him at the forefront of comics and helped to define the work as…
  • Susannah Schouweiler updated the Article Native Son
    Mary Lethert Wingerd's history tome, North Country: The Making of Minnesota, is a thorough chronicle of the state's territorial era, with the Dakota War of 1862 as a tragic, definitive endpoint. While the full-blooded and outwardly Native population was alienated, ostracized, and eventually displaced, another group simply opted to redraw their bloodlines: In the wake of the hysteria set off in 1862, Indian ancestry was not only reviled, it was also dangerous. Of those who favored their Euro-Amer…
  • Susannah Schouweiler updated the Article Native Son
    Mary Lethert Wingerd's history tome, North Country: The Making of Minnesota, is a thorough chronicle of the state's territorial era, with the Dakota War of 1862 as a tragic, definitive endpoint. While the full-blooded and outwardly Native population was alienated, ostracized, and eventually displaced, another group simply opted to redraw their bloodlines: In the wake of the hysteria set off in 1862, Indian ancestry was not only reviled, it was also dangerous. Of those who favored their Euro-Amer…
  • Susannah Schouweiler updated the Article Native Son
    Mary Lethert Wingerd's history tome, North Country: The Making of Minnesota, is a thorough chronicle of the state's territorial era, with the Dakota War of 1862 as a tragic, definitive endpoint. While the full-blooded and outwardly Native population was alienated, ostracized, and eventually displaced, another group simply opted to redraw their bloodlines: In the wake of the hysteria set off in 1862, Indian ancestry was not only reviled, it was also dangerous. Of those who favored their Euro-Amer…