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What is Autoptic?

The Autoptic Foundation is an organization dedicated to the promotion and recognition of independent culture, including but not limited to: comics, zines, books, posters, music, and video games. This is done via a week-long biennial festival that consists of a curated expo, international cartoonist workshops, gallery shows, animation screenings, and various musical performances.

Our inaugural festival was in August of this year, starting with a gallery show, The Jugglers (curated by Anders Nilsen), that showcased the work of cartoonists from an international experimental comics laboratory, Pierre Feuille Ciseaux, as well as other notable North American cartoonists from the U.S. and Canada. This was followed by artist talks at both Alliance Francaise for our international artists and at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for the closing of legendary alternative cartoonist Jaime Hernandez's 30 Years of Locas exhibition.

These and other satellite events culminated in a one-day curated expo that was held at Aria in the historic Warehouse District in Downtown Minneapolis, comprised of over 100 cartoonists, printmakers, independent publishers and record labels, ranging from local favorites to the internationally renowned. This was complimented by programming throughout the day that provided attendees the opportunity to hear these artists and publishers share insights into their craft and the state of their respective disciplines. The event was a HUGE success, bringing in 1,500 attendees over the course of one day!

What are our Future Plans?

As we begin to prepare for our next full-scale festival in 2015, we're exploring how we can stay true to what made our first event a success while expanding our scope to come closer to realizing what we want Autoptic to become. One of our key goals is to increase the expo to 2 days and host it once again at the same gorgeous venue, Aria. This change alone is going to increase the cost of our space rental by 6 times the amount of the 2013 show (from $1,500 to $9,000).

We also intend to invite a broader range of both national and international artists and organizations. And for the first time, we plan on incorporating an independent video game component. In addition to the 2015 festival, we are also planning multiple micro-events that will continue to showcase the various dimensions of independent culture that we want Autoptic to become a voice for. Our first micro-event is a small, curated one-day expo at Co-Exhibitions on December 7th, which, like all Autoptic events, will be free and open to the public.

How can you help?

To enable us to grow the festival in the ways outlined above and keep all of our events free for attendees, we need to raise $4000 this November to help us secure our deposit with Aria, begin to solicit out of town artists and organizations, and host more micro-events throughout 2014.

Your donations will help keep us on track for making Autoptic one of the best and only events of its kind in the Midwest -- any and all donation amounts are welcome!

Over the month of November we will showcase some behind-the-scenes stories of how Autoptic came about and how it has made an impact on both the public and the art scene here in Minneapolis.

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