Today's cartoonists are living in a second golden age of comics. In addition to No. 2 pencils, bristol board and India ink, comic creators have a new set of tools with which to work. With self-distribution sources, print on-demand providers, social networks and crowd-sourcing opportunities all around, there has never been a better time to put pen to paper and get that story out. And the caffeinated comic creators of the Urchin Collective have been doing it themselves since 2008. Tonight they celebrate the release of Mixed Feelings 5, a self-published book featuring some of the area's top independent talent. As the title implies, the anthology offers a variety of styles and approaches to the comic page, with contributions from Joe Bufalo, Matt Bryan, Mike McCubbins, Corey Tyson and many more. The Mixed Feelings 5 release party takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios (2500 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood). Admission is free. For more details, visit urchinsketch.blogspot.com.
Sat., Feb. 2, 2013