Friday, December 23, 2005


Zander's off to Colorado while Kevin, Max, Brit, and I spend Christmas with our families scattered throughout Minnesota.

Send yourself one of these holiday e-cards we animated for Ham In The Fridge/Target/American Greetings, and pretend they're from us!

Penguin Card
Get Wrapped Up
Make Some Noise

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Around the office

Max's Burger Time lunch.

The secret to writing comics? Chairs!

Max and Brit animatin'

Monday, December 19, 2005

Action City Is OPEN

If your holiday driving puts you in Eau Claire, Wisconsin...stop by Action City...

It's a work in progress, but people are having a great time playing in our designs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Bone Sharps gets reviewed by C.H.U.D.!

Sadly, the Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers did not deign to grace us with their opinion of our comic book, but rather their less vicious namesakes, Cinematic Happenings Under Development (Dot Com).

CHUD offers reviews of movies and comics that are typically in the horror genre, but made an exception this time because of those magic two words: Cowboys, and Dinosaurs. They make quite a thing of it, you'll find.

I'll let you read it for yourself to find out how we rated, but as Minnesotans we feel obligated to cheer their choice of rating icon.

You can read the full review here, about halfway down the page.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

24 Hour Comics Day: The Anthology

Nat Gertler's anthology of last April's "24 Hr Comics Day" event is now on the stands. This 500 page book is comprised of 24 stories, hand-picked from the hundreds and hundreds of entries sent in from around the world. Team Minneapolis had 3 stories get in:
Kevin Cannon, "Armitage Shanks, Arctic Pirate"
Zander Cannon, "The Curse of the Silver Cobra"
Quillan Roe, "Walk"

"24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2005" is available at your local comic book store as well as on (which is currently offering it at $8 off the cover price). Pick it up and check out what people can do in a twenty-four hour period. There's even a story about flying with unicorns! And it's not ironic!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Action City Week

We're down in Wisconsin finishing up the theming work for Action City.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Entertainment Weekly

Our book, "Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards," is reviewed in the October 28th edition of Entertainment Weekly.

Thursday, October 20, 2005


While picking out countertops for Action City's pizza restaurant, two men rolled in with boxes and boxes of super-heavy boxes. Heavy like bricks. Gold bricks.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Hey everyone! Meet Brittney, at right on a recent Action City trip, she's a wicked talented illustrator and BTA's newest employee.

Monday, October 17, 2005


There is a great interview with Gordon McAlpin over at Comic Book Galaxy that follows Zander's comic career to the formation of Big Time Attic:

Yay! Go read:

Friday, October 14, 2005

The big cool skylight we love...


PROJECT: Romantic

It goes without saying that we're thrilled to be invited to create a story for the final book of the Adhouse Project: series. Adhouse puts out great books..

Project: Romantic
by various and published by AdHouse Books

The trilogy is complete. With Project: Romantic, AdHouse Books follows up their smash hits of Superior and Telstar with a book about love... and love stuff. The anthology is in the early planning stages, but we're very excited about the contributors who have expressed interest in participating. See below for a partial list of contributors!

2C wrap-around cover by Maris Wicks
288(?) 4C pages
6" x 9" perfect bound
$19.95 US funds
ISBN 0-9770304-2-3
Shipping the summer of 2006


Big Time Attic | Randall Christopher | Joshua Cotter | Nick Craine | Brian Flynn | Doug Fraser | Jose Garibaldi | Debbie Huey | Damien Jay | Chip Kidd | Hope Larson | Mike Laughed | Adam McGovern/Paolo Leandri | Junko Mizuno | Scott Morse | Mark Nagata | Roger Peterson | Chris Pitzer | Joel Priddy | Paul Rivoche | Jim Rugg | Alberto Ruiz | Maris Wicks | Ash Wood and many MORE!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

We're moved!

We're all moved-in and hooked-up in the new space, thanks to Jon White, Max Konrardy, and Steve Stwalley for helping us move and for looking so great doing it:

Update your address books:

1618 Central Ave. NE
Suite 216
Minneapolis, MN 55413

(across from Teeners Theatrical in the Diamond Coffee Shop building)

Phone Number: 612-521-7423
Fax Number: 612-605-9216

Office Hours 9-5 M-F

Monday, September 26, 2005

Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards on

If Variety wants to blog about us, we'll blog about them blogging about us. Neat.

"This also is a very sharp looking book, with a fantastic cover by “Xenozoic Tales” creator Mark Schultz and art by Big Time Attic, which includes Zander Cannon, Shad Petowsky and Kevin Cannon, that’s clear, compelling and beautiful. Grade: A" blog

Friday, September 23, 2005

If you're ever in Reading, UK...

You say tornado I say...

It's being said that anywhere from one to three tornados hit north Minneapolis/suburbs last night. I didn't see one, but I DID see a cloud spinning around and then didn't see anything but sideways rain, lightning, and hail for and hour or so.

I saw these things in from the window of Office Max, where I was trapped with the staff and a guy who was angry to be inconvenienced by weather.

"Look, you guys are over-reacting," He said "it's just rain."
(and 75 mph winds that just ripped the front doors off of the Best Buy across the parking lot) "I want to check out, I'm leaving."

The employees advised him to stay indoors but then said they could check him out..even with credit card...without a problem...despite his insistence that they couldn't..but SHOULD. "Ok, but I still need to get more stuff, If I don't get my stuff I'm OUT OF BUSINESS TOMORROW. OUT OF BUSINESS!"

"Ok, OK, What do you need," The clerk asked.

"Magic markers."


I watched the storm from a comfy office chair until a manager called and told the staff to get everyone away from the windows and into the stockroom. Stockrooms are a little too "Night of the Comet" for me, so I decided to risk the drive home. Nearly all the trees in the parking lot were uprooted, and the drive home was a slow one through partly flooded roads and around tree limbs. I ran into a dangling wire too, but I guess the juice was gone. Except for in my freaked out face.

This tree around the corner took out the power and internet on our block.

All of our plastic lawn furniture stayed put.


Zander's neighbor's tree just missed their house:

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Little Smiler

Our new computer makes me laugh. At first I was bothered by the combo 80's alarm-clock-microwave look...until I saw the smiley face.

Welcome friend.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Grand-er Opening

Around the corner from our house is a blind intersection that strikes fear into the hearts of everyone on the street, except me....until today.

No one was hurt, they crashed and ran away.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Even the Timeless have birthdays... Shad. Who turned 31 today.

Shad, in honor of your birthday, Zander and I wrote you a song to the tune of Of Montreal's "Wraith Pinned to the Mist (and Other Games)"

It begins as follows:

Let's have birthday celebrations
Let's forget dates forget times forget schemes
We'll have birthday celebrations
I'll place thirty-one candles in a cake made of dreams

Okay, that's all we could do, because I wouldn't let Zander change any of the lyrics about Antarctica (which is pretty much all of the rest of the song). Happy birthday, Shad!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Book Release Party

The party was great! Thanks to everyone who came! We got to see a lot of old friends who we haven't seen while we locked ourselves away to finish this book. People ate all the food and drank all the beer, so there was practically nothing to clean up...THANKS!

Bret, Tim, and Shawn looking at something...not our book as far as I can tell.

Zander acts cropped and blurry while Kevin holds A SODA POP KIDS!

Writer/Publisher Jim Ottaviani and my wife Anna discuss nuclear engineering.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Big Time Warehouse Loft


The Attic is great!..but with the addition of Max and interns, we end up playing musical chairs, and need a little more room.

Below are some camera phone shots of our new digs in Northeast Minneapolis. There is a great coffee shop in our new building, and we're just down the halls from mimi design and Eight Hour Day.

All the stuff in there is from the current tenant.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Good News Monday

We've been asked to do a super cool project that we're VERY excited about.


Our cartoonist pal Phil Redmon really helped us out. THANKS Phil


We just started a deal that is hinted at in this phone cam photo but will have to leave you guessing for a few days...New gallery show perhaps? Any ideas?

Sunday Crunch Time...

The weekend didn't end with Action City and the comic show...we had to zip home to finish one of two government projects. This is one for NOAA is a comic to teach kids about satellites called "Space Junk" a sequel to "Space Weather."

A BIG thanks to comic colorist S. Steven Struble for helping us prep the files for coloring. Without him we would be days behind!

Zander puts the final touches on page three...all of the art and lettering is done by hand with ink and paper, but the coloring is much easier to do on a computer.

...while Kevin calls out changes and corrections from notes on the proofs.

Sometimes Kevin's notes can be a little discouraging.

Action City Tourists

It was a busy work weekend for BTA, but that doesn't mean we didn't have fun! On Friday we went to Wisconsin to work on-site at the family fun center we're designing, Action City.

Here are Zander and Kevin at our branch office in Action City, it's about 52,000 square feet larger than the attic we're working in now. In two months, they're replacing our office with an indoor GoKart track. BUT! We get to keep our stapler.

Concerned that one day isn't enough for the work that needs to be done, Zander and Kevin devise a time travel scheme...

IT WORKS! Another Big Time Attic production secret let out of the bag, email us to ask about teleportation to keep convention costs down.

But who needs teleportation when you can...bound.

We didn't mess around the entire time though, here is Zander "beeeeing the wall." That's themeing!

After our day at Action City, we stayed another day to attend a Comic, Gaming, Model Kit show hosted by Rob at Eau Claire Comics. What a great host! The show was well attended by children, and while I expect to be driven nuts at cons by 45-year-olds certain about who would win in a fight between Spider-man and Aquaman*, three-year-olds make it bearable.

*"spidor-man and aja man would not fwight! day are fweinds!" - Devlin