Thursday, June 03, 2010

Good Minnesotan No. 4 Sets Sail

We've had all kinds of neighbors here at BTA headquarters, from magnet impresarios to world-famous photographers to cash-only flesh kneaders. But our favorite neighbors by far were Raighne and Meghan Hogan -- aka 2D Cloud -- who used to work right next door. You may recognize the Hogans as the publishers of the Good Minnesotan anthology series, which over the years has showcased some of the best local comics around, much of it experimental and edgy.

I'm happy to say that 2D Cloud has asked me to contribute to the fourth (and from what I hear, FINAL) installment of Good Minnesotan. My story is sadly not as experimental as the others, but if you want to read a condensed biography of the greatest sailing vessel to ever be built, then you won't be disappointed. The story is called A Brief History of the Fram: And the Men Who Loved Her, and as the title suggests I highlight the three Norwegian explorers who sailed her the farthest north and farthest south of any wooden ship in history. They are:

Fridtof Nansen, who locked Fram in ice and tried to drift with her to the north pole:

Otto Sverdrup, who failed to reach the pole but ended up mapping much of the Canadian arctic:

Roald Amundsen, who set out to reach the north pole, but turned around and reached the south pole instead:

Good Minnesotan No. 4 comes out this August during MIX, but we need your help! Raighne and Meghan are raising funds via kickstarter, which recently helped fund Sarah Mirk's history comics project. If you're on the fence, at least check out this cool vid that Raighne produced, and if you look closely you can see him flip past my story!

Let the countdown begin!


Carlos Merino said...

Hi! Did you check the american edition of Blacksad? Includes preview of Guarnido´s watercolor of the next issues. Don´t miss!

Loops O'Fury said...

Did I tell you I can't wait to read that?