Autoptic 2021 Digital Festival / Aug. 23 - 27, 2021 /

Autoptic 2021 Digital Festival
Aug. 23 - 27, 2021

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?️ Autoptic Presents Spring 2021 Season is now live!

May 21, 2021 at 10:30 am

Today we are thrilled to share with you the 2021 Spring Suite of Autoptic Presents. On our YouTube channel, our Instagram TV channel and in our podcast feed you’ll find 5 conversations and readings that spotlight the sorts of artists, cartoonists, and educators you’re likely to find at the Autoptic Festival.

A Conversation with Audra Stang

Sean Knickerbocker sits down with cartoonist Audra Stang to talk about, comics, print making, and comic shops. Then Audra reads an excerpt from her new serialized comic Tunnel Vision. You can check out more of Audra’s work at and you can read Tunnel Vision parts one and two in The Rust Belt Review at



A Reading with Camilo Aguirre

Camilo Aguirre reads an excerpt from his comic, What Remains, which explores Colombian politics and life through social research, historical accounts, and personal experiences. Follow Camilo on Instagram: @camil0_aguirre



A Conversation with Odin Cabal

Odin Cabal sits down with Autoptic’s Pete Faecke to discuss his current work in progress Captain Beard and Koala. They discuss Odin’s process transitioning from slice of life comics for an adult audience to working on a fairy tale aimed at a younger crowd, and how the narrative rules change when you start working in the fantasy genre. Follow @odincabal on instagram for progress shots, and to get the book when it comes out!



Pete Faecke: Ames Lettering Tutorial

Pete Faecke (@the_stink_hole on instagram) sits down to demonstrate old school lettering techniques using the Ames lettering guide. This episode is video only so pop over to Autoptic’s YouTube channel to check it out. And keep your eyes peeled for more lettering techniques from Pete in the future!


A Conversation with Bob Algeo

Alex Mitchell chats with Bob Algeo, Assistant Professor at the Minneapolis College and Art and Design, to discuss how COVID-19 has changed comics education in the short term and to share their thoughts on how our recent adventures into remote learning will continue to effect student cartoonists in the future, even when they eventually return to the classroom.



Also, you can find these all of conversations and readings on our YouTube page and in our podcast feed:

We hope you enjoy listening in on what all of these talented makers, thinkers, and educators are up to. Also, remember to watch this space in the comming months for more news about our upcomming Fall 2021 Suite of Autotpic Presents and details about our 2022 plans!

Autoptic 2020

August 12, 2020 at 9:44 am

This August 22nd, Autoptic will be presenting Autoptic 2020—a virtual tribute to the show that almost was. In collaboration with the Gutter Boys podcast, we’ll be hosting interviews with some of our special guests, including Julia Gfrörer, Rumi Hara, M.S. Harkness, (and more). Autoptic will also be releasing a special festival catalog showcasing the incredible work of our exhibition applicants, with a cover by our show artist, Madeline McGrane.

2020 Artists include:
Alex Kostiw • Alex Mitchell • Ally Shwed • Anna Peterson • Archie Bongiovanni • Ari Mulch • Ashley-Nicole DeLeon • AZ Terry • Barbara Guttman • Bruce Worden • Camilo Aguirre • Cathy G Johnson • Chris Monroe • Claire Donaghue • Craig Thompson • Danann de Bri • Destiny Davison • Duachaka Her • Editions Entropy • Ezra Mattes • Gerard Dalbon • Isabel Manley • James and John Coats • James Bezecny • Jill Kittock • Jose Pimienta • Joi Yao • Jose Pimienta • Josh Pettinger • Julia Gfrorer • Julia Wertz • Karl Krumpholz • Kelly Abeln • Kira Night • Kristin Ousley • Kristin Tipping • KT Healey • Kyle Harabedian • Lance Ward • Leda Zawacki • Leslie Pederson • Lupi McGinty • Madeline McGrane • Matt Bryan • Matt MacFarland • MS Harkness • Pete Faecke • Peter Lane • Robert Algeo • Rumi Hara • Sarah Diehl Romano • Savannah Williams • Sean Knickerbocker • Sunshine Gao • Thayer Bray • The Art Manor • Tom Kaczynski • Tony Breed • Whit Taylor • Will Cardini • Will Dinski • William Harroff

Keep an eye on this blog and subscribe to Gutter Boys (at this link, or wherever you get podcasts) to stay up to date!

We want the world to know how great our little festival is. We hope to see you there, and again in August 2021 when Autoptic returns—live and in-person.

Autoptic Postponed Until 2021

May 1, 2020 at 9:15 am

We hope you are all doing well, feeling healthy, and enduring our social distancing efforts as best as you can. We’re posting today with some difficult but probably not entirely unexpected news:

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, The Autoptic Festival is being postponed until August 2021.

In terms of the future of Autoptic, while we are still working out specifics, there are two pieces of information we’d like to share with you:

  • We are working towards holding various virtual and remote events on and/or around August 15th, 2020, the date that we would have held this year’s physical event. Those plans are still taking shape, but you should expect to receive future communications from us regarding those events.
  • We do not yet have a specific date for our physical show in 2021, but we are targeting mid-August so that it aligns with what would have been our schedule this year.

While we are disappointed to have to make this decision, we do feel it’s the best for the health and safety of our exhibitors and attendees.

Thank you for your attention and please contact us with any questions you might have.

Autoptic COVID-19 Planning Update

March 24, 2020 at 1:29 pm

We hope that you are all doing well during a very strange, challenging and unmooring time. We’re writing to you today with a few updates regarding the current state of planning for our 2020 exhibition, scheduled for August 15th, 2020. While we really would do anything we can to ensure that the exhibition continues, the physical, financial and mental well-being of our exhibitors and attendees is our highest priority. We also understand that the unknown long-term scope of the current global health crisis creates uncertainty for both short- and long-term planning, so we want to be communicative with all of you so that you can also plan accordingly.

With all of that in mind, here are what we feel are the relevant details for our planning moving forward, as of this writing on March 23rd, 2020:

  • As of now, we still plan on holding our planned exhibition on August 15th.
  • We will be monitoring and revisiting that decision each month, with posted updates on or around the first of each month in May, June, July, and August.
  • Applications for Autoptic are still open and will remain open until April 15th, as originally planned.
  • Juror review of the applications will begin on April 15th, with selections announcements on May 1st, as originally planned.

Of course, all of the above is subject to change. Should any of the dates or plans listed change at any time, we will communicate that through e-mail, our website and all of our social media channels.

If you have any questions or need any further clarification about our plans, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via e-mail or through social media.

Annoncing the Autoptic 2020 Jury!

March 6, 2020 at 8:00 am

We are so pleased to announce the 7-member jury for Autoptic 2020! Without further ado, here they are:

  • Ryan Carey
  • Blue Delliquanti
  • Maddi Gonzalez
  • Noah Lawrence-Holder
  • Madeline McGrane
  • Jenny Schmid
  • Chuck U

We couldn’t be happier to be working with such an incredible list of artists, cartoonists, and thinkers. 

You can find more detailed information, links and bios for each juror here:

Also, don’t forget that the jury will begin reviewing applications for Autoptic 2020 on April 15th, so if you haven’t applied yet, you might want to soon.

You can find the Autoptic 2020 Application here:

You can find more information about our application and jurying process here:

Autoptic TV

July 19, 2019 at 9:32 am

Autoptic TV: A Live-streaming Fundraiser

Saturday, August 17th, Noon-5pm.

Tune in on August 17 to watch a livestream of local artists demonstrating their drawing techniques and fulfilling illustration requests live for our viewers.

The Programming Schedule:

John Bivens | MC: Eliot Rahal

Lupi McGinty | MC: Eliot Rahal

Leda Zawacki | MC: Greg Hunter

Madeline McGrane | MC: Greg Hunter

Mad Sparrow | MC: Alex Mitchell

Autoptic festival funds itself from the table fee’s paid by the exhibitors and the time donated by its board. However, to reserve our space at our new TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL VENUE:

… we need to raise $1,500. Help us make it happen!


Autoptic 2020 | August 15th | The Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union

Any additional funds will go directly to coordinating the mission of the Autoptic Foundation, which works to be an advocate for independent, creator-owned artwork and creative expression from across the country.


November 16, 2018 at 11:10 am

Thank you to:
Abdul Rahman, Alex, Alexander H, Alexandria, Brittany Y, C F, Charles, Another Charles, James , Jenny R, Justin, Karin L, Kyle R, Nusaiba, Robin, Sara, Tim, Tomasz, and Will
who helped raise over $500 at this year’s Give To The Max.

If you missed the live-stream, you can watch
and listen toPart 1 & Part 2 on Facebook.

Madeline McGrane (@madmcgran) | John Bivens (@John_Bivens)
Lupi McGinty (@LoopsOFury) | Alex Mitchell (@red_fathom)
Jack Kotz (@JackKotz)