Scouting Locations – Small Wonders Gift Shop

When a scene in Sally Forth calls for a specific locale (grocery store, movie theater, etcetera) I’ll often use spots around my hometown of Minneapolis for reference. Take the following…

A recent script for Sally Forth from Francesco called for me to create a store called Small Wonders, a store that resembled one of those arts & craft/greeting cards & candles stores you see in small tourist towns.

I always prefer taking my own reference pics over google images in cases like this so I can get a real feel for the set I want to use. Scouting out locations I chose one in biking distance of me called Digs Studio.

Digs – 3800 Grand Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN


Using the reference pic above, here is how Small Wonders ended up looking.

Sally Forth 9/19/2017


Digs’ owner, Katie Koster, was very generous in letting me take lots of reference pics. Invaluable for getting a good bead on the particulars of a gift shop like hers.

Front register at Digs.


And here’s Jackie’s new boss, Tashsa, with Jackie behind the counter.

Sally Forth 9/20/2017


It’s the small details that will make or break a good drawing, that’s why it’s so important for me to get the best reference I can. If something looks off, it’ll break the reader’s suspension of belief and you’ve lost them.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little behind the scenes look at the making of Sally Forth.

And if you want to know more about Digs,
check out their website at ShopDigs.com
or the Digs Facebook Page

Until next time…

-Jim Keefe

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Al Hirschfeld’s Lesser Known Brother-In-Law Al Keefefeld

This week’s Sally Forth (9/11-16) has a title panel drawn by none other than legendary off off off Broadway cartoonist Al Keefefeld (brother-in-law to Al Hirschfeld).

Coincidentally, same as Al, he also had a daughter named Nina. And as you can see by the number 7 by his signature, there are seven Ninas hidden in the line work of the drawing.
Can you spot them all?


For more on Keefefeld’s brother-in-law Al Hirschfeld,
check out Al Hirschfeld: Looking for Nina.

Also on Facebook at facebook.com/alhirschfeld

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The Homecoming

The Homecoming
Author: Archie Goodwin
Art: Al Williamson
Creepy #112 (August 1979)
Reprinted in Creepy #137 (May 1982)

This story I was fortunate enough to see the original art to when I visited Al Williamson in October of 1998. Al mentioned that Bruce Jones scripted the original concept (if I am remembering correctly), but after Al drew it he felt something was missing and shelved it. Al then talked to Archie about it and Goodwin offered to rewrite it – changing the focus and making it much darker than the original.

It is one of my favorite Goodwin/Williamson collaborations.

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Sally Forth Title Panel – 9/3/2017

Art by Jim Keefe

My daughter thought I gave today’s Sally Forth title panel a
Yellow Submarine/Pepperland sort of feel. Now when I look at it I hear “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

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Sally Forth Title Panel – 8/27/2017

Art by Jim Keefe

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The High Kings at the Cedar – August 22, 2017

Being that I am the totally unauthorized official Minneapolis artist for the famed High Kings, I thought I’d show you some art I did for their upcoming show at the Cedar Cultural Center. So first, here’s the inks.

And here it is cleaned up with type and color put in digitally.


And here’s my unabashed plug…
The High Kings
with Adam Coolong and Tony Comeau
at the Cedar Cultural Center
Tuesday, August 22, 2015 – 7:30pm
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Advance: $22.00 – Day of show: $25.00
Seated show; all ages

For tickets go to: the Cedar Cultural Center

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Autoptic 2015 – Minneapolis, MN

PFC Exhibit
(“Pierre Feuille Ciseaux” or “Rock Paper Scissors”)
at MCAD prior to Autoptic – August 7, 2015

Bart King, June Julien Misserey and Jenny King

Mathieu Bouillant (facing camera)

Barbara Schulz.

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Light Grey Art Lab Exhibit
prior to Autoptic – August 7, 2015

Street in front of the Light Grey Art Lab Exhibit
Jean-Christophe Menu (pink shirt), June Julien Misserey (dark grey shirt), Mathieu Bouillant (to the right of June holding camera), Mathilde Harmand (holding proofsheet), Marina Courtois (in red), Paulette Rossi (in dark grey holding camera) and Zak Sally (far right).

June Julien Misserey and Zak Sally in foreground.

Barbara Schulz and Zak Sally.

Light Grey Art Lab Exhibit
Anders Nilsen & Zak Sally

April Yolando Kasulis, Andrew George, John Wilinski, Jack Kotz,
Marissa Luna, Ben Tye and Kat Bride.

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Autoptic Festival 2015

Tessa Keefe manning my table.

Robin Sheldon & Nick Peters.

Happy daddy, Bart King.

Kitty Berry.

Maddi Gonzalez, Spencer Amundson and Marissa Luna.

Maddi Gonzalez, Spencer Allen Amundson, Marissa Luna,
Melissa Mariko Kieselburg and Andrew George.

Alexis Cooke and Hedwig Vinson.

Mandie Brasington and Jaime Willems.

Tom Kaczynski and Barbara Schulz.

Amaya Goldsmith.

Scotty Gillmer & Caitlin Skaalrud.

Carl Thompson, Scotty Gillmer & Caitlin Skaalrud

Paul Fricke.

Blue Delliquanti

Kyle Harabedian.

Mason Sklar (on right)

Christian Moser and Andrew Herbst (standing)

Erik Munson.

Erik Munson and Chan Chau (standing)

Ann Ryan, John Wilinski, Chase Van Weerdhuizen and Maddi Gonzalez.

Tyler Page

John Bivens and Alex Mitchell

Bryan Bornmueller and Ursula Murray Husted

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Panel discussion

One of the many Autoptic paparazzo.
aka Amaya Goldsmith

Back room for artists to take a breather.

Not many conventions cater to their exhibitors with pastries like these – just saying…

Jim Keefe and his whole crew (Tessa, Anna, Leo and Sophie).

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The view from my table.

And last but not least – the closing ceremony.

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