Tribute/Benefit in Memory of Eric Lappegard

Comic artist, bike advocate, vegan, barista and bike messenger-- Eric Lappegard was an active member of many communities around the Twin Cities. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old's life came to a tragic end July 23 following complications from an automobile accident.

This Saturday friends and family can pay tribute with two events honoring his spirit and memory. Things start up at 2:00 p.m. with an alley cat bike race beginning at Behind Bars Bicycle Shop (208 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis). From 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Altered Esthetics (1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis) hosts an art show and auction featuring work by Lappegard, local comics, and members of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy, a group that Lappegard was an active member of. A raffle, vegan bake sale, and live music by the Roe Family Singers round out the evening. Proceeds from the event benefit Lappegard's family, aiding in expenses incurred from the tragic accident.

Eric's contribution to City Pages comics issue can be found here. An archive of his ongoing strip, Schmapples, is located on his personal site here.