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Chicago Alternative Comics (CAKE) Kick-off with Gabrielle Bell, Emil Ferris, Lucy Knisley and C. Spike Trotman on 6/9

Jun
9
7:00 pm

Quimby’s welcomes Gabrielle Bell, Lucy Knisley, Emil Ferris and C. Spike Trotman as read their recent work as a kick-off for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). This event is at Quimby’s on June 9th at 7pm, but the tabling exhibition happens June 10th & 11th at the Center on Halsted.

CAKE is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alter- native comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.

Gabrielle Bell was born in London, England and raised in California. She is the author of six books, including The Voyeurs, Truth is Fragmentary and most recently, Everything is Flammable. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Emil Ferris is the author of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Part 1 (Fantagraphics). She is also a painter, writer, illustrator and sculptor for the toy industry.

Lucy Knisley is an award-winning comic artist and author who specializes in personal, confessional comics that deal with memory, travel, family and traditions. Her latest graphic novel, Something New; Tales from a Makeshift Bride, deals with her struggle to modernize and equalize her wedding, and the meaning behind many matrimonial traditions.

Spike was born in DC, grew up in MD, and lives in IL, with a dog and a man. She’s the founder of Iron Circus Comics, responsible for strange and amazing books such Poorcraft, the Smut Peddler series and more.

For more info: cakechicago.com

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Black Eye Number 3 Release & Signing 2/18

Feb
18
7:00 pm

This event is occasioned by the publication of BLACK EYE No. 3, the final and timely volume of the Ignatz-nominated Black Eye, the anthology of humor and despair published by Rotland Press. This all-comics issue compiles 136 pages with a jaundiced eye on the zeitgeist. Subtitled “A Shameful Enlightenment,” it is a riff on the absurdity of our times, as charted by a coterie of 36 international cartoonists. Black Eye No. 3 will thrill, sicken, amuse, titillate, horrify, and fortify. This event is an opportunity to bring together five of the contributing artists who are based in Chicago: Andy Burkholder, Corinne Halbert, Paul Nudd, Onsmith and Johnny Sampson. Copies of BLACK EYE No. 3 will be available for purchase, as well as a limited edition letterpress print by Paul Nudd, and a limited edition risograph print by UK artist Ben Jones. The Sightseer’s Complement, a limited run, 40-page supplemental book to Black Eye No. 3 will also be available for purchase and signing.

  “Ryan Standfest brings together an exquisitely curated collection of funny, dark, and beguiling comic art for Black Eye No. 3. I’m going to read my copy by a roaring arson blaze.”  —Kaz, Creator of the comic strip Underworld

The contributors to Black Eye No. 3 include: Alexis Beauclair, Tom Bunk, Andy Burkholder, Max Clotfelter, Mark Dancey, Kayla E., Vincenzo Fagnani, Penelope Gazin, Julia Gfrörer, Anna Haifisch, Corinne Halbert, Eric Haven, Ian Huebert, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Clara Bessijelle Johansson, Francis Kulikowski, Meghan Lamb, David Lynch, John Maggie, Nicolas Mahler, Jérôme Mulot, Erik Nebel, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Pierre La Police, Helge Reumann, Josephin Ritschel, Martin Rowson, Florent Ruppert, Johnny Sampson, David Sandlin, S. William Schudlich, Santiago Sequeiros, Sammy Stein, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Chris Wright The cover is by Joan Cornellà. The book is edited by Ryan Standfest.

Founded in 2010, ROTLAND PRESS is a small publishing house located in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is a publisher of printed projects that promote subversive humor— be it black, dark, gallows, satirical or absurd. ROTLAND PRESS aims to occupy a place between the mainstream and the avant-garde, the philistine and the genteel, industriously manufacturing the finest in despairing entertainment. Ryan Standfest in the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief. More info: rotlandpress.com

Sat, Feb 18th, 7pm – Free Event

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Steven Krakow, author of My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music, in conversation with the Reader’s Philip Montoro on 2/18

Feb ’16
18
7:00 pm

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Steven Krakow’s My Kind of Sound (Curbside Splendor) compiles more than a decade worth of “The Secret History of Chicago Music,” the illustrated column by Steve Krakow (“Plastic Crimewave”) that has been printed bi-weekly in the Chicago Reader since 2005. There is much to discover in these stories; amidst the slighted fame, botched contracts, overdoses, and break-ups, Krakow spotlights the glory that exists in making music.

Some of these musicians made considerable contributions to Chicago’s music culture, rivaling those of the legends we all know and collect. And some of them didn’t, but Krakow insists that you know about them. Each of the more than 200 columns included in My Kind of Sound were painstakingly constructed by Krakow in his signature scissor-and-glue process, the same he employs in his long-running psychedelic zine, Galactic Zoo Dossier. Charmed though his process may be, Krakow’s gigantic love for music and the people who make it is serious and staggering and the resulting collection is as fun as it is important. 

[The Secret History of Chicago Music] is an education even for us know-it-all music obsessives, and are the only comics that have sent me directly to the record store to dig in the bins for dusty gems.”
—Jessica Hopper, Pitchfork, author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

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For more info, email Catherine Eves: catherine(at)curbsidesplendor(dot)com

Quimby’s Welcomes Brian Chippendale and Nick Drnaso 2/20

Feb ’16
20
7:00 pm

BMN.tourposter_ChicagoBrian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Nick Drnaso (Beverly). Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left. Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens. Join Brian Chippendale and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings!

Brian Chippendale is a musician and artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. He was one of the founding members of the Fort Thunder collective. Chippendale is the author of Maggots, If n Oof, and Ninja, and the drummer/singer half of the noise rock band Lightning Bolt. His most recent publication Puke Force comes out this Fall. More info here.

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Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. He has contributed to several comics anthologies, self-published a handful of comics, been nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and co-edited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College’s annual comic anthology. Drnaso lives in Chicago, where he works as a cartoonist and illustrator. His debut publication Beverly comes out this Fall. More info here.

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Click the links below to download pdf press releases about these titles from Drawn & Quarterly, the publisher:

PUKE

BEVERLY

Quimby’s Welcomes Jean-Christophe Menu & Dominique Goblet 8/11

Aug ’15
11
7:00 pm

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For the first time in Chicago, French cartoonist and publisher J-C Menu, and Belgian artist Dominique Goblet will be at Quimby’s August 11th, talking and signing in an exceptional meeting.

Jean-Christophe Menu founded the seminal French alternative publishing house L’Association in 1990. He published many books at various publishers and a PhD in comics. More about Menu in The Comics Journal # 277 & #300.

Dominique Goblet is a former member of Belgian well-known publishing group Fremok since 1994. She’s publishing graphic novels as well than making fine-art exhibitions.

Both have been active members of the European alternative comics scene since the 90s and would be happy to discuss either upon this topic or upon their own personal works.  Books and comics from both artists will also be available.

Mon dieu! Don’t miss the occasion!

Tues, Aug 11th, 7pm – Free Event

More info: 

lagoblette.be

lapo.fr

fremok.org

lambiek.net/artists/m/menu_jc.htm

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