Monthly Archive for December, 2004

Anders Nilsen and Kevin Huizenga

Dec ’04
12:00 am

Comic SigningAnders Nilsen author of Dogs & Water, Big Questionsand Kevin Huizengaauthor of Or Else#1, SupermonsterSaturday December 11th 4PM
Join comics authors Kevin Huizenga and Anders Nilsen as they sign their new comic books published by Drawn & Quarterly
Kevin Huizenga was born in 1977 in Harvey, IL and spent most of his childhood in South Holland, IL, near Chicago. He began drawing comics in high school, xeroxing his first issue (with friends) at the neighborhood Jewel Osco in 1993. In 2001 the Comics Journal named him “Minimalism Cartoonist of the Year” and called #14 of his Supermonster mini-comic series “one of the best comics of any kind released in 2001.” In 2001 he also started the Catastrophe Shop, an online shop for self-published mini-comics Kevin won an Ignatz for his D+Q story GLENN GANES In the Drawn & Quarterly Showcase #1. His new comic Or Else is the first series Drawn & Quartley have launched by a new cartoonist since OPTIC NERVE.
Anders Nilsen was born in rural Northern New Hampshire in 1973 and grew up on a steady diet of comics and stories, from Tintin and the X-Men to Raw and Weirdo. He attended college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, studying art and doing political work followed by a stint in graduate school at the Art Institute of Chicago. After college a group of paintings he did developed into an artists book called The Ballad of the Two Headed Boy. The graphic nature of this book moved him toward comics. While Anders still makes other kinds of work, it’s the comics that seem to have a life of their own, receiving two Ignatz nominations for Big Questions #4 in 2002 as well as a Xeric and several grants from the City of Chicago to help keep him making them. Nielsen is currently working on finishing Big Questions as well as a couple of further collections of strips from his sketchbooks. Dogs and Water is his new comic published by Drawn and Quarterly. Check:

Lost in the Grooves event with David Smay, Russ Forster, Jake Austen, James Porter, Gene Booth & Erin McKean. PLUS RATSO!

Dec ’04
12:00 am

Lost in the Grooves eventwith David Smay
Russ Forster, Jake Austen, James Porter, Gene Booth & Erin McKeanSaturday, December 4th, 7:30 PM
Featuring: David Smay (Scram Magazine), Russ Forster (8-Track Mind), Jake Austen (Roctober), James Porter (Roctober), Gene Booth (Mantis), Erin McKean (Verbivore)
David Smay, the co-editor of the new book Lost in the Grooves – Scram’s Capricious Guide to Music You Missed (Routledge) joins the Chicago writers who contributed to this unique tome for an evening of music, video, reading, puppetry and free bubblegum. In celebration of this book, which acknowledges unjustly obscure recordings by famed and unknown musicians, rare videos by artists in the book (including David Alan Coe, the Chipmunks, Tony Joe White and the Who) will be screened. This will be followed by an Inside the Actor?s Studio-style interview of Mr. Smay by Ratso, the puppet host of local cable-access show Chic-A-Go-Go. Concluding the evening will be the writers reading their entries, followed by their own musical interpretations of their subject?s songs. Refreshments will include free bubblegum, recognizing Mr. Smay?s previous book on bubblegum music.
Lost in the Grooves – Scram’s Capricious Guide to Music You Missed (edited by Kim Cooper and David Smay with illustrations by Tom Neely) is required reading for all vinyl junkies and lovers of the obscure, wild, and weird. Contributors include Richard Meltzer, Rick Moody, Jim O?Rourke, Kelly Kuvo, Peter Bagge and the late Greg Shaw. Lost in the Grooves is a fascinating guide to the back alleys off the pop-music super highway, covering such gems as Peter Laughner’s “Take the Guitar Player for A Ride,” John Trubee’s “The Communists Are Coming to Kill Us,” Chad & Jeremy’s “Of Cabbages and King,” John Phillips’s “Wolf King of L.A.,” Swamp Dogg’s “Total Destruction to Your Mind,” Don Cole’s “The Outer Limits of Twang,” and Michel Magne’s “Moshe Mouse Crucifiction.” Pop music history is full of little-known musicians, whose work stands defiantly alone, too quirky, distinctive, or demented to appeal to a mass audience. This book explores the nooks and crannies of the pop-music world to unearth lost gems from should-have-been major artists (Nico, Judee Sill), lesser works by established icons (Marvin Gaye’s post-divorce kissoff album, “Here My Dear”; Prince’s post-Warner Bros. work of the’90s), or bands that simply don’t fit into neat categories (the Only Ones, Roky Erickson’s Aliens). The bands are divided into thematic sections, including bubblegum; folk-psych individualists; pop vocal bizarre; punk/new wave; outsider artists; obscurities from the stars; lo-fi/garage rock; roots Americana; and kiddie music. This book will delight any jukebox junkie or pop culture enthusiast.
Kim Cooper and David Smay are founders/coeditors of the fanzine, Scram, which is devoted to pop music obscurities. Scram was an editor’s choice in Factsheet 5 for “unusually great writing” and cited by LA Weekly as a best-of-LA publication. They are coeditors of Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth: The Dark History of Prepubescent Pop from the Banana Splits to Britney Spears.
Author Tidbits:?!
RUSS FORSTER has been involved in unjustly obscure music scenes since the mid-1980s, when he shocked audiences with his Hershey-syrup-branding band FUDGETUNNEL and put out the first Screeching Weasel LP on a tiny record label called UNDERDOG RECORDS. In the 1990s he made two music-related feature-length documentaries: So Wrong They?re Right and Tributary. His rantings and ravings have appeared in zines like Roctober, 8-Track Mind, Go Metric and Scram
Jake Austen edits Roctober; the journal of popular music?s dynamic obscurities, and (with wife Jacqueline) produces the children’s dance show Chic-A-Go-Go. His work has appeared in The Cartoon Music Book, Playboy, The Spice Girls Comicbook and Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth. His books include A Friendly Game of Poker and a forthcoming idiosyncratic history of rock on television.
Erin McKean is the Editor in Chief of US Dictionaries for Oxford University Press and the editor of the only magazine for word geeks, VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly. She is the author of Weird and Wonderful Words and More Weird and Wonderful Words. She lives in Chicago and cannot remember life before the iPod.


Dec ’04
12:00 am

Caveman Robot live for the release of the new
Caveman Robot Gigantic Mega-AnnualSaturday, November 20, 4:00pmFREE
Caveman Robot-A grooming-challenged, 100 thousand year old, bipedal ape-machine-man that roams the mountain regions of North America. Some have called it The original Clockwork Primitive. Most know it as Caveman Robot. Come meet Britton Walters, and Shoshanna Weinberger – two of the latest comic\’s creators.
This will be a Book signing for the 96 page Caveman Robot Gigantic Mega-Annual Graphic Novel – by Britton Walters, Jason Robert Bell, Shoshanna Weinberger, and Joe Infurnari. With your Chance to meet and get your picture taken with the 7 foot tall Real Live Caveman Robot himself also there will be chances for you to win new Caveman Robot Dolls and other exciting prizes.
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P. S. Mueller signs his new book

Dec ’04
12:00 am

P. S. Mueller signs
Your Belief System is Shot
Sunday November 28th 4PM
“P.S. Mueller is the cartoonist America trusts.” Carol Kolb, Editor, The Onion
Cartoonist and radio personality P. S. (Pete) Mueller has just released a new collection of cartoons and short stories, Your Belief System Is Shot: Cartoons and Stuff.
A premiere chronicler of these strange times, Mueller is a familiar contributor to The New Yorker, Field & Stream, Reader’s Digest, The Chicago Reader and many other books and publications.
His new collection of cartoons and short stories takes on toasters, hell, embryos, tax law, peanut butter and an unusual array of artifacts and characters lurking in American culture. In addition to being a cartoonist, Mueller writes, co-produces and anchors, as the voice of Doyle Redland, the Onion Radio News, which is syndicated nationally by the American Comedy Network. Your Belief System Is Shot is his fourth book. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, artist Deb Gottschalk.
He will discuss and sign copies of his book for the event

Mark Reed reads from Something Diffrent

Dec ’04
12:00 am

Mark Reed reads fromSomething Different!!!Wednesday, November 17th, 7:00 PMFREE
In SOMETHING DIFFERENT!!! by Mark Reed, a bizarre psychotic strangler brutally murders one of the Cormier family housemaids in Scotland. Then two of the Cormiers’ devious housemaids become international celebrities after granting sensational interviews to the press. But who is this strangler who decapitates young men and women in Scotland? And can Justin Cormier possibly replace his fraternity brother Jeff Cleghorn as the chief White House intern? GRAPHIC SEX AND VIOLENCE–ENORMOUS RICHES AND FAME!!! In this neo-Classical struggle between good and evil, depraved and sadistic murders conflict with the comparatively normal lives of seemingly innocent characters, such as the five-year-old Mary Cormier…
The American President as you’ve never seen him before; Domestic servants as you’ve never seen them before! These are just some of the shocking elements of this murder mystery
Our rather eccentric author Mark Reed is British to the backbone! Holding two Master’s Degrees from the University of Southern California, he has comprehensive real world experience in California municipal government executive management and administration.