the Reader’s Best of Chicago 2013 Ballot is still taking votes through midnight tonight (12:00am on May 22nd), and there’s a category for “Best Literary Event”! Feel like writing in the Chicago Zine Fest for this honor? Click through on the link above! You don’t have to answer all of the hundreds of survey questions (you can skip to the “Arts & Culture” section and only answer the categories you want), but you can if you want to!
Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC)
I went and had a look around the IPRC, which is essentially a one stop shop for those interested in the self-publishing scene in Portland. The facilities include; letterpress, screen printing, computers to use on site, an ever expanding zine library, as well as the use of typewriters, photocopiers, printers, guillotines, binding machines and anything else you might feasibly need.
They’ve been up and running for 15 years, and their space now is fantastic - sounds like it has come a long way from the days of “a photocopier in a closet”.
It is based on an affordable membership scheme, enabling anyone to get involved. They also do a lot of outreach projects, courses, and collaborate with local organisations.
Thanks to Chloe and Asher, two of the volunteers that let me wander around and distract many of their members. I left feeling somewhat envious that London hasn’t got anything quite like this to offer.
The IPRC in Portland is huge, impressive and awesome! I wish there were something like that in Los Angeles. I’m sure tons of people would be into it!
so dreamy! we are lucky to have a brand new space for self publishers starting up here in Chicago too — the CHI PRC!
Chicago Zine Fest is looking for a couple of new organizers for the 2014 organizing season! Interested in becoming part of the crew and helping to pull off one of the biggest zine fests in the US? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 14th for details!
THIS WEEKEND IN THE CHICAGO ZINE COMMUNITY:
Friday, April 26th is SPOC (Self Publishers of Chicago)’s One Year Party / State of the SPOC Address, 7:00 pm at Uncharted Books. Featuring readings, updates about SPOC, a town hall, and of course, cake and punch. More info at the event link!
Saturday, April 27th is 826CHI’s Promic-Con Fundraiser, 8:00 pm at the SAIC Ballroom. Featuring a raffle, open bar, dancing, caricatures, silent auction and costume contest, this party benefits a great cause! More info at the event link.
Sunday, April 28th is CZF’s Post-Fest Open Meeting, 1:00 pm at the CHI-PRC. Come share your opinions and reflect on CZF 2013, and find out how you can get involved with CZF 2014! Plus, check out the brand new space Chicago Publishers Resource Center. More info at the event link!
This is happening tomorrow, hosted by Spudnik Press Cooperative!
Long-Arm Stapler First Aid
Self-Care In Zines and Mini Comics
Curated by Liz Mason and Neil Brideau
4/20/13 – 5/31/13
April 20, 2013 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Annex @ Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60622
Care is a disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension, and responsibility; a suffering of the mind; painstaking and watchful attention, maintenance, charge, and supervision. Self-care and first aid places these concerns towards oneself with a DIY mentality. Long-Arm Stapler First Aid brings together an assortment of zines and comics that address health-related issues ranging from mental to physical, personal to societal, and preventative to regenerative. These largely self-published works address, at times, incredibly personal experiences, usually with a large dose of wit.
Unlike a film or a painting, readers of zines and comics are able to engage with these works at their own pace, choosing when they are ready to confront the next page. Perhaps this is what allows authors to broach difficult, and often very personal, topics with great breadth of emotion, honesty, and clarity. Through the combination of words and images, artists are able to rely on multiple modes of communication to bring together the tangible and the cerebral. Often the very act of making a zine is considered a therapeutic caring action.
This exhibition of largely self-published works tackles self-care from many angles: health, grooming, food preparation, self-defense, coping strategies, defense mechanisms, mental or spiritual development and even soul enrichment. At their core these pieces suggest we must be our own advocates for our own health and well being.