Comics, Posters, and Zines, Oh, My!

Editors Note: It’s with great enthusiasm that we introduce our newest contributor Julia Hendrickson. A talented, artist and curator in her own right, it was Julia’s art writing that blew us away. We eagerly look forward to more coverage of vibrant art scene in Chicagoland.

The last weekend in March marked a steady stream of amazing output from the various factions of Chicago’s print community.

Thursday, March 24, 2011: Small Press & Comics Symposium

Chicago’s 2nd Annual Small Press & Comics Symposium poster, designed and screen printed by Lilli Carré

Hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and organized by B. Ingrid Olson Sara Drake and Cait Stephens, and Krystal DiFronzo, this is the second year of an all-star line up of comics artists and other Chicago notables working in print. Chicago weekly Newcity has a short interview with Olson about the event. The first half of the evening featured talented small press directors Caroline Picard, Zach Dodson, Doug Fogelson, and Fred Sasaki, with Sally Alatalo as moderator.

The second half of the evening was spent doubled over with laughter at the wry, self-effacing comedy of Chris Ware. The conversation was moderated by the Academic-in-the-room, University of Chicago Professor Hillary Chute, and included the slightly incredulous-to-be-there Aaron Reiner, Corrine Mucha, and Onsmith.

Friday, March 25, 2011: “Power in Numbers” International Poster Exhibition

Friday marked the close of an international poster exhibition called “Power in Numbers” at Pilsen’s Chicago Art Department (CAD). It was a huge poster show (affiliated with AIGA) with over 40 printmakers, designers, and illustrators. Small Press & Comics Symposium panelist Onsmith had this wicked screen print in the show:

The crowds at “Power in Numbers.”

Jason Teegarden-Downs of the print and design shop Delicious Design League with his son

Edie Fake poster

Saturday, March 26, 2011: Zine Fest

Making a splash around Chicago this weekend was comic artist, printmaker, and “Gaylord Phoenix” zine-maker Edie Fake, who designed the pretty-in-pink-and-purple poster for the 2nd Annual Chicago Zine Fest, held at Columbia College Chicago. Hundreds of people poured past the tables to treat themselves to the best in Midwest self-publishing.

(Photo credit Ramsey Beyer).

(Photo credit Ramsey Beyer).

Some of the Chicago Zinefest 2011 organizers at Johalla Projects. (Photo credit Ramsey Beyer).

Caption: Fun times and happy arms at Chicago Zinefest 2011.

Photo by Laura Koblesky. Homemade zines from Quimby’s Books. Trading’s the name of the game!

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5 Responses to “Comics, Posters, and Zines, Oh, My!”

  1. Nadine says:

    Super cool that Julia is part of the Printeresting crew! I love her articles. Yes!

  2. Ingrid Olson says:

    Thanks Julia! This looks great, though, slight correction: The Small Press and Comics Symposium of Chicago was also organized by Cait Stephens and Krystal DiFronzo, along with Sara and I.
    Good work, and I can’t wait to read more!

  3. amze says:

    Thanks for the correction, Ingrid. Cait and Krystal’s names have been added.

  4. Pete Rangel says:

    Awesome reporting Julia!

  5. christine says:

    What is that sparkly wall? It’s amazing.