What an awesome show! It was great to catch up with some people we haven’t seen in a while and meet more comics creators. Got to table next to Jared from Retrofit / Big Planet. Simon Hanselmann told me he was going to read our comics while taking a shit. Cool! And the trades! One of the best things about going to comics shows as a creator. CAKE never disappoints.
This month Lumpen Magazine published its latest issue commemorating 25 years in publication. What started as a zine by a group of college students at the University of Illinois in 1990 has grown into a center for underground art, culture, and activism in Chicago. Lumpen has even taken over the 105.5 FM airwaves with the recently-launched Lumpen Radio.
Lumpen is more than a magazine or a radio station. It’s a collective of people that contribute to the community in many ways. Lumpens are bartenders and chefs. Lumpens are musicians and DJs. Lumpens are writers and publishers. Lumpens are gamers and comedians. Lumpens are visual and performance artists. Lumpens are teachers and organizers. Lumpens are thinkers and people of action.
It’s this idea that we wanted to highlight for our comic featured in this most recent issue of Lumpen Magazine. ‘What Does A Lumpen Make?’ is a colorful shout-out to all the different kinds of Lumpens that bring their skills, ideas, and energies to the table.
You can grab a copy of Lumpen Magazine #128 at over 300 locations around Chicago for FREE, or order from www.lumpenmagazine.org.
A lot of boiling-over occurred in 2015 when it came to protests against police violence in the black community and the anger of an exploited middle class. Chicago saw the clashes up close. Lumpen Magazine # 127 is an edition that applauds the efforts of community activists and those willing to stand up to the injustices of a corrupt political system.
‘Action and Apathy Blues’ is our addition to the issue and touches on the malaise of believing something needs to change and what we can do about it.
We’ve received an invitation to table at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) 2015! We’ll be debuting Esoteric Dialogue #1 and #2 at the show. It’s free to attend, so come on out if you’re in the area. Thanks to the organizers for the encouragement of being selected. We very much look forward to meeting all the excellent artists, writers, publishers, and patrons at the show.