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’re very grateful to be a part of Lumpen Magazine‘s 2015 all-comics issue. The theme of the issue is “Radio” to commemorate WLPN Lumpen Radio’s launch to 105.5 FM in Chicago (www.lumpenradio.com). WLPN is a volunteer-run community radio station based in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Logan and Edmar even give me a bit of airtime on their waves with The Butter Hours – a two-hour late-night music mix my good friend, Eric Streichert, and I do every first and third Tuesday of the month 10pm-12am CST (@TheButterHours). These are some really tuned-in community-minded cats running this weirdo media empire, and we’re really digging getting involved. You can order copies of the most current and back issues at www.lumpenmagazine.org.
Edmar and Joe Tallarico thought it’d be a good idea to invite us to do a comic for Lumpen’s next comics issue. Naturally we accepted the invitation because when Lumpen invites you to contribute, you do it. The issue has a loose theme of “radio” that coincides with the launch of Lumpen Radio WLPN 105.5 FM (lumpenradio.com). We contributed “Ghost Dance” – a tale of a wizard bored with his radio.
There will be a party celebrating the release of Lumpen #126 tomorrow (Friday, 10/8) at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport at 7pm. Works from contributing artists will be shown along with blown-up versions of the comics.