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.
We’re very honored that one of our all-time favorite comics podcasts, The Comics Alternative, featured a discussion of Esoteric Dialogue #1 & #2 on their show! Known as “two guys with PhDs talking about comics,” the show focuses on insightful conversations and interviews about comics and creators outside of the superhero genre.
They said ED #1 made them feel “insane.” I take that as a compliment.
Gabriella Tutino published a brief analysis of Esoteric Dialogue #1 on comicsverse.com. She combed through the main aspects of the story and had some very complimentary things to say:
“The New World Conquest story works as a layered parody: on one hand, it mocks those who are constantly spouting conspiracy theories or trying to expose ‘the truth,’ and on the other it pokes fun at those who blindly believe everything around them. The idea that the ‘architects of society’ are really just kids trying to win a game is quite genius: it exhibits a power struggle, as well as the impulsive, unpredicted ways of fate.”
These days we’re trying to make some smaller stuff and post more frequently. Making books is our main focus, and we’re putting the final touches on our next one, The Seeker, but we’ve been experimenting on the side. Here’s the latest.
This is the first in a little series that we’re doing called Faces.
Color is fun and so are computers with editing software.