My friends in Chicago are throwing two, count 'em, two, big time events celebrating print culture - The Comic Symposium of Chicago and The Chicago Zine Fest. The two events overlap as the symposium is on March 11th and 12th and the zine fest is on March 12th and 13th. The Comic Symposium of Chicago was organized by Sara Drake and Ingrid Olson and is happening at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Speakers include Sarah Becan, Jeffrey Brown, Christa Donner, Surabhi Ghosh, Beth Hetland, Nicole Hollander, Paul Hornschemeier, Joey Jacks, Lucy Knisley, Ian McDuffie, Bernie McGovern, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Anders Nilsen, Laura Park, John Porcellino, and Jeremy Tinder. The symposium is organized into four topic discussions - Professionalization, Identity, Comics & Art, and Independent Distribution and Publishing in Chicago. It happens from 4:30 to 7:00 on both days.
The Chicago Zine Fest is being headed up by Matt Whispers, Ramsey Beyer, Leslie Perrine, as well as a large group of do-gooders. It includes an assortment of activities:
Friday, March 12
7-9pm Zine Reading at Quimby's Bookstore
1854 W North Ave
7-10pm Zine/DIY Art Show at Johalla Projects
1561 N Milwaukee Ave
10-11pm Gadabout Film Festival at Johalla Projects
Saturday, March 13
10am-5pm Exhibiting & Workshops at Columbia College's Conaway Center
1104 S Wabash Ave
I will have work in the art show at Johalla Projects and Sara and I will have a table during the zine exhibit. Here is our description from their website:
"Sara Drake & James Payne, Comics, buttons, misc. zines and paper craft
super fly. On all levels."
So true. Sara and I will be debuting our "Arty Party" zine, Anne Elizabeth Moore and I will be debuting our "Women's Comic Anthology" zine, I will have copies of the "This is a Comic Book" catalog and I might also have a collection of my writing available (but probably not). I will have tons of buttons for your perusal.
Also tabling the Zine Fest are Lilli Carre, Ramsey Beyer, The Chicago Underground Library, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Nate Beaty, Jeffrey Brown, Andy Gardner, Richard Wehrenberg, Golden Age, RYAN J, Microcosm Publishing, The Logan Square Literary Review, Open Books, Leslie Perrine, Quimby's, John Porcellino, Tugboat Press, The Toronto Zine Library, Matt Whispers, and many, many more.
YOU SHOULD COME FOR THE WEEKEND AND HANG OUT. YOU CAN PROBABLY STAY AT ONE OF OUR HOUSES.
Huffington Post Article on the Symposium and Zine Fest.