I'm very happy to share a series of upcoming events that will give me much-needed breaks from my current hand-aching marathon drawing for the 3rd and final volume of "In the Sounds and Seas" (exciting news forthcoming!).
September 19 & 20: Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda Maryland
SPX is one of the most vibrant shows of the year--if you're in the DC area or thereabouts, you'd be a fool to miss the festival! I'm grateful to be tabling with Radiator Comics at E12; if you want to buy books or say hello, I'll be behind the table from 2pm - 4pm on Saturday, and 4pm to 5:30pm on Sunday. The rotating group of artists behind the table at Radiator this weekend is a collection of some of my favorite artists & some of the loveliest people in comics, so even if I'm not behind the table you should swing by and visit! If you haven't had a chance to pick up the new printing of Mare Cognitum (published by So What? Press, also exhibiting at table B5A), I'll have plenty in stock. ALSO! What's Your Sign, Girl?, the zodiac anthology published by Ninth Art Press & edited by the lovely Rob Kirby, is debuting at SPX at table H12B. I was given the heady responsibility to represent my fellow pisces in a comic for the collection: I can't wait to see it in person!
September 30: Token
The first in what I hope is a long-running series of events, September 30 is the first Token, a night of local zines & comics, music and video games hosted by the genial Erik Schneider of Easy Press at Emporium Arcade Bar in Logan Square. From 6pm - 11pm, I'll be among the group of local comic artists & zinesters will be selling books. Stop by for a beer, a game of Frogger, and good reading!
October 6: Caxton Club Panel Discussion
The Caxton Club, a private social club & bibliophilic society that has been promoting book arts in Chicago since 1895 in association with the Newberry Library, his hosting a panel discussion at the launch of the words|matter show & artist book library at Arts on Elston on October 6. I'm honored to be part of the panel, representing the self-publishing community of comic artists and zinesters, alongside paper, book and installation artist (& my much-admired former professor) Melissa Jay Craig; letterpress master printer (& my friend and former employer) Jen Farrell of Starshaped Press; fine press book artist Pamela Olson; and book artists & pop-up wizard Shawn Sheehy. I'd be so happy to see familiar faces in the audience--if you're free on Tuesday Oct 6, please come along to Arts on Elston (3446 N Albany Ave, right at Elston) at 6pm.
October 8: Artist Talk
Arts on Elston is hosting a series of artist talks in October for Chicago Artist Month to celebrate the words|matter show. I am excited (and more than a little humbled) to be the first of the series of artists giving talks. Please come along to Arts on Elston (3446 N Albany Ave) on Thursday Oct 8; in an adaptation and expansion of the talk I gave at Bryn Mawr this spring, I will be talking about how questions of religious inquiry guide and bound my work.