OCTOBER: Chicago Fire Festival, Ragdale & Harper College
I am home from a great show in St Louis with a week to recover & prepare for some exciting upcoming events! First, this coming Saturday is the first annual Great Chicago Fire Festival, put on by Redmoon in conjunction with the City of Chicago. In addition to neighborhood events, live music, local food and a grand spectacle of pyrotechnics on the river is a three-block long bazaar along Upper Wacker Drive on the south side of the river. My distributor & pal Neil Brideau of Radiator Comics has a booth to sell comics, which is really exciting! Radiator Comics is on a mission to bring comics to the public in non-comics spaces, and this is such an exciting splash in that direction. The bazaar is open to the public from 3pm to 10pm, and I will be helping out behind the booth and signing comics from 3pm - 6pm; my super-talented friends Jeff Zwirek and Sam Sharpe will also be there, signing books and shaking hands. If you're in Chicago, I hope to see you there!
I'm also about to head off to my first residency: 3 weeks of reading, research, writing and drawing at Ragdale, a beautiful Arts and Crafts estate in Lake Forest IL on acres of wild prairie, starting on Monday October 6. I had the pleasure of visiting book & paper artist Melissa Jay Craig when she was in residence at Ragdale years ago (maybe 5 years ago now?) and I've been daydreaming of being able to work there ever since. My plan for my time at Ragdale is to write and develop my next big project, after "In the Sounds and Seas: Volume III" is complete. If I end up leaving my 3 weeks with sketchbooks full of fragmented notes and failed experiments instead, I'll be pleased: I have spent so much of the last two years working on clearly defined projects with hard deadlines and little time between, I haven't given myself much time for loose, open, experimental development work. This is really exciting!
This month also launches the gallery show I'm (insanely) honored to be a part of, "Like Comics Without Panels: The Visionary Cartooning of John Porcellino, Marnie Galloway and Edie Fake." The show is up from October 13 - November 13 at Harper College in Paletine, IL, and on October 30 is a panel discussion with the three of us. All of my gratitude goes to Brian Cremins for inviting me to be a part of the show and for being so supportive.