IL – The Chronicles of Fortune Launch Party

Press Release:

Challengers is excited to host four noted graphic novelists in a narrative panel discussion on Friday, June 30th at 6:00 PM, in celebration of Coco Picard’s “The Chronicles of Fortune” graphic novel. Fortuna. Allegedly “the greatest superhero in the world” she suffers from a bad case of ennui and as such is more or less ineffective.

Please join us as moderator NEIL BRIDEAU (Radiator Comics) talks with COCO PICARD (“The Chronicles of Fortune”), ANYA DAVIDSON (“Band for Life”), JESSICA CAMPBELL (“Hot or Not”) and MARNIE GALLOWAY (“In the Sounds and Seas”) on the narrative of comics, followed by a Q&A and signings. This event starts at 6:00pm on Friday, June 30th.

Coco Picard is the pen name of Caroline Picard an, artist, publisher and curator. Coco’s work has appeared in such publications as Tender Journal, Projecttile, Diner Journal, Everyday Genius, and Bicycle Review, and she has contributed multiple graphic adaptations to the The Graphic Canon project (Seven Stories Press). Coco’s alter-ego, Caroline is the Executive Director of The Green Lantern Press, a nonprofit publishing house, and Co-Director of Sector 2337, a hybrid artspace/bar/bookstore in Chicago, IL.

Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist & illustrator working in Chicago, Illinois. She was born in Austin, Texas and studied philosophy & logic at Smith College. Her debut graphic novel In the Sounds and Seas was published in 2016 by One Peace Books, a collection of the Xeric Award winning self-published series. It made the Notable Comics list in Best American Comics, and was mentioned in the Best Comics of 2016 round-up by the AV Club. Other comics of note include Particle/Wave, published by So What? Press, and Burrow, self-published with support from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Jessica Campbell was raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and currently resides in Chicago, IL. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Campbell has recently exhibited solo and two-person exhibitions at The Sub-Mission (Chicago, IL); Roots & Culture (Chicago, IL); Trunk Show (Chicago, IL); Laroche/Joncas (Montreal, QC, Canada); and recent group exhibitions include Monique Meloche (Chicago, IL); The Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB, Canada); and the Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). She is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute and DePaul University, and one of the organizers of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). Her most recent book, Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists, was released in September, 2016.

Anya Davidson is an artist, printmaker and musician living in Chicago. She’s the author of three graphic novels, including Band for Life from Fantagraphics Books.

Neil Brideau runs Radiator Comics, a distributor of hand-made and self-published comics. Radiator Comics recently published its first graphic novel, Coco Picard’s The Chronicles of Fortune. Neil worked for six years at Quimby’s Bookstore, and co-founded the Chicago Zine Fest, and the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. When he can, he draws kid-friendly comics, including his ongoing serialized coming-of-age adventure, The Plot!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Kramers Ergot 9 Signing

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CAKE is excited to present a signing event on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM for Kramers Ergot 9, with CAKE Special Guest Sammy Harkham. Joining the signing will be contributors Andy Burkholder, Anya Davidson, Kevin Huizenga, Patrick Kyle, John Pham, and Lale Westvind.

“I think this is the best issue yet and I couldn’t be happier doing it with any other publisher. Fantagraphics is the place where the best of the low brow and the literary strands of comics are equally represented and cherished on their own terms, and that’s something I have always strived for with Kramers, as well. So it’s a great fit.” – Sammy Harkam

Since Kramers Ergot ‘s inception in 2000, it has introduced new talents and solidified aesthetics; each volume is an of-the-moment, state-of-the-medium manifesto. This anthology has always been a reflection of creator/editor Sammy Harkham’s comics passions, both past and future. Kramers Ergot 9 gathers many of the best and brightest together in one giant, oversized collection.

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE], a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers. The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For more info about CAKE: cakechicago.com & Max Morris cakeexpo(at)gmail(dot)com.

This event is sponsored by Revolution Brewery, and will have refreshments provided while supplies last.

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Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
773-342-0910

MD – SPX-plosion 2013

September 4, 2013 by  
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Atomic Books hosts their annual Small Press Expo kick-off party on Friday, September 13 from 6-10PM!

Meet Peter Bagge! (Signing at 6PM)

With comics readings by:
Michael Kupperman
Sam Henderson
T. Edward Bak
Brian Ralph
Frank Santoro
Anya Davidson
David Plunkert

The grand opening of their 3D printing photo booth.

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Atomic Books 
3620 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211

NYC – School Spirits & Pompeii Book Release Party

August 19, 2013 by  
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Press Release:

Please join Bergen Street Comics on Thursday, September 12th at 7pm, as we host a double-feature book release party for two of alternative comics’ leading lights! Come toast Frank Santoro’s spellbinding, dreamlike saga Pompeii, and marvel at Anya Davidson’s kinetic, mind-expanding debut graphic novel School Spirits. It’s your chance to get first crack at two of our most anticipated books of the fall, and raise a glass of bubbly with two of the most compelling cartoonists working right now. Don’t miss it!

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Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217