Wannabe - 59

By Chris Prunckle

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Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
Once I Was Cool Release Day

By Naomi Huffman

Curbside Splendor announces the release of Once I Was Cool, the debut essay collection by the always compassionate, always sharp Megan Stielstra.

"In Once I Was Cool, Megan Stielstra is warm and open and wise. Whether she’s writing about the complex loneliness of early motherhood or failing to rise to the occasion or find the right language while living abroad, Stielstra is a masterful essayist. From the first page tot he last, she demonstrates a graceful understanding of the power of storytelling. What she’s truly offering with her words, is the grandest of gifts." 
- Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and An Untamed State

"In Once I Was Cool, Megan Stielstra is warm and open and wise. Whether she’s writing about the complex loneliness of early motherhood or failing to rise to the occasion or find the right language while living abroad, Stielstra is a masterful essayist. From the first page tot he last, she demonstrates a graceful understanding of the power of storytelling. What she’s truly offering with her words, is the grandest of gifts." 
- Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and An Untamed State


Once I Was Cool Megan Stielstra

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Advance Praise:

"I read this book in two and a half hours. Then I started reading it again."
-Jamie Iredell, author of I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac

"What an amazing cri de coeur Once I Was Cool is. Megan Stielstra tells us in a witty, sympathetic, confident voice who she is and what and whom she cares about most. Reading these essays, I laughed out loud and also found myself on the verge of tears so many times. This book should be read by anyone who's been in love, had a child or thought about having a child. So, probably, that's everyone."
-Christine Sneed, author of Little Known Facts


 

 
Wannabe - 58

By Chris Prunckle

AllNewWannabe_6Web

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
The New Black Debut

By Naomi Huffman

Curbside Splendor announces the release of the first book from imprint Dark House Press, The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology edited by Richard Thomas. 

The New Black debuted at #2 in the United States Literary Anthology category for Kindle, and #11 in the United States Literary Anthology category for print books. 

Stephen Graham Jones, whose story "Father, Son, Holy Rabbit" starts the collection, described The New Black thusly:

"The New Black lives. The New Black has a red cover that's not cherry wood but muscle tissue, up close. The New Black has all these twisted people inside like almost-dead sardines, staring up out of the pages with lidless eyes. The New Black will drip blood if you press it hard enough against a wall. The New Black will drip ink into your head if you open your eyes to it. The New Black anagrams to something eldritch and arcane. The New Black is a steady murmur. You can hear it now. Listen." 

 

The New Black by Richard Thomas

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The New Black is a collection of twenty neo-noir stories exemplifying the best authors currently writing in this dark sub-genre.
 
Horoscopes - May 2014

By Zach Medearis

 

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us- All of your hard-work, extra hours at the office and constant willingness to impress your superiors will pay off this week when you are promoted to the official position of head fluffer.
Gemini- Your creativity and ingenuity will show in your invention of a less gay looking feather-duster.
 Cancer- Despite all of the pitfalls endured to prove your theory, with a can do attitude you finally showed that attractive neighbor of yours that 'No" actually means 'Yes'.
Leo- People have always judged you based on your appearance.
 


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