Wannabe - 20

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 20

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle, author of our serial graphic story Asylum Doors, documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

 

See the previous installment of Asylum Doors here.  Stay tuned for the next installment coming soon, but now on a monthly basis with fuller stories.

 

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.

 
Kirkus Reviews Gives ZERO FADE Starred Review!

By Naomi Huffman

This fall, we’re excited to be publishing ZERO FADE, the debut novel from Chicago writer Chris Terry. Kirkus Reviews is excited, too – in their starred advance review, Kirkus called ZERO FADE a "sparkling debut," and said it's “hilarious, thought-provoking and wicked smart.” (Read the rest of the review here, or below.) Chris just completed a book tour along the East Coast, hitting up his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, and also Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, and blogged about it here. While you're there, check out the book trailer for ZERO FADE, which Chris and his wife Sharon, who just happens to be a talented filmmaker, wrote and produced together. 

 Zero Fade is available September 10. Pre-order a copy here and here.

 

Zero Fade Cover

 

From Kirkus Reviews:

"Kevin Phifer, 13, a black seventh-grader in 1990s Richmond, Va., and hero of this sparkling debut, belongs in the front ranks of fiction’s hormone-addled, angst-ridden adolescents, from Holden Caulfield to the teenage Harry Potter.

Kevin wants a fade, thinking the stylish haircut will bolster his shaky standing in the cutthroat world of middle school, where he’s just one friend away from eating lunch alone. But his mother, a church secretary and solo parent studying for a nursing degree at night, won’t even try. Expressing his frustration leads to a week’s grounding. Tyrell and his entourage of bullies make Kevin’s life miserable at school. In science lab, Aisha, girl of Kevin’s dreams, points out his “mushy tushy.” Sandbagged by dizzyingly abrupt mood shifts, Kevin hurtles from altruism to craven self-interest, mature self-knowledge to wild fantasy. His anchor in rough seas is Uncle Paul, a quiet, manly museum security guard. Weary of hiding his sexual orientation, Paul’s recently come out to family and friends but has yet to tell Kevin, for whom “faggot” is the worst insult there is.

 
Fear and Loathing at the C2E2 2013

By Joseph Gallimore

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2 to you and me) comes once a year, and it is a three-day endurance test, plain and simple. It is an exercise of tolerance in the purest form. This is no type of event for soft, weakened, namby-pamby wussies -- though ironically, that is all who is in attendance.

Every spring, mouth-breathers from around the U.S. and across the ocean travel to the City of Broad Shoulders to subject themselves to overpriced food (preserved by heavy doses of sodium nitrates), showerless days (just 'cause), and price-gouged limited editions of their favorite comic/toy/DVD/whatever.  Why?  Because they're nerds, goddammit.  That's why.  It's a lifestyle.

The gulag begins early Friday morning when the convention center (in this case, McCormick Place) opens its doors wide -- and it ends a grueling 72 hours later.  By the time the vendors are breaking down their booths Sunday night your patience, your physical condition, and your wallet will all be pushed to their limit.  Only the strong (and overweight and asthmatic and acne-prone) survive.  

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It's midnight, and it's officially Friday – “Day One” of the ‘Con.  I'm just leaving work and I have to decide which I want to do first: shower or get drunk.  I am going to be on the news with the Nerd City boys five hours from now, so the idea of sleep has been abandoned; there is no way to fit in a nap between commuting, cleansing, drinking, and more commuting.  My energy is completely drained after a nine hour workday (not to mention I had drinks for lunch), but there's no time to slow down now.

 

Publishers Weekly gives a STARRED REVIEW to our forthcoming short story collection EVERYTHING FLOWS by James Greer, writing "Every word matters, even the wildest stories scarcely seeming as though they could be otherwise. Usually this sort of free-associative reverie is called 'strange' or 'playful,' but Greer's lyrical erudition is both serious work and seriously fun. Halfway between the mind of God and a vivid dream, Everything Flows is proof that there remain new places to go, both on paper and in the known universe." 

Scroll down to read the rave review in its entirety and head over to Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon to grab a copy! 

 

EVERYTHING FLOWS"To brand James Greer’s slim new collection, Everything Flows, “experimental fiction” would be to sell it painfully short. Experimental fiction has its own rules and acceptable parameters, and Greer, a former bassist for the band Guided by Voices, exceeds even these over the course of these 19 urgent dispatches from the far side of reason, where anything can occur. A story might begin by considering a piece of renaissance sculpture, recall the flatulence of an ascetic monk, or present a day in the life of the obscure composer Tobias Hume (or is he the philosopher of the same surname?). From there, it might turn the tables on the reader (“Instead of listening to my story I think we could be more productive if you were to tell me yours”), interrogate its own substance, or transition into another story entirely. Plot hardly applies.

 
Wannabe - 19

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 19

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle, author of our serial graphic story Asylum Doors, documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

 

See the previous installment of Asylum Doors here.  Stay tuned for the next installment coming soon, but now on a monthly basis with fuller stories.

 

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.

 


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