YEARBOOK PRESALES ARE LIVE!
Brain Frame is a pivotal happening in Chicago’s storied underground art history. Brain Frame exploded onto the scene on July 28th, 2011, and has continued to blow minds and expand the very definition of comics. To audiences, Brain Frame is an original, undefinable but always impactful happening. It is also a place where bonds form between artists, leading to collaborations and mutual support in what can be an isolated and competitive medium.
Our third anniversary and final show, this August, is kicking off with the launch of the Brain Frame Yearbook! This book is a true collector’s item, a gold embossed leatherette compendium of every unforgettable Brain Frame event, stuffed with portraits, photos, memories, and original content from performers and audience members: comics, essays, flip-page animations, as well as jokes, games, and the winners of the Brain Frame Superlatives.
Our all-volunteer Yearbook Club is working hard to collect all these memories, and we need your help! To ensure that this richly illustrated, cleverly handsome tome is produced in time for the show, Brain Frame needs to raise $7,779 by July 1st. This will cover the cost of 300 books, each 160 pages, half color, half black and white, full bleed, hard bound, and foil embossed at a final cost of $25.93 per book. Our Brain Frame ethos of embracing risk is so strong that each book will be on sale for only $25! Keep your $0.93, keep the memories, and call us crazy. We love that.
You should buy the Brain Frame Yearbook! Support experimental comix!
Scott Roberts, creator of The Star-Spangled Angel, took a long break from making comics and returned to the form about four years ago. I asked him what brought him back: “It was what had exploded, the alternative world was so much different. It was a combination of art, printing and illustration. I hadn’t really thought of comics as such a great means of expression before. I mean I loved it, I loved RAW back in the ‘80s, but I always thought you had to have a publisher.” Though Roberts said he wouldn’t mind working with a publisher, he said that’s not the goal. He encourages younger artists to think of making their comics as an ends in and of itself, and not always a jumping off platform to more money and success: “There’s no real money in [comics] anyway. If there was a lot of money in it, you’d have a lot of different personalities involved. Some of the young kids go around passing out business cards. What in the world would I do with that? Just make some comics, and I’ll look at your comics!”
That sums it up pretty well.
From Benjamin Rogers’ article in Comics Beat about CAKE http://comicsbeat.com/cake-report-indie-comics-go-to-chicago/
@CAKEchicago is the center of the comics world all this week! Jesse Moynihan, Michael DeForge, and Sam Alden will be at DePaul today for a storyboarding workshop and panel, and Keiler and I will be exhibiting comics at table 37 (see map) all weekend.
I’ll have my new 3 color Riso comic “The Star-Spangled Angel Part One,” with three variant covers to choose from, and a bunch of inexpensive Riso prints. Stop by and say hello. http://www.cakechicago.com/
All of Chicago is celebrating CAKE Week, and I’ll be there debuting my 3-color Risograph psychedelic comic picture book The Star-Spangled Angel, Part One. It’s based on my performance at Brain Frame 14 last fall, and tells the tale of two childhood friends, mutation mishaps, personal evolution, and complicated male relationships. It even has 3 variant covers, so collect ‘em all. I’ll also have my previous comics, and lots of inexpensive Riso prints.
Keiler and I will be tabling together at table 37, stop by and say hello.
CAKE CAKE CAKE!
CAKE wants to thank the DePaul University Animation Department for Sponsoring our Panel, “24 Panels a Second” a conversation about comics and animation.
DePaul will also be hosting an animation event on Friday May 30th. Guests will be Adventure Time uber talents, Jesse Moynihan, Micheal DeForge, and Sam Alden!
Thanks DePaul University!
All the planets are coming into alignment.
On the Friday night before CAKE!
I have moved mountains to get Jesse Moynihan, Michael DeForge, and Sam Alden to hang out with me! Come see all 3 together onstage while I work to keep people from asking them about their favorite AT episode.
CAKE Weekend is coming!
What 300 small-batch Risograph comics look like.
People of Canada: Even though it’s been around a few years, most of you have not had an opportunity to obtain my comic The Hound & the Musch. This weekend at TCAF you get your chance. Please stop by at table 154 and say “hello” to me and Keiler as we try to figure out your currency.
You can also read the entire story online here if you can’t make it to Toronto, but books are more fun.
Your friend in America,
The Star-Spangled Angel, Part One
An 8” x 10.5” 3-color Risograph psychedelic comic picture book, based on my performance at Brain Frame 14. It was printed by hand by me over 9 days, which you can tell by all the aesthetically pleasing registration issues.
Canadian debut: this weekend at TCAFin Toronto!
USA debut: May 31st and June 1st at CAKE in Chicago!
Keiler and I will be tabling together, so stop by and say hello.
More comics, art and images here: ubutopia.com