What’s in a table?- Jess Hogan & Neither/Nor Distro

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“The zines that I, personally, make are usually comprised of submissions that I then format in an old school cut and past style. My main zine is called Stink Eye. I like to describe it as a ‘variety mag’ that includes essays, collage, photo essays, how to sections, recipes, and a word game section.  I use a lot of old magazines from the 50s, 60s, and 80s, in my collages and like to play around with juxtaposing images and comparing then and now advertisements that allow people to draw their own conclusions. The content is very often political in nature and feminism is always an underlying subject. Other zines I’ve made include a DIY Guide to making Kombucha, one about making Saurkraut, and a vegan cookzine called ‘Scheamin Vegan.’ I’ve also made a history zine, a personal zines, and split zine. The enphasis of thie distro as a whole is to showcase local (KC), personal, DIY, self-care, radical and feminist zine. Other things Neither/nor has to offer are titles form Eberhardt Press, Pioneers Press, and Silver Sproket as well as Maximum Rock and Roll, Razorcake, fanzines, comix, used zines, Slingshot newspapers and organizers, coloring books, buttons, tote bags, and free/donation anarchist literature. You can find out more about me and my distro at neither-nor-zine-distro.tumblr.com and on instagram at neither_nor_zine_distro”

What’s in a table?- Cheering and Waving Press

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“our mission statement/bio: cheering and waving press (CWP) is an independent artist collective committed to helping artists create and share their work in a community that fosters the values of art through a DIY perspective. Most of our works comment on political, sociological, and theological innovation and awareness. Because of this mission and our belief that information should be available to everyone, all CWP publications are available for free in limited prints and online distribution. All profits (patches, stickers, etc) are donated to Democracy Now! (democracynow.org)”

What’s in a table?- BrainTwins

braintwinsLogo2016“BrainTwins combine their explorations in analog and digital media to create experimental multimedia installations utilizing sound, animation, projection and sculpture. They set no limits on the types of media used in their projects, crossing over between animation, sculpture, sound and anything else they can get their hands on. Their work is a response and homage to sensory overload and how it transports our psyche into new, abstract spaces. BrainTwins hope to provide gateways for viewers to step outside of their own preconceived constructs of the physical world and explore the hard to define territory deep in the unconscious mind.”

What’s in a table?- Chris Escobar

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“My work is based around the things I enjoy/inspire me. Hilarious pop-culture references, games I played growing up, even things that happen day to day at work or on the commute. All these interests are used as creative fuel that is funneled into comics, zines, or prints. As well as those interests I enjoy building worlds with my work. The worlds I create are idealized places that I would much rather be, despite how terrible they may seem. Places where all the things I enjoy doing are plentiful and at the forefront. A Lot of the zines reflecting this idea are still in progress. 

The comic I’ve put most of my time and effort into creating, is called No Room for a Marauder. A comic I’ve been working on writing since 2013. Currently, I fulfill all the roles in it’s production. This harrowing story is based around Dertog. A dim-witted mutant who is unknowingly exiled from his home after he becomes sick. The story intentionally has a lot of parallels to Lord of the Flies. It’s intended to be a satire on a lot of social situations that occur thought life. From crappy bosses to team based experiences. This comic, I hope, to one day publish as a graphic novel. It will certainly be at that length when finished. 

I create my content on my own at the moment. Since I don’t have a studio to work out of, every project is worked on in my tiny apartment.  Painstakingly trimming all the zines in my kitchen, drawing all the comics and illustrations in my bedroom, and washing and reclaiming screens in my bathtub. From having no other option to work in such a cramped space brings forth a lot of inspiration to work as well. I do enjoy coziness.” 

What’s in a table?- Sean Dempsey

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“I am a comic artist, illustrator, and writer. My fictional work focuses on curiosity and adventure through traveling or misfit characters. The stories I tell embrace a balance of innocent and cynical protagonists. Many of my characters are diverse and relatable where the audience can witness their inner growth, discovery, and individuality. I like being able to surprise people with my work whether it’s the moment when they get the joke or when they realize the complexity of my mini comics. On another note, I’m also a fan bad groan-inducing humor like puns and ‘dad jokes’. Either way I like seeing people light up when they look through my comics and I know that my art has impacted them.

I enjoy playing with storytelling through experimental and alternative formats. Many of my books are mini-comics that are crafted by hand. Each comic is cut, folded, and bound individually. For each of my mini-comics I employ a variety of tools to create these pieces; traditional pen and ink, watercolor, digital coloring, and screen printing. My post-production techniques also vary from saddle-stitching to single-page fold to accordion fold. The tactical quantities of my books are really important to me like, the touch of raw canvas covers or the detailed form of a die cut cardstock.

I’ve also been doing autobiographical work for the last four years since I moved to Chicago with my then girlfriend. Everyday I draw a comic to record something that happened to me – whether it’s mundane, funny, boring, a dream, etc. I’ve done over 1,000 comics at this point, which are posted on my tumblr, but also annually published in a Illustra-sean book edition. These show a glimpse into my life as a recent college graduate, as a retail employee, as an artist, as a queer person, as a Chicagoan, and as a progressive. It’s become very self-reflective and therapeutic for me and hopefully relatable to the average person. My hope is that anyone could turn to a page of my daily comics and find something they relate to on a personal level.”

What’s in a table?- Adam Gundrum

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I make collage art by cutting images out of old books, magazines, newspapers, record sleeves, coupons, etc. Basically anything that can be cut is fair game to me. I usually don’t have much of a theme in mind for my work. I just create what comes to mind at the moment. Most of my work is surreal or abstract. Some of it could be considered topical. I would like to set up at the festival to meet other artists and zine makers, while also hopefully getting my artwork into new people’s hands.

What’s in a table?- Rachel Dause

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“When creating works, the medium I usually go with is acrylic paint or ink, using them as a wash much like watercolor. My work can shortly be described as narrative, expressive, and colorful in aesthetic. I greatly enjoy focusing on imaginative characters in whimsical environments, and using bold, contrasting colors to make the composition pop. Wash textures are also a source of my work, typically found in background spaces. The initial style gives a positive, up-beat expression to the viewer,  but many of my works have followed this initial feeling  with a dark, opposing, concepts behind the narratives.

A year ago I focused my college thesis work on my own personal ideas of identity and my anxiety-driven perception of social norms. These are often expressed through subtle metaphorical instances or symbols, though my recent work has been more light-hearted in nature than that previous year. Lately, character creation has been my interest, with a lack of deeper meaning compared to my thesis and more open for the viewer’s imagination to take the lead. Creating work for the Gluestick festival, I’m excited to create a playful collection of characters that everyone can enjoy.”

What’s in a table?- Katie Armentraut

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“My comics are done in a diary style mixed with longer narratives and a dash of scattered zine sensibility wrapped in a warm blanket of humor and humility. I call my series ‘Celebrate the People’ because it is full of offbeat stories and experiences that are not only mine but also those of my friends, family, and you, the people.  Ultimately, I strive to relate my observations to others so that it’s easier for us all to laugh at ourselves and not take things so seriously. I also created a series of prints featuring voluptuous tattooed women of various races who promote the message ‘Being Curvy Means More Room for Tattoos.’ Being of curvy stature myself, I felt like my body type was incredibly under represented in the comics scene and was inspired to change that. I began bringing these prints to zinefests and have been honored to receive so much positive and empowering feedback from the public. I was thrilled to see that I was not the only one wanting to see confident big babes on display!”

What’s in a table?- Anne Buckwalter

 

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“My work exists at the intersection of queerness, gender, and zines. I became interested in zines while in college. I attended meetings of the Oberlin Comix Collective and got hooked. The organizers of the Collective used to say, “You don’t have to be good at drawing to draw comics,” and that mantra really resonated with me. I published comics in the Collective’s semesterly anthologies for 3 years.

In my fourth year, I ran the Collective and did a thesis project in zine format for my Gender Studies major. That project turned into my longest zine, “Gendercomic” (60 pages), which is a collection of autobiographical stories relating to gender, gender discovery, feminism, and queerness. (It also has a lengthy bibliography, thanks academia.)

I printed the original run of those zines on a risograph, self-assembled all 100 copies, and distributed them at school and at zine festivals. (Luna Music in Broad Ripple and Printext also have some copies for sale.) I’m still getting some mileage out of this zine, which I have since sold at DC Zinefest (for which I became an organizer when I moved to DC this past winter), and at local comics shop Fantom Comics. The current print run was printed on the Espresso Book Machine at the DC Public Library.

A newer zine of mine deals with pop culture through the lens of my queerness. This zine, “An Ode to the Ditty Bops: A Musical Fanzine,” examines how I and others could have known, from my penchant for weird/queer pop culture since I was little, that I am queer. I’m currently working on making this zine into a series, also featuring the Scissor Sisters and the Brini Maxwell Show.

I also have a collaboration zine in the works that I am not ready to talk about yet, but I hope it will feature the illustrations of my 7th-grade mentee. All of my work is very DIY, mostly folded and stapled by yours truly (excepting the newest run of “Gendercomic”). I love zines so much and would be honored to rep mine in my hometown.”

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