Raw Denim and True Grit :: Contribute to SPOC’s Zine of the West

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THE GREAT AMERICAN WEST

Are your thoughts bound for vast expanses of prairie, forbidding rocky mountains, and roaring rivers? Have gone west, young man?

A fascination to the entire world, the American West looms large in the mythology of our planet, as cultures collided amid rugged and often threatening, natural settings. An untouched landscape of varying texture came under the dominion of a boisterous new government, as an older way of life became slowly erased. Still, mankind’s believed control over nature shatters under the blizzards of vast mountain ranges, white hot heat so searing the land bursts into flames, and the raging floods that rise in a breath.

Send us your Western Visions : SelfPublishersofChicago [at] gmail [dot] com

Details:

  • Word count: 500-1200 words — OR — something that suits one or more 5.5″x 8.5″ pages.
  • Genres Welcome: Prose, poetry, experimental nonfiction, personal essays, taxonomies, flowcharts, diagrams, scientific illustration

Deadline: FEBRUARY 18 2016

This zine will first be made available at SPOC’s bi-monthly reading series at Uncharted Books. (Date TBD)

2/3 The Lost Art of Correspondence 6pm @ Cafe Mustache

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“As long as there are postmen, life will have zest.”            

 – William James

Okay, so we all know that we can dispense with most practical letter writing. We can check our bank balance on our phone, pay bills online, apply for jobs in paperless portals– we’ve gone digital.

But to receive interesting letters, you must write interesting letters. That’s what this event is all about.Don’t worry if you feel like you “don’t have anything to write about” — cause it ain’t true. We all got shit on our minds– put it in a letter and send it away.

join us between 6 and 8pm at CAFE MUSTACHE on Wednesday 2/3 FOR A NIGHT OF LETTER-WRITING

Make a little time in your day for correspondence and SPOC will bring lots of envelopes and blank note cards, a shit load of pens, collage materials, rubber cement, and good old-fashioned loose leaf paper.

Here’s a list of things you might want to come prepared with:

  1. STAMPS – I’m not a damn post office.
  2. ADDRESSES – Find out where people live, and write it down. (It’s less creepy than it sounds.)
  3. STATIONERY – If you’re really into this sort of shit already, please bring all your kitschy, consignment-bought envelopes and postcards, your art museum gift shop stickers, and your sealing wax kit, and just shame us all with your glory.

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SPOC Seeks Illustrator in Residence

SPOC needs the help of illustrators, cartoonists, or other 2-D visual artists for:

  • Bi-monthly collaborative zines: Every other month, SPOC hosts readings at Uncharted Books in Logan Square. Writers submit their stories ahead of the show, and produce a zine to be read from and sold at the show. Our illustrator in residence is responsible for producing the cover image/concept, creating original images to pair with the stories, and collaborating with SPOC’s editor on final production decisions.
  • SPOC re-branding: Our masthead and logos haven’t changed much at all in 3 years — the Illustrator in Residence has the opportunity to articulate an entirely new visual identity for our group. (We’re long overdue for a re-brand.)

Truth Time

We can’t pay you. Not yet. So we’re giving you lots of free promotion, opportunity to build a portfolio, and a title you can include on a resume (as well as a page on our website reflecting both your position, and samples of your SPOC-work).

We understand that for some people, this is not a strong enough incentive– understood. We thank you for even reading this ad.

If however, you see value in collaboration, in building something small into something less small, you’ll find many willing partners for your vision.

1/30 Zlumber Party 9:30pm @ Quimby’s

Don’t forget the cold cream. (Or the maraschino cherries) 

So, this might be the most boss thing ever. And here we are to co-opt it!

Each year, Quimby’s Bookstore invites zinesters, scensters, and other quasi-literary hangers-on to while away the dull night hours within the safety of a Wicker Park consignment store.

Come stay up all night with us while we work on our zines. We’ll be snacking, chatting,  drink coffee– or just putting our messy lives in order. Up to you. It’s not a lock-in, you can leave whenever you want, but while the store is closed over night, we’ll be busily working away inside — sort of elves and the shoemaker kind of shit.

If you haven’t already been to Quimby’s– get on it. As allies of self-publishers and creative project people, Quimby’s provides a place for all those strange mini comics, bizarrely particular zines, and home-made goods that could not otherwise find a shelf.

Direct from the Quimblog:

This is the fifth year in a row we’re inviting you to come in and spend the night with us working on your zine, because we’ve had so much fun doing it in the past. Get here at 9:30 on Sat, Jan 30th (the store closes at 10pm). Then spend the night here! Stay until 6am Sun, Jan 31st! (And yes, you can leave whenever you want before then if you want or need to.) So bring yer jammies and a sleeping bag, then leave in the morning with what you’ve been workin’ on! There will be snacks! And coffee!

What: Zlumber Party 2016
When: Sat, Jan 30th, 9:30pmSun, Jan 31st, 6:00am
Where: Quimby’s Bookstore at 1854 W. North Ave.
RSVP:  info(at)quimbys(dot)com or call 773-342-0910.

1/10 SPOC Planning Meeting @ Metropolis Coffee


Come and mainline coffee with us while we plan new events, revive old traditions, and find exciting new ways to bring bookishness and booze together. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm, we’ll bring the pens and paper.

Sunday, January 10at 11 AM – 1 PM
Metropolis Coffee Company
1039 W Granville Avenue

RSVP

12/22 Price Gun Warriors 7pm @ Uncharted Books

 

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This December, Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPoC) pays tribute to a different kind of folk hero: the Sales Associate. Join us at Uncharted Books on 12/22 for an evening of retail-Inspired horror stories, tall tales, and filthy slander– all reported directly from the trenches.

Performers

  • Sandy Orozco
  • Jeff Phillips
  • Ed Blair
  • Rachel Rodeck
  • Liz Mason

In the spirit of commerce, we’ll also be selling copies of a collaborative zine Tribute to the Sales Associate: A Folk Hero for the 21st Century, featuring the written work that night’s performers (and others).

It’s not too late to be featured in our zine Tribute to the Sales Associate. Submit your story to SPoC by December 16th. We’ll take drawings, lists scrawled onto receipt paper, and images of other artifacts found along the way. The stranger the better.

Free jug wine at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.

It’s been a pleasure serving you. Have a nice day!

12/15 Write Club @ The Hideout

Catch the sparkle of our Chicago Literati at Write Club, a monthly celebration of opinions and assholes alike! (Someone has to.)

WRITE CLUB is:
3 bouts of
2 opposing writers/2 opposing ideas (assigned in advance)
7 minutes apiece
Audience picks a winner
Cut of proceeds to charities of the winners’ choosing

$10 at door. Cash only. 7pm @ THE HIDEOUT