Category Archives: Self-Publishing in the News

Get Your Work Shown At Chicago Zine Fest

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SPOC will be tabling a chicago zine fest on saturday, april 30th.

Made some sweet bookmarks? Matchbooks? Zines? Chapbooks? Other self-made paper goods? We’ve got room for your work on our table.

Contact : selfpublishersofchicago [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

Fresh off the Presses

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We’re pleased to announce that SPOC has a new Zine on the stands. Zine of the West contributors include: Eric Bartholomew, Victoria Harley, Blake Nemec, and Peyton Stewart.

You can find copies of the Zine of the West at fine purveyors of print media:

Quimbys Bookstore – Wicker Park

Women and Children First – Andersonville

Chicago Comics – Lakeview

Space Oddities – Humboldt Park

 

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.

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

11/24 Pre-holiday Pop-up Book Fair @ the Hideout

Hideout ChicagoSupport literary arts while satisfying your needy friends and relations.

Shop for books, comix and other printed matter before the rush starts with Belt Publishing and Chicago’s finest independent authors and presses. Buy direct from creators and support independent publishing!

No cover; free hot cider.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 5-8 pm at The Hideout

CAKE – Exhibitor’s Deadline 11/30

CAKEAPPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. CAKE’s standard table space is a half-table (3′ x 2.5′). A registration fee of $65 is due upon acceptance into CAKE. There is no application fee.

CAKE
is a curated show, and the organizers aim to highlight the best artists working in independent and alternative comics, established and emerging, with an equal care for small press publishers and self-publishing artists.

CAKE strives to be a demographically inclusive show that reflects, encourages and advances the full diversity of artists working in our community.