Category Archives: SPOC Hang Outs

SPoC’s Last Hurrah?

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We’re back! And more nerd-friendly action for ages 8 to adult. Join SPoC for their last hurrah, and much needed beers in cans.

It’s all happening at the CHI-PRC at 8PM on Thursday May 19th.

There’s still time to keep SPoC alive! If you have a desire to take control of our disparate community of introverts and bookmakers, there’s an opportunity for you. Meet new people, see the insides of bars and bookstores, and engender the punk-rock aesthetic that zines and handmade books espouse.

Or you could just paint your nails and talk about boys. Either way.

Be there AND be completely square.

Love, Victoria

 

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SPoC Tables at Chicago Zine Fest

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SPoC offered handmade postcards and zines during CZF2016

Thank you to all you beautiful people who supported handmade literary arts. SPoC appreciates your support.

Mad Science : The Research Zine

 

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DEADLINE: APRIL 18 2016

 

SPOC is still seeking submissions to its mad science zine.

Send us your futurist 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

 

Submission Deadline: April 18th

Reading: April 26th @ Uncharted Books

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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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!

Announcing: A Very SPOC Engagement: Hitchin’s and Such on 6/14

funny-russian-wedding-photo-2Ring dem heteronormative bells cuz it’s June, the month where everyone’s blowing up your Facebook feed with pics of banquets, bouquets, brides and other such nonsense.

So, henceforth, you’re cordially invited to A Very SPOC Engagement, Sunday, June 14, 7:30 pm. at Uncharted Books (2620 N. Milwaukee.) Neither chicken nor fish will be served.

SPOC being SPOC, we married ourselves to the idea of a reading all about matrimony, in our characteristic tongue and cheek way of course. Readings fall into old/new/borrowed/blue categories.

Performers: Victoria Harley, Anna Jo BeckIan McDuffieNicki Yowell …..and more members of the bridal party TBA.

Contact selfpublishersofchicago@gmail.com if you want SPOC to make an honest reader out of you.

RSVP.