Category Archives: SPOCster Work

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.

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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

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

 

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)

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