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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.
DEADLINE: APRIL 18 2016
SPOC is still seeking submissions to its mad science zine.
Send us your futurist visions : SelfPublishersofChicago [at] gmail [dot] com
- 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
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
“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:
- STAMPS – I’m not a damn post office.
- ADDRESSES – Find out where people live, and write it down. (It’s less creepy than it sounds.)
- 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.
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, 9:30pm – Sun, Jan 31st, 6:00am
Where: Quimby’s Bookstore at 1854 W. North Ave.
RSVP: info(at)quimbys(dot)com or call 773-342-0910.
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.
- 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!