Even though SAIC doesn't have a comics department, there is a huge comics community here. As I think the School is the epicenter of the Chicago art community, it makes sense that that nucleus would cover the Chicago comics world to a certain degree as well. This was made especially apparent at the first ever Comics Symposium of Chicago. Two fabulous SAIC students, Sara Drake and Ingrid Olson organized the event which featured comics artists with varying degrees of experience under their belts, talking about making comics in ze Vindy Shitty. Professors and alumni in addition to a few folks who don't fit under said categories made up panels whose discussions were guided by moderators, who were also comics peeps. There were four events, each covering a specific topic. I was lucky to have been in attendance of the first discussion, Getting Out: Distribution and Self Publication, which featured the following funkinators:
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make the other discussions, but one of my faves, Miss Beth Hetland did a great job of summarizing her involvement with the CCS with her rad diary comics. Check them out at her fabulous website!
I'm a junior at SAIC and I'm kinda, sorta focusing on illustration. Puppetry, theater, comics and any other form of narrative or storytelling art are all in my realm of interest. I'm also really keen on hand-drawn text and graphic design.
A few years ago, my dad told me about how a friend of his’d bought a house and while she was getting ready to move in, a buncha punks broke in and spray-painted, "SATIN LIVES" all over the place. The whole scenario was sad for two reasons: my dad's friend's house was all to' up and the people who did the to'-in' up were pretty dumb. Coincidentally, right after my move to Chicago, I was walking around the Loop when I saw "SATIN LIVES" scrawled on the side of a building. During that same week, I found it etched in two different elevators in two different buildings. I came to a conclusion: either there's a very angry gaggle of fiber artists out there, or a sad, little, pseudo-literate someone is trying their darndest to remind us all of the still-reigning, all-powerful Prince of Darkness.
I will reflect on Chicago-based artistic happenings, shows, performances and simple sightings like this in this blog, as well as show y'all what I'm making.