In case you missed it, I was interviewed a couple of times earlier this summer at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), and now both interviews are online for your viewing/listening/reading pleasure. Below you can watch the video interview between myself and Big Gay Horror Fan about Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends, the Hic & Hoc unsolved mysteries anthology I edited last year.
You can also listen to a brief interview with me from The Two Page Spread. The sound quality isn’t great because it was recorded amidst the bustling convention, so click the link if you’d rather read a transcript!
As some of you may remember, last year for Symbolia‘s “True Crime” issue, I investigated fans of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse (known as Juggalos). In 2011, the FBI included Juggalos in their National Gang Threat Assessment, classifying them as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” ICP members Joseph “Violent J” Bruce and Joseph “Shaggy 2 Dope” Utsler, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, filed a lawsuit against the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year. Their suit, which called the gang classification “unwarranted and unlawful,” included among the plaintiffs four Juggalos who claimed to have been unfairly targeted due to the 2011 report. As of July 2014, Detroit federal Judge Robert Cleland has dismissed the case, saying that the government isn’t responsible for the actions of local law enforcement. Because of this recent ruling, Symbolia has posted my comic in full on their website for free! You can read other stories in Symbolia by subscribing.
If you’ve been following me on social media over the past few months, you know I’ve developed something of an obsession with trepanation. I’ve been researching and interviewing members of the International Trepanation Advocacy Group, as well as others, to put together a 15-page comic all about this small but enthusiastic faction of people who believe drilling a hole in your skull is the path to enlightenment.
You can now read the finished piece, “Trepanation: Elective Surgery You Need Like A Hole In The Head,” on The Nib!
Go on, read the comic now!
CAKE banner by Carrie Vinarsky
CAKE is upon us! Come find me at table 46B this Saturday and Sunday (May 31st and June 1st) from 11am-6pm at The Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted Ave.) in Chicago. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!
This weekend, May 31st & June 1st, I will be tabling at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)! Anyone in the Chicagoland area should be sure to come check it out, because it’s going to be a fantastic show. The show opens at 11am and closes at 6pm both days, and is located at The Center on Halsted, at 3656 N. Halsted Ave. CAKE is free to the public! I recommend checking out their impressive list of exhibitors as well as their programming schedule.
CAKE poster by Carrie Vinarsky
At the show, I’ll have copies of all of my minicomics, the Hic & Hoc Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends anthology I edited last year, as well as a few copies of another anthology, Irene #4.
Irene is edited by Andy Warner, Dakota McFadzean, and dw.
I’ve also decided that this year’s CAKE will be the last time I will be selling SPAZ! issues #1-3 before I stop printing them. These comics are old and no longer representative of my work, and are ready to be retired. I only have a few copies of these left and plan to sell them all at the show, so get them while you still can (only $1 each!).
Last chance to get SPAZ! #1-3
I hope to meet many of you at the show this weekend. Don’t be shy, come say hello!