Lumpen Magazineis a news and culture magazine featuring the work of emerging and established artists and writers. It features editorials, interviews, and reviews focused on current events and emerging cultural trends. Published monthly until 1998, it is now quarterly. "Most of the contributors reside in Chicago, which is currently going through a bizarre kind of comics renaissance. Chicago has always had a rich history as being home to many comics artists, from the early shapers of the medium through newspaper comics, was a major center of output during the underground era, and is called home by many well known contemporary artists such as Ivan Brunetti and Chris Ware, who along with former residents Jessica Abel, Archer Prewitt, and others made up the last “all comics” issue of Lumpen from 1996.Currently, Chicago is a hotbed of amazing talented and industrious comic artists, as well as artists working in other mediums whose process utilizes techniques that are tangentially related to comics. Many of the artists in this issue are also printmakers, writers, curators, musicians, designers, painters, animators, teachers, and performers. There are cartoons in our art shows, comics in our museum exhibitions, and this year will mark the 2nd annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), the first of which was a great success, as well as the 2nd year of our own performative comics night entitled Brain Frame. An interview with the founder of which is included in this issue. Reception to the comics work published in Lumpen has been overwhelmingly positive, and for that I would like to thank all of the artists and contributors in this issue." Joe Tallarico is the Comics Editor. The first All Comics Issue since 1993 Includes work by: Ryan Travis Christian, Andy Burkholder, Bernie McGovern, Ben Bertin, Blaise Larmee, Edie Fake, Grant Reynolds, Ben Marcus, Leslie Wiebeler, Jason Overby, Nate Beaty, Max Morris, Joe Tallarico, Marieke McClendon, Nick Drnaso, Lyra Hill, Sara Drake, Lale Westvind, Eric Rivera, Carrie Vinarsky, Anya Davidson, George Hansen, Jeremy Tinder, Ian Mcduffie, Krystal Difronzo, Paul Nudd, Lizz Hickey, Marian Runk, Keith Herzik, Brooks Golden, Nick Williams, Trubble Club, Susan Sarandon, Luke Temby (Cupco), Aaron Renier, Ryan Duggan, David Alvarado Dimensions: 9.75 x 11.75" Materials: Newsprint
Public Media Institute (Bridgeport)
PMI is a non-profit 501(c) 3 community based, art & culture organization located in the neighborhood of Bridgeport. Their mission is to create, incubate and sustain innovative cultural programming through the production of socially engaged projects, festivals, spaces, exhibitions, and media. PMI has published several periodicals including Proximity Magazine, the international arts and culture journal, as well as Lumpen magazine, Materiel Magazine, and Mash Tun Journal. Their main exhibition facility is the experimental cultural center, Co-Prosperity: a 5,000 + sq ft visual arts and performance space that is also home to Lumpen Radio WPLN/105.5 FM. The Buddy store is the newest arm of the PMI non-profit.
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