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      News — Artists

      Chicago: CAKE 2013

      Chicago is the perennial hotbed of indie comics and you can experience a weekend-long celebration of them at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)! The second year of this talent-packed event is taking place at Center on Halsted this Saturday and Sunday and there will be comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions. There are also a handful of associated signings and events around town starting tonight. Meet lots of comics luminaries in-person including Chris Ware, Kim Deitch, Lisa Hanawalt and Little Otsu artists Jo Dery (who did all the artwork for CAKE 2013), Lilli Carré (who curated a screening of experimental animation showing on Saturday at 3pm), Jeremy Tinder, and John Porcellino (with his Spit and a Half distro). And it's all free!

      CAKE 2013

      Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
      June 15 & 16, 2013, 11am-6pm
      Center on Halsted
      3656 N Halsted, Chicago
      free and open to the public

      Martine Workman at Brooklyn Zine Fest

      Our old pal & LO artist Martine Workman is going to be at the Brooklyn Zine Fest in Williamsburg this weekend with her new cards and Water and Fall mini book that she made for us, her newspaper project The Methow Mill, Prince Food (her zine about food in Prince songs), and the perennial favorite Hunks, among other goodies. Admission is free and open to the public so go meet some great artists and writers!

      You can read an interview the Zine Fest did with Martine and there is also an article about the Fest in the New York Times.

      Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013

      Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013
      Sunday, April 21st 11am-6pm
      Public Assembly
      70 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
      FREE, all ages & open to everyone

      Introducing: Daniel Frost

      Welcome to Frostville

      The awesome UK graphic arts festival Pick Me Up starts this Thursday at Somerset House in London and provides the perfect opportunity to finally share one of our big projects with you! One of the international rising stars of the graphics arts world specially selected by an industry panel to be featured in the Pick Me Up Selects artist showcase is Daniel Frost and we're thrilled to announce that he's working on a children's book with us!

      The picture book takes place in his wonderful fictional town of Frostville--it's a charming place populated with colorful characters and humorous city life. We love Daniel's elongated figures, use of bold colors, expressive simplicity, and sense of the comical.  It's been fun working with him on developing the book and we're super excited with how it's coming along. It won't be released until the fall and we'll be posting updates, but you can get sneak peaks of process and ideas on Daniel's blog and if you're in London, you can meet him and see his work-in-progress at Pick Me Up!

      FrostvilleBoy

      Pick Me Up (London, UK)
      April 18th-28th, 2013
      Somerset House, Embankment Galleries
      Daily 10am-6pm (Last admission 5:15pm)
      Thursdays 10am-10pm (Last admission 11:15pm)
      £8, concessions £6, Festival Pass £15 (buy tickets online)

      SF: Jennie Smith at Rena Bransten Gallery

      San Francisco artist Jennie Smith (who recently created two great cards for us as well as several amazing poster calendars) has a new art show called "Sending Out A Song" opening this Thursday at the Rena Bransten Gallery. Jennie is an incredibly talented artist and her work is the kind that must be seen in-person (and if you go to the opening you can meet Jennie herself!). Here is the description of her show from Rena Bransten's site:

      Jennie Smith’s delicate graphite drawings and watercolors continue to express her concern with specific ecological issues, such as the floating continent of plastic debris known as the great Pacific Garbage Patch, the migration of indigenous people, and the ecosystems of small, vulnerable animals. Equally enchanted by natural phenomena – wind, animal habitat, whale songs – and the creative, mythical, and crafted remnants of the human world, Smith responds with metaphorical renderings that entwine narrative threads to describe the gravity or wonder of her subjects and their relationships to the forces of nature. She says, “I draw what is close to me, what is beyond my physical reach, and what is from the realm of the imagined.”

      Jennie Smith
      Sending Out a Song
      March 21 - May 4, 2013
      Reception: Thursday, March 21, 5:30-7:30pm

      Rena Bransten Gallery
      77 Geary Street (between Kearny and Grant)
      San Francisco, CA 94108
      (415) 982-3292

       image from Rena Bransten Gallery

      Seattle: Urban Craft Uprising

      Hey Seattle, the Urban Craft Uprising huge winter craft show is this weekend (December 1st-2nd) and not only are we going to be there with lots of LO goods, we helped facilitate this year's show poster/t-shirt art by our good friend, LO artist, and former Seattleite Martine Workman! Martine won't be able to make it out from D.C., but we'll have her awesome zines and mini newspapers available for sale. So come out and see us (booth 58) at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from 11am-5pm. It's free to get in, the first 100 people in line each day get a free swag bag, and there are free raffle drawings, craft demos, and book signings each hour. What a great way to shop for the holidays!

      Urban Craft Uprising
      Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
      321 Mercer Street
      December 1st-2nd, 11am-5pm
      admission is free