If mugs aren’t your thing, perhaps I can interest you in the fourth issue of Chicago IRL. It’s got 100 pages of queer goodness, including writing by ellie navidson, Rebecca Kling, & Hadley Ford, comics from Jeremy Sorese, Drew Linne, & Tony Breed, photographs by Casey Vange, Andy Siharath, Jon Mathias, & Simon M., drawings by Janie Stamm, Kyle Turner & Eric Docé, a print by Kiam Marcelo Junio and tons and tons more.
Hey there folks!
Here’s a goofy little comic I did last week for the Chicago IRL zine set to come out later this summer. They are in the middle of fundraiser so if you’re feeling generous/want to own something with a comic of mine in it, consider donating.
I’ve been having a couple genuinely spectacular months in a row and now that the sunshine has arrived here in the Windy City I’ve been thinking about how I usually feel wretched during the warmer months. This time last year I let a couple lame-o events ruin my lovely BBQ-filled months which I refuse to let happen two years in a row. The problems that normally bog me down, like dating in the ever daunting “BIG CITY” don’t seem to phase me in the same way they did a year ago. I just crank up Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend’ on full blast and ignore the sweat puddle slowly cooling beneath my backpack.
Also, thanks SO much to everyone who came out for CAKE last weekend. It was a wonderful whirlwind of a weekend filled with friends and fans and I couldn’t have asked for a better time! THANKSTHANKSTHANKS!!
ALL THE SMILES!!!!!
Queer activist and co-founder of Chicago IRL
Fuji 100-C Instant film
What is Chicago IRL?
Chicago IRL (In Real Life) is an arts and literary digest cataloging contemporary queer creative culture in Chicago. We document not only existing queer talent but also create new collaborations and explorations.Chicago IRL launched in June 2011 and is a co-production of graphic designer Topher McCulloch, a South Dakota native who blew into town four years ago and tries to make something awful every day, and Joseph Varisco, a graduate student of social work, Chicago native and creator of theQueer Culture & Social Media Study. We are both passionate about documenting contemporary cultural happenings in and around Chicago. We are now preparing our fourth issue for publication, and we need your help.
Donate to Chicago IRL’s Kickstarter page and help bring Issue #4 into full fruition.
Q:Topher, I feel like if you really want to make a push to raise funds for IRL, maybe you should do some promotion and rouse interest in another city. But pick a city that's similar to Chicago so the people there can relate to it. Maybe one with about 2.5 mil people, also on a Great Lake. Probably in a country bordering the States.
I found a heart-shaped piece of glitter stuck to my ass in the shower.
Last night must have been a success.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: CHICAGO IRL #3!
It’s that time again! Send us your prose, your poetry, your lewd drawings, your dirty photos, your maddening interviews conducted with yourself and a Yak Bak at 4am. We love works of all types from all sorts of Chicagoans. If you’re not a current or former Windy Citizen, then let our city take center stage in the best fanfic you’ve yet to write. More details can be found at our submission page.
PRIORITY DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 7th (We’ve gotta get this baby out for the Chicago Zine Fest on March 10th)
CHICAGOANS! Don’t forget, we’ll be strutting our stuff at the Chicago Book Expo this weekend! Why don’t you come up and see us sometime? We’ll have both issues for sale as well as other sticker and postcard goodies!
DID YOU KNOW! Not only does your $11 online order get you the magazine, but it also gets you a 4 postcard set (work by Dane Hallmark, Topher McCulloch, and Andy Siharath), 2 stickers, and a mix CD by DJ Erik Roldan!
Act now, supplies are limited. Offer not available in stores. We’ll have the postcards this weekend at the Chicago Book Expo and also next weekend at the Northern Lights / Chicago IRL #2 Release Party (details forthcoming)!
HEY INTERNET. I’ve got 11 more spaces on this label sheet to fill. Who’s going to make my beautiful dreams come true and order a copy of Chicago IRL #2 this evening?
For the low, low price of $11 you get:
- One queer magazine that is ~70 glorious, color pages of photography, poetry, prose, interviews, essays, and illustration!
- A mix CD!
- 4 semi-super-secret postcards!
- The satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting 20+ artists, including hfml, emmaworks, colinself, djuanacyber, fromlefttoright, andysiharath, dalelazarov, drainageditch, sweatydeath, lifebythisguy, and other people that I’ve forgotten to link or otherwise don’t have tumblrs! (See the full contributor list.)
If you’re a Chicago local and don’t want to pay shipping, you can pick up a magazine next weekend at the Chicago Book Expo or else stay tuned for an announcement about local retail locations.