Clowes’ Chicago

I’m in Chicago this weekend for the 2013 American Library Association annual conference (woo, librarian party!), and lucky me, the Oakland Museum of California-organized Daniel Clowes retrospective that I lusted after from across the country will now be opening in Chicago this Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art!  Will have to see if I have time to see this…  or do anything else besides party hard with all those librarians…

Chicago illustration by Daniel Clowes

Chicago illustration by Daniel Clowes

This illustration is part of a pair of murals made specially for the Chicago version of the show, depicting as they do his own memories of Chicago, his birth town.  Looking forward to seeing me some Ghost World art!


I’m in Chicago, Probably!

Flying to Chicago today for the American Library Association‘s annual conference, so here’s some stuff from Kander & Ebb‘s 1975 musical Chicago, cuz why not.

1975 Chicago production

1975 premiere Chicago production, from NYPL Digital Gallery

And here’s Bebe Neuwirth‘s Tony-winning turn as Velma Kelly in the 1996 revival:

Verrry slinky…

Comic Con at your Library Con

So tomorrow I’m flying out to Chicago for the 2013 American Library Association annual conference.  Thankfully, there’s a set of events I have to go to, otherwise I wouldn’t have known how to choose…  However, I was excited to see there’s a whole con within a con devoted to Comics, called the GraphiCon!  Click the link to see all the relevant panels, talks, and events.

There’s a whole Artists Alley with big names like Raina Telgemeier, Gene Luen Yang, Faith Erin Hicks, & Paul Pope, and even a Zine Pavilion of local zinesters!  There’s the annual Eisner award for Libraries that provides one lucky library with a full set of Eisner‘s work, works nominated for this year’s Eisner Awards, and a further budget for buying comics.

Individual creators like Dave Roman, Matt Kindt, & Jeffrey Brown get their own spotlight events, there are plenty of panels on new releases, discussions on comics for teens, library collecting of comics, comics in the age of e-publishing, and even talks and events about making comics!

All this on its own would be a pretty excellent con in its own right  😛